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FRIDAY AUGUST 28th
Route 125
Lee, NH

"RIDES FOR KIDS NIGHT"

Sign in time 3:00 p.m.

“Thunder in the Mountains” and that just what it was as the Senior Tour Auto Racers rolled into White Mountains Motorsports Park on August 22nd.  STAR started their day with warm ups from 1:00 till 3:00.  This was a great opportunity to get any bugs out of your car or just seat time for new members.  It was great to see non- car owners get into the cars and give it a shot!  Now they have the understanding of how much fun this can be!  It was quite in the pit area with members working on their cars for the evening shows but I know this would not last for long, and I was right, you will see later on!

The first to go out was the Sportsmen division for their heat race.  It would be Alan Zemla from Me in his #43 coupe (known as Fred) to take down the first checkered for the evening.  The Modifieds were lined up and ready for their heat race.  Ed Mulligan from RI in his #61 Pinto took down the checkered on the last lap with his move to the outside.

Then it was time for the feature races to take place.  In the Sportsmen division it was Skip Stearns from NH in his #7 coupe to take the checkered and win for the Sportsmen division.  John Mulcahy from Ma in his #57 Mustang pulled off a close second and finishing off the pack with a third was Alan Zemla from Me in his #43 coupe.   In the Modifieds it would be James Allen from Ma in his #44 Mustang to take the checkered and the feature win for the Modifieds.  Charlie Lima from Ma in his #2X coupe and Ed Mulligan from RI in his #61 battled for second. When the checkered came down it was Lima to pick up a second and Mulligan finished off with a third. 

White Mountains brought all three from each division trackside for and out of car interview and trophies, boy were they in for a surprise! I knew it was too quite that night and I was sure they would show their colors and they did!  At interview time the drivers took the mike one by one and talked to the fans in the stands.  The drivers poured water on the winners in from of the fans and then the joking and interacting with the fans began, to at one point the fans laughed so much they stood up and gave them a standing ovation!  The winners selected children from the stands to give their trophies to for a memory of Senior Tour’s visit there!  What a great night and so much fun at Victory Lane!

Thank you to White Mountains Motorsports Park their entire staff and the FANS for a great night of racing!




On August 14th Senior Tour made it second appearance at the Claremont Speedway in Claremont, NH for the 2015 season.   STAR filled the pits with cars from all over New England to give Claremont Speedway a night of real “ole school racing”. 

STAR started their day with warm ups and the evening would bring the tour 2 heats and 2 features.

But let’s get back to our pit area for some “Pit Chatter”.  As usually the members were having their fun in the pits and sometimes I think there is more going on in the pits than on the track!  It was “Birthday Night “ for two members, Scott Poirier from the #73 Mod and Bobby Turner from the #7 Mod.  STAR celebrated their birthdays in the pits and now if you know the STAR members “The Games Began”!  It was nice to see the owners and members from Claremont join in on the fun!  Cake was passed out to everyone and cake was smashed in faces and do I need to say anymore!   But isn’t that what it is all about having FUN?   Believe me these guys know how to have a good time!

Now it was time to get serious and get them out for their heat races.  First the Sportsmen hit the track for their heat race.  It was Bob Seward from Ma in his #69B coupe to take the first win and checkered for the tour that evening.  The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the asphalt.  Bob Donahue from NH in his #99 was not about to give this win up.  Donahue held his line and took the second checkered for the evening for the Modified heat win.

Back to the pits, and again there must have been a full moon that night!  Oh my gosh they were having a heck of a time in the pits area.  Laugher and jokes going up and down the complete pit area; it was nice to see that racing still can be FUN! 

Then it was feature time!  Oh yes STAR gave the crowd just what they have been waiting for, “REAL OLE FASHION RACING” from the beginning to the end.  Race Director Mary Lima turned the group over to George Powers who would walk the fans back into time and show them how real racing was started….In the middle of the track!  George stood in the middle of the track for feature races, bringing them down, crossing them over and waving the green flag all from the middle of the track.  What a head rush!  George has been doing this with STAR for over 16 years and it is always a hit!   

The Sportsmen were off and it was hometown guy Rocky Cusanelli Sr to show the Sportsmen how it was done by dominating the field and taking down the win for the Sportsmen that evening.   Robert Harless from NY was the only car close to Rocky and took down a second.  Skip Stearns from NH in the #7X coupe topped off the field with a third.  The top three were brought to trackside for an out of car interview and awarded with trophies.

