CATAMOUNT NEW FLYING TIGER COMPETITORS


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Photo Courtesy of Dan Nolin

Catamount legend Clem "Desperate" Despault and son, Topo

 

        When I first came to Catamount in 1965, they had a support division called The Flying Tigers. When I next returned to the track in 1968, the Tigers had taken over the entire track - they were the premier [and only] division there. But, two years later, the Tigers had evolved in "Limited Sportsman" cars, and the support division became automatic tranny Hurricane cars.
        As we all know, the limiteds evolved into highly-sophisticated late model sportsman cars; and, the support divisions went through Hurricanes, Mini Stocks, Grand Americans, and Street Stocks. Around 1983, someone in the front office decided it was time to upgrade the Street Stocks and exhume the Flying Tiger name one more time.
        The New Flying Tigers started out as a polyglot mixture of old Grand Americans, a few upgraded Street Stocks, some imported used machinery from other tracks, and a very newly - created cars. The initial seasons happened both at Thunder Road and Catamount, although Catamount was folding as the New Tigers were really becoming refined.
        As time went on and the Thunder Road Thursday night shows began again, the Tigers became the headliners and another street stock division was begun. It all metamorphosed into today's Late Models, Tiger Sportsman cars, Street Stocks [which are a lot like the minis used to be], and Junkyard Warriors [which are kind of like tiny street stocks of the past].
        Most of these photos will be from the period in which Catamount was still running.


ACT Archives Courtesy of Cho Lee

A typical early race in the New Tigers: a mixture of old Grand Americans,
Street Stocks, and a few newly-built cars. Dave Whitcomb [25], a new one; Jim Payea [89] a Street Stock, and Ralph Baldwin [11], a Grand American.


ACT Archives Courtesy of Cho Lee

A little later in the history of the New Tigers. A big pileup on the front stretch
at Thunder Road includes Red Mead [1- foreground]; Carl Nelson [71]; Owen
 Wimble [18]; Pat Corbett [5]; and Chuck Beede [54].



A and A Ward Photo

There's some future in this photo: 2 Bob Bigelow [present ACT pace car driver], 53, Dan Beede,
[present day crew chief, and car builder], and Burger Blake [car builder for son, former ACT official].

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COUPES ERA


Courtesy of Andy Boright
Bob Bigelow,
Lyndonville, VT
 

Mr. Chevy Black Site
Greg "Burger" Blake,
Montpelier, VT

Courtesy of Andy Boright
Clem Despault,
Waterbury, VT

Courtesy of Andy Boright
Dan Beede,
Graniteville, VT

 

 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Rick Fadden,
No. Haverhill. NH
 
Courtesy of Jason lahue
Ron Lamell, Jr.,
Essex Ctr., VT
 
EARLY FLYING TIGERS


Courtesy of Andy Boright
Norm Andrews,
Warren, VT

Source Unknown
Greg Lyman [17]
Chuck Beede

Courtesy of Andy Boright
Pat Corbett,
Williamstown, VT

Courtesy of Dan Nolin
Ralph Baldwin,
W.Topsham, VT
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Sheridan "Fuzzy" Fassett,
Barre
, VT
 
Courtesy of Marvin Minkler
Ron Bettis,
Middlesex, VT
 
LIMITED SPORTSMAN


Courtesy of Andy Boright
Red Meade,
N. Hyde Park, VT

Photo Source Unknown
Newer Tiger
Sportsman
action

Courtesy of Mark Austin
Guy Brown,
Hardwick, VT

 

Norman Morley Photo
Steve Miller,
Ferrisburg, VT

 

 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Steve Copping,
Barre
, VT
 
Courtesy of Tony Miller
Mike Buzzi,
Barre, VT
 
HURRICANES


A and A Ward
1 Red Mead,
49 Guy Brown, and 16 Joey LaQuerre.

A and A Ward
90, Jerry Driscoll,
1A Sheridan Fassett, 97 Dave Gibbs, 89 Jim Payea, 21 Unk, and 64 Pat Mears.
 

Ladabouche Photo
Paul Donahue,
Graniteville, VT

Courtesy of Andy Boright

Ladabouche Photo
Skip May,
Middlesex,  VT
 
Courtesy of KathyDeBoer
Joey LaQuerre,
East Montpelier, VT
The former Ray Lasnier/ Joe Myers/ Norm Andrews car.
[and it was still very competitive].
 
Courtesy of Jason Lahue
3rd generation driver
Kip Stockwell picks up
someone's bumper.
 
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN
Early
Later


Courtesy of  Steve Pecor
Mike Prescott
??, VT

Courtesy of  Steve Pecor
Dave Whitcomb,
Essex Jct., VT
 
  
Courtesy of  Ron Bettis
Ron Bettis,
Middlesex, VT
  
Ladabouche Photo
Lorraine Parsons,
Fairfax, VT
The Racing Grandmother.
 
