January 6, 2002, an informational meeting was held at the Augusta Civic
Center in Augusta, Maine to gauge the interest in forming a vintage race
Over two dozen people attended the meeting, including
owners of restored vintage race cars; retired drivers, crew members and
car owners; past and present race track officials and other interested
individuals. Mary and Charlie Lima of the Senior Tour Auto Racers
(STARS) offered their advice and experience in forming a vintage race
in attendance were informed that the idea for a vintage race car
organization stemmed from a conversation between several owners
of restored vintage race cars. They felt there should be an
organization in the State of Maine to preserve the history of
racing and to represent those individuals who desire to preserve
the originality of vintage race cars.
there were already two groups in New England for vintage or
antique race cars - Senior Tour Auto Racers (STARS) and New
England Antique Racers (NEAR), it was stated a vintage race car
organization for the State of Maine would work with STARS and
NEAR to preserve motorsports history.
attending the initial meeting agreed that to generate interest
in preserving the history of motorsports, a vintage race car
organization must display restored vintage race cars at a
variety of venues so the public can view up close where today's
auto racing came from.
all in attendance agreed such an organization should be more
than preserving and restoring vintage race cars but to preserve
photos, movies, souvenir programs, posters, trophies and other
items from motorsports' past.
enthusiasm expressed by those attending the meeting in January was clear
evidence an association to preserve the history of motorsports in the
State of Maine needed to be formed and was long over due.