THE GAYLORD ROWE T-800 
And Sister Car The 26
 




Bob Mackey Photo - Courtesy of Bobby Castine, via John Rock
Dick Goodelle, of Mooers Forks, NY poses with the Gaylord Rowe T-800. This was a later version that has window posts and more metal
in the body. Probably NASCAR got after Rowe about the open sides on the previous body driven by Bill Wimble.

            One of the important figures around racing in the North Country of New York was Ellenburg Depot Ford dealer Gaylord Rowe, who fielded some potent cars with good drivers at tracks like Plattsburgh's Airborne Park. The two cars with which I am the most familiar are the T-800 [whose remains have survived to today] and the #26. On his way to the NASCAR National Sportsman Co -Championship in 1961, Lisbon's Bill Wimble drove both cars. Eventually, Wimble seemed to settle into the #26, which Dick Goodelle took over in the T-800 and drove around New York, Canada, and probably Vermont.

 


Bob Mackey Photo - Courtesy of Chris Companion
Wimble became more associated with the Gaylord Rowe 26. He never liked it, however.


               Wimble would win a track championship at Airborne in Rowe cars, but his national title would come after the had moved on to the S-33 team of Sherburne's Dave McCready. The Rowe cars ran a while longer before the 26 disappeared and the T-800 was left in a little junkyard outside of Ellenburg Depot, on Route 11. Gaylord Rowe, Sr. would make the car a gift to Eugene Bushey, and the car would disappear behind the fences at Bushey's garage, where it remains today.


Bob Mackey Photo - Courtesy of Bobby Castine, via John Rock
Dick Goodelle in action with the Gaylord Rowe T-800 @ Airborne

        Around 1985, when I was working at Airborne, I had the occasion to go into the region to interview Wimble's co _champion, Dick Nephew - in Cannon's Corners. My son and I passed by the carcass of the T-800, duly noted it, and moved on to Dick's house. Twenty years later, I returned to where I thought was the exact spot, and the whole junkyard was gone. After two frustrating years of searching and asking, Nephew's son, Gary, put my onto to where the car had gone. I went to Bushey's and took these few photos on the page. I'm glad I did, although I never - to my knowledge - saw the car race.

 
Courtesy of  Rob Trombley
The T-800 serves as backdrop for this dangerous gang hanging around Airborne: Jackie Peterson, Harold Ormsby,
Bill Wimble, Ernie Reid, Bob Bushey, and Gaylord Rowe, Sr. [owner of the T-800]. This is likely 1955.


Bob Mackey Photo via John Rock
Bill Wimble, with the 26, and Goodelle in the T-800 in a arce in 1957 at Airborne. Howard Rock leads. WallyRussell is ahead of
Wimble, and Charlie Trombley or Ernie Reid is in the 99NY. Don't know the unlettered car, but it is cool.

 


Ladabouche Photo
The T-800 today, as
it sits at Bushey's.
They had, at some
point, replaced some
body panels - before
the Goodelle era.

Ladabouche Photo
More T-800 remains


Ladabouche Photo
More T-800 remains,
other side.
 


Ladabouche Photo
More T-800 remains

 

Ladabouche Photo
More T-800 remains,
rear view

Ladabouche Photo
More T-800 remains

Bob Mackey Photo - Courtesy of CJ Richards
Dick Goodelle in T-800
and Bill Wimble in the 26
start an Airborne heat.
 

Courtesy of Scott Richner
and Bobby Castine

A shot from an old 35 mm
film of the track.

Courtesy of Richard Chartrand
via Cam Gray

Dick Goodelle's T-800
and Wimble's 26 in a
1958 Bouvrette Speedway
wreck.

Bob Mackey Photo -  via John Rock
Dick Goodelle's version,
leads the field in 1955.

Courtesy of Gaylord Rowe via Gary Nephew
Wimble in the T-800. Note how the doors have no posts or small side  windows
 
 
     

Bob Mackey Photo -  via John Rock
Dick Goodelle's version,
behind Mack Miller.

 


Courtesy of Gary Nephew
Dick Goodelle's T-800
with the Bouvrette
Speedway flag man.

Courtesy of Gaylord Rowe Jr.
A very rare shot of Dick Goodelle with the Wimble version of the T-800.

Bob Mackey Photo -  via John Rock
An un known version of the
car leads the field at  Airborne.
Check out the demo cars in
the infield.

 


Bob Mackey Photo -  via John Rock
This photo of an early Mackie Miller car shows a strong Rowe influence on his body style. The T880  and
Jackie Peterson's V1 are
in the background.
 

Courtesy of Mike Watts
A lineup shot of early cars  at
Airborne, Wimble sits on the 26
with probably one of the
Nephews.

Courtesy of Gaylord Rowe Jr.
A shot of Wimble at
Bouvrette with the 26.
Bob Trombley would wreck it there.

 


Courtesy of Mike Watts
A lineup shot of early cars  at
Airborne. Wimble's Rowe 26
is visible. Bill is standing on
the front of Wally Russell's 13,
with hand behind back. The T800 is visible at left.
 

Courtesy of Gaylord Rowe Jr.
A shot of Wimble at
Airborne, leading the
all - time feature wins
record holder, Bob Bushey.

Bob Mackey Photo
via John Rock

An unusual shot of
Bob Trombley, at speed in the
26 before they  made
body modifications to
look more like the T800.

Courtesy of Gerard Major
via Roger LaBreche, Jr.

A fuzzy 8MM shot of one of
the Rowe cars on  the
inside lane at Bouvrette.

Courtesy of Gerard Major
via Roger LaBreche, Jr.

A fuzzy 8MM shot of Guy Chartrand the pits at Bouvrette. One of the Rowe cars [26] in  the  background is wrecked.

Courtesy of Gerard Major
via Roger LaBreche, Jr.

The next three 8MM shots
 show the damaged Rowe 26
at Bouvrette. I think Bob
Trombley may have been driving.

Courtesy of Gerard Major
via Roger LaBreche, Jr.


Courtesy of Gerard Major
via Roger LaBreche, Jr.

  
Courtesy of  HAMB Site
When Wimble was
driving thi, he truly
was the "Dairy Farmer
ro Lisbon"
.
 
Courtesy of  Rob Trombley
Bob Trombley's 26,
after being rear-ended
at Bouvrette.

Courtesy of  Rob Trombley
Bob Trombley with the 26,
as Bouvrette champion.
 
Courtesy of  Rob Trombley
Bob Trombley with the 26,
at Airborne.
 
  
Courtesy of  Rob Trombley
The actual accident
at Bouvrette with Bob
Trombley.


Photo from Pascal "Magnum" Website
Goodelle and the T-800 at a Canadian track around 1960.


Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy of Mike Watts
The T-800 and the sister car 26, in a 1955 Airborne lineup that included V1, Jackie Peterson
and the George Palmetier 6 7/8 of Dick Nephew. Starter is likely Chet Hames.


Courtesy of Gaylord Rowe via Gary Nephew
Wimble with the evil - handling Rowe 26. Neither he nor Bob Trombley could
get it to behave.  [below]  Wimble poses with his preferred car. This must have been
the inaugural year for his trademark Hawaiian shirts.

 

VIEW PHOTOS OF EUGENE BUSHEY'S T-800 REPLICA

 


Dave Brown Photo
Eugene [far left] at
Crete Civic Center, 2011

Ladabouche Photo
More views

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More views

Ladabouche Photo
Original driver
Bill Wimble, with
car in 2011.

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Original driver
Bill Wimble, with
Mrs. Gary Nephew
daughter-in-law of
Bill's 1961 archrival.

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