Courtesy of Cho Lee
 
Courtesy of Jason Lahue
Keith Lamell leads Jerry
Driscoll by a nose.
 
MINI STOCKS

  
Courtesy of  Cho Lee
Ray Hay,
Hardwick, VT
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Courtesy of Andy Boright
Owen Wimble,
Waitsfield, VT
 

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Ron Lamell, Jr
Essex Ctr, VT


 

Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Ron [11] and Keith [98]
Lamell,
Essex Ctr. VT
 
Courtesy of Justin St. Louis
Jim Cilley,
Groton, VT
 
Courtesy of Johnny Racer
Brent Currier
GRAND AMERICANS


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Keith Lamell,
Essex Ctr, VT

Courtesy of  Rich Palmer
The Lamells, at a
car, next to Dale
Packard and Dave Gibbs

Courtesy of  Rich Palmer
Dave Baker,
St. Albans, VT

Courtesy of  Cho Lee
Carl Nelson,
Moretown, VT

 
Courtesy of  Justin St. Louis
Jerry Winch,
Plattsburgh, NY
 
A & A Ward Photo
CV "Butch" Elms,
No. Haverhill, NH
STREET STOCKS

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Courtesy of  Andy Boright
Joey LaQuerre, Sr.,
E. Montpelier, VT
 
Courtesy of  Caron Family
Larry Caron,
So. Burlington, VT
Ahead of Jimmy Gallison. 
 
Courtesy of  Steve Pecor
Dennis Caron,
Colchester, VT
 
Courtesy of  Andy Boright
Gary Caron,
Shelburne, VT
 
Courtesy of  Justin St. Louis
Jim Barton,
Charlotte, VT
 
COurtesy of Andy Boright
CV "Butch" Elms,
No. Haverhill, NH
ACT CARS

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Courtesy of  Andy Boright
The Lanphear boys,
Morrisville, VT
I'm guessing the driver here is Mark.
 
 
Norman Morley Photo
Jerry Driscoll,
Randolph, VT

Courtesy of Andy Boright
The future Boright car,
maybe.
 
A & A Ward Photo
4, Doug Murphy,
Tunbridge, VT
0 Mark "The Hammer" Barnier,
Essex Jct., VT
The photo was from Groveton; Barnier was still using this Tiger in the 2010's.
 
Courtesy of Phil Butler
Tom Tiller,
Essex Jct., VT
 
Courtesy of  Justin St. Louis
One of the Lamells,
Essex Ctr, VT
Looks like the former
Tom Tiller car.
 
Courtesy of Mike Gilbert
Carl Nelson wins one.
NEW TIGERS

 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Andy Boright
A former Jerry Driscoll car,
I think.
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
B.J. Willard,
Charlotte, VT
I think this car was used as
a Tiger.
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Charlie Ladd,
Chelsea, VT
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Lanny Covey

Courtesy of Steve Blow
Steve Blow,
Milton, VT
 
Courtesy of  Andy Boright
Greg Lyman wins one.
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Larry Lambert
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Mark Marsh - NH
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Monty Jarvis,
Swanton
, VT
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Phil Jean,
Barre
, VT

Courtesy of Justin St. Louis
Steve Miller,
Ferrisburgh, VT
This car probably came out after Catamount closed.
 
Courtesy of  Andy Boright
Jimmy Gallison,
Montpelier, VT
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Chuck Beede,
Graniteville, VT
 
Courtesy of Andy Boright
Larry Hebert,
Williamstown, VT
 
Courtesy of Roger Minkler
Dan Beede,
Graniteville, VT
 
Courtesy of Tony Miller
Duncan McKay,
East Barre, VT

 Source Unknown
Billy Barcomb,
Burlington, VT 
 
Courtesy of  Johnny Racer
Joey LaQuerre, Jr.,
E. Montpelier, VT
   
Courtesy of  Andy Boright
Dwayne Lanphear challenges Jim Cilley.
 
Courtesy of  Andy Boright
Keith Lamell leads
Duncan McKay and the 08.
 
Courtesy of  Bert Gallison
Jim Gallison and Steve Miller [00] in a mixup.
 
Courtesy of  Jason Lahue
Keith Lamell takes one
in a well - used Mustang
.
 
Courtesy of  Stephan Beattie
Ralph Baldwin leads
Paul Donahue.
 
Courtesy of  Andy Boright
2nd gen. driver Jerry
Humiston [44].
   
Richard P{ratt Photo
via Andy Boright

New Tiger action.
 
Courtesy of  Andy Boright
Peter Michaud.
 
Courtesy of  Mike Gilbert
Ralph Baldwin wins one.
 
Courtesy of  Andy Boright
Steve Miller.
 
Courtesy of  A and A Ward
Tom Tiller.
 

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