By MICHAEL LETENDRE
The New England Antique Racers announced the 2014 class of the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Aug. 5.
And there’s a local, familiar name that left his mark locally at the old Plainville Stadium.
Ron Wyckoff, a resident of Southington, will be part of the NEAR’s 16th induction group this coming year.
Other drivers that will be honored along with Wyckoff includes Mike Rowe, Deke Astle, Jime Martel and Fred Schulz.
Also being enshrined at the event will be Bob Tasca, racing historian R.A. Silvia and Dave Tourigny.
The induction ceremony takes place on Nov. 16 from The Lodge at Maneeley’s in South Windsor.
Wyckoff is a local legend and was a very successful racer during his time driving at Plainville Stadium.
The Florida native won three consecutive Riverside 500s at the Riverside Park Speedway in Agawam, Massachusetts in the 1970’s.
Racing the no. 88 car in Plainville in the 1960s, he made some early memories at the Stadium – a 1/4 mile challenge that Wyckoff quickly began to dominate.
He started his career in the Sportsman Division and eventually moved on to the Modifieds.
Wycott also raced the Ron Berndt owned No. 54 and saw success outside of the Plainville area as well.
He competed at some of the top parks in New England including Thompson, Waterford, Stafford and, of course, the Riverside Park Speedway.
At Riverside, his seven feature victories eventually saw Wycoff reach 34th place on the track’s all-time win list.
He also had his share of success at Seekonk Speedway as well during his heydays.
Wyckoff was usually found starting races in the first row and at the 1976 Riverside 500 event, guess who was in front of the pack?
The top prize in the event was a cool $3,000 at the 500 lap race that encompassed 125 miles from start to finish.
In the victory in 1976, Wyckoff was teamed with Bob Polverari and won it all once again.