N.H. Motor Speedway to become home of North East Motor Sports Museum


New Hampshire Motor Speedway will serve as the home of a new complex that will display New England’s rich motorsports heritage.

Over the weekend, the board of directors of Racing History Preservation Group voted to build a 10,000-square foot “North East Motor Sports Museum” on two acres of land leased from the track that lies on New Hampshire Route 106.

The lease terms are quite generous, with a duration of nearly 100 years and a cost of $1 per year.

According to a release from the group, the museum will be a single-floor structure with garage doors at each end. It will feature amenities such as a small office, enclosed library, video theater, and of course, plenty of cars, cycles and other artifacts that will represent the region’s racing heritage.

The RHPG’s Board features longtime auto racing journalist and TV reporter Dick Berggren as its president. Berggren confirmed news of the lease’s signing on his Twitter account:

Also among those involved with the Board are figures such as former NASCAR Sprint Cup race winners Ricky Craven and Ron Bouchard.

While the majority of funds needed to construct and complete the building is on hand, the RHPG is asking for additional donations to begin the process.

Contributions can be made payable to the North East Motor Sports Museum and sent to the following address: 7 Bayview Rd., Ipswich, MA, 01938.