Tuesday, January 22 2008 @ 10:10 AM EST
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Vermont stock car racing legend Johnny Gammell of St. Johnsbury, VT will be inducted into the New England Auto Racers (NEAR) Hall of Fame at a ceremony in East Windsor, CT on Sunday, January 27. A former winner of the Don MacTavish Award (1970) and the Chittenden Milk Bowl at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road (1969), Gammell won countless feature races in northern New England and Canada during a career that spanned more than 30 years.
Johnny Gammell, shown here with Thunder Road checkers in 1965, will be inducted into the NEAR Hall of Fame on Sunday (ACT archives photo)
Gammell was inducted by the NEAR Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee, joining champion drivers George Lombardo of Connecticut and Frank Luchesi of Rhode Island on that short but impressive list.
“It is quite an honor to be in the Hall of Fame with the men that are in there already, and with the class that I’m a part of this year,” said Gammell. “It means a great deal to me to represent Thunder Road and Vermont this way; Beaver Dragon (Class of 2004) and Ken Squier (Class of 2002) are the only other people from our state in the Hall of Fame. I’ve been very fortunate to have won many races and awards, and this is a very special honor for me.”