AIRBORNE PARK SPEEDWAY
 South Plattsburgh, New York
Early Years, Dirt Track - Click Here The Great Ice Races, a separate page. Click Here Early Airborne Officials. Click Here
to go a section of this page.
     
Ron Klein Photo Page, a separate page - Click Here Al and Andy Ward Photo Section from the Mid 1980's. Click Here to go to that section.
NASCAR V8 Sportsman Era 1960 - 71]
Click Here to go to a section of this page.
Mike Watts, Sr. contributions, a separate page - Click Here
Mostly Bob Mackey Photos
Phil Butler's Photo Collection. Click Here to go to  that section of this page. Click Here to go to a
separate page.

Bob Mackey Photos, a separate page. Click Here.
Arnie Trudeau Photos, a separate page.  Click Here Jim "Twelve Port" LeClaire Photos., a separate
page. Click Here

More Paved Surface Shots. Click Here to go to
this section on this page.
Photos From Former Promoter C.J. Richards
and Other Contributors. Click Here.
For the Section on the Dutcher Construction
Team of 1955 on this page, Click Here.
Early Bob Mackey Photos Courtesy of Bobby Castine - Click Here for a separate page.
Legends at Airborne in the Earlier Years, Click Here
to go to that section on this page. 
For the Section on the Various Late
Models - on this page, Click Here.
 

 

 


 

Photo Source Unknown

Dick Nephew, of Mooers Forks, NY is the prototypical Airborne star - and the 1961 NASCAR National Sportsman Co-Champion. He returned
 in the mid - 1980's to successfully race an Olsen Eagle for a few years. You can link to Dick's page - CLICK HERE

         Airborne Speedway took its name from the Strategic Air Command base located only a few miles away, in Plattsburgh. Founder Maurice Broderick got the half-mile oval underway in the 1950's, hoping to draw fields from New York, Vermont, and Canada. Airborne had a NASCAR sanction for many of the earlier years of its operation.

     

                                                                                                        Left Photo _ Wimble Collection                                                                    Right Photo Courtesy of Yves LaDouceur

The T-800 car of Gaylord Rowe won one of the first track championships at Airborne, driven by Bill Wimble, from nearby Lisbon. In this photo, Dick Goodell is the driver. Check out all the holes drilled in the body to lighten the car. To this day, the car sits in a forgotten junkyard outside of Ellenburg Depot, NY. Click here to go to the car's own page.


From Outside Groove Courtesy of Brian Branham

Very early action on the dirt track at Airborne. I don't know any of these cars or drivers. Can anyone help ? We now know the JL7
is Jack Liberty, current chief mechanic for Mike Bruno's 22. 77 is likely Henry Jarvis's brown and orange A&W car.

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THE GREAT ICE RACE OF 1958
Check out one of Airborne Speedway's crazier ideas, by CLICKING HERE.

 

From Outside Groove Courtesy of Brian Branham

More early action on the dirt track at Airborne.

           As the years went by, the track was promoted, sanctioned and even re-named many different times. By the early 1970's, it was in a state of disrepair, wherein competitors would reach into their cars and pull out pieces of asphalt, as a regular part of their post-race maintenance. The track was alternately sanctioned by NASCAR, Champlain Valley Racing Association [CVRA], ACT, and even as independent, unaligned track.

From the ACT Office Archives

Paul Hamel is one of the dozens of Canadians who have invaded and successfully run at Airborne.

        Besides Broderick, it saw guidance - at various times - from Charles C.J. Richards, of the CVRA, by Ken Squier, and by Tom Curley. It was run by itself, and it has been part of a circuit which - at different times - has included Catamount Stadium, Thunder Road, Sanair [St. Pie, Quebec], Devil's Bowl, and Albany _ Saratoga Speedway.

        After nearly falling completely apart, C.J. Richards tore up the asphalt and tried running CVRA dirt modifieds there, on a shorter dirt track, in the early 1980's. After Richards, the American - Canandian Tour took over and completely rebuilt the track and re-paved the surface. Tom Curley found it very difficult to run the track because, in short, very few Vermonters could get along with the tough locals from the Plattsburgh area. He tried more and more security to no avail - and finally gave up in the early 2000's.

From the ACT Office Archives

Living one minute from the track, and operating successfully on a shoestring, Danny Bridges is the typical Airborne story. Many of
Airborne's best talents were slowed down mostly by having limited funds. Bridges somehow overcame that for many seasons.

       2005 would see a local Airborne driver and successful DIRT member, Mike Perrotte take over the speedway, in hopes of keeping the lower divisions, with the headliners being dirt-style modifieds running on pavement. Perhaps, being one of the locals and a very, very tough man, Perrotte can bring law and order to Airborne and make the whole thing work. How large a crowd he can draw will probably continue to be a concern.

      Former driver Jim "Twelve Port" LeClaire" found some photos from around the 1980's at Airborne. Some were damaged; some could be saved. CLICK HERE to go to that page.

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THE EARLIER YEARS - DIRT SURFACE


Bucko Branham via Outside Groove
This shows a field of coupes racing on the oldest version
of Airborne. A little help
with who they are ?

 


Bucko Branham via Outside Groove
This shows a field of coupes being started by a brave
flagger right on the track.

Bucko Branham via Outside Groove
Bill Guynup's 33 after
an apparent crash with
the #9 sedan.
Shorty_Carmichael_Airborne.JPG (56996 bytes)
Catamount Yearbook

Shorty Carmichael,
Plattsburgh, New York

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of
Mike Watts

The original 7VT,
with Royce Tucker

 


Bucko Branham via Outside Groove
The Legend
Jackie Peterson,
Plattsburgh, NY


Bucko Branham via Outside Groove
Jackie Peterson,
on the way to Airborne


Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Ernie Barcomb,
Winooski, VT
The 71VT is
wrecked.


