Chatham dune buggy racing in the earl...

Chatham dune buggy racing in the early '70s?

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Steve from Connecticut

Newington, CT

#1 Oct 24, 2007
Anyone remember the dune buggy races that used to happen on Sundays in the sand pit next to the town dump (I recall up a road on the north side of Route 28, toward the western end of town)? My dad used to take me there as a kid (late '60s or early '70s time period, I think) and it was an exciting scene. Would love to hear from anyone with any background, old pictures, old race programs, etc..

Steve from Stony Creek, CT
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ejo

Buzzards Bay, MA

#2 Oct 20, 2010
My parents used to take me there too. I remember recreating the races at home in my sand box with tonka trucks. My mom and i were just talking about it at Seekonk speedways last race day of the season. It came up because Dan Meservey used to race there and he and his son are currently racing in the Pro 4 modified touring series. She also mentioned the name Bobby Pena as a racer. I was only about 7-9 when the races happened so i dont have many memories. It was free but i remember the driver coming up into the hills to accept donations.
MPH

Sterling, VA

#3 Jan 3, 2011
I remember it as well - for a kid that was 11 or 12 at the time it was awesome! I especially remember one all gold VW that used to win a lot. I also remember finding a book in the school library that had some photos of the cars in action. I don't remember the title or anything but I know the photos were of Chatham. Not many people seem to remember it but the name Meservey as a Chatham local make sense. Those were good times.
dmese

Brewster, MA

#4 Mar 14, 2011
Funny I even found this! Came across a bunch of pics in slide form of the races. I'm trying to put them on a disc with some sort of quality. My dad would take mom's car to work on sundays, take the motor out, race, and put it back in at the end of the day. Now I'm going to have to look to see if there's a gold one and who's it is.
MPH

Sterling, VA

#5 Mar 14, 2011
dmese wrote:
Funny I even found this! Came across a bunch of pics in slide form of the races. I'm trying to put them on a disc with some sort of quality. My dad would take mom's car to work on sundays, take the motor out, race, and put it back in at the end of the day. Now I'm going to have to look to see if there's a gold one and who's it is.
That would be great to see - hopefully the gold VW is there. My post says I'm from Arlington Va but that is because that is where my company is located. I'm actully in Eastham. thanks Mike
dmese

Brewster, MA

#6 Dec 5, 2011
MPH wrote:
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That would be great to see - hopefully the gold VW is there. My post says I'm from Arlington Va but that is because that is where my company is located. I'm actully in Eastham. thanks Mike
Hey, did that gold buggy have "wild bill" on the side. if so...do i have some pictures for you!
Mph

United States

#8 Apr 27, 2017
dmese wrote:
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Hey, did that gold buggy have "wild bill" on the side. if so...do i have some pictures for you!
It was "wild bill" I believe - cool there was the gold in your photos

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