ANDRE MANNY
The Old Pro [Le Professionnel Venerable]

       I first saw the name of Andre Manny on an early 1960's drivers; roster at Fonda Speedway. JUst like Jean - Paul Cabana and Jean Guy Chartrand, his countrymen, Manny never appeared at Fondas while I was there; but the fact that he had a few points occasionally suggests he did try it a few times. Manny probably began his career at some early Quebec track such as Bouvrette Speedway, St. Jerome, QC or maybe Autdrome Ste - Martine. Photographs and 8 MM footages of him at the majestic old horse track, Bouvrette Speedway offer proff he did, at least, spend much of his early career there.

      But, Andre Manny's fame and notoriety come from the 1960's and '70's, during which he excelled in sportsman coupes, modified late models, and - finally - late model sportsman cars. While Jean - Paul Cabana achieved notoriety for winning the first and last features ever at Catamount Stadium [plus many in between], Manny can lay claim to winning that speedway's first two championship titles.  After that, the emphasis swung to modifieds, and Manny was still running a sportsman.
      Those of us down here in the States most connect Manny with the beautiful Gaston Ethier 27A Chevelle, with ewhich he ran successfully in the early 1970's. I am equally certain that he is famous in Quenec for a far wider variety of race cars and accomplishments. He was a great champion. By the time I was getting to see him on a regular basis - he was already in the latter years of his career, being somewhat older than his friend, Cabana, whose career at Catamount lasted until the end of the track.

 


Norman McIver Portrait Courtesy of Cho Lee

EARLIER YEARS


Courtesy of Yvan LaCroix
Manny, with an early car at Bouvrette- the Beliveau B45.
 
8 MM Frame Courtesy of The LaBreche Family
Andre, walking in the pit area at Bouvrette.
 
8 MM Frame Courtesy of The LaBreche Family
Another Manny car in the pit area at Bouvrette.
 
8 MM Frame Courtesy of The LaBreche Family
Andre, looping the 27A  at Bouvrette. Each photo brings him closer to the one takling the pictures.
 
8 MM Frame Courtesy of The LaBreche Family
Closer
!
 
8 MM Frame Courtesy of The LaBreche Family
Even closer
... time to
run !

Courtesy of Pat LaPlante
Manny, with an early Gerald Lussier car at Bouvrette- the 27A.

 
Bob Mackey Photo    Courtesy of Cavalcade of Auto Racing
The Gerald Lussier Used Auto Parts - sponsored 27A at Airborne Park Speedway.

SPORTSMAN AND MODIFIED YEARS

 
Courtesy of Gary Nephew
Same car, at Riverside Speedway, Lava QC. Spinout with Dick Nephew [6]. Note guys watching frfom trees.
Circa 1959.
 
Courtesy of Gary Nephew
An earlier sportsman
coupe, at Airborne Park Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY. Circa 1960
 
  
Courtesy of Pascal Cote
A mid '60's group photo from the Riverside track. Richard Foley, Gilles Brochu, Bernie Colangelo, Paul Hamel, Cabana, and Manny. 1962.
 
Courtesy of Marc P. Roy
A mid '60's sportsman
coupe, at Thunder Road International Speedbowl, Barre, VT.
1965.
 
 
Courtesy of Paul Mascitti
Another mid '60's sportsman coupe,  at Airborne Pk Speedway, leading MacTavish. Circa 1966.
  
Courtesy of Cho Lee
A banquet shot at which Andre is feted as the champion of Catamount Stadium for the second straight year 1966.

 
Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy of John Rock
Manny's sportsman
coupe, at Airborne chasing Jim LaFountaine's hobby Ford. Not sure why they were in same race. 1966.
 
  
Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy of John Rock
Manny's sportsman
coupe, at Airborne around 1956 or 66.
  
Ladabouche Collection
He definitely knew how to smile, eh ?
 
Ladabouche Collection
Waiting for the race to start.
 
360 Nitro Website
Another view of
familiar sportsman coupe.

 
Courtesy of Pat LaPlante
A sportsman coupe
back at the garage.
 
360 Nitro Website
A later modified  coupe.
 
Courtesy of Marco Manny
A later coupe on the hauler.
 
Courtesy of Marco Manny
Same coupe on the same hauler.
 
Paul Michaud Photo 360 via the Nitro Website
The crew for the
Chevy II bodied
modified.
  
Paul Michaud Photo
Another of Manny's modifieds- around 1968.
 
Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy of John Rock
Manny's Corvair modified leads the 909 coupe of Bobby Santos, Sr. at Airborne around 1970. 
 
Ladabouche Collection
Manny's Corvair
mod, at Airborne around 1970.
 
 
Paul Michaud Photo 360 via the Nitro Website
Andre in the
Chevy II bodied
modified leads Serge Guiguere.
 
 
Courtesy of Gerard Favre
Manny modified
at Bedford's Champion Speedway.

 

LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN YEARS


Paul Michaud Photo  via the 360  Nitro Website
The #16 Morrissette Chevelle at Autodrome Quebec Moderne 1968.

Paul Michaud Photo via the 360 Nitro Website
Andre, at speed,
with the Morrissette
Chevelle.

Devil's Bowl Program
The Chicoine 87,
an earlier late model,
at Devil's Bowl.

Ladabouche Photo
The Chicoine 87,
an earlier late model,
at Catamount.
1972.
 
Ladabouche Photo
The Chicoine 87,
an earlier late model,
at Catamount.
1972.
 
 360 Nitro Website
The Chicoine car in 1971.

 Courtesy of Andy Boright
An early version of the 27A late model. Circa 1971.

Ladaboche Photo
The earlier Ethier car.
  
 
Courtesy of Chris Companion
Blowing by Bernie Griffith.
 
Paul Michaud Phot via the 360 Nitro Website
The familiar and beautiful East End Auto Body
Chevelle.
 
 the 360 Nitro Website
Buttoning up the Ethier Chevelle.
 
Ladaboche Collection
The Ethier car, at
speed, at Catamount.
 
 
Courtesy of Jim Watson
A pose with Ethier car.
 
 
 Courtesy of Andy Boright
Beautiful Chevelle.
     
Courtesy of Chris Companion
Pit work at Catamount
around 1972.
 
Ladabouche Photo
Pit work at Catamount
around 1972.
 
Ladabouche Collection
A pose
around 1972.
   

 

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