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    When Catamount opened for business early in 1965, it was assumed that the track's principal focus would be the firmly-established NASCAR modified and sportsman cars, The Northeast was a hotbed for this racing, with New York featuring the dirt coupes and Southern New England specializing in the pavement cars. With its perfect location, right on Interstate 89 and not far from Interstate 87, the track stood to attract Airborne's fields, local drivers who had been running Thunder Road, and any number of Canadian cars, as well.

   As it turned out, the coupes left Catamount  during the 1968 season and only returned for a few special shows, from that time forward. The support division, having taken on a life of its own beyond the founders' wildest dreams, would become the star attraction. But the big cars left a permanent impression on the track and on the town that loved the track. People found themselves named after Jean-Paul Cabana, and some households even named pets for their favorite drivers.


Courtesy of Cho Lee

Harold Ormsby brings up the rear on the parade lap for a coupe heat at Catamount, Year One. Neither Cho nor
I could identify the other cars. Note the one flathead mixed in with the overheads.

 

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Otto Graham Website
Dick Nephew
Mooers Forks, NY

 

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Otto Graham Website
Bill Wimble
Lisbon, NY

 

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Otto Graham Website
Ron Narducci
E. Haddam, CT 

 

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Russ Bergh Photo
Lou Lazarro
Utica, NY

 

COUPES ERA

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 Photo Source Unknown
Gaston Desmarais
Tupper Lake, NY
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Courtesy of John Bourgeois
Beaver Dragon
Milton, VT

 

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Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert
Beaver Dragon
Milton, VT
 

 

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Dragon Family Collection
Beaver Dragon
Milton, VT

 

EARLY FLYING TIGERS

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Courtesy of Bob Novak
Jack DuBrul
Burlington, VT

 

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Russ Bergh Photo
Pete Crescent
Crescent, NY

 

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Otto Graham Website
Doc Blanchard
Gloversville, NY

 

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Otto Graham Website
Ernie Gahan
Dover. NH

 

LIMITED SPORTSMAN


Courtesy of Phil Butler
Ernie Ried, 
Massena, NY

The Harold Healey 70, a
former Vic Wolfe car.

 

 

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Conde & Parry Website
Bernie Miller
Canastota, NY

 

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Courtesy of Jim Ladabouche
Andy Romano
Johnstown, NY

 

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Otto Graham Website
Buck Holliday
Waddington, NY

 

HURRICANES


Courtesy of Chris Companion

Bugs Stevens AKA Carl Berghman,
Rehobeth. MA

 

 

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Otto Graham Website
Jean Guy Chartrand
Montreal, QU

The Ed Cloce 69, a
pre - Hemi Cuda version

 

 

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Otto Graham Website
Dick Clark
Munnsville, NY
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John Grady Photo
Eddie Flemke
New Britain, CT
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN

Early

Later

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Bob Mackey Photo
Harold Ormsby
Schuyler Falls, NY

 

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Otto Graham Website
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L. Gilbert Family
Jerry Cook
Lockport, NY


Courtesy of Mike Richards

Richie Evans,
Rome, NY

Multi-time NASCAR National Champion.

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Otto Graham Website
Will Cagle
Tampa, FL

 

MINI STOCKS

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Cho Lee Collection
Marcel Godard
Montreal, QU


Courtesy of  Cho Lee

 

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Courtesy of  Cho Lee
Charlie Trombley
Mooers Forks, NY

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ACT Office Archives
Andre Manny
Montreal, QU


MrBlackChevy Site
Photographer Unknown
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Russ Bergh Photo
Don Wayman
Cobleskill, NY
GRAND AMERICANS


Courtesy: Magnum's Site
Paul Hamel
Montreal, QU

 

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Cho Lee Collection
Jean-Paul Cabana
Beloeil, QU

John Grady Photo
 
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Catamount Stadium History

An early coupe lineup
shows how desperate
Catamount was for cars
 in the first season.

 

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ACT Office Archives

A 1965 heat race starts, with the flatheads and overheads mixed in together.

