Veteran stock car racing driver Bobby Cabral of Kingston was officially crowned Granite State Pro Stock Series champion during the series’ inaugural banquet held on January 18 at The Yard Restaurant in Manchester. Cabral claimed the series’ first championship with one win and five top-five place finishes, while never finishing lower than seventh during the season. The series championship battle went into the final race of the season, where Cabral’s third place finish netted him the series championship. Cabral and car owner Dave Frahm were celebrated as the driver’s champion and series’ champion, respectively. Cabral received a championship trophy and a championship jacket from American Racer racing tires. Frahm received the championship earnings. Bobby Baillargeon of East Kingston, was celebrated as the championship runner-up.
In their efforts to purchase and restore the Ioka Theater, the Exeter Theater Company (ETC) hit the new year running, assembling a team of highly regarded experts to advise them on the construction, design, and financial management of the theater. Nicole Martineau of TMS Architects in Portsmouth has stepped in to donate her time and talent, converting former Exeter Theater Company board chair John Merkle’s conceptual drawings into working floor plans. Eric Chinburg of Chinburg Builders in Newmarket is leading efforts to review the designs and estimates by various contractors and engineers with the goal of reducing renovation costs. Bob Greene, CFO at Next Level Now in Portsmouth is creating cash flow projections and an updated operating budget based on preliminary financial information developed by Exeter Theater Company members: Marcia Van Dyke, Emily Meehan, Roger Goun, and Trevor Bartlett. Renee Carman of Mandeville Canyon Designs in Exeter, examined the historic paint records and evidence and created color palettes for the main theater and lobby. Common Man Restaurants owner, Alex Ray has invited the Exeter Theater Company board to tour The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, a similar sized venue as the Ioka which he operates in Plymouth. Business plans and designs are available for download at exetertheater.org.