July 8, 1955 - NEHRC hosts their first event at Sanford Dragway in Sanford, Maine. Sanford becomes an important location for drag racing in the Northeast and begins to attract attention from across the country.
August 5, 1955 - City Car Club hosts their first annual event at New Bedford Municipal Airport in New Bedford, MA., one week before the NHRA Safety Safari meet in Orange, MA. The event attracts a large number of competitors hoping to get some practice runs in before the race in Orange. The club hosts two more annual events at the airport, in 1956 and 1957.
October 5-6, 1957 - The three organizations that were running drag races in New England, SNETA (Charlestown); MAC (Orange); and NETA (Sanford) gathered together to host the “Tri-Council Championships“ at the Charlestown, RI track. Rain-shortened the event and the final round for Top Eliminator was run two weeks later in Orange, MA, with the Bannister Brothers winning the eliminator.
1959 - Frank Maratta hosts the first National Hot Rod and Custom Show in Hartford, CT.