On Saturday, May 4, history was made. The inaugural Historic Motorsports Exposition held at the North East Motor Sports Museum in Loudon, NH, drew the largest crowd of guests to ever view the museum in a single day. It drew every mobile New England motorsports museum. For the first time, the RB Bouchard, NEAR, Maine Motorsports, Ollie Silva, and Vermont Photo (Bob Doyle), were in the same place at the same time. Joining them was a large contingent and display from STARS. Pronyne and Owl’s Head Transportation also exhibited.
The event brought together people with a common interest in discovering, sharing and preserving New England’s motorsports history. Cars as diverse as an Indy 500 race car once driven by Danny Ongias, an ice racing sprinter, a front engine dragster, two Funny Cars, a square-top driven by Ralph Cusack, Jim Lowrey’s immaculate Pinto-bodied modified, the car Ron Bouchard drove to victory at Talladega in 1981, and many more.
Organized by the North East Motor Sports Museum’s Executive Director, Tom Netishen, the outdoor portion of the event was free with admission to the museum just $10 but free to museum members, the day’s exhibitors, and children.