Courtesy of Bucko Branham

Check out George in this
shot of a 1985 ice race.


Bucko Branham via Outside Groove
Dick Gadelle,
?,NY

Photo Courtesy of Otto Graham

Bill Wimble and the Hal Kempeny 113

 

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of
Mike Watts

Jr. Bruno's car.

 

George_Bridges_G1.JPG (67100 bytes)
Catamount Yr Book

George Bridges,
S. Plattsburgh, NY

 

Rex_Shattuck_Airborne.JPG (53398 bytes)
Catamount YrBook

Rex Shattuck
Colchester, VT

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

Unknown early cars.

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of
Mike Watts

Mack Miller


Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Henry Jarvis,
Morrisonville, NY

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Jim Luke,
Utica, NY
The Burns & Wilson 100 NY

Courtesy of Gary Nephew

A very early photo of
Airborne legend Bob Bruno

Dick_Goodell_T800.JPG (52936 bytes)
Courtesy of Yves LaDouceur
Dick Goodell,
Mooers, NY
The Gaylord Rowe T-800, formerly driven by Bill Wimble to an Airborne championship
CLICK HERE to go to
a  page on that car.
Ernie_Ried_111_Local.JPG (38330 bytes)
Catamount Yearbook
ACT Office Archives
Ernie Reid,
Massena, NY
 


Courtesy of Nephew Family

Ernie Ried,
Massena, NY

Ben_Key_Airborne.JPG (92268 bytes)
Catamount YrBook Photo

Ben Keys,
Plattsburgh, NY

 

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Earl Maille,
Glens Falls, NY
Henry Caputo's 11NY

 


Courtesy of Chris Companion
Earlier Wimble, with one of the
Gaylord Rowe cars - the red and
white #26. After Wimble, Bobby Trombley, brother of Charlie, would drive the car.

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
MackieMiller,
Ellenburg Depot, NY
His 1st car looks a
lot like the two
Rowe cars from the
same town. That's
Jackie Peterson in
the background.

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Dick ? Plattsburgh, NY
 
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Courtesy of the Pascal "Magnum" website

A 1967 Airborne article in a  racing newspaper of that era. Notice it is Canadian.

airborne_latemodels_1967.jpg (88449 bytes)

 

Beaver_70_Waterford.JPG (44959 bytes)
ACT Office Archives

Around 1965, future legend Harmon "Beaver" Dragon, of Milton, VT would try Plattsburgh. It would be his favorite track for years.

 

Jackie_Peterson.JPG (60978 bytes)
Catamount Yearbook
Jackie Peterson,
Plattsburgh, NY

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Bunn Reid,
Plattsburgh, NY

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Rod Ritchie,
Wilmington, NY

Ritchie mechanic Bob Lucia with wife,. Maria.

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Sherwood Holliday,
Waddington
, NY
Floyd Geary's
GM-6

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Dick Nephew,
Mooers Fks, NY
Just bought car
from George Palmetier

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Bill Wimble,
Lisbon, NY
New ad on
Gaylord Rowe's
26

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Bill Wimble, in
Victory Lane at
Airborne around 1955.


 
 

Photo
Courtesy of Bruce Jarvis

Henry Jarvis 777.
             
 

trombley_at_speed.jpg (120578 bytes)
Courtesy of Cho Lee Collection

Charlie Trombley,
Mooers, NY

 

 

NASCAR

cabana_white_5a.jpg (383620 bytes)
Courtesy of Cho Lee Collection

Jean-Paul Cabana,
Beloeil, QU

Cabana_Falcon_Malta.jpg (77280 bytes)
Courtesy of John 
Grady

OVERHEAD


Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

Charlie Draper,
Wilmington, NY

V-8


Mike Watts Photo
Gilles Brochu,
Montreal, QU
SPORTSMAN


Courtesy of Gary Nephew

Jean-Paul Cabana
with the Mohawk Chief

ERA


Bill Ladabouche Photo

The Lee Tucker 14
Burlington, VT
Ernie Reid was injured in
this car at Airborne

CIRCA

Early Bob Bruno.jpg (23582 bytes)
Photographer Unknown

Bob Bruno,
Schuyler Falls, NY

 

1960 -


Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Ken Shoemaker,
Westmere, NY

Bill Fowler's 27Jr

 

1971


Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Charlie Trombley

Ray Hanson's sedan


Courtesy of John Rock
Bob Mackey Photo

A 1960's field of
sportsman cars.
 

Courtesy of John Rock
Bob Mackey Photo

A 1962 heat goes
at Airborne. Gahan,
Cabana, Charland,
Wimble, Bruno, unknown,
and Pete Corey

Courtesy of John Rock
Bob Mackey Photo

The Harold Healey
70 - a former Vic
Wolfe car. This driver
is Jim LeClaire.

Rejean_Fields.jpg (23804 bytes)
Ladabouche Photo

Rejean [Field] Berard,
Quebec
Corey_DevilsBowl_1.jpg (89793 bytes)
Courtesy of John Grady

Pete Corey,
Crescent, NY

 


Mike Watts Photo
Jean-Paul Cabana,
Beloeil, QU

Pierre_LaFrance.JPG (23602 bytes)
Pascal "Magnum" Site

Pierre LaFrance,
Iberville, QU

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Jim LeClaire
Plattsburgh, NY

Harold Healey 70


Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Unknown car
drellos_cars_inpits.jpg (52534 bytes)
Herbert Family Collection

The red and white 111's of Chris Drellos, out of Glens Falls, NY made frequent appearances at northern tracks, with different drivers.

