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Bob Ziegler, Multiple Track Champion

      From Wikipedia, this is background on the track : " In 1955 Howard Rowe and Douglas Atkinson promoted the Star-Lit Park Speedway, a mile and a half European style dirt road course that was built by Fred Kleemeier on outer Washington Street in Watertown, NY. It hosted only one race in 1955 and closed mainly because of severe dust problems. The following year, Rowe and Atkinson turned their efforts toward racing at a former horse track at the county fairgrounds, located on Coffeen Street in Watertown.

      In the book "The Legends of Watertown Speedway," author David Stoodley writes: "In January 1956, several prominent Watertown area enthusiasts decided that something should be done about forming an organization to promote the return of stock car racing to Watertown and the north country. In a meeting held on March at the Watertown YMCA, seventeen men gathered and successfully organized the Northern Stock Car Club (NSCC). Officers elected were Douglas Atkinson, president; Howard Rowe, secretary/treasurer and Lloyd Smith, Austin Kilburn and Carl Walts as vice-presidents.

      At a later meeting, according to Stoodley, the NSCC became a corporation. Stoodley noted that in April 1956 the NCSS signed a lease with the City of Watertown for $101.50 per week for use of the Jefferson County Fairgrounds track. The first race at the speedway was held on Sunday afternoon on May 15. The races were switched to Saturday night by the end of June. The speedway continued in operation for two decades.

      Because of its close proximity to the Canada–US border, many drivers competed at the Kingston Speedway on Friday nights. The same rule book was used by both race tracks.

 

COMPETITORS


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Bob Paine
 
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Mad Marv Shaber
 
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Paul Shirley

Said to be his first car.
 
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Bob Butcher
 
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Bob Miller
 
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Bob Woolever
           
 
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Dick May
 
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Don Diffendorf
 
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Fred Pond
 
Pinterest Photo
Gary Reddick
 
Pinterest Photo
Gary Reddick

Later car
 
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Herb Eveleigh
 
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Ken "Monk" Rauch
 
Courtesy of Austin Gregory
Monk Rauch

Car at 5 Mile Pt.
 
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Red Smith

Earlier Car
 
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Red Smith

Later Car
 
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Ronnie Dwyer
 
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Sammy Reakes
 
Larry Dickinson Photo
Courtesy of
Rich Corbett
Bud Clark
 
Larry Dickinson Photo
Courtesy of
Rich Corbett
Bill Eisele 
 
Courtesy of Phil Harris
Neil Tooley 
 
Larry Dickinson Photo
Courtesy of Rich Corbett

Gordon Dobbins
 
Larry Dickinson Photo
Courtesy of
Rich Corbett
Louie Ives
 
Bob Danough Collectiont
Bob Danough
 
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Dale Hibbard  oops !
 
Bob Danough Collection
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Midstate Club
Bob Danough
 
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Bernie Davis

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Midstate Club
Allen Shirley
 
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Cliff Kotary
 
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Dick May
 
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Bad Dick May
Moment
 
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More Dick May
 
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Dick Ziegler
 
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Mike Michaels [Suraske]
 
Courtesy of Doug Fetterly
Chuck Mahoney
 
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Allen Shirley
 
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More Dick May
[Pre - Wreck].
 
 
Courtesy of Phil Demaria
UNK Driver Car 9
Before McCreadie used it.
 
 
NY Motor Racing Network
Tiny Benson
 
Courtesy of Jim Dimon
Dick Hornung 
 
Courtesy of Doug Fetterly
Action With 2 Watertown
Legends - May
and Reddick.
 
 
Courtesy of # Nine Video
Action.
           
 
Courtesy of Speedway Nostalgia
Woody Van Order
The Flying Dutchman
 
Source Unknowna
More Woody

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Paul Whitmarsh
 
Courtesy of Craig Revelle
Bob Emsminger
 
Courtesy of Bob Hunter
Adrian Flath
 
Courtesy of Hayslett
Family Collection
Bill Maxson
Bob Haylsett B28

Dick May team mate ?
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Chuck Mahoney
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Chuck Mahoney winning one
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Cliff Kotary
 
Courtesy of Bill Dudley
Collection

Cliff Kotary
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Dell Krill
 
Courtesy of Bob Hunter
Don June
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Fred Borrisow
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Don Gillette
 
Courtesy of Mike Hayslett
Collection

Dutch Yanni
 
Courtesy of ill Dudley
Collection

Yanni Wins One
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Frank Andre
 
Courtesy of Dave Strachan
Andre Unloading
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough|Collection
Paul Shirley
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Neil Mason
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

There's that Reddick again !
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Henry Newcomb
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Norm Jones fire.