 

STREET STOCKS

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Courtesy of Rob Trombley

Wild Bill Slater,
"The Connecticut Valley Rocket"

Manchester,  CT

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Courtesy of  Cho Lee
The Russ Betz car [59] of Rene Charland and Vic Wolfe's 66, driven by Bob Bruno, sit in the pits at Catamount Stadium in 1966 or 1967.
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Russ Bergh Photo
Don MacTavish
Dover, MA


John GradyPhoto
 

 

 


John Bisci Turn 5 Photo

Bob Brunelle,
 Peru, NY.

 

 
ACT CARS

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Courtesy of John Grady
Ray Forte
Montreal, QU


The Forte coupe
after a big fire at
Catamount
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Courtesy of Pascal
 "Magnum" Site
Kenny King,
Rosemere, QU


Mike Watts Photo
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from an unknown 
Canadian publication.


Bob Karvonen,
Wichenden, MA

 
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Cavalcade of Auto 
Racing Photo 

Bernie Griffith,
Plattsburgh, NY

 

NEW TIGERS

 
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Cavalcade of Auto 
Racing Photo 
Frank Provost,
Cadyville, NY


To the right of 
man in uniform
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Cavalcade of Auto 
Racing Photo 
Harry Provost,
Cadyville, NY


Bob Mackey Photo 
Courtesy of John Rock
and Bobby Castine
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Cavalcade of Auto 
Racing Photo 
Mack Miller,
Ellenburg 
Depot, NY


Bob Mackey Photo 
Courtesy of John Rock
and Bobby Castine

 
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Courtesy of John Grady 
Maurice Tallard,
Quebec City, QU
 
Paul Michaud Photo 
Courtesy of
Christian
"Ti-Gaz" Genest
Eddie Flemke, Sr,
New Britain, CT
Bob Judkins 2X

 

Paul Michaud Photo 
Courtesy of
Christian
"Ti-Gaz" Genest
Catamount modified pits
Early 1968 season.

 

Paul Michaud Photo 
Courtesy of
Christian
"Ti-Gaz" Genest
Bill Slater,
Manchester CT

 

 Photo Courtesy of Rob Trombley
Don MacTavish,
Dover,. MA
The Cliff Wright/Ron Zautner 24
 
 
Photo  Courtesy of
 
Rob Trombley
Leo Cleary,
Hanover, MA
 

Photo  Courtesy of
 
Rob Trombley
Bill Slater,
Manchester, CT

Photo  Courtesy of
 
Rob Trombley
Wes Moody
Saranac Lake, NY

Courtesy of Phil Butler

Maynard Forrette,
So. Hadley, MA

A former Ellenburg Dept, NY native driving the Roehrig Bros 99 NY
 
 
Courtesy of Rob Trombley

Hop Harrington,
Massachusetts

 


Courtesy of Phil Butler

Mike Parsons,
Plattsburgh, NY

Courtesy of Phil Butler

Billy Harmon,
Niantic, CT

John Grady Photo
Courtesy of  Otto Graham


Sonny Seamon,
Vernon Ctr, NY
 
Dogfight Form Website

Leo Cleary, 
Hanover, MA

With the same M2 coach
as sometimes driven by Harrington.


Courtesy of Phil Butler

Phil "PJ" Spiak, 
Troy, NY


Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Phil Butler


Bob Bruno

Morrisonville, NY

Courtesy of Phil Butler

Wild Bill Greco, 
Connecticut

The Czepiel 888

 
Courtesy of Rob Trombley

Chuck Kress
Schenectady, NY

 


Courtesy of Phil Butler

George Rettew,
Chicopee, MA
   


Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy of John Rock and Bobby Castine
A 1965 field of sportsman coupes takes off at Catamount. Visible are: [left] Cabana, Godard, Manny,
Desmarais, DuBrul, Miller, Ormsby, King, and Bridges.


 

Do you have pictures of other drivers from this era at Catamount ? If you would like to make them available for me to place on this site contact me at: wladabou@comcast.net

or

Bill Ladabouche
23 York Street
Swanton, VT 05488
802-868-4339

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