Melvin "Red" Foote
Class of 1999

Red Foote ran his first race in 1948, at Kingston, RI. Carl Morrow and Ralph LeGendre co-owned Foote's first car, a silver #1 coach. It wasn’t long before the “racing bug” bite Foote, and he was competing at Norwood on Thursdays and Saturdays, and Lonsdale on Sundays, with regular visits to Westboro when time allowed. One day, while driving to a race at Lonsdale, the car hauling Foote's race car broke down. Unable to make repairs, he unloaded the race car and used it to push the tow vehicle to the track.

This kind of persistence paid off for Foote, who won championships at Waterford-New London in 1953, and again in 1958. He also took down a championship in Plainville in the 50s, competing in the United Stock Car Racing Club.

The 60s found Foote racing with NASCAR, winning races from New England to the Carolinas to Daytona. It was during this period that he became one of the “Eastern Bandits”, along with fellow “bandits” Ed Flemke and Rene Charland. Red took down a championship in North Carolina in 1965.

Red Foote retired after competing at Langley Field, Virginia in 1980, driving a sportsman car, (present day Busch Series), so he is able to say that he was competitive in 5 different decades of racing. From his ’37 Coach, to a NASCAR Sportsman, Red Foote has represented himself, and the sport of auto racing, well throughout his career.