NEAR New England Auto Racers Hall Of Fame To Honor Journalist Mark “Bones” Bourcier

NEAR Hall of FameThe New England Antique Racers, operators of the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame, announced Tuesday that longtime racing journalist and Connecticut native Mark “Bones” Bourcier will be honored at the group’s annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 16.

Bourcier will receive the Charlie Mitchell/Jack Ratta Memorial Award

Bourcier, a Southington native, is currently the Editor At Large for Speedway Illustrated Magazine.

The Mitchell/Ratta award honors the memory of two of New England’s top racing journalists. Mitchell was a writer for the Norwalk Hour and Ratta for the Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader.

A press release from NEAR on Bourcier read:

“Honing his skills at local media outlets in the 1970s and then at Speedway Scene and Trackside Magazine, Bourcier has become one of America’s premier auto racing scribes, twice winning the coveted Miller Racing Award of Excellence in Honor of Russ Catlin. They are part of a host of writing awards that also includes the Eastern Motorsports Press Association’s Frank Blunt Memorial Award.

“He did memorable work for Stock Car and Open Wheel magazines and has appeared in several national outlets including National Speedsport.

“While Bourcier, who began watching race cars at Plainville Stadium, is a national figure in the motorsports writing fraternity, he has never forgotten his roots. He has written and/or edited books on New England racing heroes Bugs Stevens, Richie Evans, Ed Flemke and most recently Bentley Warren. They are on a list of books that include biographies of Bill Simpson, Tony Stewart, Parnelli Jones and Dave Darland and a history of Utica-Rome Speedway.”

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at Maneeley’s Banquet Hall in South Windsor. Visit the NEAR website for ticket information.

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