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11/4/2015 (Note: starting with the August 5th edition, “RTT” is temporarily on a monthly update schedule)

November (Vintage) Topics. . . .
Seen here during the 1970s at Joe Tinty’s much-missed Plainville Stadium in Connecticut, our pal Ronnie Wyckoff is a 2014 inductee of the prestigious New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame. From his HOF bio; “Florida born, he came to Connecticut in the early 1960s and started racing in Plainville Stadium's Novice division. Moving to Modifieds, Ronnie Wyckoff was a winner at Plainville and Riverside Park – three straight Riverside 500s, 1974 through '76 - and a steady competitor at Stafford, Thompson and Waterford. Very popular in the grandstands and in the pits, he was very good on equipment, evidenced by the list of top cars he drove - Czarnecki 20, Berndt 54, Simons 9 - and his expertise in long-distance races including the 1978 250-lap Riverside Park Triple Crown Series finale. He retired in 1983.” Unfortunately, Ronnie has recently been suffering some health issues, and I’m sure that I speak for all of us in wishing him a speedy recovery! MORE>>
10/7/2015 (Note: starting with the August 5th edition, “RTT” is temporarily on a monthly update schedule)

As October Begins. . . .
With the Plainville Stadium Reunion upon-us, we had to run this one, as this racer is one of the people responsible for bringing that great even to us every year. If there was ever a “King of Plainville Stadium” this guy was the man wearing that crown. Seen here is our friend Dave Alkas, 5-time track champion, and the former (& much-missed) Connecticut ¼-milers all-time modified winner. This image captures him behind the controls of the much-feared Roland Cyr-owned coach. When Dave pulled out on the track in this rig, his fellow competitors knew that they have their work cut out for them! Fittingly, Mr. Alkas was inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. MORE>>
9/2/2015 (Note: starting with the August 5th edition, “RTT” is temporarily on a monthly update schedule)

For September We Present. . . .
It’s Saturday, May 27, 1978, and our late friend Grand American racer Wayne “Mr. Mysterious” Smith is taking a break to pose in the lens of official New London-Waterford Speedbowl photographer Steve Kennedy. A top competitor at the shoreline oval for many seasons, and the 1969 Daredevil & 1977 Grand American class track champion, Wayne also successfully competed in the Modifieds being a seasoned veteran of many tracks in the New England region. On the date that this image was captured, it was one of Wayne’s arch rivals, Dick Laflesh notching the 30-lap Grand American feature. As stated in this week’s opening comments, we were terribly saddened to hear of Wayne’s unexpected passing just recently. MORE>>
8/5/2015 (Note: starting with the August 5th edition, “RTT” will temporarily switch to a monthly update schedule)

An August Update (Vintage Style!). . . .
“Lil Dan” Gaudiosi – the name was magic for what seemed like eons within the realm of New England modified racing. A mainstay of the old Tattersall/United dynasty. Connecticut’s former West Haven Speedway was particularly-fortuitous for him, where he claimed track championships in 1957, '60, and '64. He started winning during the post-war stock car boom, and kept-on collecting checkers after many of his contemporaries had hung-up their helmets. Closely-aligned with the famous pink & white racers of his brother “Sharkey” Gaudiosi, he’s captured here with his team in the1970s. Dan passed-away of natural causes at age-88 in 2014. A special thanks goes out to our friend Robert Paine for submitting this great image! MORE>>
7/29/2015 Yup, More Mid-Week Memories. . . .If you’re one of our regular readers, chances-are already know the identity of this New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer. Pictured here is Rhode Island’s Fred DeSarro, one of the best New England modified racers in history. Before his untimely death following a crash at the Thompson Speedway in 1978, he’d captured the NASCAR National Modified Championship in 1970 along with several other significant wins including Stafford’s inaugural Spring Sizzler in 1972. He also notched the Stafford title that season, repeating in 1976. Also proficient at Thompson, he won four consecutive championships starting in 1974, taking down an incredible 14 feature that-year. The same season, he took the prestigious Race of Champions at Trenton, New Jersey – then “THE” event for the modified set. MORE>>
