THE RACING BRUNO FAMILY  

     At the end of the Fairmont Speedway era, there began to be some appearances from the operator of a small local towing and garage business from Castleton Corners, Vermont - Johnny Bruno.  Bruno's initial forays to the Fair Haven track did not lift many eyebrows because his number, 222, had been run for some time in the late model [or hobby] division by another car owner.
    Some time after Johnny started running blue Chevies in the CVRA ranks, brother, Ralph, also got involved. Most of the original Bruno brothers' race efforts were not Fairmont, but rather at the newly - built Devils Bowl, up Route 22A. Ralph would achieve his high water mark of success when - for a while - Devils Bowl was put off by C.J. Richards and Tom Perry re-opened the track as West Haven Speedway [a somewhat confusing name in light of the more established track of the same name in Connecticut].
    Johnny, the more prominent of the two, went through considerable success in late models, moving up to modifieds by the 1980's. He campaigned a Lape - built Champ car, among others, campaigning at the Bowl, at Malta, and Airborne, to name a few locales. Johnny's race participation was prematurely ended when, on a wrecker call, he was struck and killed by a motorist. Ralph also ended his career by the 1980's.
    Today, Johnny's son, Mike, enjoys not only a noteworthy racing career, having won races on both dirt and pavement - in modifieds at Airborne and on the ACT tour. The Bruno sons have also expanded Johnny's towing and garage business into one of the largest in Vermont. Many of the photos on this page are courtesy of Ralph's son , Dan.


Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Johnny, with an early
car [but not his first]

Bruno Family Photo
Ralph, with one
of his earliest cars.

Bruno Family Photo
Ralph, at
Devils Bowl.
 

Bruno Family Photo
Johnny and a
later late model.

Bruno Family Photo
Ralph, at speed
at the Bowl.

Courtesy of Ed Fabian
2 Johnnies -
Williams and
Bruno collide.
 

Bruno Family Photo
Ralph, with one
of his Devils Bowl
trophies.

Bruno Family Photo
Johnny's #22
Champ Car
modified.

Bruno Family Photo
Ralph's Camaro


Bruno Family Photo
Ralph is the featured late model driver at the short-lived West Haven Speedway.


Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Johnny fusses with his Northern NASCAR late model
during the years Devils Bowl was paved.

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