New England Motor Sports Museum


North East Motor Sports Museum Update
North East Motor Sports Museum Update

Welcome new members Daniel Scully, Albert Brandy, Leon Swiniarski, Paul Zampieri, Russ and Darlene Nutting, Russ LeDuke, Robert & Sally Worthington, Mike & Julie Stefanik, Russ Truelove, Kenneth Quinney, Ed Duncan and Martin LaVoie.

We are grateful to the Maine Vintage Race Car Association for its show of support by way of a check for $1,000. The check was hand delivered by Andy Cusack at the Beech Ridge Speedway. More than the dollars, it’s gratifying to know that this group shares our vision of preserving racing’s history. While at the track, Andy also provided the museum with Beech Ridge’s contribution of $1,300 for a brick and a Platinum membership. As such, Beech Ridge became the first speedway Member of the museum.

A member of our Board of Directors who asked to remain anonymous, in late May donated $2,400 to the museum.

Eddie Wood (son of Wood Bros NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Glen Wood) has offered to loan certain artifacts from their extensive collection the museum would like to borrow and display. The Wood Bros holdings include trophies, photographs, cancelled checks and newspaper clippings from the very beginning of the family’s racing adventures. Eddie understands that our museum is focused on the Northeast. His father did race here.

I recently visited Ray Evernham’s shop in Mooresville, NC to see his collection of vintage cars and artifacts. Ray is on the same page as we are with a strong interest in preserving racing’s history. His collection includes historically significant midgets, modifieds, Winston Cup cars, and 60s dirt cars. The collection is spectacularly displayed.

Finally, on Sunday, June 3, my TV career of covering big league NASCAR events from pit road will end at Dover. The change will allow considerably more time to invest in the museum project which is likely to speed up the arrival of the day in which we can all walk into the building for the first time.

--Dick Berggren