7/22/2015 Yet-More Racing Recollections. . . .Though he was a winner on the early dirt surface of Connecticut’s Stafford Speedway as seen-here, it was New York State’s famed Fonda Speedway where Howard “Jeep” Herbert really made his mark. He scored a total of twenty-five checkers at “The Track of Champions,” the first coming in 1953, the final a decade-later. He notched the track title in 1959 and was the New York State Champion in both 1956 & 1957. Compared to some of his contemporaries of that rough & tumble era, Herbert’s career was a relatively brief-affair. With the mid-1960s came great technical-strides in the realm of dirt racing (particularly in the matter of tires). When participating in the sport became prohibitively-expensive, Jeep simply put his helmet on the shelf opting instead to spend more time with his family. Who knows how many more victories would have been scored had he kept at-it? MORE>>
7/15/2015 Yet-Another Week In The Books. . . .As relayed in this week’s opening comments, the local racing community lost one of its longest-standing members when Al LaJeunesse, father of veteran modified racer Mark LaJeunesse, and grandfather to past Thompson SK regular Danny L., passed-away at age-91 on June 10th surrounded by his family. Al had deep-roots in the sport, going all the way back to the shoreline oval’s infancy. He also had a TON of friends at the 'Bowl. This one captures him pitside at Waterford during the late-1980s with his son’s familiar #33. Al was a good personal friend of this scribe, and I’m sure going to miss him. MORE>>
7/8/2015 Yup, Still In A Vintage State Of Mind. . . .Longtime New England modified racing fans recall the now-retired Jerry Pearl as a multi-time Connecticut SK modified champion. Back when this shot was captured in the 1970s he was wheeling this entry at places like the New London-Waterford Speedbowl (as-seen here), and the Stafford & Thompson Speedways. Following a short break in his modified career & prior to this coupe, he had successfully campaigned a full-bodied Daredevil class entry at the Speedbowl in a car vacated by Bill “The Southern Gent” Grainger. It was a memorable 1957 Plymouth with a giant Rebel flag emblazoned across the roof. From there, it was back to the open-wheel wars, and the rest is history. Jerry is the dad of Jeff Pearl, former Speedbowl SK modified champion. MORE>>
7/1/2015 Another Week, Another Few Laps. . . .Just a few weeks-ago we ran a shot of this driver at this track, and it proved to be wildly-popular with readers. Here’s another entry featuring our late & much-missed friend & New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member, “Wild Bill” Slater during his days on the old dirt surface of Connecticut’s Stafford Springs Speedway. AKA “The Connecticut Valley Rocket” he was simply one of the best racers to have ever emerged from New England, period. When he retired from driving, he stayed involved with the sport for many seasons as a respected official at both the Thompson & Stafford Speedways. For more on Bill’s extraordinary career, read his HOF biography at www.near1.org. MORE>>
6/24/2015 A Window To The Past. . . .He was known as “Gentleman Dick” Watson and in subsequent years, simply as the “Silver Fox.” The late Dick Watson was one of the most-respected drivers of his era. A fellow competitor that raced against him during his heyday once stated that “Watson was a driver that you could run with lap-after-lap. You simply never had to worry about him doing something that would get the both of you in-trouble.” This image captures him during the early-70s at Connecticut’s former Plainville Stadium behind the controls of the Norm Kies coupe, a ride that bought him much-success. Watson was inducted into the prestigious New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2003. It should be noted that he was particularly-successful in Plainville’s mid-week open shows, having won several against some of the best racers in the region. MORE>>
6/17/2015 Yet-More Short Track Stormers. . . .Pictured here ready-to-roll at the much-missed Danbury Fair Racearena during the coupe era at the wildly-popular Connecticut oval, is popular Ev Pierce who passed-away at age-86 on June 12th. Ranking high among the all-time SNYRA modified feature winners, he was one of Danbury’s first superstars. In later years, Ev’s son Denis also became a successful modified shoe at the Racearena. MORE>>
6/10/2015 Another Week, More Racing Memories. . . .On the early dirt surface of Connecticut’s Stafford Springs Speedway he was known as “Barrelin’ Ben” Dodge. Truth-be-known, he wasn’t exactly a frontrunner, but probably got more smiles-per-mile than most of his fellow competitors (note the raccoon tail – one of his lighthearted trademarks). A fun-loving type, he just enjoyed being a part of the scene and was very-popular with the fans. “Barrelin’ Ben” is the father of well-known New England racing personality, Ben Dodge Jr. MORE>>
