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Vintage racing draws colorful cars, big plans
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.
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.
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.
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.