LOUDON, NH: Legends Day, the museum’s most important annual event will take place on Sunday November 12th at the New England Racing Museum (922 Rt. 106, Loudon, NH). Headlining will be four national motor racing broadcasters with New England roots. The event will include an honoree panel discussion, permanent banner unveiling and a buffet lunch.
New for this year will be a VIP ticket in which you can meet the honorees in a small group setting for a photo opportunity, join a private museum tour led by Dick Berggren and premier seating for the lunch and discussion. The event is supported by Fox Sports and is a fundraiser for the nonprofit museum.
Dick Berggren was a fixture on NASCAR television broadcasts from 1981 to 2012 as a pit road reporter and color analyst. Beyond his broadcasting career he served as editor for Stock Car Racing magazine for 23 years. He founded and edited Open Wheel magazine, founded Speedway Illustrated magazine and the New England Racing Museum.
Jack Arute III or also known as “Jackie”, began his broadcasting career in 1972 with the Motor Racing Network. Arute worked as a pit reporter from 1984 to 2009 covering NASCAR and Indycar races. He also served as president of the family-owned and nationally known Stafford Motor Speedway in his home state of Connecticut.
Vermont native Ken Squier was one of NASCAR’s original television broadcasters starting in 1970. He called some of the most historic stock car races in history including the legendary 1979 Daytona 500, the first flag to flag coverage of the “Great American Race”, a moniker he coined. Squier was an on air talent for NASCAR broadcasts until 2000. Locally he is the founder of one of New England’s most successful short tracks, Thunder Road Speedbowl which opened in 1960. Dave Moody will sit in for Squier during the celebration.
Mike Joy began announcing auto races at Riverside Park Speedway in Agawam, MA in 1970. His career as an announcer and broadcaster spans over 50 years. He spent fourteen years with the Motor Racing Network and anchored the first live NASCAR Cup Series telecast on ESPN in 1981 and continues to be lead broadcaster for Fox Sports NASCAR coverage. Joy is a broadcaster, promoter, business executive and sports car racer. Rhode Island native and sportscaster Allen Bestwick will serve as the event emcee.
VIP ticket holders will have early private access to the museum starting at 10am with a private tour starting at 10:30am. They will also have a chance to meet the honorees and emcee Allen Bestwick in a small group setting with photo opportunity. VIP ticket holders will have tabled seating in the front row. All other ticket holders may enter at 11am to view the museums 30+ race cars, motorcycles and artifacts. Buffett lunch and social hour is scheduled for 12:00pm until 1:00pm. Honoree discussion to start at 1:00pm and the event will conclude with a dramatic banner unveiling ceremony.
Only 150 tickets available! The event is likely to sell out so order soon. Price per ticket is $65 for museum members and $80 for non-members. VIP tickets are $120 each. You may purchase your tickets by calling 603-783-0183 or by visiting nemsmuseum.com. You may also send your payment to the New England Racing Museum, PO Box 7011, Loudon, NH 03307.
About the New England Racing Museum
The museum is owned by the Racing History Preservation Group, a NH 501 (c) 3 educational nonprofit organization that seeks to discover, preserve and educate the public on the history of motor racing in New England. The 10,000 square foot museum opened in 2017 on the grounds of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. Call 603-783-0183 or visit nemsmuseum.com to learn more.