LATER LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN 
ERA COMPETITORS

The Beer Tours

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Donald Parker Photo

    

     The Limited Sportsman cars were not to last long. In order to be in the limelight of NASCAR racing, the way to go was with the high - profile Late Model Sportsman division, which had a number of very prominent competitors, like Ray Hendrick, Butch Lindley, Harry Gant, and many more. Once in the shadow of the Grand Nationals and depending on bigger name stars filling out their Permatex fields, this division now had an identity of its own, which was furthered by the two big Martinsville races each year.

    With all this in mind, Catamount [and the who circuit] upgraded to full late model sportsman status by 1972. No longer would any of the old cars be allowed in with the strictly-monitored sportsman cars. But, instead of reducing the fields or discouraging competitors, the exact opposite effect was realized. Teams were coming in from Southern New England, as well as a number of big names from the dirt track world. Catamount's pits were full to overflowing with snazzy little Chevelles, as well as Fords and Mopars. The track's die was cast... and it would seemingly never go back.

 


Caron Family Photo

Larry Caron is typical of the late model drivers who were the heart and soul of
Catamount's various Beer Tours and series.

 

    What would happen, however, was the gradual refinement of these cars, often based on innovations coming North from the Deep South in the earlier days. Later, however, thanks to leading builders like Steve Leavitt and others, the Northeast started to keep pace with those south of the Mason - Dixon line. Northern NASCAR cars, when meeting up with the SOuthern superstars at races like the Oxford 250, were more than up to the task. All would well with the world until the mid 1980's.

 

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John Bourgeois

Bobby Dragon
Milton, VT

 

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Darrell Rogers

  Jamie Aube
North Ferrisburg, VT

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Darrell Rogers

Bobby Dragon
Milton, VT

 

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Darrell Rogers

Beaver Dragon
Milton, VT


Dragon Family


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Skip Cahill,
Bath, ME

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Darrell Owen,
Barre, VT
COUPES ERA

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NEAR Photo
Stanley"Stub"Fadden,
No. Haverhill, NH


Ron Shappy Photo

 

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Darrell Rogers

Joey Kourafas
Stoughton, MA

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Darrell Rogers

Randy LaJoie
Norwalk, Ct.

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Darrell Rogers

Claude LeClerc
Montreal, QU


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Roger LaPerle,
Ste. Eustache, QU

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Danny Perez,
Burlington, VT
EARLY FLYING TIGERS

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Bob Doyle Photo

Barney McRae
Colchester, VT
 

 

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Denis LaChance Photo
Ron Barcomb
Winooski, VT


Denis LaChance Photo

Terry LaFerriere Photo

Click Here for a Ron Barcomb Page

 

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Dana Patten
Enfield, NH
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Denis LaChance Photo

   Roger LaPerle
 Ste. Eustache, QU

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Darrell Rogers

 
MrBlackChevy Site
Photographer Unknown
 


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Robbie Crouch,
Tampa, FL
 
LIMITED SPORTSMAN

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Lonnie Terry

Donald Pelletier
Quebec City, QU
 

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Denis LaChance Photo

Dave Dion
Hudson, NH

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Denis LaChance Photo

  Steve Poulin
 North Troy, VT

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Denis LaChance Photo

Hector LeClair  
Burlington, VT


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Phil Gerbode
Fairfield, VT
 
HURRICANES

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Denis LaChance Photo

  Don Brown
Scarborough, ME

 

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Denis LaChance Photo

   Bobby Dragon
Milton, VT

 

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Denis LaChance Photo

Andy Isbister
Enfield, CT

 

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Denis LaChance Photo

 Bart Foster
St. Johnsbury, VT

 


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Stub Fadden,
N.Haverhill, NH

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Peter PIzzagalli
Charlotte, VT

 

 
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN

Early

Later

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Denis LaChance Photo Courtesy of Pascal Magnum & Andre Chausse
"Tiny" Lund
Cross, SC

Stock Car Racing Mag Photo


Denis LaChance Photo

Allen Whipple
Claremont, NH 

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Denis LaChance Photo

 Pete Silva
Waterville, ME

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Darrell Rogers Photo

Beaver Dragon
Milton, VT


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Richard Pinkham
Scarborough, Maine
 
MINI STOCKS

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Darrell Rogers

Jean - Paul Cabana,
Beloeil, QU

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Denis LaChance Photo

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NEAR Photo

Dick McCabe
Kennebunkport, ME

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Denis LaChance Photo

 


Denis LaChance Photo

 Brent Hatch
Groton, VT

Became a very active car builder.