6/3/2015 A Bunch of Mid-Week Memories. . . .The first entry this week is another Frank Faust classic from Connecticut’s former Plainville Stadium courtesy of our friend, NH Mahoney. Inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2011, “Dangerous Dan” Galullo was one of the brightest stars of the once powerful United Stock Car Racing Club headed-up by the Tattersall family. Twice a Riverside Park Modified titlist, also included in his accomplishments is the 1962 United Stock Car Racing Club Grand Championship, a feat he recorded by winning at the many UNITED-sanctioned tracks that once dotted the Northeast. He also recorded feature wins at Plainville, the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, and Cherry Park in Avon, Connecticut among others. He competed in at-least one documented NASCAR Grand National event (now know as the Sprint Cup Series) at New Jersey’s Old Bridge Stadium in 1956. Following a serious heart-attack, Galullo retired from driving while still in his prime. He passed-away in 1974, but not before witnessing the racing accomplishments of his sons, Richie and Danny Jr. MORE>>
5/27/2015 Yet-More “Wednesday Wanderings”....First on the docket this week is a truly-rare image courtesy of the NH Mahoney collection. When I initially viewed this image I jokingly thought to myself “Hey, that guy looks like the late Maynard Forette’s twin-brother!” Turns-out that it is Maynard Forette and unknown to us, he was a regular at Joe Tinty’s former Plainville Stadium in Connecticut prior to moving-on to other racing pursuits in the greater New York State area. Not unlike many drivers of his generation, the New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Famersaw no boundaries in the difference between running on dirt or asphalt. A big winner on both, he’s probably most fondly-remembered for his stunning drives on the daunting Syracuse Mile where during the later stages of his career, he often bested racers half-his-age. A master mechanic and innovative car builder, he ran Northern Speed Supply, a haven for racers seeking to get the most out of their equipment. MORE>>
5/20/2015 WEDNESDAY: More Old Stuff !!!! We begin this week with a classic image from the former Westboro Speedway in Massachusetts, a high-banked paved ¼-miler that closed its gates forever in 1985 after having debuted in 1947. Seen here collecting the checkers behind the controls of a potent Ed Bowley creation is the late Red Sequin. A WWII veteran hailing from Worcester, Massachusetts, he was widely-considered one of the greatest Northeastern racers of his generation. Tragically, his life was snuffed-out in a grinding crash during an outing at New York’s fabled Oswego Speedway on August 19, 1961. It was the first fatality ever recorded at the track known as “The Home of The Supermodifieds.” MORE>>
5/13/2015 As The Wednesday Stories Continue....A native of Lawrenceville, PA, Flyin’ Bryan Osgood accomplished a great deal during a stellar career that spanned over three decades. Starting at Earl Bodine’s Chemung Speedrome in New York State in the 1950s, he excelled in everything from Modifieds to Supermodifieds on both asphalt and dirt throughout the Northeast. Impressively, pitted against some of the best-in-the-business he was a multi-time Modified winner on the Pocono, PA, ¾-mile oval, and also notched several feature victories at Oswego, New York. Extremely popular with both fans and his fellow competitors, the racing community was saddened to hear of his passing in 2009. This image captures him during a visit to Connecticut’s Stafford Springs Motor Speedway in the early-70s. MORE>>
5/6/2015 Yup, More Wednesday Wanderings....If you’re reading this column, you likely know the identity of this racer (if you don’t, shame on you!). Seen here at New York’s Lancaster Speedway during the waning days of the coupe era, the late Richie Evans left his family's farm at age 16 to work at a local garage. After finding early success in drag racing, a friend suggested he try building a car to race at the nearby Utica-Rome (NY), Speedway. He ran his first oval-track car, a 1954 Ford Hobby Stock numbered PT-109 (after John F. Kennedy's torpedo boat in World War II), in 1962. He advanced to the Modifieds in 1965, winning his first feature in the season's final night. In 1973 Evans became the NASCAR National Modified Champion. In 1978 he won a second title and did not relinquish his crown during the next seven years. Evans took over four hundred feature race wins at racetracks from Quebec to Florida before he was fatally injured at age-44 in a practice crash at Martinsville in late 1985. Before his death, he’d already clinched the inaugural Winston Modified Tour championship (now-known as Whelen Modified Tour). In 1979-alone, he started 60 NASCAR Modified races and posted 54 top-five finishes -- including 37 victories. Richie was among the first inductees into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1998. Evans was, and will forever be-known as the “King of the Modifieds.” MORE>>
