Bob Potter Visitation/Funeral info

 

 

Robert A. “Bob” Potter 1941 – 2019
Norwich – Robert A. “Bob” Potter 78, of Norwich died Wednesday afternoon September 18, 2019 at the Backus Hospital. He was born in Norwich on July 6, 1941 the son of the late Aubrey and Rose (Tetreault) Potter. Bob was employed for 36 years as an X-Ray Technician Radiographer at Electric Boat in Groton before retiring. Bob was married to Dale (Holloway) Potter who survives him. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son Bobby Potter of Ledyard, two daughters, Ginny Potter and Debbie Potter, both of Norwich, step-son Montana Allen, grandchildren Cameron Coffey and his wife Jennifer of Baltic, and Justin Potter of Montville, nephew Wayne Potter and former wife Dottie Lambert. In addition, he is survived by his three cats, Jasmine, Smokey and Little Red. Bob was predeceased by one brother Wayne Potter, sister-in-law Brenda Potter and nephew Billy Joe Potter. The family of Bob would like to thank the racing community for their love and support.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, September 26th at 10:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Church in Taftville, meeting directly at church. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Taftville. Calling hours at the Guillot Funeral Home, 75 South B Street, Taftville will be Wednesday, September 25th from 1-4 P.M. and 6-9 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassion for Cats of New London County, Route 169, Lisbon, CT 06351

NEAR HOF Driver Mike Stefanik Passes

Courtesy of Marc “Bones” Bourcier

Damn. Mike Stefanik was one of the most complete short-track racers of his generation. He could build cars, maintain them, and, as the record books prove, he could drive the hell out of ‘em. He won seven NASCAR Modified Tour championships and two NASCAR Busch North titles, and since we’re about the same age, I was lucky enough to see a huge chunk of his career. His biggest post-retirement kick was zooming through the skies in a little kit plane he’d put together. One of Mike’s great joys was taking his boyhood hero and longtime pal Bugs Stevens on a flight last year; I talked to them both by phone that afternoon, and they carried on like teenagers. Now phone calls and text messages and Facebook are telling me that Mike lost his life today, doing what he loved so much: flying. Thinking tonight of his wife and best friend, Julie, and their two girls. It’s little comfort right now, but this much I know: That guy LOVED the career he had, and the life he led. His loss will land like a thud in the Northeast racing community, and a lot of hearts are heavy this evening. RIP, Champion. — Bones

Norwood Arena/New England Dragway Reunion Update

There has been a change to the schedule.

 

The 15th Annual Norwood Arena/New England Dragway South Reunions are set for this coming Sunday, Sept.15, 2019 at the Raynham Park located  on Rt. 138 (1958 Broadway) Raynham, MA 02757.  The events will begin at 9 am and end around 3 pm.  In the event of rain, the reunions  will be held on Sunday, Sept.22.  Both reunions will be held in concert with the Wheels of Time Car Club’s Annual Classic Car Show.  This year’s date change should result in more Vintage Oval Track race cars to be on hand.
 
Dash plaques and trophies for race cars will be awarded around 1 pm.   Vendors offering  motor sports collectables, books and such are welcome.  Fans may bring scrapbooks and photos for viewing by fans and other attendees. 
 
 Attendees will be able to meet and greet competitors from one of the greatest racing venues in the northeast.  They will be able to see vintage and contemporary oval track and drag racing machines, Land Speed Record vehicles, motorcycles, classic cars, hot rods, customs and specialty vehicles. 
 
There’s lots of room for ramp trucks, race car trailers, semis and other conveyances.  DJ Blue Moon Productions offering 50″s, 60″s and 70’s music will entertain the attendees.  Also the Hot Rod Cafe will be on site offering food,deserts and drinks.
 
For additional information contact organizer Lou Modestino at 781.784.7857 in Sharon, MA or by e-mail at lmodestino@hotmail.com 

NEAR Lime Rock Show 9/1/19

 

UPDATE ON THURSDAY 8/29/19

The track has set aside tickets at no charge for NEAR Racers displaying cars on Sunday. If you are attending, you need to call or text Rich at (860)209-7343 so I know how many to tell them to have at WILL CALL window. I will be on site before 7 a.m. to place truck and assist any members bringing cars. Thank You!!

