action:article | category:SPORTS11 | adString:SPORTS11 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » Motor Sports

August 03. 2013 7:49PM

Vintage racing draws colorful cars, big plans


 

LOUDON - Ray Boissoneau has been a fan of racing since just after World War II, when his favorite driver was the late Mike Nazaruk.

Boissoneau, 75, of Bedford liked "Iron Mike" so much that he owns one of his cars, a "midget" race car that he restored and now owns along with 29 other classic race cars.

"I grew up a 'gear head' as a youngster, and like a lot of people, racing became a passion with me," he said.

Boissoneau was among dozens of car owners from across the country at the 23rd annual Vintage Racing Celebration at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. He brought several of his cars to the speedway and won a race Saturday with his McLaren classic.

He was also at the track to promote the proposed Northeast Motor Sports Museum, which he and several other classic race car owners hope to build in Loudon.

The museum would be on the grounds of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. At 20,000 square feet, the multi-story building would house an extensive collection of race cars, trophies, helmets, engines, motorcycles and memorabilia that represent racing history in the Northeast.
Boissoneau is a member of the Racing History Preservation Group, a nonprofit state organization that is trying to raise $3 million to build the museum. So far, he said, the group has raised $200,000.

"The fundraising is going well, but we really need a benefactor to donate the land (for the museum)," he said.

The museum is needed to help people remember "the rich history of Northeast racing," he said, and to help remember drivers such as Iron Mike, who was also known for his service as a U.S. Marine in the Battle of Guam and the Guadalcanal campaign in World War II. He died racing at a track in Langhorne, Pa., in 1955.

"He was my hero," Boissoneau said. "That's the kind of person we need to remember." dseufert@newstote.com


 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Mariano Rivera's son to pitch for NH squad

Kevin Davis, CEO and president of Bauer Performance Sports, displays Bauer Hockey's latest innovation in hockey skates — the Vapor APX 2 with easily changeable skate blades in this 2013 file photo.

Exeter-based Bauer continues to expand beyond hockey with $330M purchase of baseball firm Easton-Bell

Hollis-Brookline head football coach resigns unexpectedly

New owners for Waukewan Golf Club

Matches announced for USA v. Cuba clash at Rockingham Park this weekend

Boston Marathon victim Jeff Baumann throws out the first pitch prior to the start of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park last year.

Service's creed on display in support of airman affected by Boston bombing

40-year-old Manchester mechanical engineer wins MMA decision

New Hampshire Motor Speedway touts viability of casino site in Loudon

USA Knockouts Tamed in Cuba

U.S., Cuba boxers clash in Havana, U.S. bouts set for Rockingham Park in Salem

Lee USA Speedway opens season April 13

Newmarket woman plans world-record cross-country run for charity

CHIP KELLY

Is Chip Kelly racist?

World Series of Boxing event moved to Rockingham Park - USA vs. Cuba

Manchester man in top 30 candidates for Padres public address announcer

NH man helps MLB players deal with stresses on, off the field

Review of the 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook

New Hampshire Motor Speedway may run Sprint Cup race in 2015 under the lights

How Boston lost the Patriots and 'New England' grabbed the NFL's 'Gold Standard'

Twin State Speedway gets new manager

Yale promotes former UNH coach to offensive coordinator

Bulldogs sign UNH's Nick Sorkin

Flyers Notes: Flyers sign speedy New Hampshire forward

Tom Duvall of Durham to compete for Navy in NCAA swimming events

Positive thoughts motivate more exercise says UNH study

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!