MAINE RACE TRACKS

ARUNDEL SPEEDWAY
Arundel, Maine


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This is what Arundel looked like right after it  closed.


Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Arundel made it into a few Cavalcade issues along with the other Oscar Ridlon tracks.


Wicked Good Racing
This Arundel poster shows a different promoter- has to the after Ridlon.


HAMB Photo

 Arundel action, in its heyday, was some of the best anywhere. Check out these names !


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Pete Salvatore picks up a support class victory at Arundel.
 

Dick Yemma Photo  MVRCA
Willie Anderson in another of those support cars.

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When they repaired the track and staged an Arundel reunion, they got this nice field of restored vintage cars from the local vintage clubs like MVRCA and Wicked Good Racing.

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A victory lap at the Arundel reunion.



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This is what Arundel looked like by 2007. I am not quite sure of the direction we are looking in at.
It is likely in pre - reunion restoration condition here. US Rte 1 is probably just out of sight to the lower
right.

BILL HOFFNAGEL PHOTOS OF TRACK VESTIGES
 


Beginning of
Front stretch,
with barriers.
 


Front stretch,
looking down
to One.

Getting into
One.

Top of Turn 2.

Down the back
stretch towards 3.

On back stretch
looking over to
front stretch.
 

In three looking
back to turn 2.

In three looking
over to the
front stretch.

 The beginning of
the front stretch.

 The walkway
behind the stands
on front stretch.
 
 Base for the
flag stand
 
Remnants of an
old Coke machine
by the pits.
 

BEECH RIDGE SPEEDWAY
Scarborough, Maine


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A 1956 view of Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, then in its eighth season.


MVRCA Photo
James B. "JB" McConnell, founder of Beech Ridge.


MVRCA Photo
Early action in
1949.

MVRCA Photo
Early action in
1949.

MVRCA Photo
An early competitive team at the Ridge

MVRCA Photo
A big pileup in
1949.

MVRCA Photo
1949: The Boo Boo Spl
finds trouble.

MVRCA Photo
The fans get a good look at this early mess.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

A support class car in action.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Early Maine stock car star Blackie Hilliard takes one at Beech Ridge.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Early Ridge star and future superstar car owner Bob Bushley in action in the P38.

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8MM Film Frame

Bushley waves to the fans [or maybe to the 8MM camera].

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8MM Film Frame

Car 7 in Victory
Lane.


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Future late model sportsman superstar Dick McCabe of Kennebunkport in the yellow 0.

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Early support class car 74 in action.

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The support class car 85 of Russ Nutting in a pickle.

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An old '50's license plate tag for the track.

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Avery noteworthy frame in this old movie footage: Rene Charland in Leo Matte's 107 car in action.
               

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8MM Film Frame

An early '50's race winner.

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8MM Film Frame

Doc Christopher's ambulance at the scene.

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8MM Film Frame

Probably Lefty Ellis at trackside.

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8MM Film Frame

A man who looks somewhat like Unity's Ed Knowles walks towards the camera.

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A win for southern New England star Red Seguin.

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A very early 1950's business coupe support class car in action.

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Track officials
are awarded something I can't make out.

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8MM Film Frame

Another shot of
track officials.

                                     
MVRCA Photos via Dick Hamlin
"Doc" Christopher, the MD who kept a special watch over Beech Ridge and Sanford Speedawy for J.B.
 


MVRCA Photo
Around 1951,
this car, which looks remarkably like a team out of Utica, NY. Whoever was driving almost made it into the stands. It was NOT a NY team.

Cal Reynolds Photo
The Crash Moreau
Coffin of Death show
at Beech Ridge. This shot is not a thumbnail.

MVRCA Photo
The Beech Ridge Concessioners truck was operated by Bob Bellevue. It worked at Sanford Speedway, too.

MVRCA Photo
An unidentified team
pits next to the above - mentioned Boo Boo car. Maybe they put him out in the weeds
.


MVRCA Photo
The driver of car 31 [is it Carl Rogers?] poses as Beech Ridge cars line up for another race.

MVRCA Photo
Down we come to take the green Could be Cusack in the 2.

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A look at the Judges' Stand.

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A support class race in action. This might have been called B Class.

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All hell breaks loose support class car  action.

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More hell.

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Moving in to clean it all up.

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A good look at a couple of the cars in the pileup.

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A behemoth support class car  heads for the fence.

MCConnell Family
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The cars are getting more sophisticated looking. A good look at the oiled dirt track.

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Car 4 may well be Bob Babb..

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The lead clas was
developing into
a field of homemade
super mods.

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Wild Bill Carleton leads Ralph Cusack in lead division action.

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Wild Bill Carleton leads Ralph Cusack in lead division action.

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A good look at Ralph Cusack in a lead division car.

