Volunteer at the New England Racing Museum

By: GSA Sarah Brown, 2011 Concord Comfort Inn Class

Looking for an interesting place to volunteer? I’d like to recommend the New England Racing Museum in Loudon. After attending a general orientation in March, I have been spending a few days a month at the museum and having a great time. Contrary to what you might think, the museum is not owned by the NH Motor Speedway, but is a NH registered nonprofit. It features cars, motorcycles, and a few trucks, associated in some way with New England racing. A few were actually not just raced but fully built in NE.

The museum is run primarily by volunteers. You don’t have to be a gear head to be able to volunteer, I’m certainly not. Yes I like old cars and watch the Indy 500 every year but I know next to nothing about NASCAR and engines of any type. The items on view are well signed, and there is usually at least one person at the museum during a shift that can talk details with visitors. GSA’s don’t have to be the experts just welcoming and able to engage visitors in conversation. We all know how to do that!

I have a few cars I’m particularly drawn to, so I’ve learned about them and direct people to them, who seem a bit overwhelmed with all the cars and other exhibits. I point out to kids the cars they can sit it, the race simulator, and the toy car race track.  I also keep on eye out for problems with people or the cars.

The museum is only open Saturday and Sunday in the summer. So if you are still a working stiff, this is the place for you! If you’d like to check it out, let me know so you can come when I’m there and can give you an idea of what you’d be doing.

Hope to see you soon

GSA Sarah Brown
2011 Concord Comfort Inn Class

Photo Notes: My favorite car is number 255 a 1932 MG Midget Model J3.
The red truck is an ice racer. Won many a trophy on NH lakes and ponds