LEGENDS DAY HONORS THE STARS OF NEW ENGLAND MIDGET RACING
The popular annual Legends Day event will be held on November 7 at the North East Motor Sports Museum (922 Rt 106, Loudon, NH 03307). Headlining the afternoon will be the stars and VIPs of midget racing in New England. As always, Legends Day will be a fun time and will include a free lunch.
This year’s event’s co-emcees intimately know New England midget racing and the people who win midget races. Pete Falconi has been the NEMA announcer for many years. Dick Monahan has been deeply involved in NEMA as well, enough to co-write the history of midget racing in New England for the “History of Auto Racing in New England” book. Both men appreciate the value of fun.
Living honorees includes a list of champion drivers. Russ Stoehr won six NEMA championships between 1990 and 2010, Drew Fornoro won nine NEMA champions, more than any other driver; Bobby Seymour won the 1987 driver championship and has fielded midgets for others to drive to wins for nearly his entire life. Rollie Lindblad has built the broadest array of winning race cars of anyone in New England. His construction includes winning drag race cars, four-cylinder, super-late model cars and midgets. His Badger midgets dominated NEMA competition for many years.
Drew Fornoro leads the NEMA all time win list with 85 victories and is followed by Dave Humphrey who had 73 trips to victory lane.
Bobby Seymour will represent his family which includes brother Mike, a NEMA champion driver, and his father “Boston” Louis whose cars won the USAC Silver Crown championship. Over a ten-year period, Boston towed race cars more than a million miles from New England to USAC races all over America. Bobby was with him most of the time.
There will be a dramatic banner unveiling in the museum’s ceiling, adding to the banners depicting the stars of the three prior Legends Day celebrations. Deceased who will be honored in a special banner include some of New England’s all-time greatest midget drivers: Johnny Thomson, Bob Blair, Bill Eldridge, Joe Sostillio, Dave Humphrey and Joe Csiki.
A free buffet beginning at 11:30 is included. The program will begin at 1pm and will be followed by the museum’s Annual Meeting which is open to all paid members. Become a member at Legends Day and join the Annual Meeting where you can have a say in how the museum is run.
The event will sell out so to be sure to get a seat, order your tickets now. Get your tickets ($30 for museum members, $35 for non-members) calling 603-783-0183. You may also purchase tickets by sending your payment to the North East Motor Sports Museum, 922 Rt 106, Loudon, NH 03307. Questions can be answered by emailing [email protected].