Dave Dykes, NEAR Member

Fame has caught up with Dave Dykes.

A Waterford, CT resident, Dykes was recently honored with a coveted Good Sport Award from the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance in recognition of his popular “Racing Through Time” website. 

Dykes’ site, updated weekly, features classic racing photos along with accompanying notes. A joint effort by Dykes and Tom Ormsby a few years ago, it has become “a must” for the growing number of the auto racing nostalgia buffs. It is, he says, “a labor of love.”

Last fall, Dykes was presented with the Dan Pardi Award at the NEAR Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. Dykes, a member of the NEAR Board of Directors and of the Hall of Fame selection committee, called the Pardi award his greatest moment. NEMA’s publicity chief for several years, he also received NEAR’s Charlie Stebbins Award.

Employed at Balfour Beaty in Groton, CT, Dykes, 55, is a graduate of Waterford High School. Growing up “right down the road” from Waterford Speedbowl, he had a brief stint as a racer himself but found collecting and recording racing history more to his liking. Dykes, who enjoys a long relationship with many racing families, most notably the LaJeunesse clan of Norwich, has been collecting racing photos for most of his life.

Over the past decade he has been a contributor to several auto racing journals including Speedway Scene and he is the compiler/author of “The Illustrated History of Waterford Speedbowl.” He has handled public relations/publicity for both NEMA and the Speedbowl.