Guy_Chartrand_Goldand White.jpg (34248 bytes)
Courtesy of Pascal Magnum Website

Jean-Guy Chartrand,
Montreal, QU

 

 

dick_nephew_1961.jpg (134945 bytes)
Photographer Unknown
Dick Nephew,
Mooers Forks, NY
Nephew_Blue_Falcon_6.jpg (102134 bytes)
Courtesy of John Grady
CLICK HERE to go to
Dick's own page.
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ACT Office Archives

Marcel Godard,
Montreal, QU

hamilton_worcester_69.jpg (213383 bytes)
Cavalcade of Auto Racing

Pete Hamilton,
Needham, MA

 
Ernie_Ried_66A.JPG (145730 bytes)   ernie_ried_flag.jpg (243200 bytes)
ACT Office Archives
Ernie Reid,
Massena, NY

Mackey PhotoJim "Sapphire" LeClaire,
Plattsburgh, NY
He was given this nickname by Royce Tucker, Jim's mentor and
sometimes car owner.

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Whatta Pair !
Hamilton and
Flemke
 

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Richie Evans,
Rome, NY


Courtesy of Ardyce Blohm

Rod Ritchie
Check out the feature stickers.

Charland_3_RosnerCoach.JPG (290212 bytes)
Russ Bergh Photo

Rene Charland,
Agawam, MA

The Three-Time NASCAR National Sportsman Champion

Desmarais.JPG (44667 bytes)
Photographer Unknown

Gaston Desmarais,
Tupper Lake, NY

 


Mike Watts Photo
Dick Nephew &
Rod Ritchie shared this odd one, owned by
Fran Kane &
Denton Dow.
Frank_Hodge_Lucky7.JPG (34875 bytes)
Courtesy of Pascal Magnum Website

Frank Hodge,
Montreal, QU

The car is a former Bob Bruno ride.

George_Janoski_3Wide.JPG (23288 bytes)
Courtesy of Three Wide Site

George Janoski,
Stafford Springs, CT

 

danish_without_saran.jpg (125950 bytes)
Danish Family

Steve Danish,
Cropseyville, NY

 


Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Modifieds lining up

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Dick Nephew

Shadow Broderick -
sponsored car
Shoemaker_Swires_51.jpg (70836 bytes)
Courtesy of John Grady

Paul Marshall,
Schenectady, NY

Rare shot in the Allie
Swears #51

 

Bob_Ellis_76_Mod_1st.JPG (65311 bytes)
Devils Bowl Program

Bob Ellis,
West Haven, VT

 

Welchs_77.jpg (18130 bytes)
Bill Ladabouche

The potent Welch's 77, from Schenectady may have ventured North a few times - with any number of various drivers.


Mike Watts Photo
Charlie Trombley,
Mooers, NY

Courtesy of Nephew Family
Buck, in the Geary C38,
is discussing something
with Nephew. Dick doesn't
look happy. Looking on
could be Kay Hanson,
Chief Pit Steward.
Ron_Narducci_familiar98.jpg (73747 bytes)
Courtesy of John Grady

 Ron Narducci,
East Haddam, CT

 

Wes_Moody_Earlier.jpg (118855 bytes)
Courtesy of John Grady

Wes Moody,
Saranac Lake, NY

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Joe Thomas,
Plattsburgh, NY

Jimmy Guynup's Coupe
 

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Ken Platt,
Rome, NY

Roerig Brothers' 99 entry
Holliday_and _geary.JPG (85282 bytes)
Courtesy of Yves LaDouceur Website
Buck Holliday,
Waddington, NY - with car owner Floyd Geary
Buck_Holliday_POrtrait.jpg (14550 bytes)


Russ Bergh Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts
Bob Bruno's Fonda win.

Wolfe_66_MaybeTrombley.jpg (104693 bytes)
Courtesy of John Grady
Vic Wolfe's 66
Morrisonville, NY

 

Jerry_Cook_Baynes_38.jpg (114021 bytes)
Otto Graham Site

Jerry Cook,
Lockport, NY
wimble_leaving_vergennes.jpg (116461 bytes)
Photographer - Ed Baccei

Bill Wimble,
Lisbon, NY

The Dave McCready 33 out of Sherburne, NY
Lazarro_earlier_color_victoria.jpg (87045 bytes)
Courtesy of Saratoga Auto Museum

Lou Lazarro,
Utica, NY

MacTavish_Closeup.jpg (48125 bytes)
Photographer Unknown

Don MacTavish,
Dover, MA

1963 NASCAR National Sportsman Champion - one of the most popular drivers to ever drive in the North Country.


 

Courtesy of Paul Michaud

Bob Bruno

Vic Wolfe's famous
#66


Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Harold Ormsby,
Schuyler Falls, NY

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Work on the Harold
Healey 70
DuBrul_Color_Coupe_1963.jpg (92724 bytes)
Bill Ladabouche

Jack DuBrul,
Burlington, NY
CLICK HERE to go to
Jack's own page.

 


Courtesy C.J. Richards
The Royce Tucker -built
C37, sometimes driven by Jim

Bob Mackey Photo, via
John Rock & Bobby Castine
The Royce Tucker #7 sportsman, Burlington, VT

 


The 1st Tucker car

 


Bill Ladabouche

     The Lee and Royce Tucker #7 VT, in which Jackie Peterson & Dutch Reed drove @
Airborne.


