AMAZING JOEY LAWRENCE
A Pretty Fair Hand With a Race Car !
                                                                                                                    

                 I don't need to write much about car owner / builder Joey Lawrence, from Newburgh, NY. Others like Jeff Ackerman and Chas Hertica have eloquently
covered the man and his accomplishments. Suffice to say he was a prominent car owner for drivers such as Duncan "Rebel" Harris and Jackie "Whistlin'" Wilson - at venues like Olean Speedway and Lebanon Valley Speedway. His cars were exceptional. I first saw a Lawrence car in action at the demonstration race put on by Lebanon Valley at the 1961 Vermont State Fair. Harris was driving at that time. I just want to get a page out on this remarkable man, who had connections with important racing people like Ralph Moody. Enjoy.


Joey Lawrence Collection
The first car of Joey Lawrence, at the family home in Newburgh. This car was to race at Rhinebeck Speedway.


Joey Lawrence Collection
The second car of Joey Lawrence in Newburgh. This car probably also raced at Rhinebeck Speedway.


 Joel Naprstek Photo Courtesy of Ray Martin, via Chas Hertica
Apparently the first AAA coupe..

REBEL HARRIS ERA


Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

The already legendary Rebel Harris, with a 22 year - old
Joey Lawrence.

Chas Hertica Photo
Harris, with the Lawrence
AAA coupe at Onteora  Spdwy, Olive Bridge, NY

Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

Rebel Harris, with the
Joey Lawrence AAAJr -
at Onteora.

Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

The Joey Lawrence AAAJr
at the local Oliver Tractor
dealer's garage in Newburgh.

Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

The Joey Lawrence, AAA  coupe. It was a former Danny  Mitchell car.

Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica
Another view of Rebel Harris' AAAJr - at Onteora.

Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

Apparently the
Joey Lawrence AAAJr -
at Onteora was that
Danny Mitchell car.

Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

At some point,
Joey Lawrence introduced an overhead V8 Ford into the AAAJr - for Onteora.

Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

The overhead V8 Ford, bound for Onteora - In front of the Lawrence home. The Third man may be Pete Jackson.

Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

This is a newer version
of the AAA coupe.

 Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

This is the newer version
of the AAA coupe - still
flat towed to the track.

Bob Eliis Photo Courtesy of Roger Liller via Dave Dykes
This is a widely - familiar
shot of the AAA at Onteora,
racing Ernie Beesmer.

From the Uncle Art
Stuarts Collection
via Chas Hertica

Harris and the AAA coupe
with Uncle Art Stuarts. It is
said to be the Langhorne qualifier, at Arlington
Spwy near Poughkeepsie.
  
Courtesy of Amy Garrison Dauski
This confirms that the
Langhorne qualifier WAS
at Arlington.
 
Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

Harris, pulling off the track
at Langhorne that same year.
 
Midstate Club Collection
Harris with a win at
an undetermined track
that has covered stands.
  
 
John Gallant Collection
via Chas Hertica

Perhaps, the most familiar
Joey Lawrence AAA/ Harris photo ever.
 
Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth
Another widely - recognized shot.
 
Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

This former Danny Mitchell
car became one of the Better AAA coupes. Joey's
old sedan is seen in the
background.
 
Uncle Art Stuarts Collection
This is the first Rebel Harris AAA car I saw - at the
1961 race at the Vermont
State Fair.
 
Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

Hertica describes this as Rebel Harris in Danny Mitchell's AAA. I don't know if Lawrence was involved or not. At any rate the AAA was the 1961 Valley champ.
 
Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

Practice for the 1961
Langhorne race.
 
Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

 Danny Mitchell and Joey at the Lawrence home. This AAA was a former Jim Reed
car.
 

 

JACKIE WILSON ERA


UNK Photographer
via Chas Hertica

A very young Jackie Wilson
coming out of Fishkill, NY to drive the Joey Lawrence late model bodied entry.

Chas Hertica Photo
Wilson, at the
Lawrence shop in
Newburgh, NY - which appears to be only about twenty minutes from Fishkill.

From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD's

Jackie, at speed on the Valley track with the
Lawrence sedan.

Jack Meeker Collection
via Chas Hertica

Jackie Wilson, as a
young go - karter.

Hertica Collection
via Chas Hertica

One of the Lawrence coupes Jackie drove, mostly
at the Valley. But this
shot is at Reading.

Bill Goldpaugh Collection
via Chas Hertica

A wave from the coupe
at the Valley.
 
