The Tom Curley ACT Era

                 After a some tenuous seasons as Plattsburgh International Raceway and some more as C.J. Richards' CVRA venue, American - Canadian Tour maven Tom Curley [perhaps thinking of the good' ol days when, at one point he raced there and later, when he watched Northern NASCAR race there] decided to buy the track from whomever actually held the deed [very hard to tell]. The ACT site syas this was 1989. Curley would keep the basic third mile, slightly banked track that CVRA ran mods on and he would pave it. The marriage of Airborne regulars and the autocratic bluntness of Curley was one destined to burn constantly and flame out mightily. He could not abide the tough, fist - first locals and they chafed under his rule.
                  It is really a wonder that a.) several of the locals didn't end up in jail for trying to kill Curley or b.) he didn't actually end up being found in the mosquito - infested woods beside the track. Eventually, he'd clear out and lease the track to assorted promotions. He did install the beloved Renegades, iconic to Airborne forever. During his tenure, the track ran Late Models, Tiger Sportsman, B Tigers [the Renegades], and various forms of four cylinder cars.
                  I don't a ton of materials from this time. It happened entirely when I was absent from racing.

Courtesy of Andy Boright
Ferrisburgh, VT's Steve Miller with hardware from an Airborne win his Tiger Sportsman. This photo is iconic to me about that era of Airborne's history.

Via Justin St. Louis
Bucko Branham,
Plattsburgh, NY
Via Andy Boright
Bucko Branham
Via Phil Butler
Mark Lamberton,
Mooers, NY
Via Bob Dragoon
ob Dragoon.
2000 car.
Via Bob Dragoon
Bob Dragoon's
2002 Renegade.
Via Phil Butler
Tom Tiller,
Essex Jct., VT
In a "New Tiger" after a long retirement
Via Justin St. Louis
Brian Hoar [45], Mark "The Hammer" Barnier [0], and Mark Lamberton.

Via Justin St. Louis
Doug Murphy [4] and Mark Barnier would have both raced at Airborne at this time.

Courtesy of Dave Brown
Tony Poissant, Alburgh, VT
2003 late model
Courtesy of Dave Brown
Jerry Winch, Plattsburgh, NY
Airborne Tiger Champ
Courtesy of Justin St. Louis
Banzai Billy Barcomb,
 Winooski, VT

Color and number in honor of Ernie Barcomb who ran at Airborne in 1954.

Courtesy of Andy Boright vai Justin St. Louis
Jim Cilley,
Groton, VT
Courtesy of Andy Boright vai Justin St. Louis
Jim Barton,
Charlotte, VT
Via Justin St. Louis
Bucko Branahm's 1995 entry.

Via Andy Boright
Greg Lyman,
Hinesburg, VT

ACT Files
Tiger action with Jason Bonnette, Robin Wood, and UNK car in middle.

Via Justin St. Louis
Greg "Burger" Blake,
Montpelier, VT.
Via Justin St. Louis
Race action is a support class, 1990's.

Via Andy Boright
Andy Boright,

Via Jason Lahue
Chet Devarney,
Georgia, VT.
Via Andy Boright
Mike Bruno - with Tony Andrews.

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