 

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Kevin Lepage
Shelburne, VT

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Milt Wright
Hardwick, VT
 
GRAND AMERICANS


Denis LaChance Photo

       Claude Gou      
Montreal, QU

The Ed Champagne
Chevrolet from Plattsburgh, NY.

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Denis LaChance Photo

Tommy Rosati
Agawam, MA

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  Langis Caron
Quebec City, QU

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Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Mike Perrotte,
Plattsburgh, NY

Bob Ferreira 38

 
STREET STOCKS

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Denis LaChance Photo

       Skip Cahill         
Bath, ME.

 

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Bob Doyle Photo

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Denis LaChance Photo

  Beaver Dragon
Milton, VT

 

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Lonnie Terry

  Dave Greene
Plymouth, NH

 

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Denis LaChance Photo
Randy Corey,
South Burlington, VT

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
 

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Mike Johnson,
Hollis, ME
 
ACT CARS

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Denis LaChance Photo

Mike Perrotte
Morrisonville, NY

 

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Denis LaChance Photo

Keith Cavanaugh
Knowlton, QU

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Photo from Mike Leach

Robbie Crouch,
Georgia, VT

 

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Ron Shappy Photo

Steve Poulin
North Troy, VT


Denis LaChance Photo
Mike Barry,
Bolton, VT
Pizzagalli Construction
Prior to the Pizzagalli-owned team

 

 
NEW TIGERS

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Ron Shappy Photo

Chuck Bown,
Portland,OR

The Quint Boisvert Skoal Bandit car

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Dennis Therrien Photo 
Courtesy of Ron Shappy
Bown's big spill off Turn 4

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Ron Shappy Photo
The Aftermath

 


Andy Boright via The Outside GrooveSite
Ralph Nason,
Newburgh. ME

Andy Boright via
The Outside Groove Site

Harvey Sprague,
Bangor, ME


Lisa Yantz Photo
Jay Yantz,
Monkton, VT
 
 
Denis LaChance Photo
Mike Barry,
Bolton, VT
Pizzagalli Construction

C.Casavant Photo
 

Dan Nolin Photo
Peter Pizzagalli,
Charlotte, VT

Teammate of Barry


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Mike Barry
Bolton, VT

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Barry at speed

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Mike and Peter's pits
 
 
Denis LaChance Photo
Ralph Nason,
Newburgh, ME
 

Denis LaChance Photo
Dick Glines,
Jackson, NH
 

Denis LaChance Photo
Harvey Sprague
Bangor, ME
 

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Hector LeClaire
Fairfax, VT
 

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Marty Borden
Burlington, VT

 
 
 
Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Mayflower tried one
more sponsorship
program [with Barney]
after the late 1960's
disaster with the Jr.
Gilmond Ford.
 

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Stub Fadden,
N.Haverhill, NH

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Steve Poulin,
N.Troy, VT

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Stan Meserve,
Winslow, ME

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Leland Kangas
?, Maine
 
 
Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Langis Caron
Quebec City, QU

The LaBerge sponsorship
is not apparent.


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Kevin LePage
Shelburne, VT

Obviously a Dion car
with number changed.
No idea why.

 


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Laurent Rioux
Montreal, QU

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Keith Cavanaugh
Cowansville, QU

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
JP LaRose
Montreal, QU

Unusual version of car

 
 
Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Joe Thomas
Plattsburgh, NY

Jimmy Guynup's
Cougar

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Gardiner Leavitt,
Kezar Falls, ME

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
This is attributed
to Drew Nolin -
No Proof.

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Dick McCabe
Kennebunkport, ME

Dan Perez in background


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Del Thompson
Randolph, VT

Former Tom Rosati
Nova

 


Alan Ward Photo

Dale Shaw [60] leads a field of late models in the last year of the steel bodies at
Catamount. 86 could be Randy MacDonald, 11 is Claude LeClerc, and 00 is
Roger LaPerle.

 

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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