2nd Annual Parker-Coraine Trophy to be Awarded on August 27th
Pictured to the right is the 2022 Parker-Coraine Trophy which will be awarded to best of show winner at this year’s Hot Rods, Muscle and More, the museums annual all vehicle car show fundraiser. Shawn Parker, son of Ted Parker will be onsite to present the 2022 trophy. The trophy to the left is new for 2022 and is the Parker-Coraine perpetual winner’s trophy. The name of each years Parker-Coraine Trophy winner will be listed on this trophy. The first name listed on the trophy is inaugural 2021 winner, Steve Bonugli. The trophy will reside year round in the museums trophy case among the largest display of New England motor racing trophies.
More about the namesake of the trophies.
“Torrid” Ted Parker is an accomplished motorcycle drag racer and V6 Supermodified standout. He was a champion motorcycle racer at New England Dragway and set two world records racing Harley-Davidsons. He then went onto racing V6 Supers were he won three championships at New Hampshire’s Hudson Speedway. One of Ted’s Supers is currently on display at the museum. Ted, an accomplished entrepreneur and business owner has been a valued contributor and benefactor of the museum.
Gil Coraine’s roots in motorsports can be traced back to the early days of drag racing in New England. While a student he stated the Peace Pipes club, which in 1960 was accepted into the New England Hot Rod Council. He and his club helped operate drag racing at the Sanford Maine airport and eventually that help would migrate south to Epping, New Hampshire’s New England Dragway in 1966. Gil become New England Dragway’s first advertising and PR director. When you hear the “SunnDaay” radio jingle think of Gil. Gil’s accomplishments have landed him numerous honors such as being inducted into the Ty-Rods Hall of Fame and Orientals Hot Rod Club Hall of Fame. Gil served as the museums first general manager and offered his skills to its board for many years.
Ted and Gil formed a friendship when Ted started racing at New England Dragway in the 1970’s. So we found it fitting that the friendship of these two great museum contributors shall be honored on our annual best of show car show trophy.
The 2022 Hot Rods, Muscle and More Car Show runs Saturday August 27th from 10am to 2pm with awards starting at 1pm at the New England Racing Museum (922 NH Route 106 Loudon, NH). 21 trophies in total to be awarded. Show car entry is $20 per car, which provides you two tickets to view the museum the day of the event. Spectator entry is $5 per person, kids under 12 free. There will be a 50/50 raffle and food truck.
The event is a fundraiser for the museum which is a 501©3 NH educational nonprofit. The mission of the museum is to discover, preserve and educate the public on the history of New England motor racing.