4/29/2015 As The Wheels Turn....We begin this week with a truly-special image from the earliest days of Northeastern open cockpit racing. When Frank Smith shot this extraordinary portrait of Diego “Dee” Toran, the Patterson, New Jersey native was at the top of his game. Born in 1910, Toran’s racing roots traced all the way back to Indy where he was a riding mechanic for among others, the celebrated Floyd Davis. A top racer during the post-war Midget boom, he won widely. Said to be of a somewhat-volatile nature, he would become the subject of a landmark event that vintage racing historians still discuss today. In 1947 Toran and Jeep Colkitt were regulars in the very busy ARDC Midget circuit and were in the midst of a rather nasty long-running feud. At Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Candlelight Stadium one night, Toran put a wheel under Colkitt’s Midget and he flipped. Colkitt died in the crash and Toran was prosecuted for manslaughter, one of the few times a race driver had ever faced such charges. He was convicted. MORE>>
4/22/2015 As We Return From “Spring Break”....From the much-missed Riverside Park Speedway in Massachusetts, here’s a nice early shot of the late Raymond “Hully” Bunn. Inducted into the prestigious New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2001, the following is an excerpt from his HOF biography; Raymond “Hully” Bunn of Bristol, CT, built his first racecar, a ’37 Ford Coupe, in 1949. Beginning at the Plainville Stadium, he soon was competing all over New England. While he drove his own equipment in the early part of his career, he later drove for many owners, including Johnny Ross, John Melnick, and Steve Danish. He began to compete outside New England, traveling to Tampa, Florida and Bainbridge, Ohio, as well as down the East Coast into Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where he continued to be a frequent winner. “Those were fun days”, says Hully. “You could build a car for $1000, and most features paid at least $300 or $400 to win. Langhorne paid $1000, so you could really make a living at it back then.” In 1951, driving the #X coupe, Bunn beat out over 100 cars to win the Inaugural Race of Champions, a 100 mile race at Langhorne, PA. He returned to Langhorne in the spring of ’51, when he took the same car to victory lane, after battling a field of 60 Modifieds. Hully also has the distinction of winning the inaugural race at Lebanon Valley. Hully retired in 1965, following a crash at Lebanon Valley, in a 100 lap Sunday Night Open Competition race. “A kid went into the turn with no brakes, rolled me over,” remembers Hully. “It hurt my shoulder….It still bothers me today. I had a machine shop to run, and kids at home, so I decided it was time to retire.” MORE>>
4/8/2015 Yup, Wednesday Arrives On-Schedule....When New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer “Blazing Buddy” Bardwell passed-away on March 30th at the age of 90, we lost a New Hampshire short track legend. From his HOF Induction biography; The career of Buddy Bardwell began on the highways of New Hampshire drag racing. Buddy, along with Bill Donavan, hot rodded an old Ford coupe. Buddy was, for all intent, untouchable. State trooper Chester Hartwell, vowed to put an end to highway racing. Hartwell, a fair man, would never arrest anyone he couldn't catch. Buddy's slate was clean. Buddy's first real race came in 1949, in Brattleboro, VT. The car, a 1934 Ford was owned by Perley Fielder's wife. A qualifying accident sidelined the car and Fielder's wife wanted Buddy out of the car. After a brief argument, Buddy bought the car for $20.00. The trademark steer horns were added to the car. Buddy was back in business. A new car, a 1934 Ford was built in 1955. The car started out with a Ford motor. In 1966, the trademark Hudson engine was installed. By 1970, Buddy installed the current Hudson Hornet power plant. Along the same time, a young upcoming announcer Kenley Squier, dubbed him "Blazing" Buddy Bardwell, some 50 years later the name is still part of the Bardwell legacy.” MORE>>
4/1/2015 More Mid-Week Meanderings (Again)....Dick Dunn was already a winning Modified driver at Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl when he teamed with the late Peg & Al “Buddha” Gaudreau to wheel their potent #3 coupe, but it was that partnership that vaulted him to absolute “Superstar Status” at the shoreline oval. The team was a model of consistency, recording 4 consecutive track championships starting in 1972. This one captures him following a feature victory on Saturday evening May 27, 1972. As stated in this week’s opening comments, Dick passed-away on March 27th at age 77. MORE>>
