Veteran Supermod Racer MacLaren Dead At 75
LOWELL, Mass. — Don MacLaren, a veteran supermodified racer known as The Flying Scotsman and Big Daddy to fans in New England and New York, died Wednesday of complications from diabetes. He was 75.
Elected to the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2002, MacLaren’s career as a driver included more than 200 victories between 1951 and 1984. He won a record three-straight United Race Drivers Club (URDC) Class A championships between 1961 and 1963.
He won six track championships in those years, three at the former Pines Speedway in Groveland. Ma., and three more at Hudson Speedway, Hudson, N.H., where his car number was retired in 1989.
MacLaren would go on to win the Canadian-American Classic in 1966 and 1968. He won six-straight supermodified events at Thompson (Conn.) Int’l Speedway in 1971, a track record that still stands at the fast high-banked Connecticut oval.
MacLaren qualified and competed in 10 International Classic 200 races at New York’s Oswego Speedway, a top supermodified speedway in upstate New York where he won three main events.
He won 20 races competing with the New England Supermodified Racing Ass’n (NESMRA), won a main event with the International Supermodified Ass’n (ISMA), raced at speedways from Canada to Florida and throughout the Midwest. His last major victory came in the 1976 Icebreaker at Thompson.