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Courtesy of John Bourgeois
A very rare shot of a Flying Tiger accident involving Bobby Dragon and his first car. Anyone know who 48 is ?
Could the other driver be Jim Barton ? He did run a Tiger early on at Catamount.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Early pit shot at Catamount showing the Mrs. Frances Lackey - owned #44, driven by Red Fiske, of Northfield. The white Chevy
in the front might be Ron Bettis. Thomas "T Bone" Curley also drove the car.

    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, As it turned out, the coupes left Catamount  during the 1968 season and only returned for a few special shows, from that time forward. There had always been a support division, called the Flying Tigers. These had evolved from the late model support divisions of tracks like Thunder Road, Northeast, and even Airborne. They were distinguished by the single racing slick they were allowed to run on the outside front wheel.

             
ACT Archives Courtesy of Cho Lee

One of  NY's Burl brothers dumps this Studebaker into the Turn One Armco barriers around 1967.

   Many of the Tigers were already established late model runners, and a few were even former coupe drivers who could not or would not keep up with the increasing costs that NASCAR involvement had brought on the coupe. There were many locals, just starting their careers in this division. Because of this interesting mix of competitors, and the division's having taken on a life of its own beyond the founders' wildest dreams, it would become the star attraction.... for years to come.


Courtesy of Cho Lee & ACT Archives

Art Taylor, of Swanton, Vermont leads Lennie "The Tiger" Stockwell and Bobby Dragon at Catamount around 1968. Taylor
was Catamount Stadium points champion in 1968.


Courtesy of Cho Lee & ACT Archives

Ron Perry leads a field of early Flying Tigers down the backstretch on a parade lap around 1968.

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From Cho Lee Collection

Ron Perry, Milton, VT, leads the lineup at the start of a 1968 Tiger feature. Also can ID Johnny Gammell [25], Ed Doggett [90], and Gene Bonnette

From The History of Catamount Stadium

Norm Burl & Bill Branham
Plattsburgh, NY


Courtesy of Bucko Branham
Gene Fountain, Bill Branham, Don Burl

 

Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert

Ron Lamell, Sr.
Essex Center, VT


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Click here for Bob's page
Bob Dragon
Milton, VT


Courtesy of John Bourgeois
Bobby's 1st car - rare shot.

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Bobby's 1957 Chev from 1969. Became his 1st Devils Bowl car.

 

 

COUPES ERA

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G. King Milne
Barre, VT


Courtesy of Rich Palmer

This car was a former Tom Tiller car. Note the Tiller shot from T Road.


Courtesy of Rich Palmer, from Burlington Free Press

Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert

Red Fiske
Northfield, VT

Courtesy of Rich Palmer

The Mrs. Frances Lackey #44

 

      
Courtesy of Cho Lee
Ron "Red Dog" Barcomb 
Winooski, VT
 

CLICK HERE for
Ron's page
.


Courtesy of Rich Palmer

Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert

Al Belval
Milton, VT

EARLY FLYING TIGERS

Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert

Cosimire "Coke" Lomartire
Colchester, VT

Myrick Bourgeois
Alburg, VT


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
 

Courtesy of Andy Boright
 

Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert

Earl Machia
Sheldon, VT

Via Chris Companion

Art Taylor
Swanton, VT

A Catamount Flying Tiger Champuion


McIver Portrait Courtesy
of Cho Lee

 

LIMITED SPORTSMAN

 
Courtesy of Cho Lee
Mitch Barrows
Middlesex, VT


Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert
Larry Robare
Burlington, VT



Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert
Mickey Wilcox
Milton, VT

Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert
Ray Sprano
Milton, VT
HURRICANES


Courtesy of Cho Lee
T-Bone Curley
Colchester, VT



Courtesy of Cho Lee

Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert
David Brunelle
Burlington, VT
 

Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert
Norm Cyr
Milton, VT


Cyr Family Photo
Future ACT star Jean -Paul Cyr [hat]
and Gregg Gilbert [helmet] 
play atop Norm's  wrecked Tiger

 


ACT Archives
Stub Fadden
North Haverhill, NH


 Courtesy of Cho Lee
Late in a season

LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN

Early

Later

 
Catamount Stadium Hist.

Larry Demar
Hardwick, VT


Norman McIver Portrait
via Cho Lee



Boomer Cleveland
Morrisville, VT


Courtesy of Rich Palmer 


Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert
Gil Rhoades
Milton, VT

Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert
Homer Durkee
Sheldon, VT

MINI STOCKS


Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert
Al Graham
Burlington, VT

Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert

Click Here for his own page

Beaver Dragon
Milton, VT


Courtesy of Rich Palmer

 


Courtesy of Andy Boright
Russ Ingerson
Littleton, NH


Courtesy of Steve McKnight

via Phil Butler

Tom Tiller
Winooski, VT


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
 
GRAND AMERICANS


Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert
Don Bilodeau
Milton, VT

 


Clem Despault
Waterbury, VT
Used same car as a limited sportsman.