Hope he wasn't still in there !
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Quentin Hague
 
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Allen Shirley

 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

UNK Driver
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Rocky Rockwood
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Ronnie Dwyer Win
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Earlier Woody Van
Order Car
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

A Bob Danough oops
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Bob Danough

Doesn't look old enough to be in pits, let alone drive
 
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Brud Wiley
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Larry Nye Win
 
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Speedy Williamson
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Bruce Swain
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

2 Car Wreck
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Bashful Norm
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

A Win for 49
Chuck Forbes
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

The Flaggers
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

A Bob Danough Car
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

'Nuther Danough Car !
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

A Watertown car
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Bernie Davis
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Car S2 thru the Fence

Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Maybe another Herb Eveleigh car

Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Possibly named Larrabee [?]

Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Maybe another Marv Shaber car
 
Courtesy of Bob Danough
Collection

Frank Ellinger

Love the Graphics !

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Bernie Davis and
Francis Brimmer

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Bud Larrabee

Photobucket
More Ronnie Dwyer

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Chuck Forbes

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Dick May win

Worthpoint
Norm Jones 1953
victory award

Courtesy of Bob Lawless
Ab Banks 

Courtesy of Bob Lawless
Barry Poitras

Courtesy of Mike Dickinson
Memorial Library

Buck Holliday

Courtesy of Mike Dickinson
Memorial Library

Cliff Kotary
 
Courtesy of Mike Dickinson
Memorial Library

Don June

Different 117
 
Courtesy of Mike Dickinson
Memorial Library

Don June Checkers
 
Courtesy of Bob Lawless
Frank Andre Win
 
Courtesy of Bob Lawless
Frank Andre

Different Car and Number
 
Courtesy of Bob Lawless
Earl Hanley
 
Courtesy of Bob Lawless
Ed O'Sullivan
 
Courtesy of Bob Lawless
Frank Andre
 
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George Cady
 
Courtesy of Bob Lawless
Larry Mallen

Courtesy of Mike Dickinson
Memorial Library

Guy "Shorty" Robinson
 
Courtesy of Bob Lawless
Goldie Goldfinch

Courtesy of Mike Dickinson
Memorial Library

Huey Conant

Courtesy of Mike Dickinson
Memorial Library

Ken Thompson
 
Courtesy of Mike Dickinson
Memorial Library

Tooley gets Award
 
Worthpoint
Norm Jones
 
Courtesy of Bob Lawless
Pat O'Brien
 
Courtesy of Bob Lawless
Reggie Bass Wrecked
Car
 
Courtesy of Mike Dickinson
Memorial Library

Rocky Rockwood
 
Courtesy of Bob Lawless
Teddy Hosler
 
Courtesy of Bob Lawless
Tony Blake
   
Courtesy of Bob Lawless
Walt Pennock
 
Courtesy of Bob Lawless
More Woody
 
Courtesy of Mike Dickinson
Memorial Library

My favorite Woody
Photo
 
Courtesy of Bob Lawless
More Dutchman
 

 

TRACK VIEWS AND SCENES 

 
Courtesy of Gene Haines
Action on backstretch.
 
Courtesy of Gene Haines
See Photo Captions.
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Courtesy of Snipeview.Com
View From Stands.
 
Courtesy of Snipeview.Com
View From Behind Fence.
 
Courtesy of Robert New
Newspaper photo
on a section of track.
 
Courtesy of Robert New
View of Thrill Show
From Stands.

 
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Shot of Reddick gives
good view of stands.
 
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See Caption
 
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See Caption
 
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Scrunch !
 
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Action With Car 99. 
 
Courtesy of Evans Mills Site
Shot of Gaston Desmarais said to be
at Watertown. [Not so sure]
           
 

POSTERS AND ADS 

 
NY Motor Racing Network
Newspaper ad for the
short - lived first
promotion.

 
Courtesy of Robert New
Another ad.
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Courtesy of Robert New
View From Stands.
 
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Typical '50's Poster

Courtesy of Robert New
Newspaper ad. 

Courtesy of Robert Lawless
Newspaper ad. 

 
Bob Miller's Half Fast Video

 

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