Billy Harman
Class of 2004

At age 21, Billy Harman began racing a modified 312 Ford at Waterford Speedbowl, New London, CT.  He won a feature in his first year, as well as taking down Rookie of the Year honors.  He continued at the Speedbowl for the next 7 years, recording many wins and holding four different track records, including the fastest 10 lap heat, 25 lap feature, 50 lap feature, and non-stop 100 lap feature.  He dominated there, especially in 1965 and 1966, driving the L & M for owners Stanley Loskowski and Stanley Meczewski.

After 1966, Bill felt it was time to move on to more and bigger challenges. He went on to win races for many car owners, including Freddie Beaber in the 715 and 716, Tuck Hoffman and Kevin Coan in the 73, and Bob Judkins in the 2x.  In 1971, driving the #55 for Ted Marsh, Billy finished 6th in the National Modified Championship.  He has raced from Canadian tracks in the north to Hollywood Speedway in Miami Beach, Florida.  He has raced as far west as Ohio, competing at 54 tracks, and winning at 14 different speedways.  From the Race of Champions in Trenton and Pocono to the Oxford Plains 250, Harman has thrived on the ‘big’ races.  He also competed in the 1st Thompson 500 ever run, running 2nd to Fred DeSarro in Ted Marsh’s 55 with only 10 laps to go before running blowing a motor. 

Harman belongs to the Racing Legends of the New London Waterford Speedbowl, where he is also a member of the Most Popular Drivers group.  He has been awarded the NASCAR Award of Professionalism by Jack Arute.  Billy takes pride in the fact that, “I took my racing very seriously, and worked hard at it.  There were 2 or 3 years there when I ran over 100 shows a year.  People called Pete Fiandaca “The Travelin’ Man.  Well, Pete called me ‘The Travelin’ Man’”. 

Today, he travels up interstate 91 to East Windsor, where we welcome Billy Harman into the NEAR Hall of Fame. 

Billy Harman accepts induction from Racing Journalist Pete Zanardi
Howie Hodge Photo