Ron Barcomb

Winooski, Vermont


ACT Archives Courtesy of Cho Lee

A very young Ron "Red Dog" Barcomb, with one of his first Flying Tiger cars [and hair].

     Ron Barcomb grew up in Winooski, the son of Herb Barcomb and the nephew of the other Barcombs who had not only pioneered racing in the Chittenden Countty area, but also established the most prominent of the speedways in Colchester, Vermont. Naturally, the big Winooski High School athlete would tend to try his hand at auto racing when the time was right.


Courtesy of Steve McKnight


Courtesy of Thunder Road Program
Above - probably 1967. Below - 40+ years later.


       With the considerable financial resources of Herb Barcomb and his Malletts Bay Auto Salvage, young Ronnie would be able to field top notch equipment from the very beginning. Called "Red Dog" Ron, probably after the lower Church Street night club he apparently frequented, Barcomb would almost immediately be among the top runners in the newly - built Catamount Stadium's support division, the Flying Tigers.

  
                ACT Archives Courtesy of Cho Lee                                    Photo Courtesy of  Terry LaFerriere

[Left] Young Ron "Red Dog" Barcomb's Malletts Bay Salvage crew unloads the car. [Right] Things did not always go smoothly for the former Winooski High School football star.


       Barcomb would switch from Chevrolets to Fords in 1971, and he would manage to take the Vermont State Championship, over strong competition from Hinesburg's Maurice "Little Mo" Dubois. Barcomb would, in the ensuing season, field one of the most beautiful Ford race cars to ever grace a short track - the Nordic Ford Torino. He would run the big Torino during the grueling 1973 season, in which the Tour tried to run as often as five times a week. Although the recently-returned Bob Dragon was the hottest thing that year, Barcom was one of the top performers.

  
Bill Ladabouche Photo                                                                               Photo Courtesy of Rich Palmer

[Left] A water-damaged photo of the state championship car. [Right] The gorgeous Torino, displayed at Nordic Ford. [Check out the cars in the showroom]. Below - Ron gets in on Catamount's
annual publcicity shot taken on the track's front straightaway every Spring. From left - Archie Blackadar, Catamount CHief Pit Steward, Bob Dragon, Barcomb, Tom Tiller, and you know who.


Courtesy of Cho Lee

     What would follow was several seasons running Fords and being in the top echelon of the Northern NASCAR ranks. Barcomb would eventually settle down to the smaller Ford Fairlane 500 body for a year or two, with the Banjo Matthews chassis. Coca-Cola and Nordic Ford would remain with his team during these year. Then, upon the departure of Nordic, Barcomb began running Chevrolets again. He continued to field car show - winning beauties, and his cars were among the fastest in the field.


Andy Boright Photo  
The familiar Fairlane 500


Terry LaFerriere Photo  
The Nova he ran for at least four years.

     Barcomb ran the same little Nova for a number of seasons, until everyone was switching over to the Pontiac Gran Prix - Gran Am version. Along with numerous others like the Dragons, Dick McCabe, Randy LaJoie, and many more, he built a Pontiac. About this time, Barcomb acquired the services of Steve Hibbard, a locally - developed wunderkind who had learned his trade with the Bobby Dragon team for years. Hibbard and Barcomb had one of the fastest cars on the circuit.


Terry LaFerriere Photo

Steve Hibbard, a fanatic on weight reduction in his cars, had Barcomb's Pontiac flying in the early 1980's.

     Towards the 1980's, Barcomb was beginning to tire of the grind of touring all over the Northeast. He was experimenting with various small businesses in the Chittenden COunty area, and he eventually decided to stop racing about the time that NASCAR split from Tom Curley and the ACT went over to the plastic pony cars. But, even with his deaprture, Barcomb left his marks in the record books, having won a prominent number of features and that one state championship in 1970.


Terry LaFerriere Photo
An early trophy either at
Catamount or Thunder Road.

ACT Archive Courtesy of Cho Lee
Barcomb wins a Flying Tiger feature around 1967.

Terry LaFerriere Photo
Barcomb back in the running after a pretty good wreck took out the sheet metal on the nose.

Terry LaFerriere Photo
Barcomb in the running at Thunder Road against Red Wilford.

Terry LaFerriere Photo
Flying Tiger 09, @ T Road, 1968ish
 

Terry LaFerriere Photo
Kiddie rides in the Tiger

Terry LaFerriere Photo
A closeup of a very young Ron.

Terry LaFerriere Photo
Barcomb's '57 Chevy Tiger
encounters a very early Hector LeClaire car.
 
Courtesy of Steve McKnight
A young shot - he might have
still had hair here. :)

Ladabouche Collection
Ron looks like he may have just realized why the crew named his car what they did. 
 
Terry LaFerriere Collection
A great shot of the early Catamount pit area, with
the classic old Chevron gas station. Another  good shot of Herb.
 
 
Courtesy of Rich Palmer
The  1968 entry, fresh
and new - at the Spring
practicew  session.

Courtesy of Andy Boright
The  1968 or 1969 car.




 

Burlington Free Press Photo
The championship car in the garage at Malletts Bay Salvage in 1970

Rich Palmer Photo 
 

Ladabouche Photo
A later 1972 backup car. 
 
Burlington Free Press Photo
Courtesy of Rich Palmer

The 1970 car at the Catamount
Spring practice session.
 
Terry LaFerriere Collection
The state championship car, when new.

