LATER LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN 
ERA COMPETITORS

The Beer Tours


                                              

 

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     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


Bob Doyle Photo

Barney McRae
Colchester, VT
 

 


Denis LaChance Photo
Ron Barcomb
Winooski, VT


Denis LaChance Photo

Terry LaFerriere Photo

Click Here for a Ron Barcomb Page

 


Dana Patten
Enfield, NH

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

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Del Thompson
Randolph, VT

Former Tom Rosati
Nova
 

LIMITED SPORTSMAN


Lonnie Terry

Donald Pelletier
Quebec City, QU
 

 
Denis LaChance Photo

Dave Dion
Hudson, NH


Denis LaChance Photo

  Steve Poulin
 North Troy, VT


Denis LaChance Photo

Hector LeClair  
Fairfax, VT


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Phil Gerbode
Fairfield, VT

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Dick McCabe
Kennebunkport, ME

Dan Perez in background 

HURRICANES

 
Denis LaChance Photo

  Don Brown
Scarborough, ME

 

 
Denis LaChance Photo

   Bobby Dragon
Milton, VT

 

 
Denis LaChance Photo

Andy Isbister
Enfield, CT

 

 
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
Peter PIzzagalli
Charlotte, VT


Courtesy of Rich Palmer

 


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


Ladabouche Photo

 Pete Silva
Waterville, ME


Darrell Rogers Photo

Beaver Dragon
Milton, VT


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Richard Pinkham
Scarborough, Maine

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Milt Wright
Hardwick, VT
 
MINI STOCKS

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Darrell Rogers

Jean - Paul Cabana,
Beloeil, QU


Denis LaChance Photo

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NEAR Photo

Dick McCabe
Kennebunkport, ME


Source Unknown

 


Chas. Casavant Photo

 Brent Hatch
Groton, VT

Became a very active car builder.

 


Kevin Lepage
Shelburne, VT

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Leland Kangas
West Paris, ME

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


Denis LaChance Photo

       Claude Gou      
Montreal, QU

The Ed Champagne
Chevrolet from Plattsburgh, NY.


Denis LaChance Photo

Tommy Rosati
Agawam, MA

 

 


Via Andy Boright

  Langis Caron
Quebec City, QU


Soource Unknown
Outstanding Performers

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Mike Perrotte,
Morrisonville, NY
Bob Ferreira 38

Courtesy of Andy Boright

 


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Hector LeClaire
Fairfax, VT
 
STREET STOCKS

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Denis LaChance Photo

 Gardiner Leavitt,
Kezar Falls, ME


Denis LaChance Photo

  Beaver Dragon
Milton, VT

 


Via Andy Boright
Dick Glines,
Jackson, NH

 
 


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Randy Corey,
South Burlington, VT

 

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Mike Johnson,
Hollis, ME

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Mike Barry
Bolton, VT

 

ACT CARS

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Denis LaChance Photo

Mike Perrotte
Morrisonville, NY

 

 

Source Unknown
Bob Dragon
Milton, VT

D.G. Robertson 6 Banger


Ladabouche Photo
Robbie Crouch,
Georgia, VT
Somerset 6 Banger

via Andy Boright

 

 


Ron Shappy Photos
Steve Poulin
North Troy, VT

Six Banger

 

 

Source Unknown

  Chuck Bown
Littleton, NH

Source Unknown

  Beaver Dragon
Milton, VT

NEW TIGERS


Ron Shappy Photo

Chuck Bown,
Portland,OR

The Quint Boisvert Skoal Bandit car


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


Ron Shappy Photo
The Aftermath

 


Andy Boright via
The Outside Groove Site
Harvey Sprague,
Bangor, ME

Denis LaChance Photo
An Older Entry

 

 
Nason Collection
Ralph Nason,
Newburgh, ME

Denis LaChance Photo
Mike Barry,
Bolton, VT

Pizzagalli Construction

Denis LaChance Photo

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Barry at speed
  

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Mike and Peter's pits 
 

Dan Nolin Photo
Peter Pizzagalli,
Charlotte, VT

Teammate of Barry


via Walter Newell
Jamie Aube,
No. Ferrisburgh, VT

Pre Avery car.

 
via Walter Newell
Jamie Aube,
No. Ferrisburgh, VT

In the Avery era.

 
via Al Ward
Jamie Aube,
No. Ferrisburgh, VT

With D. A. Venditti and
Dave Moody at Seekonk.

 
via Pete Silva
Beaver Draon,
Milton, VT

With Larry Lauziere,
Quint Boisvert, and
Don LaCroix.

 
Denis LaChance Photo
Ron Barcomb,
Winooski, VT

One of his last rides
 

 
via Sharlene Myers
Pete Silva,
Waterville, ME

P. SIlva Coll.


via Sandy Haley
Aube tries a novel"way to pass at T Road.

Circa 1986
 


via Paula Barry
Stub Fadden,
No. Haverhill, NH

Circa 1985
 


via Scott Brown
Dave Moody holds the photo as the highly- talented
Warren Hamilton letters
bob Dragon's Moe Brown -
owned car
.

 
 
via  Steve McKnight
The finished product.

via Paul Mascitti
Jean - Paul Cabana,
Beloeil, QU

 

via Paul Mascitti
Darrell Owen,
B
arre, VT

via Paul Mascitti
Dick Glines,
Jackson, NH
 
Both via Paul Mascitti
Dick McCabe,
Kennebunkport, ME



via Paul Mascitti
Stub Faddden,
No. Haverhill, NH

via Paul Mascitti
Gardiner Leavitt,
Kezar Falls,. ME
   

 

   
via Paul Mascitti
Randy LaJoie,
Norwalk, CT
   
             


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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