The last Tucker
sportsman

Bob Mackey Photo, via
John Rock & Bobby Castine

Jack DuBrul,
Burlington, NY

The Royce Tucker #7 sportsman, Burlington, VT


Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Marcel Godard
Montreal, QC

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

My favorite Godard
modified

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Unknown Modified

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Harry "The Head"
Provost with brother, Frank
Cadyville, NY

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Pit work during the
early '70's mod era.

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Phil Spiak [X]
Dick Fowler [11]

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

1960's sportsman
field at speed.

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Ed Cloce #69
Jean Guy Chartrand

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Paul Conover and
another Trombley
crewman [lft]

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Ernie Gahan

With Art Prairie

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Gene Mangino,
Schenectady, NY

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Charlie Trombley

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Dick Manning
Chateauguay, NY

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Dick Fowler

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Ernie Reid,
Massena, NY

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Frank Provost
 

Paul Michaud Photo
Courtesy of 360 Nitro Site

Guy Chartrand and Dave Gaul - about 1971.
 
Paul Michaud Photo
Courtesy of 360 Nitro Site

Bob Brunell, Denis Giroux, and Nick Ronca - about 1971.
 
Possibly a Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Cavalcade of Auto Racing

Andre Manny,
Laval Des Rapides, QU
 
Photo
Courtesy of 360 Nitro Site

Andre Manny
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Ardyce Bloehm

Rod Ritchie,
former driver as tech inspector.
               
                 

Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy of John Rock
One of my favorite photos ever. Early sportsman action. Howard Rock leads an unidentified
Plymouth coupe; as well as Wally Russell [outside]; 99, Charlie Trombley; 26, Bill Wimble;
and T-800, Dick Goodelle.

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SOME OF THE PHIL BUTLER PHOTO COLLECTION


Courtesy of Phil Butler
George Rettew,
Chicopee, MA

A former Charland mod

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Bill Branham,
Plattsburgh, NY
Late model division.

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Bill Conover,
Champlain, NY
Late model sportsman

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Brian Ross,
Ballston Spa, NY

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Assumed to be...
Joey Kourafas,

Sharo, MA
Late Model Sportsman

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Brian Ross,
Ballston Spa, NY
Jerry Rose's Coupe

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Assumed to be...
Buck Holliday,

Waddington, NY
Later C38 mod

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Bob Dragon,
Milton, VT
Former Bill Wilson mod

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Bob Bruno's sedan,
Schuyler Falls, NY
Vic Wolfe mod

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Bob Brunello,
Peru, NY
The Pontiac Coupe

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Bob Brunell,
Peru, NY
The Mustang

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Dick Fowler,

New Hartford, NY

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Danny Bridges,

So.Plattsburgh, NY
In white T-Shirt

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Rene Charland,

Agawam, MA
All Star League era
(see the helmet)

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Charlie Trombley,

Mooers Forks, NY
Ray Hanson's sedan
Adirondack Raceway era

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Pete Corey,

Crescent, NY
With the constant
cigarette

|Courtesy of Phil Butler
Don MacTavish,

Dover, MA
Wright/Zautner 24

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Ed Pieniazek,

Schenectady, NY
Jerry Rose mod

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Gaston Desmarais,

Tupper Lake, NY
Former Airborne
promoter

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Jerry Cook,

Rome, NY

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Jerry Cook,

at speed

Courtesy of Phil Butler
A Jimmy Guynup Ford
Is there any other kind ?

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Joe Bruno,

Schuyler Falls, NY
Former Hobby Class Driver

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Joe Thomas,

Plattsburgh, NY
Jimmy Guynup's Cougar

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Johnny Thompson,
Mooers Forks, NY
Usually a Norwood Arena, Massachusetts
driver


Courtesy of Phil Butler

Jim"Sapphire" Leclaire,

Plattsburgh, NY
Harold Healey's 70 

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Ernie Reid,

Massena, NY
Harold Healey's 70

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Assumed to be...
Don Smith,

Plattsburgh, NY
Earlier '60's Sportsman

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Lee Carpenter,

Colchester, VT
Late Model Sportsman
Torino

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Mack Miller,

Ellenburgh Depot, NY
Dan Bridges in background

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Marcel Godard,

Montreal, QC
His Dart Modified

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Marcel Godard,

Montreal, QC
Same Dart in color

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Marcel Godard,

Montreal, QC
 Dart Close Up

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Marcel Godard,

Montreal, QC
Plain white coupe
before lettering

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Mark Lamberton,

Mooers Forks, NY
Very young, with a Renegade or B Tiger

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Maynard "Cyclone" Forrette,

So. Hadley, MA
Originally from Ellenburg Depot

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Rudy Mesec,

Plattsburgh, NY
Hobby Class Mopar

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Mike Parsons,

Plattsburgh, NY

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Dick Nephew,

Mooers Forks, NY
Early, pre - National Championship red 6

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Dick Nephew,
Mooers Forks, NY
A pose with Fran Kane's Studebaker

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Norm Burl,
Elizabethtown, NY
One of his last Studebakers

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Phil P.J. Spiak,
Troy, NY
Future NASCAR Grand Touring Driver at
Adirondack Raceway

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Ricky Lyman,

P.I.R. late model

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Roger Guynup,
Plattsburgh, NY
A very long late model

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Roger Guynup
After a little experience

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Russ Shaw,
Bomoseen, VT
Dooger Jones' 8VT
recently bought from
Jack DuBrul

Courtesy of Phil Butler
Sherri Meunier,
Fairfax, VT
2008 Renegade Champ
 
Courtesy of Phil Butler
Tom Tiller,
Essex Jct., VT.
His "2nd Career" Tiger
Sportsman with ACT
 
Courtesy of Phil Butler
Bobby Allison,
Hueytown, ALA
This car might have been driven by Tommy Howe, son of one of Allison's top mechanics
       
Courtesy of Phil Butler
Wes "Slugger" Moody,
Saranac Lake, NY
Right after he began to run pavement instead of dirt.
     