3/25/2015 Another Batch Of Mid-Week Memories....Ready-to-rumble aboard Jarb Bedouin’s potent coupe is none other than our pal, New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer, Billy “Gramps” Greco. A fixture on the ovals of New England since 1951, Greco established himself in the sport early-on. He took track championships at West Haven in 1955, and again in ’56 and ’58. He won Saturday night titles at Riverside Park in 1965 and '67, and also nailed several Tuesday night track championships at The Park’. His combined feature win total at Riverside is 68 including five 500-lap team races. His success was not limited to just Harvey Tattersall’s United circuit; he was a charter member of the All Star Racing League enjoying success on both dirt and asphalt. In the late sixties he tried his hand with NASCAR. In the closing years of his career he joined the SNYRA to become a winner at the late Danbury Fair Racerena. As noted in today’s opening comments, Billy will be hosting a New England Antique Racers (NEAR) Benefit Movie Party on this Saturday evening March 28th at the Polish American Club, 194 West Spring St., West Haven, CT. All proceeds go to support the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame. MORE>>
3/18/2015 Still-More “Wednesday Wanderings”....Pictured here at Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl during one of the track’s first events during its inaugural season of 1951 is New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member, the late Sparky Belmont (real name Michael Belmonte). Note that the track is not asphalt. The original surface was comprised of crushed bluestone which proved troublesome on a number of levels, leading to the 'Bowl being closed for repaving with asphalt following only a trio of race dates. Belmont was a winner at Waterford and several other tracks in the region during a celebrated decades-long career. He was inducted into the HOF in 2012. MORE>>
3/11/2015 More March Meanderings....This super image, courtesy of James Scott Haag, came from the early days of the Stafford Springs Motor Speedway pavement era. Seated behind the controls of Art Barry’s potent “Stump Jumper Special” is Guilford, Connecticut’s Jerry Dostie. Going-on to become a big winner on the New England Modified circuit, Jerry was also one of the pioneers behind the design & use of automatic transmissions in Modified racing. Based on his accomplishments in the sport car-builder supreme, Art Barry was inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2009. MORE>>
3/4/2015 Yup, Another Week In The Books....Courtesy of our friend Mark Maynard, we start this week’s edition of “RTT” with a truly rare & extraordinary image from Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl. It’s Saturday evening July 25th, 1970 and that’s future 4-time Speedbowl Modified track champion Dick Dunn behind the wheel of the potent Simons Brothers #9. Dick was subbing for Simon’s regular driver, the late, great Charlie Webster (also a multi-time shoreline oval champ), who sat-out the event due to painful shoulder injuries. By evening’s-end, Dunn was sitting in victory lane having recorded the fastest 30-lap Modified feature race to-date at the Speedbowl in a time of 8:54.8, besting the previous record of 8.58.0. Seabury Tripler notched 2nd, with Jerry Glaude rounding-out the top-3. Winning the twin Daredevil class features were Ron “Boots” Cote and Larry Crandall. MORE>>
2/25/2015 With A Little Help From Our Friends....He was known as “Gentleman Dick” Watson and in later years, simply as the “Silver Fox.” Our much-missed friend the late Dick Watson was one of the most-respected drivers of his era. A fellow competitor that raced against Watson during his heyday once stated that “He was a driver that you could run with lap-after-lap. You simply never had to worry about him doing something that would get the both of you in-trouble.” This image captures Watson during the 1965 season in the Bob Garbarino-owned “Mystic Missile” at Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl. That year, the team captured the Connecticut Modified Championship before moving-on to success on the NASCAR circuit. Watson was inducted into the prestigious New England Auto Racing Hall Of Fame in 2003, Garbarino in 2010. MORE>>
2/18/2015 Yet-Another Glimpse Into The Past....Captured here at Connecticut’s “New London-Waterford” Speedbowl of the 1960s, the great Sal “Dee” Delucia remains one of the most fondly-remembered racers of his era. His relatively brief-but-spectacular career stalled by serious racing-related injuries, if longevity had been in the cards he would have undoubtedly accomplished even more. He won-over a legion of faithful fans undoubtedly fueled by his no-nonsense drives to the front during what many railbirds consider the most-competitive period in New England Modified racing history. Winner of the 1965 Speedbowl Modified Championship, this guy was truly one tough competitor! MORE>>
