December 26, 2020
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When Cary Stratton of Coastal 181 despatched me the Lennie Boehler ebook to assessment, my thoughts instantly went to the gathering of Inventory Automobile Racing magazines in my attic. I knew that someplace in that assortment had been some articles concerning the Massachusetts modified constructor.
As Lew Boyd laid out the chronological path of Boehler and his modifieds nicknamed Ole Blue, my curiosity acquired one of the best of me. I needed to make a enterprise into the attic to seek out the journal(s) with Boehler featured.
With LED gentle in hand and heat clothes, I shoved the heavy insulated door into the air, and ventured into the not-that-cold attic, the nice and cozy climate had tempered the air.
I discovered the three-by-three foot cardboard field of Inventory Automobile Racing magazines amongst the bins of Sizzling Rod, Automobile & Driver, Speedway Illustrated, Racer, and miscellaneous different titles. The field was fairly massive and full, so I knew my hunt can be lengthy.
As daylight light, my gentle got here in helpful as I learn the dates on the covers and narrowed the search to 1972. I didn’t discover each challenge in 1972, nevertheless, I did discover the important thing ones. As I used to be trying my thoughts wandered again to what I used to be doing in 1972.
I feel I bought these points from Habeeb’s Smoke Store in Caribou after I was house from college at UMO. I most likely thought the 75 cents cowl value was extreme to this poor school child.
I hit the jackpot when I discovered November 1972 challenge which featured interviews of Cecil Gordon and Lennie Boehler. After I turned to web page 50, there it was. The picture which in my thoughts characterised Lennie Boehler.
Boyd’s ebook particulars the greater than 65 years of lifetime of Ole Blue the race automobile. Boehler died on Mom’s Day Could 13, 2001 solely two weeks after attending the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut. When he returned house to Freetown his spouse Janice and son Michael took him to Mass Normal Hospital.
They hoped past hope that Lennie would make one other comeback. That by no means occurred when he by no means wakened from unconsciousness. The physician revealed he had a tumor on his backbone on high of all the pieces else.
The subsequent Thursday, the funeral on the Rock Funeral Residence in New Bedford was enormous. The whole Boehler household was current in addition to dozens of New England space racers. After the funeral, the racers within the crowd headed to Nazareth Nationwide Speedway in Pennsylvania for the following race. Tommy Cravenho completed sixth in Ole Blue at that race.
The exploits of drivers of Ole Blue together with Bugs Stevens, Fred DeSarro, Tony Cortes, Don Corridor, Leo Cleary, Ron & Ken Bouchard, Doug Heveron, Mike McLaughlin, Bruce “Gomer” Taylor, Bobby Santos, Matt Swanson, Ted Christopher, and Jerry Marquis are portrayed within the ebook.
The New England Auto Racing Corridor of Fame inducted Lennie posthumously in 2004 citing his six NASCAR Modified Championships together with a number of race wins and previous time racecraft abilities.
I’ve no drawback recommending this ebook. Get the ebook and several other different regional race titles at http://www.coastal181.com
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