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Ralph Cusack a few
seasons later.

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Action that includes Dick McCabe and possibly Dick Wolstenhume.

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A good look at
the McCabe coupe.

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Dick Wolstenhume in the sedan.

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1967 NASCAR National Modified Champion Ernie Gahan, at Beech Ridge. He ran there often in the early '50's

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Red Seguin in the Tewksbury, MA - based Flying 5 cutdown super.

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8MM Film Frame

Russ Nutting in a stock car chases one of the supermods which ran there at the time.

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Modified #4 on the hook.

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Modified #4 during happier times before he lost what looks like his rear  end.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Tanguay loops the V8.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

One of the best frame captures I managed from this footage.
 
MVRCA Photo
Raly Snell's cutdown
super.

MVRCA Photo
Ralph Cusack's deuce.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

A winged super at speed.

Source: James Young
The Bomber division
team of Earl Young and Jeff Stevens.
 
Source: James Young
The Bomber division
entry of Bob Babb.


Supplied by the Starrin Family of Johnstown, NY
Beech Ridge made some national papers thanks to Bertram Lord. Must have been a helluva radiator guard.


MVRCA Photo
Flagman Lefty Ellis takes a
good vantage point off one of the cars.

MVRCA Photo
A race lineup from one of the first seasons.

MVRCA Site
Bob Bushley,
reknowned car owner of the H. Drew P38's.s

MVRCA Site
Larry Chandler

MVRCA Site
Ken B. supermod.

MVRCA Site
Dr. Dick Berggren, slinging his supermod around.


Bushley Family Photo
Famed car owner Bob Bushley donated this one for the cause.

BENNY MYERS PHOTO SECTION
His Family Has Kept HIs Memory Alive
 

 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

Benny strikes a casual pose.
 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

Benny strikes a pose with what looks like a different car.
 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

The lightly - financed
Myers team prepares
to head for Beech Ridge.
 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

One that has earned its rest.
 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

Ready for another night at Beech Ridge.
 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

Benny strikes an unsual pose made more so by a bent photo.
   
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

Benny with the 1961 entry.
 
Vic Richards Photo
via
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Benny and the Jets.
 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

A good look at the motor.
 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

Another motor photo.
 
 

BELFAST SPEEDWAY
Belfast, Maine


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The only thing I have on this venue is that races were held at the old Belfast fairgrounds in the early 1950's.

 

BREWER SPEEDWAY
Brewer, Maine


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A 1967 Aerial View of Track Vestiges


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Turn 4 Action
 
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An early Lineup

Wicked Good Racing Site
Colin Shields, 1948

Wicked Good Racing Site
Colin Shields, 1948
Brewer pits beside UNK car.
 
Wicked Good Racing Site
Colin Shields, 1948.

 

ELLSWORTH RACEWAY
GRAHAM LAKE SPEEDWAY
Ellsworth, Maine


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The way it looked in the 2000's. Half the track is now a cranberry bog, as evidenced by the purple.

 
Tom and Ron Clark
Turn One
 
Tom and Ron Clark
Turn Two
 
Tom and Ron Clark
Backstretch
 
Tom and Ron Clark
Turn Three
 
Tom and Ron Clark
Out of Turn Four

EXETER RACEWAY
Former Exeter Fairgrounds
Exeter, Maine


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A nice color aerial view.


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Action
 
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Alvin Thayer
 Wilcox 106
 
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Alvin Thayer
 Wilcox 106
With Daughter
 
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Alvin Thayer
106Jr Sedan

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Someone lost sight of
the track.

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Bernie Thayer's
#66 Hudson driven
by Harold Wilcox

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Another Thayer Car


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BernieThayer
109 Sedan

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A Blurry Rol
l Photo

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Bernie Thayer
108 Coupe
With Driver

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Cars speed by the
stands.

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Photo described as Nelson, Jr with Thayer's
107.

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Car 111, in mid flip
by some fair building.

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Ron Clark's 106,
probably a Thayer car.

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The V8 plows
into a rival.

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A sedan in action.

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Someone got a little
warm despite huge
radiator guards.

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A sedan thinking he's
Lucky Teeter.

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A considerable
cluster #%&*!!


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A wrecked coupe
braced up like a
modern sprint car.

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Site Photo
Unloading off the
Frontstretch.

Ron Clark Photo
Blackie Hilliard [98]and others in lineup.

Ron Clark Photo
Another big Exeter lineup.

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Site Photo
A Harold Wilcox Hudson.
 
         


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A 2007 aerial view. It looks like the track had a longer configuration once. Below - Another aerial view makes that very obvious.

 

NORRIDGEWOCK SPEEDWAY
Norridgewock, Maine


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An Aerial View of Track Vestiges


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Site Photo
A well - dressed flagger
works the track.
 

