New England Motor Sports Museum


Hard Won Trophy
Hard Won Trophy


            From the day it was first run in 1951 at Langhorne, PA, the annual Race of Champions was the most important stock car race of the year for most drivers in the Northeast. At times, nearly 200 entries filled the infield pit.

            The final running of the event at Langhorne (it was later run at other tracks) was in 1971 and the final trophy was taken home by Sanborn, NY driver Roger Treichler. He drove a car he built himself just days before the race. Treichler, a flower-grower by trade, was a huge star who raced and won everywhere in the Northeast.

            On Saturday, June 2, 2018, Roger and his family came to the museum where he provided the treasured Langhorne winnerís trophy for display. It now shares space with Rene Charlandís four national Sportsman championship trophies, Ernie Gahanís 1966 NASCAR Modified Championship trophy, Hard Luck Hanafordís trophy from winning the first running of the Milk Bowl, Bob Witcombís 1990 car-owner Daytona 500 trophy, Jimmy Kingís Wally from the NHRA and Ralph Cusackís first Beech Ridge championship trophy as well as his 12th Beech Ridge Championship trophy.