Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame inducts Russ Conway at Pines Speedway meeting on Saturday


Kendall C. Smith, Charlie Elliott and Russ Conway. (From the collection of Russ Conway.)

Russ Conway, a member of the New England Hockey and Auto Racing Hall of Fame, who died two years ago, becomes the latest local to be inducted into the Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame.

The reporter who spoke out against the corruption of the National Hockey League players’ union leader and helped transform the Star Brick Yard in Epping, New Hampshire into Star Speedway, will be honored tomorrow morning at 11 a.m., during from the 18e Pines Speedway annual meeting in Groveland. Appearing on WHAV in 2017 to honor his late friend Ken Smith, Conway discussed their early, overlapping careers.

“He actually worked for the Haverhill Gazette. He wrote auto races at Pines Speedway in Groveland. How ironic this story is, and I was writing a column for the Haverhill Journal, ”Conway said.

Conway, Smith, and Charlie Elliott went into business on June 26, 1965, creating Star Speedway. Conway told WHAV listeners that the race track was a big hit. “He has gained international fame, in Canada and here. An average Saturday night crowd, to get 5,000, 5,500 was nothing. “

Among those honoring Conway on Saturday are former Boston Bruins captain Terry O’Reilly; Bentley Warren, former Indy 500 racer; Bill Burt, Editor-in-Chief of Eagle Tribune Sports; and John Spence of Lee USA Speedway and master of ceremonies at the meeting.

The free meeting at Pines Speedway starts at 10 am and continues until 4 pm, next to Groveland Town Hall, off Route 113. In addition to the induction ceremony, the meeting includes the mobile museums Ollie Silva and Ron Bouchard, over 40 restored racing cars, vintage music and more.

The meeting is organized by the Groveland Historical Society.


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