Courtesy of Rich Palmer

Courtesy of Cho Lee

 


ACT Archives
Buster Rivers,
Milton, VT

Pauline Rivers,
[ Sister ]
Powder Puff Driver

 


Mike Cain Photo
Hector LeClaire,
Fairfax, VT

 

STREET STOCKS

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Mike Cain Photo
Larry Parsons,
Fairfax, VT


Courtesy of Rich Palmer


Cyr Family Photo
Norm Cyr hits 
Don Bilodeau
 while driving Steve Turner's #65

 


More Family Photo
Dick More, 
Grand Isle, VT


 


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Doug Ingerson, 
Littleton, NH

 

 

ACT CARS

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Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Ed Doggett, 
Plymouth, NH


 


  Photo Source Unknown
"Gentleman" Jim Gallison, 
Montpelier, VT


ACT Archives
Gallison with an
early crew

 


ebay Auction Photo
Henry "The Frozen Logger" Montandon, 
Littleton, NH
Not  a thumbnail

 


ebay Auction photo
Ron Bettis, 
Middlesex, VT
Winston Machia in the background.

McIver Photo
A portrait of Ron
NEW TIGERS

 

Orrill Martin, 
So. Burlington, VT

Free Press Photo from
Rich Palmer

 


ACT Archives
Rene Maxfield, 
Essex, VT

Courtesy of Rich Palmer

 

 
Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Jim Gates, 
Hardwick, VT
 
Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Ira Turner, 
Milton, VT

See the Turner
Boys Page

 
Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Lennie "Tiger" Stockwell,
Bethel, VT

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Cuffy Cuthbertson,
West Rutland, VT


Courtesy of Cho Lee
More of Cuffy
 

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Bobby Giroux,
So. Burlington, VT

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Gary Bevins,
So. Burlington, VT
 
Both Courtesy of Rich Palmer

Joe Couture,
Fairfax, VT
"The Racing St. Michaels College Student"

 


ACT Archives
John Clark,
Williamstown, VT

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Jim Thomas,
Plymouth, NH

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
John Palmer,
Georgia, VT
 
Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Webster Krupp,
St. Albans, VT

 

 


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Johnny Gammell,
Passumsic VT

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Lennie Stockwell,
Bethel, VT

He dropped the 2 and
kept the 00 when he
went from B Class to Tigers


Catamount Program
Ron Gonyeau,
Iodine Springs, VT
 


Catamount Program Photo
Ernie Turner,
Milton, VT


Ladabouche Collection

See the Turner
Boys Page

 


Courtesy of Andy Boright
Russ Waite,
Alburg, VT

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Frank Snyder
He ended up helping
a young Jay Yantz,
who kept the #64.

Courtesy of Andy Boright
Unknown driver.
Might be
Paul Norton's car
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Al Burbank,
future Bear Ridge Driver

Courtesy of Andy Boright
Fred Little,
Huntington, VT
Not the same as the Devil's Bowl Fred Little; car also driven by a Jackson.

Courtesy of Dave Brunelle
Dave Brunelle,
Burlington, VT
 


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Unknown 05 Tiger
leads heat around
1970.

 
Courtesy of Ron Turner
Steve Turner,
Milton, VT
See the
Turner
Boys Page

 

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Gary "Scooter" Palmer
Georgia, VT

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Gene Bonnette
St Albans, VT

Catamount History Program
Gene Bonnette
with Archie Blackadar

ROBERT FLANAGAN SLIDE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM 1967


Courtesy of R. Flanagan
Clem Despault in the 33
Studebaker, outside the
74 of Jimmy Saltus.

Courtesy of R. Flanagan
Don Turner in a silver
car, much like his two
brothers' cars at the
time.

Courtesy of R. Flanagan
Tom Tiller, on the
Catamount backstretch.

Courtesy of R. Flanagan
Tom Tiller, in the
4th turn @ Catamount

 


Courtesy of Cho Lee
A very early Tiger heat takes checkers at Catamount. Beaver Dragon, #70; Jim LaFountain, behind; and Bob Brunell
in #17. Beaver looks about ready to blow one here. 71 is not Bob Dragon. The 3 on the pole is not yet identified.


Catamount History Program
A very early Tiger heat in action at Catamount. Ron Weston, #23; Lennie Stockwell, #00; Al Belval, #45; and Coke Lomartire #82.


Catamount History Program
The early Tigers raise a little hell in front of the Catamount grandstands. Far left: Larry Granger, GT-1; Stub Fadden, 16; Clem
Despault, 3 [spinning in white]; Moe Dubois [closest to camera] spinning]; others can't be identified. Pace car looks nervous.