MVRCA Site
A view of the opening day crowd. 

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Site Photo
The flagger surveys a field of cars. 
 
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Armand Sirois
A good shot of the
judges' stand.
 

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1997 view of vestiges. 


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2000 Aerial View of Vestiges

 

OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY
Oxford, Maine


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A 1953 Aerial View of The Track When Quite New


MVRCA Photo

I am told this is George Damon, founder of Oxford Plains.


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This is Bob Bahre, the most recognizable figure in the history of Oxford Plains.


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Action at the Norway FairgroundsTrack.

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A 1953 Aerial View of The Norway Fairgrounds track in South Paris - a predecessor to OPS.

MVRCA Photo
Otis Perry, with a sedan #49. He usually used #9.
 
MVRCA Photo
Otis Perry, with a usually used #9 on his coupe.

MVRCA Photo
Otis Perry, with maybe wife or girlfriend and the 9.

MVRCA Photos
More Otis 9's.

You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor

 Early crash scene with Packard ambulance.

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Clint Eastwood, Donor
Early OPS car, at
speed.

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Clint Eastwood, Donor
Early OPS car, getting out of shape
in front stretch.

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Clint Eastwood, Donor
Early OPS car, a
Hudson.
 
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Clint Eastwood, Donor
Car 80 and that same Hudson.

Zeke Trask Photo
via FantasySpeedway.me
Early Oxford Feature
Start.

You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor
Early OPS car,
sedan #61

You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor
Early OPS car 80, getting out of shape
in front

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Clint Eastwood, Donor
Early OPS sedan.

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Clint Eastwood, Donor
OPS starter.

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Clint Eastwood, Donor
More of that start.

MVRCA Photo
Buddy Colby
 
You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor

Early crash scene
with Packard ambulance, later than above photo.

MVRCA Photo
Clyde Davis,
Topsham, ME
If the info on the photo is correct

MVRCA Photo
Dick Doyle,
Norway, ME
If the info on the photo is correct

MVSCA Site
Mac Moore

MVRCA Photo
Stan Dodge,
early OPS flagger.

MVRCA Photo
Si Parlin
 
Courtesy of The Andrews Family
Glenn Andrews,
Oxford, ME

A star in Maine and Vermont.
 

MVRCA Photo
Unknown Oxford Plains driver 1.

MVRCA Photo
Unknown Oxford Plains driver 2.
Probably Tiger
White

MVRCA Photo
Unknown Oxford Plains driver 3.
 
Dan St Pierre Photo
via a Dick Glines Facebook Page
An UNK Driver introduced.
 

MVRCA Site
Bob and Larry Tanguay

MVRCA Photo
POS officials work
around one of the
supermods from the
pre-late model era.


Ladabouche Collection
Joey Kourafas
and car owner
Bob Curtiss won
the race that
was to become
The Oxford 250.

 

Lewiston Daily Sun
Two unidentified
winners around the "late 1960's.

MVRCA Photo
Elijah "Tiger" White

MVRCA Photo
Tiger White in Victory
Lane


Cavalcade of Racing
Photo
1964 Photo of Marvin Galarneau

Cavalcade of Racing Photo
Dickie Mason,
Greene, ME

MVRCA
Ken Spencer

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1964 Photo of Craig Goodwin and Charlie
"Choo Choo" Huff [kneeling]


MVRCA Photo
NIles Gage,
Wilton, ME

MVRCA Photo
Niles Gage finishes a race at OPS.

MVRCA Photo
Niles Gage
 

MVRCA Photo
More Niles
 
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Site Photo
An early Lineup

MVRCA Photo
Niles Gage wins on
the annual Kora Temple
night.
 
MVRCA Site
Al Hammond
 

MVRCA Site
Tony DiPompo and Al Hammond
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Unity driver [and later promoter] Racin' Ralph Nason and his kit car. They ran big races at OPS.

Lewiston Sun Photo
Jim Fields, Jody Duvall and Dennis Morgan in Vic
Lane for Chargers.
 
Ladabouche Photo
A
Charger from around
1980. We now know this
is Jon Marsh's [and it wasn't one of his favorites].

Courtesy of Vin Hilliard
Classic OPS Charger
spinning out.

Ladabouche Photo
Jody Duvall's
Charger from
around
1980.

A and A Ward Photo
Charger from
the latter period
of their existence
.


 


Courtesy of Walter Newell
Al Hammond takes another
with his famous #1.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
Al Hammond with an older
version of his famous #1.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
1977 winner Mike Rowe is flanked
by Al Hammond

and Minot's Skip Hodgdon.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
Carroll Ryder and his #71
have the covetted inside pole.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
OPS announcer Bob Walker interviews Wally Patrick from Rumford.

