THE PAGE FOR BUCK HOLLIDAY AND HIS
TEMPERAMENTAL CAR OWNER FLOYD GEARY

            I never met Buck Holliday, but I would have to imagine he was not the kind of guy you would even think irritating. A pugnacious former boxer, he and his car owner, Floyd Geary toured all over the North Country - from southern Canada to Pennsylvania - usually dominating the competition. Geary was known to be a pretty tempestuous character, himself, once nearly braining his then -  house driver Bill Wimble by throwing an object across the garage in a fit of rage. One time, Vermont car builder Royce Tucker and his team built a 1937 Pontiac coupe, painted it up with the striped roof like a Geary car, and even numbered it C37. When Geary came to Vermont to buy an engine, he spotted the car, nearly had a seizure, and stormed off telling them where they could stuff their engine.

                    At some point in time, Geary was struck and killed in the pits at some track in northern New York, and Holliday spent some time  with car owner Cliff Barcomb, driving a former Chris Drellos - owned Chevy coupe. I am not strong on Holliday's latter years as a driver, as I am just coming into knowledge on New York drivers from his part of the state. There wasn't much he hadn't conquered by that time, and the old cadre of dominant, tough northern New York drivers like himself, Dick Nephew, Bill Wimble, Gaston Desmarais and others was fading out. Buck deserved to have his own page on the sire long before now.


Russ Bergh Photo Ladabouche Collection
A typical shot of Holliday, in the Geary era, with an unpopular win at Fonda Speedway. Fonda regulars bitterly resented the northerners coming to their track, although
they thought nothing of invading Saranac Lake Speedway or Airborne Park Speedway. Tough guys like Holliday and Slugger Moody delighted in irritating the Fonda - ites.


From the Pascal Cote
Website
Holliday glares out the
back window of the
Geary coupe,
somewhere in
Canada.

Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy
 of John Rock
Buck manages a smile
with a young fan called
Mike, at Airborne, 1956.

Russ Bergh Photo
Ladabouche Collection
Holliday and Geary in
Victory Lane at Fonda
in 1960. Probably, beer
cans are raining out
of the stands, knowing
Fonda.
 

John Grady Photo
Ladabouche Collection
A typical shot of Holliday, in the Geary era, with a win somewhere.

Ladabouche Collection
Holliday, in a later Geary
car, climbing over Gaston Desmarais

Source Unknown
Yeah, this is Floyd's
car - who's askin' ?

Russ Bergh Photo via
Otto Graham
Yeah, I won, so what ?

Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy
 of  Mike Watts
Buck poses at
Airborne Park.

Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy
 of John Rock
Crewmen from both
Geary cars mill around
a wreck at Airborne in
the mid 1950's.

Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy
 of John Rock
How wouldja like
me to get out of this
car and paste ya one ?

Russ Bergh Photo via
Otto Graham
A young future Hall of
fame, David Lape [rt]
poses with Buck.

Bob Mackey Photo via
John Rock
Interviewed, at
Airborne Park Spdwy.
 

Russ Bergh Photo Courtesy
 of  Doug Fetterley
Probably that same
Fonda victory.

Photo Courtesy of
The Midstate Site
 
At Syracuse, likely
in late 1950's or 1960.

 

From Dan Ody's
8MM DVD #1
 
At Syracuse, likely
in late 1950's or 1960.

From Dan Ody's
8MM DVD #1
 
At Langhorne, likely
in late 1950's or 1960.
That's Cliff Kotary [10-10]
Billy Rafter 22, and Wimble
in the next row.
 

From Dan Ody's
8MM Footage Coll.
 
At Bouvrette Spdwy
in St. Jerome,QC
around 1959.

From Dan Ody's
8MM Footage Coll.
 
In a ditch at Bouvrette
Spdwy in St. Jerome,
QC around 1959.

Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy
 of John Rock
Both Geary cars are
in this Airborne race.
Buck is in the rear and
the GM6 is up front.

From Dan Ody's
8MM Footage Coll.
 
At Bouvrette Spdwy
in St. Jerome,QC
around 1959.

From Dan Ody's
8MM Footage Coll.
 
In a ditch at Bouvrette
Spdwy in St. Jerome,
QC around 1959.

Russ Bergh Photos
Courtesy of  Doug Fetterley
Receiving a shirt from
a large fan club in NY.
Bill Wimble is wearing the
hat, at right. That hat suggests this about 1956.
 


Courtesy of Doug Fetterley
Another win somewhere.

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Doug Fetterley
Another pose at
Airborne.
|
Photo Courtesy of
Speedway Nostalgia
A different shot of the
C38 from the '60's.
 


Photo Courtesy of
Doug Fetterley
Doug Fetterley found
Buck and brother,
Sterling at the
track in Canton, NY.

 


Photo Courtesy of
Craig Revelle
Flying the checkers at
Capital City Speedway
in Canada.


Photo Courtesy of
Craig Revelle
Posing with the spoils at
Capital City Speedway
in Canada.

Lynch Photo
With a turbo reference on the hood, whatever that meant in thos days.
This is Langhorne.

 
 
Source Unknowno
With the spoils at Fonda.

Source Unknown - _
Maybe Maynard Johnson
On the outside pole at Langhorne with Nolan Swift and Jack Murphy oin the shot.

Russ Bergh Photos
Ladabouche Collection
Eventually, he drove
for Cliff Barcomb, who
bought him the
Drellos 11 that
Corey had run. [See below]

John Grady Photo 

Russ Bergh Photo
At Fonda.
 

Photo Courtesy of
John Grady
After a while, it
sort of had Buck's
touches added on.
 
 
Frank SimekPhoto
At Fonda.
 
 
Frank Simek Photo
With the Cliff Baromb - owned, former Drellois car at Fonda.
 
 
Frank SimekPhoto
At Fonda, in full
opposite lock. Buck has
already made some
body adjustments.
 

Photo Courtesy of
Cornwall Website
Don't know much
about this car.
 

Photo Courtesy of
Phil Butler
At Airborne, with a
later C-38. Not sure
if Geary was still
alive, at this time.
 

Photo Courtesy of
Doug Fetterley
At Airborne, with a
later C-38. Not sure
if Geary was still
alive, at this time.
 

Joe Cryan Photo
Courtesy of
Rich Young
What must be one of his final rides.
 
   

 
EARLIER

Photo Courtesy of
Otto Graham
At Fonda in the mid
1950's. Geary drivers
Bill Boorgeest and
Roger Craig stand
with Bob Whitbeck [rt]
 
GEARY

Photo Courtesy of
Boorgeest Family
Boorgeest, with a
win at unknown
venue.
ENTRIES

Photo Courtesy of
Mike Russo
Dick Woodley, with
an obvious Geary
car.

Photo Courtesy of
Craig Revelle
Roger Craig, in a
Geary car at
Fort Covington Spdwy.
 
           


Bob Mackey Photos Courtesy of Bucko Branham
A set of Bob Mackey's photos from around 1958. I think that is Sterling Holliday at lower left.


Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy of John Rock
The offending, Tucker - built C-37 was not received as a compliment by Geary. I remember seeing Jim LeClaire drive this car at Otter Creek Speedway.

Return to the Main Page
Return to the Main News Page
Return to the All Links Page
Return to the New York Drivers Link Page