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EARLY AIRBORNE OFFICIALS
All Bob Mackey Photos Courtesy of John Rock


Don Hayes, [rt] Gary Mesec,
[lft] and a second official.

Track owner Maurice Broderick [2nd
from right], Red O'Connor, announcer
[right] Mrs. Broderick, and a local
assemblyman Feinberg.

Starter Johnny Tellini [lft],
promoter Gaston Desmarais,
Lou Lazzaro [right]

 

Ernie Burl [lft], Ken Duquette,
and Ron Anderson - 1969.

Mr. and Mrs. Broderick - with
Ken Duquette - 1968.

Archie Blackadar mans the
sign-in booth. Charlie
Trombley to the left.
 

Mr.Broderick, track photographer
Bob Mackey, and the ever - present
Ken Duquette - 1960's.

Maurice Broderick - with Toni Hanson
at the sign-in table - circa 1962.

Ken Duquette [lft] and starter Paul
Boyea watch Mackie Miller congratulate
Bill Branham - 1968.
 

Starter Art Prairie congratulates
Ernie Reid - 1961.

Art Prairie [lft] another official
and someone's wife - 1960.
 

Maybe Mrs. Broderick at sign-in
shack - 1964.

Starter Paul Demers - 1966.

Bob Seymour - with
Hugh Gordon [rt] - 1964.
 

Chief Pit Steward Kay Hanson
in the Sign - in Shack 1961.

Archie Blackadar - with
unk. official - 1964.

Mrs. Broderick - with Bud and
Jean Read - 1962. What's
everyone else looking up at ?

Bud Read - with
Bob Mackey - 1962.
 

Gaston Desmarais, promoter -
with his family - 1964.

Kay and Toni Hanson - with
Mrs. Brodrick [lft] - 1959.
 

Co - Founder, Burt Blake - with
winner Bud Besor - 1958.

Toni Hanson [lft[ - with Mercedes
O'Connor - at sign - in table in 1955.
Probably Kay Hanson in white hat.
 

Starter Don Thomas - 1983.
Winner is Gailand Wood.

1964 Officials.

Early [and legendary]
starter, Chet Hames- 1950's.

Announcer Red O'Connor - 1958.

Art Prairie is getting a kick
out of a very angry Bud Besor.

WE HAVE MANY MORE EARLY BOB MACKEY PHOTOS RELATED TO AIRBORNE ON BOB'S OWN PAGE. CLICK HERE TO GO THERE.

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MORE PAVED SURFACE SHOTS


 Russ Photo by Mike Watts
Joe Thomas,
The Jimmy Guynup 37

Mike Watts Photo
Hank Stevens,
Rocky Hills, CT

Mike Watts Photo
Don MacTavish,
Dover, MA
 

Mike Watts Photo
Marcel Godard,
Montreal, QU

Mike Watts Photo
Kenny King,
Rosemere, QU

Mike Watts Photo
Ed Flemke, Sr.,
New Britain, CT
 
Wolfe_66_Joe_Thomas.jpg (129791 bytes)
Bob MackeyPhoto
Joe Thomas,
Morrisonville, NY
Romano_Sedan_Color_CLseup.JPG (91711 bytes)
Courtesy of John Grady

Andy Romano,
Johnstown NY
Maurice_Taillard_Mohawk_Chief_Falcon.jpg (131359 bytes)
Courtesy of John Grady

Maurice Tallard,
Quebec City, QU
 
Cagle_24_Gold_Coach_Catamount.jpg (203599 bytes)
Courtesy of John Grady

Will Cagle,
Tampa, FL

Bobby D's Coupe.JPG (71019 bytes)
Free Press Photo

Bobby Dragon,
Milton, VT

 

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Courtesy of Otto Graham Website

Ken Canestrari,
Cohoes, NY

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ACT Archives

Andre Manny,
Montreal, QU
Bob_Brunelle_Mustang_Cropped.JPG (62844 bytes)
Pascal "Magnum" Site

Bob Brunelle,
Peru, NY
CLICK HERE to go to
Bob's own page.

 

Corriveau_40_LeQuebecois_Coupe.jpg (140694 bytes)
Courtesy of John Grady

Marcel Corriveau,
Quebec City, QU

 

Ronca.jpg (79972 bytes)
Courtesy of Jim Ladabouche

Nick Ronca,
Clifton Park, NY

Ray_Forte_Coupe.JPG (68352 bytes)
Courtesy of John Grady

Ray Forte,
Montreal, QU

 


Bob Mackey Photo, via
John Rock & Bobby Castine
Ken Platt,
Rome, NY
Bobby.DuBrul.Beaver,jpg.JPG (121360 bytes)
Free Press Photo

Three Vermont racing pioneers running
 the pavement mods at Airborne around
1970: [lft - DuBrul, Beaver, Bobby]

 

beaver_airborne_75_coupe.jpg (60914 bytes)
Courtesy of John Grady
Beaver Dragon,
Milton, VT

The Ray Richards 75
 

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EARLY PHOTOS FROM C. J. RICHARDS [and Others]


Courtesy of C. J. Richards

A 1957 sportsman field, including T-800, Dick Goodelle; 26, Bill Wimble;
someone in a Henry Caputo car; and C38, Buck Holliday.


Courtesy of C. J. Richards

A 1957 sportsman field, with one in the infield pond. Most likely, the driver on the roof is Bill Wimble [26] and the 71 might be Ernie Barcomb.


