Bob Bahre, an iconic man in both the racing and classic-car collecting worlds, has sadly passed at the age of 93 years old. Bahre, founder and long-term owner of New Hampshire Motorsports Park, helped integrate NASCAR into the Northeast and through his efforts was able to amass one of the most well-renowned car collections in America.
Throughout his life, Bahre tried his hand at many different forms of work from spending his youth hand-milk cows on his family’s dairy farm, to becoming one of the largest property developers in the Northeastern United States. Throughout his success in life, there was one constant: the appreciation for all things automotive. Bahre was ahead of the curve when it came to seeking out vehicles with a focus on originality and preservation of historic automobiles as close to their condition when they left the factory, during a time when over-restoring was the norm. Several of the cars included in Bahre’s world-class collection included a 1937 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Rollston, an original 1931 Mercedes-Benz SSK, 1934 Packard 1108 Convertible Victoria by Dietrich, 1934 Packard 1106 Sport Coupe by LeBaron, 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider, and even a 1934 Packard Twelve 1108 LeBaron Sport Phaeton which Bahre paid $350,000 for in 1980 (a record price for an American car sold at auction at the time).
Although Bahre often kept his collection private, he was a regular at AACA events in Herhsey, PA, as well as opening the doors to his collection one day a year to support a local charity. Through a lifetime of work, Bahre made an immense impact on all aspects of the automotive world from collecting to racing, which will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace Mr. Bahre from all of us at the HVA.
A livestream of Mr. Bahre’s funeral services will take place today, July 29, from Oxford Plains Speedway at 12pm eastern time. The live stream can be found at the link below:
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