2/11/2015 More Wednesday Wanderings (& A Couple Bonus Shots)....So you say you like this website and look-forward to it appearing every Wednesday? If-so, thank this guy, for without his help, “Racing Through Time” would have never appeared in cyberspace back in January 2009. Meet Mr. Tom Ormsby creator of both www.speedwaylinereport.com and www.vintagemodifieds.com as-well as being the former Webmaster of this site. This Plainville Stadium shot captures a young Tommy behind the controls of one of his early Pinto Modifieds at Joe Tinty’s much-missed little Connecticut ¼-miler. Now retired and residing in sunny Florida, those of us involved in the vintage segment of the sport, owe a ton to Ormsby for his Internet-based efforts in helping to keep New England auto racing memories alive. Tom has since handed-over “RTT” Webmaster duties to our friend Judy Poirier, who thankfully has continued our tradition. MORE>>
2/4/2015 Pacing The Past (As-Usual)….As-stated in opening this edition of “RTT” the New England racing community suffered the loss of another of its pioneering stars when Tommy Sutcliffe passed-away in Florida last week following an extended illness. A big winner when Harvey Tattersall’s all-powerful United Stock Car Racing Club ruled the regions Modified roost rather than NASCAR, “Suitcase Sutcliffe” as he was nicknamed enjoyed a long-reign at the front of the pack. Twice a champion at Connecticut’s late West Haven Speedway, he was a top competitor all over New England for decades. This one captures Tommy aboard his fondly-recalled “Fireball 4” coupe in the 1960s during one of the big UNITED events then staged yearly on the old 5/8-mile oval situated on the grounds of the Springfield Exposition Center. MORE>>
1/28/2015 And The Memories Continue....Here’s a victory lane shot of one of racing’s true Nice Guys, and I’m happy to consider him among my friends. Like so-many of the drivers that became premier players within Plainville Stadium’s weekly action, popular Don Spazano traces his “racing-roots” back to the Novice Division at the former Connecticut ¼-miler. This shot however, captures him in later years as one of the track’s top Modified pilots. Ranking high on Plainville’s all-time winners' list, the popular Spazano also competed with success at a number of other tracks in the region including Riverside Park. You gotta’ love this neat-looking coach! MORE>>
1/21/2015 More Mid-Week Memories (Extended Version)....Our friend, New York State Racing Historian Roger Liller has a knack for presenting us with some extraordinary photos & this post war-era image is no exception. As-always, we’ll let him provide the commentary. He says; “It was good to see that photo of George Bouley Jr. in last weeks "RTT.” As I might have told you, he is my Uncle Ray's cousin. Ray was the one that got me into the racing bug when I was very young. The Bouley family lived in Waterbury, was quite large, and was very-active from the earliest days of racing (the "big car era"). In Connecticut, Huntington was one of the most-notable tracks of the "big car era" and the sanctioning club alternated their dates there with Northampton, Mass., and Stormville, NY, which was at an airport and only 2-miles from my childhood home. George Bouley Sr. raced all of these tracks including the Syracuse mile and at some of the lesser known events held at New Milford, CT, and the horse tracks at Danbury, CT, and Carmel, NY. In this Ed Ryan photo we see him chasing the great Allen Kellogg of Danbury around the Huntington oval on May 22, 1938.” MORE>>
1/14/2015 More Roundy-Round Recollections.…Opening this week’s installment of “RTT” we have a nice image from Connecticut’s former Danbury Racearena submitted by our friend, New York State Racing Historian Roger Liller. We’ll let him provide the commentary; “In this photo we see "Big Ev" Pierce in his familiar #209. He was a charter member of the Southern New York Racing Association beginning his career at the tracks that preceded Danbury in the late-1940s and raced throughout the Racearena's existence. He finished in the top-5 on Danbury's all-time win list and was a champion. In this image the afternoon sun is getting fainter and the days shorter as we see him at-speed in the fall of 1979 practicing for the "Racearena 100.” After a decade’s absence, at age-62 Pierce returned to racing at Sullivan County New York's White Lake Speedway where he won an impressive 16 features in his 2-year career there.” MORE>>
1/7/2015 Yet-Another (Very) Varied Selection….Opening this week’s edition of “RTT” we present a nice John Grady victory lane shot of one of the most-memorable driver/car combos to ever have graced a Northeastern speedway. The brainchild of Potsdam, New York’s Ed Close, the “Hemi-Cuda” was one-part spectacle, and one-part thoroughbred race car. Powered by a thumping Chrysler Hemi that produced absolutely-insane amounts of horsepower, it was no-doubt a handful for its driver, the great Jean Guy Chartrand of Canada. Jean Guy is presently doing well following some health issues suffered late last year and I’m sure that I speak for all of us in wishing him the best! MORE>>