Courtesy of C. J. Richards

A 1957 sportsman start as Chet Hames gives the green to Jack Liberty.


Courtesy of C. J. Richards

The 000 is either Bob Bruno or Len Barcomb; GM6 is either Bill Bourgeest or Sherwood Holliday; the white car on the
outside is most likely Charlie Trombley [or Bud Besor's 50NY]; and the plain silver car on the inside looks a lot like Dick Nephew.


Courtesy of C. J. Richards

This 1960 shot of cars in the payoff line shows the only known photo of
Jim "Twelve Port" LeClaire's C37. Also seen are the Chris Drellos 111 and the
Red Knoblach 13 driven by Johnny Perry.


Courtesy of C. J. Richards

In 1954 Art Prairie was starting fields from the track. It was a big joke to both the
drivers and Art how close they could get without hitting him. People are
bright, aren't they ?


Courtesy of the Nephew Family
 An early field kicks up the dust at Airborne. Dick Nephew [6] chases the leader, a
1950 Chevy coupe [possibly Trombley in the Suprenant car].


Courtesy of Bucko Branham, via The Outside Groove Site
Once thought to be an early Mack Miller shot, this shows Ernie Reid traversing
the front stretch at an early and dusty Airborne.

THE DUTCHER CONSTRUCTION RACING TEAM OF 1954


Courtesy of Rick Reome
From left- Bill Agnier, Jim Patten,
Jackie Peterson and Gale Wolfe
just before leaving for a race in '54.
 

Courtesy of Rick Reome
From left- Jim Patten, Bill Agnier, Bob
 Tierney, and Gale Wolfe at the
Dutcher Construction site.

Courtesy of Rick Reome
Jim Patten and the Dutcher
Constr. D9.

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts
Jim Patten, in an early
Airborne lineup with the
 Dutcher Construction D9 entry.

Courtesy of Rick Reome
Jim Patten,  just before leaving the
Dutcher site for a race.

Peterson Collection
Photos


Courtesy of Rick Reome
Jackie Peterson, with the Dutcher
Construction team car, D8.

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts
Bud Besor,
with what
might be another Dutcher car.

 

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EARLY PHOTOS FROM BOBBY CASTINE
CLICK HERE


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THE VARIOUS LATE MODEL YEARS - DIRT AND PAVEMENT


Courtesy of Bucko Branham

This rough and ready bunch includes Gene Fountain, Bill Branham, and Don Burl. When lettered, this Studebaker was the famous 7UP.


 

From the Pascal "Magnum" Website

An early late model field comes out to race at Airborne in 1967.


Courtesy of Brian Branham

Is it Lou Diamond Phillips ? Nope it's a very young Wild Bill Branham.


Branham Family Collection
Wild Bill Branham,
Plattsburgh, NY

Mike Watts Photo

 

46_DeerheadMobileHOme_Charger.JPG (39808 bytes)

Catamount Yearbook

Gene Guynup,
Cadyville, NY

Joe_Thomas_66_Wolfe.jpg (35447 bytes)

Ladabouche Photo

A late model 66

 


Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Danny Bridges,
S. Plattsburgh, NY
Early Hobby
Car

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Unknown
Early Hobby Car

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Lee Begor,
Mooers, NY

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Ronnie Miller,
?, NY
 

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Danny Bridges,
S. Plattsburgh, NY
Early Hobby Car

Bob Mackey Photo via
John Rock & Bobby Castine

Bucky Bousquet
Plattsburgh, NY

Bob Mackey Photo via
Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Al Patterson,
Saranac Lake, NY

Courtesy Brian Branham
Coucilman Feiberg,
Plattsburgh, NY
A politico tries his
luck at driving

Photo from Brian Branham
Joe Goddeau and
Junior Vorce
Mid to late 1960's

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Paul "Cooke"Vallaires,
S. Plattsburgh, NY

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Jim LaFountaine,
Altona, NY
Early Pose
 

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Lining up early
late model hobby cars.

Bob Mackey Photo, via John Rock
Unidentified '53
Ford #8 1/2

Bob Mackey Photo, Courtesy of Mike Watts
The Sousie Family Pits

Bob Mackey Photo, Courtesy of Mike Watts
Bob McClatchie

Dan Jerry Photo
Courtesy of Jim LeClaire
Roger Guynup

Bob Mackey Photo via
Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Bill Branham,
Plattsburgh, NY
43_Bill_Brooking_Charger.JPG (30504 bytes)

Devils Bowl Yearbook

Bill Brooking,
Malta, NY

98_Curtis_Charger.JPG (35616 bytes)

Devils Bowl Yearbook

Larry Curtis
Argyle, NY



ACT Archives Courtesy
of Cho Lee

Ronnie Bonnette
St. Albans, VT


Dan Jerry Photo
Courtesy of Jim LeClaire

Unknown late model '80's

 Photos from Brian Branham
Various shots: Roger Guynup
 

Photo from Brian Branham
Various shots of
Gene Guynup,
Cadyville, NY

 

Photo from Brian Branham
Jimmy Guynup's
Late Model Ford

 


Photos from Jim Watson
Roger Guynup

Photos from Dan Nolin

Roger Guynup

Bob Mackey Photo via
Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Bruce Harrell,

Mackey Photo
via John Rock


Lee Carter,
with Paul Demers

Dan Jerry Photo
Courtesy of Jim LeClaire

Kevin Kezar
Tim O'Neill's LMS

Bob Mackey Photo via
John Rock & Bobby Castine

Danny Bridges,
So. Plattsburgh, NY|
 

Dan Jerry Photo
Courtesy of Jim LeClaire

Larry Delong

Mackey Photo
via John Rock


Gerry LaCroix wreck.