NEAR has been invited to participate in the LIME ROCK PARK HISTORICAL FESTIVAL 37 that runs from Thursday  8/29 19 to  Monday 9/2/19. Our still event will be on Sunday, 9/1/19. Gates open at 7 a.m. and show starts at 10.a.m.  NEAR members get a 20% discount off a Sunday ticket, which will be $20.00. Please be aware that EVERYBODY pays entrance at Lime Rock. This is an opportunity to display your car(s) among some of the rarest, most valuable autos ever assembled. Our club will have a specific area where we will be parked/on display together. Bring your cameras for photos of all the great vehicles that will be in attendance!

NEAR has a unique code to order tickets  at the 20% off rate by Thursday, 9/29/19 at 12 midnight. Call or text Rich at (860)209-7343 for the code. We would like to have 6 to 10 cars committed to do this event. The HOF Truck will be on hand. Please contact me with any questions or to verify your attendance.

We will be a part of the “Sunday in the Park: Concours d’Elegance & Gathering of the Marques program.” See the attached link (below) for more information on the weekend’s events. Lime Rock’s ticket info is there, as well. The NEAR discount applies to any/all day, or weekend tickets. 

Let’s get together and have some fun this Sunday! See you there!

Historic Festival 37 at Lime Rock Park 20% NEAR (2)

NEAR HOF member Russ Conway passes

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Images Courtesy of
North East Motor Sports Museum
 

Russ Conway

We have lost one of the most prominent figures in the northeast racing community. Russ Conway died yesterday August 20th. He was brought to his first race by his father Paul in 1956 at the Pines Speedway. His father worked on the fire rescue team at the track. His passion for auto racing and its people lasted for his entire life. He got his start writing for the Pines Speedway as a teenager and then attended Northeastern University and got his first major assignment covering the Boston Bruins in 1967 at age 18.

Russ teamed up with Ken Smith and Charlie Elliot in the late 1960s to build Star Speedway and formed NESMRA which ran supermodified races up and down the east coast for over 20 years. He was the co-founder to some of New England’s biggest auto races which are still going strong today. These events include the Star Classic, World Series of Speedway Racing, Oktoberfest of Racing. He worked at the Eagle-Tribune for years and his investigative journalism efforts helped bring down Alan Eagleson on charges of corruption with the National Hockey League Players Association. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame. He was a part of the original 6 board members with the North East Motor Sports Museum and created its first major annual event, Legends Day.

Funeral and calling hour arrangements have not been finalized.

 

Originally posted by the North East Motor Sports Museum

NEAR at Seekonk Speedway

Modified Winner Curt Snow

 

Sportsman Winner Spanky Bancroft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Paul Jacques 2nd              Modified

 

 

     Joe Keefner 3rd             Sportsman

 

  

Bob Seward Sr. 2nd          Sportsman
 
 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Nick Teto, Jennifer Taylor, and RG

A great time was had by all on Saturday, August 10, 2019 as NEAR appeared at the Seekonk Speedway. Our members enjoyed three Sportsman/Modified combined practice sessions, a 10 lap qualifying heat, and a combined 15 lap feature. The staff at Seekonk is second to none and ran a very professional event.

Seekonk awarded podium trophies for both the Sportsman and Modified top 3 finishers. Curt Snow in the #110 bested the Modifieds, followed by the #8 of Paul Jacques and #76m of Rick MacDowell.  The Sportsman were led by the #15 of Spanky Bancroft, the #69 B of Bob Seward Sr., and the #827 of Joe Keefner. Unfortunately, the Flying 9 of Kevin Weeks practiced, but encountered mechanical issues and could not race the feature.

We would like to thank all the members that came out to participate in this very enjoyable and competitive show.

The NEAR Hall of Fame Truck was out on the midway and held a kid’s Bike Raffle. There also was a strong showing by the hometown ProNyne Motorsports Museum and the collection of Brad Cohen in the truck’s showcases.

Thanks to those that made the event a huge success!