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October 5, 2012

Pines Speedway 10th anniversary set


Newburyport Daily News

---- — GROVELAND — Thousands of race car enthusiasts are expected to attend this year’s 10th anniversary Pines Speedway reunion.

Members of the Groveland Historical Society will present their annual “Walk Down Memory Lane” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the site of the original quarter-mile track.

This year the society will honor Dave Grantz, Frank Conway, Frank Carter, George “Choppy” Baldwin and “Mountain Man” Moe Farmer (posthumously) at this event, which will be held rain or shine at the Pines Recreation Area on Route 113 next to Groveland Town Hall.

A monument honoring Pines Speedway drivers who made the races in Groveland so popular will be unveiled. Organizers say the monument was made possible through the dedicated planning, designing and financial backing of Kendall Smith and Russ Conway.

“Thousands of fans, race car enthusiasts, drivers and race car owners continue to make this event one of the most popular racing programs of the year in New England,” said Claire Walsh, president of the Groveland Historical Society.

Those being honored this year include:

Frank Conway, No. 57 of Chelmsford, Conway initially started racing in the Class B Division and moved up to Class A’s a few years later. Conway became very competitive after building a Class A No. 57 and frequently finished a close second at the Pines.

Frank Carter, No. 20 from Tewksbury, started in the Class A Division at the Pines in 1950 at the age of 17. After demolishing his Class A car on Easter Sunday 1960, Carter switched to the Class B Division and went on to a very successful career and a Pines championship.

Dave Grantz, No. 79 from Lowell was another top star at the Pines Speedway. Grantz started in the Class B division at the Pines until the Pines closed in 1972. He won three Pines championships and accumulated over 200 feature wins.

Grantz was considered one of the best drivers in the United Race Drivers Club.

Moe Farmer, No. 120 from Beverly, started out in the Class B Division winning several races and features. Farmer then went to the Class A Division and teamed up with Bob Bouchard from Salem, Mass.

Farmer went on to win many races in Bouchard’s No. 297 super modified at the Pines and Hudson speedways.

George “Choppy” Baldwin in the “Double L” from Lowell followed in the footsteps of his two brothers who raced in Connecticut.

At the age of 14, Baldwin started racing and later had multiple feature wins throughout New England including the URDC Class B championship in 1957. Baldwin was a popular driver in the Pines Bomber division.

If you go ... What: Pines Speedway 10th Reunion Where: Old Pines Speedway site Admission: Free On display: Race cars on display include restored midgets, jalopies, stock cars, Class A cut-downs and super modifieds. Also ...: There will be tables for collectors and vendors of novelty and swap items are available for rent for $25. Fans are welcome to be part of the many displays for racing memorabilia by bringing scrapbooks, souvenirs, photos and jackets. For more info: Call 978-420-5030 or email oldrustyracer@aol.com. You can also contact Claire Walsh at claire1401@aol.com or PO Box 178, Groveland, MA 01834.