 


Dan Jerry Photo
Courtesy of Jim LeClaire

Leon Gonyo,
Chazy, NY

Dan Jerry Photo
Courtesy of Jim LeClaire|

Steve Frennier,
Plattsburgh, NY

Dan Jerry Photo
Courtesy of Jim LeClaire

Bernie Griffith,
Plattsburgh, NY

Dan Jerry Photo
Courtesy of Jim LeClaire
Don Thomas,
Peru, NY

Bob Mackey Photo via Cavlcade of Auto Racing

Bob Mackey Photo via
Cavalcade of Auto Racing

Fred Trim

Mackey Photos
via John Rock

Some Charger
Fields

Mackey Photos
via John Rock

More Charger
Fields


LA West Photo
Beaver Dragon,
Milton, VT

Airborne was his
favorite track.

LA West Photo

Ron Barcomb,
Winooski, VT

Denis LaChance Photo

The Bob Ferreira 38,
Plattsburgh, NY

Drivers Bill Branham, Charlie Trombley, Mike Perrotte, and Dan Perez



 

Photos from Andy Boright

The Bob Ferreira 38,
Plattsburgh, NY

Drivers Bill Branham, Charlie Trombley, Mike Perrotte, and Dan Perez
Andre_Manny_atSpeed.jpg (24760 bytes)
ACT Archives

Andre Manny,
Montreal, QU

More 1970's
NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Cars available on the Catamount pages.

 

Bob Mackey Photo, Courtesy of Mike Watts

Norm Burl

Bob Mackey Photo, Courtesy of Mike Watts

Don Burl


Bob Mackey Photo via
Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Joe Bruno,
Schuyler Falls Lake, NY

Bob Mackey Photo, Courtesy of Mike Watts
Rick ?

Bob Mackey Photo, Courtesy of Mike Watts
No Idea

Bob Mackey Photo, Courtesy of Mike Watts

Don Sousis,
Cohoes, NY

Bob Mackey Photo, Courtesy of Mike Watts

Joe Buck
[Joe Goddeau]

Bob Mackey Photo, Courtesy of Mike Watts

Mack Miller,
Ellenburg Depot, NY

With Roland Trombley

Bob Mackey Photo, Courtesy of Mike Watts

Paul "Cooke"
Vallaires

Bob Mackey Photo, Courtesy of Mike Watts

Roger Benjamin,
Alburgh, VT

Bob Mackey Photo, Courtesy of Dave Brown

Karen Sutliffe
in Paul V's Car

Bob Mackey Photo, Courtesy of Dave Brown

Bob McClatchie

Bob Mackey Photo via
Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Roland Dennis,
Tupper Lake, NY

Bob Mackey Photo via Dave Brown

Ernie Mason in Dick Nephew's Dodge LMS

Bob Mackey Photo via Dave Brown

Bob Dragon,
Milton, VT

Bob Mackey Photo via
Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Sonny Sousis,
Cohoes, NY

Bob Mackey Photo via Dave Brown

Bill Conover,
Champlain,
NY

Bob Mackey Photo via Dave Brown

Beaver Dragon,
Milton, VT

Airborne was his
favorite track.

Bob Mackey Photo via Dave Brown

Don Thomas,
Peru, NY

Bob Mackey Photo via Dave Brown

Henry Van Acker,
Champlain,
NY

Bob Mackey Photo via Dave Brown

Henry Van Acker,
Champlain,
NY

Bob Mackey Photo via Dave Brown

E.C. "Honest Ed" Champagne,
Plattsburgh,
NY
     
Courtesy of Andy Boright

The first car of Leon Gonyo [far right] as it appeared in 1976 at Catamount and Airborne.

Bob Mackey Photo via Dave Brown

Joe Thomas
Plattsburgh,
NY
A rare Jimmy Guynup Chevy

Bob Mackey Photo via Dave Brown

Joe Thomas
Plattsburgh,
NY
A rare Jimmy Guynup Chevy

Bob Mackey Photo via Dave Brown

Karen Sutcliff
Plattsburgh,
NY
With Paul V's Chevy

Bob Mackey Photo via Dave Brown

Paul Vallaires
Plattsburgh,
NY
With his Chevy
     


Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy of Mike Watts, Sr.
Gaston Desmarias, usually a colorful driver, promoted the track around 1964 and changed the name to Adirondack Raceway.


Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy of
John Rock


AIRBORNE VIA SATELLITE

A Terraserver satellite photo of Airborne from the 1990's. At about nine o'clock on the photo you can see how the track used to be much longer. At eleven o'clock is the infamous, mosquito - breeding wetlands that breed 'em so big they have to land at the old airbase nearby. This configuration is basically the one laid out by C.J. Richards, for dirt and later paved by Tom Curley for ACT.


 

TODAY'S AIRBORNE SPEEDWAY

http://www.airbornespeedway.net/airbornespeedwayprofiles.html

    The Ernie's Discount Tools Modified Series features dirt modifieds racing on the the asphalt surface at Airborne. This is the brainchild of promoter Mike Perrotte, himself a dirt modified driver. The modifieds handle Airborne very respectably considering their considerable height disadvantage compared to their pavement modified cousins in southern New England.

Patrick Dupree,
Onchiota, NY

Brian "Bucko" Branham,
Plattsburgh, NY

George Foley,
Saranac Lake, NY

 

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ANDY WARD PHOTOS FROM THE MID '80's DIRT DAYS


A and A Ward Photo
1984 DIRT All Star
Race. Dave Heaslip 84 leads
the late Doug Hoffman.

