NEAR HoF Presenters
Skip Barber, a five-time national champion sports car
racer and the present owner/operator of Lime Rock Park, heads up an
impressive list of presenters at the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame
Induction Banquet Sunday Jan. 25 at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East
A one-time Formula 1 competitor, Barber is the perfect choice to induct
Northeast Connecticut neighbor John Fitch. A racer of international acclaim,
Fitch’s accomplishments also include design work on the original Lime Rock.
Harvard educated, Barber’s resume includes success in Formula Ford,
Formula 5000 and GT cars. His driver’s school is among the best in the
Other inductors include John McCarthy (Bob Bahre), George Summers
(Art Barry), Bones Boucier (Rollie Lindblad), Dave Moody (Tom Curley), Lew
Boyd (Paul Richardson), Cho Lee (Bobby Dragon) and Tommy Elliman (the late
McCarthy and Summers are Hall of Famers. The Bahre-McCarthy
association began when both were car owners in the Northeastern Midget
Association. McCarthy went on to serve as NEMA president and later was a
consultant at Bahre’s New Hampshire International Speedway
Summers won his final start, one of a hundred-plus victories, in a
Barry car. He is one of many Hall of Famers to drive for Barry.
Moody, an award winning writer and announcer and a nationally known
radio personality, has a long history with Curley as well. Moody is the
announcer at Curley’s much heralded Thunder Road Speedway in Barre, VT.
Boucier is arguably the premier auto racing writer in the country,
his walls filled with awards. The long-time contributor to Stock Car and
Speedway Illustrated is well versed on Lindblad’s revolutionary affects on
New England racing.
Like Bourcier, Boyd is no stranger to induction speeches. A writer
and publisher (Coastal 181), Boyd, a long-time competitor, brings a unique
view to the sport. He and Richardson are Northern Massachusetts neighbors
and close friends.
Lee, an accomplished historian and researcher, and Elliman, a
long-time announcer at Beech Ridge Speedway, have long been strong
supporters for their respective areas. They are appropriate choices for
Maine’s McConnell and Vermont’s Bobby Dragon.
The late Bert Brooks, the late Bertha Small and Hanaford will be
inducted as well, the latter three choices of the Veterans Committee.
Source: Lou Modestino
/ New England Auto Racers Hall Of Fame