Bill Balser Photo
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Dick Glines, winner
with runnerup Earl
"Parnelli" Jones.
.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Mark "Captain Sizzle" Malcuit looks like he's cathing hell from OPS starter Maury Dumas. I doubt he is, though.
 
Bill haynes Photo
Courtesy of Walter Newell
"Hudson Herb" Simpson
with a 3rd place trophy in 1977.
 
Vin Hiiliard Photo
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Kennebunk's talented and mercurial Jeff Stevens displays his NASCAR protest T Shirt.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
From left - Joey "The Jet" Tompkins,
Kelly Moore, and Lee Day.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Mike Rowe with
his famous Matthews /
Morris #5.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Unity regular Pete Silva and dad, George made some trips to Oxford before heading South to finish the career..
 
Tom Elliman Photo
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Frank Fraser, of Schubenacadie, Nova Scotia talks to Maury Dumas.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Stan Meserve with the Chevelle he first brought to Catamount. I saw it and Gard Leavitt's car go by my house that day and wondered who they were.
 
 
Delameter Photo
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Cumberland's Ron Moon wins one.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Skip Hodgdon with one of his
Chevelles.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Tiger White's #156. Although the car was dinosaur, Stan Horne took over driving it and still showed many newer cars the way around OPS
  
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Stan Horne doing a little off roading with Tiger's Ford. The team was very popular with OPS fans.
  
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Ted Palino's Harold C. Ralph - sponsored Chevelle. Snazzy .
  
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Palino against Dave Dion in one of the OPS open shows likely. Ted
got impressive sponsors.
  
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Tom Rosati, one the Ox 250 winners with a later OPS entry.
  
Cavalcade of Auto Racing
The announcer would intone:
"Bobby Nichols Joon-ya, from
Fah-mington".
  
Cavalcadr of Auto Racing
Earl "Parnelli" Jones.
 
Cavalcadr of Auto Racing
Bob Merrill flips on the
backstretch.
 
Cavalcadr of Auto Racing
Ron Smith [ctr] and crew with a win at OPS. I took these out of the page below to make them easier to see.

 


Cavalcade of Auto Racing - Ladabouche Collection


SANFORD SPEEDWAY

Sanford, Maine

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Dave Dutch, Foster's
Daily Democrat
An old lineup at Sanford Speedway. Sorry it is so small.
 
Dave Dutch, Foster's
Daily Democrat

Ray Normandeau, who ran the track part of its life.
 
Dave Dutch, Foster's
Famed driver and promoter Charlie
Elliott, at Sanford.

Dav
e Dutch, Foster's
Daily Democrat
Future national champion, Ernie Gahan of Dover, NH with the particularly stout Stoney's Diner team.

Dave Dutch, Foster's
Daily Democrat
Popular Roger Rivers, of Dover, NH - with daughter.

McDonald Family
MSSCRA membership cards.

 


Google Earth Photo
Modern vestiges of the track.

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY SPEEDWAY
CHERRYFIELD PARK
Cherryfield, Maine


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    Washington County Speedway is often confused with the track shown below, but the town of Washington [below] is not in the county of
the same name. Cherryfield is best known - at least in racing - as the home of Andy Santerre. This was another track that
ran only in the 1950's. The Ellsworth [or Graham Lake] track, opening nearby after this one was closed, must have served many of
the same teams and fans. This is a 1951 view.

 
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Cherryfield Park pit scene
with car 7.
 
Wicked Good Racing
A car from Dexter, Me
sitting in the Washington
County pit area.
   
Wicked Good Racing Site
Cherryfield Park pit scene.


Washington County Speedway was long closed by this view in 2007 - but still visible.
 

WASHINGTON RACEWAY
Razorville, Maine


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Washington Raceway is one of 25 race tracks which operated in Maine at one time or another and, like most, was in operation for only a brief period in the 1950's. Owned and built by Clifton Brann in 1952, the half-mile dirt track was located in Razorville, Maine in Knox County and was closed following the 1954 season. Washington Raceway was the first track in Maine to install lights and to have races at night. The following article appeared in the Kennebec-Journal newspaper in August 29, 1992 courtesy of Tony Brann, son of the track founder.


Written by Richard and Linda Peek - Made Available by Tony Brann
A larger image of this article is available at :  http://mainevintageracecars.com/MORRIS_SITE/Memories_Washington_Raceway.htm


Via the Richard and
Linda Peek Article

Former driver Tom Jones
[not the ASA star] as he
looked at the time of the
article.
 

Via the Richard and
Linda Peek Article

Driver Harrison Arthur throws his helmet in disgust after this wreck.

Via the Richard and
Linda Peek Article

Lining up a race at Washington Raceway.

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Linda Peek Article

He must have been a spectator -
although, in those days, you
never knew for sure.

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