Earl Carter

2021 New England
Hot Rod Hall Of Fame Inductee

Earl Carter has been a strong and steady supporter of Drag Racing and Hot Rodding in New England since the 1950s. He is the son of a machinist and at the age of 16 Earl started his hot-rodding career with a 1940 ford coupe powered by a modified flathead.


In the mid-50s Earl purchased a 1923 Model T. He spent a couple of years creating what is believed to be the first T-bucket in New England. Earl raced the T in the Modified Roadster class at Sanford Maine.


Earl started the Dragon Wheels Car Club in Malden and then in 1957, he joined the Orientals Hot Rod Club. He served as club secretary from 1962 until 1970. As a member of the Orientals, Earl became involved in the New England Hot Rod Council and he took an active role as a member of the starting line crew in Sanford, Maine from 1960 to 1962.


When the New England Dragway Board of Directors was formed, Earl joined the and again he took an active role, including as the Board Treasurer. Earl recently retired from the Board, culminating a legacy of supporting and promoting New England Drag Racing for more than 60 years.


The Orientals Hot Rod Club congratulates Earl Carter on his induction into the New England Hot Rod Hall of Fame.

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