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Larry Granger,
Northfield, VT

Joey LaQuerre's
Chevy

Courtesy of Cho Lee
The Tigers crowd up after Art Taylor [4] spins into infield. Also seen are Russ Ingerson, Hardluck Fenwick, and Milo Lockerby.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Ron Gonyeau spins
in front of the field.
Hector LeClaire is
at far right.

Courtesy of Mike Cassani
Bobby Dragon, with his
second Flying Tiger.
 
Courtesy of A and A Ward
Clem Despault, with
an earlier version of
his familiar '55 Chevy.

Courtesy of Dave Brunelle
Dave Brunelle, with his
first Tiger - a 1953 Merc.

Courtesy of Dave Brunelle
Dave Brunelle's 2ndTiger -
a
Coke yellow Ford, at
the Coke plant. That's Team mate Carl Bushey with the open shirt.

Courtesy of Dave Brunelle
Dave's most familiar Ford,
which I think was a Tiger
before becoming a Hurricane later.

Courtesy of Bob Bigelow
Jerry Bigelow's B Class
#2 Ford at Northeastern. It MAY have been run as an early Tiger a few times.

Courtesy of Shawn Fleury
Ron Bettis' sharp '55
chevy Tiger, obviously
before the season has
begun.
 
Courtesy of Mike Gilbert
Bob Cota leads Jimmy Gallison
and Ron Bettis around 1967.
 
Courtesy of Dana Cota
Bob Cota's 1967 entry
to the Tigers.
 
Courtesy of Mike Gilbert
Bobby Giroux.
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Flying Tiger car 45.
UNK driver, it's before the
time of Boomer Cleveland.
Might be Al Belval.
 
Courtesy of Dana Cota
Bob
Cota's unsuspecting
Chevy sits at home
before the`1967 season. Now
look at it in the photo at far left in
this row -  same car.

Both Courtesy of Cho Lee
Ray Many,
Highgate, VT.

 

Courtesy of Andy Boright
Flying Tiger car 8.
The Studebaker could also be
a B Class car.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
B
eaver Dragon, in the
Flying Tiger era.
 
 
Courtesy of Cho Lee
An unknown Tiger #13. 
 
Courtesy of Cho Lee
Johnny Gammell with
Gil Rhoades' 25

 


Courtesy of MKelody Anukem
Flying Tiger era stars Norm Cyr, Larry Demar, Tom Tiller, and Lennie Stockwell - with Ken Squier.
 

 

This Mick Wilcox shot shows not only the pit area before the checkerboard-colored handicappers' stand was moved in from the former dragstrip; but, you can see the infamous treehouse of the Sibley boys, whose house was adjoining the track.


Area Auto Racing News Photo from Earl Vierling

A big mixup in the first year of the Tigers. 11 cars were bent up in this one, according to the newspaper caption. The mess includes: 11, Ron Lamell, Sr.; 77, Tom Tiller; 02, Ray Sprano; John Benoit [unmarked two-tone Chevy, I guess]; 23, Bill Weston; and ), Paul Niquette.


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Ernie Turner [58] chases former Malletts Bay and Otter Creek driver Jimmy
Saltus down the backstretch at Catamount in 1968.


Courtesy of Cho Lee
A view of the 1967 or 1968 pits at Catamount. Although the #20 in the foreground looks like a Hurricane, it is not.
Notice the gas station is gone and the checker board handicapper's stand is not yet in place. The 98 of Norm Cyr is
prominent in the foreground. Is it just me or did he have a shorted car ? Also identifiable is Bobby Dragon [right behind Cyr],
Larry Demar [Ford above Dragon] and the 84 of Earl Machia.

 

A VERY YOUNG BOB DRAGON IN VICTORY LANE AROUND 1968


Courtesy of Cho Lee
A very young Bobby
Dragon in Victory Lane,
flanked by smartly-
uniformed Tom Tiller and
[the unsmartly-uniformed]
Larry Demar.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Dragon receives congrats
from car owner, advisor, and
father figure Johnny Bourgeois.


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Bobby Dragon receiving another trophy from Ken Squier. Note a young Bob Rushford
standing at right in the background.


Courtesy of Dragon Family
Early Tiger action at Catamount. See caption. This is one of the reasons Catamount got rid of the ARMCO barriers.


THE WILLIE DELISLE PHOTO SET


Willie at Catamount in the
Jimmy Cullen 37.

A posed shot with the
Jimmy Cullen 37.

A Catamount wreck in the
Jimmy Cullen 37. I don't
recognize the others.

Dumping Perley Dubuque's
36 off turn one at Cat.


Courtesy of Paul Michaud
A 1968 Tiger field at the track. Early in the season, judging from the condition of the car bodies.


Courtesy of Andy Boright

The Tigers of Jim Gates [left] and Ron Barcomb [center] leave Catamount on haulers in the twilight.

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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