Sep 20, 2016 6:04 PM
LOUDON — It's been 20 years in the making, and finally the new North East Sports Museum is opening its doors to the public. Saturday the museum will be open all day for guests who want to see some of New England's proud racing history. The open house is free.
Most of the racing items are still in a warehouse waiting to go into the museum, which is located on the grounds of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“It will be 9000 sq ft. We're excited that it's connected to the Speedway and will become a year round tourist destination,” said David McGrath of the New England Motor Speedway.
The museum’s curator is Ray Boissoneau, who has been collecting racing items for decades. He says about 700 people pitched in to make this museum collection so large. It represents all of the New England states.
The oldest car to be displayed was built in 1938 and only raced on dirt tracks.
“They would have been raced at the fairgrounds back in the 1930s and 40’s. They were tired of racing horses and a lot of the farmers wanted to race cars so they started taking apart old Model A’s and Model T’s and they slapped them together,” said Boissoneau.
The entire display will be in the museum this spring.
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