New England Motor Sports Museum


Magnificent Trophy Collection Donated
Magnificent Trophy Collection Donated

Dave Sanderson was a young drag racing star in the 1950s, winning races at Sanford (ME), Charlstown (RI) and places outside of New England. He designed and built his own car, a lightweight that tipped the scales at just 897 pounds wet. Sanderson installed his big block Pontiac engine as an integral part of the chassis to help reduce weight. Even the rear axle housings were lightened by drilling. The normally aspirated car was so strong, Sanderson routinely beat cars with blowers. He tragically perished at age 23, drowned in the family pond. Candy Potter, the daughter he never met because Sanderson died before she was born, inherited his massive trophy collection and has donated it all to the North East Motor Sports Museum. The Museumís trophies also include Eric Sandersonís (no relation) trophy as a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owner champion, trophies won by early stars Ray Janelle and Rino Tulonen, and trophies won by Reggie Ruggiero.