Burlington Free Press Photo
Some of the championship crew at the Malletts Bay Salvage garage: Paul Blondin, Ron Barcomb, and Bill Bigelow.
 
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
A variation on the graphics
with the '61 Ford.


Beaver Dragon Family Photo
The famous Coke machine in the hauler.
 

Ladabouche Collection
Burlington Free Press Photo

Ron chases Mo Dubois here. In
the final state standings , at the end of the year, they finished in reverse order.
   
  
Courtesy of Rich Palmer
The Torino, the 1972 season - arguably
his most memorable car ever. Crewsmen
Lasnier and Pecor.
 
Courtesy of Rich Palmer
With the Nordic Ford Torino
in one of his two publicity shots.


Ladabouche Collection
From D Bowl Program

The Torino, at Devil's Bowl.
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Going out for practice at Devil's
Bowl in 1972.
 
Ladabouche Photo
A graphics variation of the Torino
at Catamount, 1973. Harb Barcomb
is visible in the background.
 
 
Courtesy of Ray Lasnier

The Torino at Malletts Bay Salvage,
with the dirty old drive - in theater
looming in the background.
 
Courtesy of Ray Lasnier
Ron and Herb at Catamount.
 
Courtesy of Terry LaFerriere
The Torino crew, looking like they
are freezing to death. Alan Blondin, Dick Myers, UNK, and Ray Lasnier.
 
 Ladabouche Photo
Parked next to Beaver at Catamount
in 1973.

Courtesy of Andy Boright
The Torino at speed.
 

Paul Michaud Photo
Running the Torino against
Cabana at Catamount.

 
 
Terry LaFerriere Photo
The gang with the backup Fairlane 500 back at Malletts Bay Salvage. Left - BuckshotSeguin, UNK, and Roland ?

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
A later 1972 backup car. 
 
Courtesy of Rich Palmer
The small Fairlane again. 
 
Courtesy of Rich Palmer
The small Fairlane again. 

Burlington Free Press Photo
Courtesy of Andy Boright

Running against Chester T. Wood
in the backup car.
 

Courtesy of Chris Companion
By 1974, the smaller Fairlane had
become the main car.
 
 
Courtesy of Chris Companion
Alan fusses with the hauler as
the Fairlane arrives in 1974.
 
Courtesy of Chris Companion
On the pit ramp at Catamount.
 
Courtesy ofAndy Boright
The Blue Bayou car leading
the way at Catamount.
         
Denis LaChance Photo
Courtesy of Andy Boright

The next car after the Fords -
a  Nova
like  eeveryone else had.
 
Ladabouche Photo
Dickie, polishing the  hell out of the Nova at the annual Zayre car show. They won. That's my son Seth at left. 
 
LaLancette Photo
Same car, same show - moments later.

Andy Boright Photo
I am proud to say I lettered
this Barcomb Nova.. and we
won the Zayres car show.
 

 
LaLancette Photo
Zayre show - my two cars tied
for Best Looking Car.

 
LaFerriere Collection
Same car, entering Catamount.  
 
Couirtesy of Andy Boright
Another Zayre show shot. 

Denis LaChance Photo
Courtesy of Andy Boright

Posed shot.

 

Denisa LaChance Photo
The plain orange Nova variation  
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Building that Nova.
 
 
Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Plain, red Ventura, circa 1980.

Terry LaFerriere Photo
An unfamiliar red 09, year unknown
 

Terry LaFerriere Photo
The red 09 Pontiac, at one of the Oxford 250 races
 

Beaver Dragon Family Photo
Barcomb, with Dave Moody at a NASCAR North banquet around 1979
 
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
A Winston series victory.
 
Helen Owen Photo
The Fred Rosner -built Lemans
was a rocket for Barcomb.
 
Ladabouche Collection
Working alone wih the Lemans
Barcomb, gets hand from Beaver.

 
Terry LaFerriere Photo
The 1982 version of the Le Mans
at one of tghe Oxford races.

Norman Morley Photo
The Rosner Le Mans in the pits
at Catamount Stadium

Norman Morley Photo
Meeting with fans.
       


Courtesy of Steve Pecor
This trunk lid from one of Barcomb's Pontiacs was found in Winooski at the site of the formerr Custom Corner auto shop [now Pecor Auto Sales]


Ladabouche Collection
Check this out. He was quite a star athlete at Winooski High School [in between trips to the Red Dog].

ANCESTORS 
Photos of Ron's father, Herb, are available above.

 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

Ernie Barcomb, an uncle
of Ron. Accoding to legend
he was the fighter in the
Barcomb clan.
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

A fuller view.
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

Leonard Barcomb, another uncle of Ron. Because there were two Leonard Barcombs, he was clalled
"Big Leonard".
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock
Len Barcomb, with one
of his cars - one drfiven
at Airborne Park Speedway.
 
Bushey Family Photo
Courtesy of J
ack Anderson
Walter Barcomb [foreground with hat], an uncle of Ron, ran Malletts Bay Raceway, the track next to the Barcomb salvage yard. Ron was too young to race there.
 
From the Outside Groove Website
Ernie Barcomb [taller with hat] sits on Ron's hauler to watch the action.
 
Courtesy of the Hart Family
Ernie joins a distinguished bunch, with their trophies, from Walter Barcomb's track: Frank Hart, Henry LeClaire, pappy Forsyth, Jackie Peterson, and Ernie.

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