A and A Ward Photo
1986 Airborne dirt
late model Torino.

A and A Ward Photo
1985 DIRT mods:
Gailand Wood, Dick
Nephew, Leon Gonyo, Don Scarborough, etc .

A and A Ward Photo
1985 DIRT mod #76
at speed. Not sure who
that is. Bob Ellis ?

A and A Ward Photo
1985 DIRT mod heat:
I see John Proctor,
Bob Savoie, and Pete
Corey, Jr.
 

A and A Ward Photo
1984 DIRT All Star
Race. Bob McCreadie
in full opposite lock.

A and A Ward Photo
1985 DIRT mod action.
The late Charlie Laduc
in a rare appearance
with his last car 54.
 

A and A Ward Photo
1984 DIRT All Star
Race. Vermont's
dominant star,
Charlie Wilbur.

A and A Ward Photo
1984 DIRT action.
Charlie Wilbur,
Duxbury, VT

A and A Ward Photo
1984 DIRT All Star
Race. The late
Doug Hoffman.

A and A Ward Photo
1984 DIRT All Star
Race. Doug Hoffman
 leads the pack .

A and A Ward Photo
Honest Ed Champagne
has quite a push
coming out of 4.

A and A Ward Photo
1984 Frank Keene would
bring the 6 banger mod
over from Chelsea, VT
and shock the hell out
of the competition.
 

A and A Ward Photo
Keene is running away
from the 8 cylinder late
models in this race.

A and A Ward Photo
1984 action:
Glen Ormsby 33 and the
inimitable Dominic Racoe.

A and A Ward Photo
1984 Jay Dubuque
would drive this car to the
track. He lived on the
access road.

A and A Ward Photo
1984 Leon Gonyo
spins the Riley Ford.

A and A Ward Photo
Mike Perrotte.

A and A Ward Photo
1984 Dick Nephew
was dragged out of
retirement to drive
this Olsen Eagle. He
surpassed expectations.
 

A and A Ward Photo
1984 theclassic
Ward shot of Nephew
and Wilbur at speed.

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LEGENDS AT AIRBORNE IN EARLIER YEARS

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

The late great Don MacTavish.He drove the Cliff Wright 24 and his own CIrcle J at Airborne.

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

The late national champion Bill WImble. He drove the Gaylord Rowe T800 and 26; the McCredy S33, and
his own cars at Airborne.

Courtesy of Gary Nephew
Canadian great Jean Guy Chartrand. He drove the Ed Cloce Hemi Cuda 69 and
his own 901 at Airborne.

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of
Gary Nephew
The late national champion Dick Nephew .He drove the George Palmetier 6 7/8, the Mason Dodge LMS,; the McGree Bridges car,  and his own 6NY cars at Airborne.

Source Unknown
The late champion Kenny
Shoemaker.He drove the Cliff Wright 24, the Bill Fowler 27Jr, the Henry Caputo 111, and

assorted other cars at Airborne.
 
LaSheef Photo
Carl "Buggs" Stevens, a
 multi - time National champ. He drove the Len Boehler 3 and the Sonny Koszella 15 at Airborne.
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

The late championCharlie Trombley. He drove the Mose Surprenant 98; the Ross McNaughton 5 7/8, and
Bob Ferreira's 38 at Airborne, as well as some early family entries.
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

The late track champion Bob Bruno. He drove the Vic Wolfe 66's and his own cars at Airborne. Car owner Wolfe qualifies as a legend, himself. [Center in photo below]

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of
Bruno Collection
via John Rock.
 
Ladabouche Collection
NASCAR National Modified Champion
Ernie Gahan. He drove the Sonny Koszella 15'a, as well as his onw
familiar 50 NH's at Airborne.
 
Rick Parry Collection
Four - Time NASCAR National Sportsman Champion
Rene Charland. He drove numerous cars at Airborne including his own 3's.
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of
Jim LeClaire
While perhaps not of Northeastern fame, local driver Bucko Branham is a legend at Airborne, by  all means.
 
Jo Towns Collection
Courtesy of
Otto Graham
Howard "Jeep: Herbert . He drove the Henry Caputo 11, the Sam Kittler/Gibby Wolfe 37, the
Richard Welch 77, and the Tony
Villano 37 at Airborne,
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

The late champion Sterling "Buck" Holliday. He drove the Floyd Geary C38 cars almost
exclusively.
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

Steve Danish was one of
the sport's first true
legends. He ran his car 61 at
Airborne around 1955.
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of
Gary Nephew
Multi - time Canaddian  champion Jean - paul Caban ran Airborne in both his own coupes and with a Northern NASCAR late model sportsman.
 
Ladabouche Collection
Track champion and Northern NASCAR champion, Beaver
Dragon drove both modifieds and late model sportsman cars at Airborne. The coupes belonged to Ray Richards, while the late models were from the Robar/Everest 75 team.
 
Bob Frazier Photo
Courtesy of
Bob Kilburn
Temperamental and innovative,
Pete Corey was both a great
car builder and a darned
good driver. He drove his own #3's, as well as Chris Drellos' 11, and AC Caprara's 37 at
Airborne. [Maybe  even the
Ted Vogel 95].
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

For the limited years in the early '50's  that he ran, Bob Bushey rates some legendary status. he still holds the record for feature wins in a year set in 1954.
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

Multi - time NASCAR National Modifed champion Jerry Cook. He drove his own 38's only.
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of
Rich Palmer
Multi - time champion Bob Dragon. He drove his own modified, as well as theFamiliar red 71 LMS car at Airborne.
         

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