New England Motor Sports Museum
The Exhibits

What You'll See

The North East Motor Sports Museum exhibits cars, trophies, helmets, engines and vintage racing attire. There's a library with books, photos, videos, posters and magazines. The theatre showss footage of early New England racing.

The Museum has agreements with other museums and private collectors to display their cars and priceless historic artifacts which will be on exhibit for limited periods.

Those who donate anything of value to the Museum’s permanent collection can receive tax benefits for their donations. If you have a car, trophy, helmet, books, posters, etc. that you'd like to donate, please let us know by email at nemsmuseum@gmail.com. We'll pick your donation up or arrange for shipping if it is accepted.

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In his day, Ollie Silva captured the imagination of New England’s race fans like nobody else. The star supermodified and stock car driver won hundreds of races and transitioned from cut-downs into supermodifieds with a car just like this replica which was built and is owned by Member Steve Newman. Its small block Chevy runs very nicely. Steve has promised to loan the car to the Museum for exhibit. This Edmunds mid-‘60s Sprint Car was driven to multiple feature wins at the Beech Ridge, ME Speedway by RHPG President Dick Berggren. The car ran from 1973 to 1978 when in the spring it was destroyed in a devastating crash. The car has been restored using parts that weren’t in the crash. The frame, running gear and most of the bodywork are original. Ron Bouchard’s biggest win came at Talladega in the fall of 1981 in this car. The all-New England effort included the car’s owner, Jack Beebe and crew chief Bob Johnson. The win was one of the great upsets in Talladega history as Bouchard snuck by the drivers who thought they were racing for the win to beat them all.
Early drag racing cars will be on display, including this one, Country Girl which was driven by Ms. Rodalyn Knox. Her husband Kohn Knox was the team manager and their son, Brian, was the engine builder and tuner. As a team they ran Super Stock, Alcohol Funny Car and Nitro Funny Car. They drag raced from the mid-60s to the early 1980s and have promised to loan this car to the Museum. We love oddball cars and hope you do too. This one was built by Dick Volante for driver Gavin Couper and ran just as you see it here. Everything except the blower is original although the car was run for a time with a blower and for a time with multiple carburetors. Board Member Pete vonSneidern did the restoration work. No chrome here, this is exactly the way the car was raced as a cut-down in the early 1960s. This Hilligas chassis midget was raced all over the Northeast in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, primarily driven by King Carpenter. A New Hampshire-based private collector bought the car over 20 years ago. He has agreed to loan the car to the North East Motor Sports Museum. Interestingly, the car’s owner, Fred O’Hara, built a matching quarter-midget for his son. Painted just like the full-up midget, the car disappeared but was finally found in a South Carolina barn.
The 176 car is owned by Board Member Lloyd Hutchins. Built in 1953, the car was driven primarily by Bobby Edwards at Hudson and Pines in the cut-down era. It ran through 1958. Hutchins found the car in Auto Hunter magazine and restored it. The car connected him with the Edwards family which has resulted in some unique, powerful and warm relationships. Hutchins built the engine, a 300 CID bored and stroked flathead, and has run it in vintage events at NHMS, Darlington, Claremont, Monadnock and other tracks. Milt Marion was a driver, then a car owner. This is one of his early sprint cars that’s now owned by Joe Freeman. The decision was made to not restore the car but to show it exactly as the car came off the track. Doing so is consistent with the philosophy of Dr. Fred Simeone, author of the book “The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles” and owner of Philadelphia’s Simeone Museum. Virtually every car in that expansive museum is shown exactly as it came off the track. This is the first supermodified ever built by Clyde Booth. The car won the 1978 Star Speedway Classic driven by the late Dave Thomas. It was restored by Thomas and his son, Dave Jr., and is now owned by Dick Berggren. It has been displayed at F-1 Boston and will be seen at the North East Motor Sports Museum.