Friday, August 20, 2004

The Greatest Stock Car Driver Dies--Ollie Silva


Watching him race was unlike anything I'd seen before or since. He turned me on to stock car racing way back in the day when he first started racing at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH. Unfortunately an accident there also ended his career. Remember him in your prayers.

From Vintage Northeast Modified Stock Cars:

Ollie Silva passed away after a long illness on Sunday August 15th at the VA Hospital in Manchester, N.H. Ollie has the distinction of being the first inductee into the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame. Ollie won an estimated 500 features in 12 different states including California, Ohio and Florida. Starting racing in 1949, a serious accident at Monadnock Speedway ended his career in 1980. As adept in the Super Modifieds as he was in the Modifieds, Ollie had many victories behind the wheel of a Super Modified. During the running of the 1974 Hott Wheels 100 at the Waterford Speedbowl, Ollie lapped an All Star field of drivers twice in the most dominating performance ever at the Speedbowl.