New England Motor Sports Museum


An auto racing giant passes on
An auto racing giant passes on


Shany Lorenzet, for decades the track photographer at Stafford, Waterford and Riverside Park, has died at age 97. He lived on his own right up to the end, on his terms, in his own home until the final two weeks of his life which were spent in hospice. The photographs Shany made recorded New England racing history from the1940s to the 1970s. In many cases, his photos are the only images of significant races and the drivers who competed in them. He was a professional and looked the part as he stood in the infield alone with his camera dressed in white with an Illustrated Speedway News jacket. He wet-processed 4X5 negatives, then wet process printed and sold the photos to fans and drivers. Many of his photos as well as his 4X5 camera are on display at the North East Motor Sports Museum.