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Motor Sports Museum displays Theriault car

LOUDON, New Hampshire — After a profoundly successful first year, the North East Motor Sports Museum, located at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, has undergone a makeover.

To ensure that 2018’s guests see a lot that wasn’t at the museum last year, new vintage cars have been added to the floor.  Included in the new exhibits is the car driven to last year’s ARCA Championship by Maine’s Austin Theriault. It’s the same car he began his chase for the championship in, driving to win at Daytona.

The dirt cut-down driven by the late Joey O’Brien joins a wonderful flathead-powered Model-A body car that raced in Vermont. An “Altered” drag race car that was driven by Charlie Greer sat in a barn for 44 years and is on display exactly as it came out of that barn.

See the supermodified that won four championships and the near six-foot tall trophies the car and its driver (Russ Wood) won. An Offy midget-car engine has been added to the engine corral. The car Jerry Driscoll set Mt Washington Hillclimb records with is on the floor.

The motorcycle display has grown with the addition of an exhibit featuring the ROKON motorcycles that were manufactured in Keene, N.H. The company survived just eight years beginning in 1970 but during that time riders on ROKON bikes  amassed a phenomenal record of off-road competition awards and championships.

New photos of old-time New England racing hang on the walls, the library boasts dozens of new books and more photo albums, among other attractions.

The museum will see several new events, including slot car drag racing on June 30, a July 14 spotlight on the Dion vs. Dragons rivalry and the second annual “Legends Day” event on Sept. 29.

The museum is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

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