The Modifieds were in place and ready to hit the track for their feature race.  Once more George Powers stood in the middle and flagged on the modifieds.  The Green Came Down and it was off to racing!  The pack was tight switching positions lap from lap but when the checkered came down in was on new member Thomas Trempe from NH in his #77 Mustang by inches from second place Scott Poirier from Ct in his #73 Pinto.  Brian Robie from NH in his #7 Pinto finished off the pack with a third.  The top three were brought trackside for an out of car interview and awarded with trophies. 

STAR would like to thank Claremont Speedway their entire staff and to George Powers for making a night we will all remember!


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On August 9th Hudson Speedway in Hudson, NH was the next stop for the Senior Tour.  It was a special night at the Speedway.  It was the 13th annual “Don Hayes Memorial Race” held in memory of Hudson’s Speedway’s first photographer/videographer who was associated with the Speedway from its first opening season in 1948 until 2001. A lot of the photos we are posting are courtesy of son Rich Hayes.

STAR started their day with warm ups with heats and features to following later on in the evening.

The Sportsmen hit the track first for their heat race.  It would be hometown boy Skip Stearns from NH in his #7X coupe to take down the first checkered for the tour that evening and the heat win for the Sportsmen division.  The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the asphalt for their heat race.  Charlie Lima from Ma in the 2X coupe took down the second checkered and the win for the Modified heat race.  Coupes ruled that evening and by the President and Vice-President of STAR.  Congratulations gentlemen well done!

Later on that evening STAR would do their features in memory of Don Hayes.  In the Sportsmen division it was Dwight Lowes from Ma in his #50 coupe to take down the win for the Sportsmen division.  Ed Mulligan from RI in his #61 Pinto took a second and to top off the pack with a third was Frank Foley from Ma in his #3 Camero.  In the Modified division it was James Allen from Ma in his #44 Mustang to take the checkered for the Modified division.  Brian Robie from NH in his #7 Pinto took a very close second and Bobby Turner from Me in his #7 Omni finished with a third.  On track interviews took place with awarding of trophies to the top three in each division.

STAR would like to thank Hudson Speedway and their entire staff for letting us be a part of this special evening for Don Hayes Memorial.



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“Thunder on the Mountain” and that is just what it was on August 8th as the Senior Tour Auto Racers made their second appearance for 2015 season at the Monadnock Speedway, in Winchester, NH. It was hot and it was steaming but these racers did not care!  Mother Nature has been kind to the Tour this year by beating out most of the rain outs by a day!  If it rained on Saturday we raced on Friday and if it rained on Friday we raced on Saturday, Thank you Mother Nature, I guess karma pays off! 

Vintage cars have a sound of their own and nothing can mimic it!   The roar and echo gave the fans what racing was all about back in the 60’s and 70’s.  STAR filled the pits with cars from all over New England with coupes, sedans from the earlier years along with Pintos Mustangs and Vegas from the 70’s. 

STAR’s day was started with warm ups and later in the evening would have heats and features for both divisions of STAR.

First to hit the track was the Sportsmen division for their heat race, and racing it was!  It was Joby Tucker from RI in his #70 coupe to hold off the pack and take down his first checkered for the tour.  Congratulations to Joby on his first checkered with the STAR Tour.  It was John Mulcahy from Ma in his #57 Mustang to pull off a second and to round out the pack with a third was Rick MacDowell from Ma in his #76 Camaro. This is what I am talking about, a Couple, a Mustang and a Camero.  What a selection the Sportsmen had!

The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the asphalt for their heat race.  Brian Robie from NH in his #7 Pinto made his move to the front and took down the second checkered for the tour that evening.  It was hometown boy Bob Donahue from NH in this #99 Pinto to pick up second place.  Charlie Lima from Ma in his #2X coupe rounded out the pack with a third.

At feature time it was the Sportsmen to hit the track first for their feature race.  When the checkered flew it was on Joe Keefner from Ma in his #99 Gremlin to take the feature for the Sportsmen.  Alan Zemla from Me in his #43 coupe took a very close second and Rick MacDowell from Ma in his #76 Camero rounded out the pack with a third.  Top three were brought trackside for an out of car interview.

The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the track for their feature race.  Gregg Massini from Ma in his #19 Vega wagon took down the last checkered for the evening and the feature for the Modifieds.  James Allen from Ma in his#44 Mustang pulled off a very close second and it was Bob Donahue from NH in his #99 Pinto to complete the pack with a third.  All three were brought trackside for and out of car interview. 

STAR would like to thank Monadnock Speedway and their entire staff for all their hospitality and including us in their 2015 season. 


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