John Gallant Collection
via Chas Hertica

One of the coupes
Jackie drove, mostly
at the Valley.
 
Darlene Hapeman Collection
via Chas Hertica

An Accord win with the
Lawrence sedan.
 
Pete Jackson Collection
via Chas Hertica

One of the sedans, when brand new.
 
Chas Hertica Photo
Again.
 
Chas Hertica Photo
The Lawrence Mustang -
at an UNK location.
 
Chas Hertica Photo
Jackie apparently dida
number on the Mustang
at Fonda.
 
Chas Hertica Photo
One of the coupes.
 
Chas Hertica Photo
One of the coupes,
after it got Jackie- cized at the Valley.
 
Chas Hertica Photo
Jackie with the turbocharged, 6 cyl,
coach at Valley.
 
Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

Wow ! That turbo
in-line 6 cylinder motor.
 
Pete Jackson Collection
via Chas Hertica

Joey and maybe Pete
with one of the coupes.

Otto Graham Collection
via Chas Hertica

A Valley win with Joey
and probably Pete.

Chas Hertica Photo
Jackie working with Joey
on new car.

Chas Hertica Photo
Checking out the Joey
Lawrence coupe.

Chuck Ely Photo
via LVC

Jackie posing with Joey
Lawrence coupe. Might be
the ex Reutimann car.

Chas Hertica Photo
Jackie with prominent
race figure Ralph Moody
of Holman & Moody.

John Grady Photo
via Chas Hertica

Jackie with the coupe.

Chas Hertica Photo
Ralph Moody at Joey
Lawrence's garage.

Chas Hertica Photo
Jackie chatting with Gerald Chamberlain behind the Joey Lawrence coupe
at Rolling Wheels.

Mercurio Photo
via Chas Hertica

The Joey
Lawrence coupe.

Chas Hertica Photo
Jackie standing with the Joe Lawrence sedan.

Chas Hertica Photo
Jackie posing with what appears to be two of Joey's cars.

Chas Hertica Photo
Jackie talking with
Uncle Art Stuarts.

Otto Graham Photo
via Chas Hertica Photo
 Joey riding on the nerf bar.
 
Joey Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

Jackie with one of
the sedans. UNK track.
on new car.
 
Argon Racin Images
The Joey Lawrence
sedan.
 
Joey Lawrence Collection
via Midstate Club

Jackie with two of
the many cars he drove for Joey Lawrene.
 
8MM Likely from
Dan Ody DVD's

Jackie in the sedan
probably at Accord.
 
Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedway DVD's

Jackie in the sedan
probably at Accord.
 
Chas Herttica Photo
Coupe refurbishing
in the Lawrence shop.

Chas Hertica Photo
A Lawrence coupe sports
a rare professional lettering job in this shot at the shop.
 

Chas Hertica Photo

Joey at work at the shop. 
 
Chas Hertica Photo
A Lawrence coupe sits in the pits at the Valley, graphics unfinished. 

Lawrence Collection via Chas Hertica
The Lawrence 55 Chev sits, sans rear end, ready for work in what looks to be early spring.  

Bill Goldpaugh Collection
via Chas Hertica

Joey, with one of the coupes at the Valley.

Chas Hertica Photo
A shot with the whole gang in Vic Lane at the Valley - with Marty Berberwyck.
           

OTHER MATERIAL


Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

The history of particular Lawrence coupes is long and interesting.
I hope I'm getting it right. One started out as a Danny Mitchell car.

Chas Hertica Photo

Lawrence dubbed it the
aaaJr.

Lawrence Collection
via Chas Hertica

This one ended up sporting
an overhead V8 motor.

Cavalcade of Racing Photo
via Chas Hertica

Jimyy Markle may have
ended up with this car.
[It was one of Lawrence's cars].

Clyde Kelley Collection
via Chas Hertica

Lawrence built this coupe
for Dink Davis, who
employed Jimmy Markle to drive it .
 
Fred Sabatino Collection
via Chas Hertica

This coupe [or another just like it] ended up with John Penning, who I think used it at Morris.
   
Chas Hertica Photo
Joey [leaning in window] at the 1974 Syracuse race with Jan Opperman as driver.
 
Chas Hertica Photo
Joey's Mustang at Middletown with Rich Ricci, Sr. as driver.
 
Gater Racing News Photo
Ill - fated Fonda driver Dave Buanno [of the NY trucking family] struggled as a backmarker until he got to drive Joey's tubular chassied Mustang there - and won.

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