CATAMOUNT VIEWS

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Dec. 21, 2008 Photo Additions I
Dec. 21, 2008 Photo Additions II

Link to Steve Pecor's Photo Page. Several good photos of the very end.

I have selected some photographs that give the viewer a glimpse of what the track looked like. Some are from the era when it was about five years into operation [symbol EY]; some are from the middle era of the mid to late 1970's [symbol MY], and some are from its latter years when the management had upgraded it for major shows that occurred only certain times per year [symbol LY]. I will key the photos with these initials. 

[EY] This photo of the G. King Milne car in 1970 shows the Pit area fence and the paved setup path that ran through the back of the pits.   

[MY] Robbie Crouch takes to the track in the Bob Curtiss #25. This shows the first and second turns well. It is also a historic photo because this is the only year Crouch drove for anyone except his father for many years.

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[MY] Jamie Aube's [standing behind the car in the driver suit] first  late model getting gassed up. This shot shows Catamount's prominent handicapper's stand well.

 

[EY] Lennie "Tiger" Stockwell [standing by the outside front wheel in the blue coat] is pitting right behind the Catamount pit bleachers. The pad for those bleachers is still visible on the Catamount Industrial Park site. Also visible are Leon and Dean Bundy, and Jimmy Gates.

 

Courtesy of Darrel Rogers

[LY] The view over the popular Claude LeClerc pit area shows most of the east fence of the pit area. People often used to climb up into those trees outside the fence to watch for free. The handicappers' stand would be just to the left, out of sight.

 


Courtesy of Phil Butler
Durr Howe, Bobby Allison mechanic, brought his son,
Tommy and one of the Allison LMS Chevelles to Catamount for a few weeks. Good view of the newly - installed handicapper's tower and the simplified gas station.
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[LY] Early arriving fans sit in the bleachers and watch early practice. This shot gives you some idea of the infield during its most refined state, around 1988. Today, there re still traces of that pit road through the infield.

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[MY] This shot of Brad Kennedy's crew making adjustments gives the best view of the pit access ramp. This, too, is still somewhat discernable today.

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Photo Courtesy of Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert

[EY] This photo of Beaver Dragon and the track photographer awaiting the start of the sportsman feature in 1967 shows how the flagman at Catamount controlled the race basically through an opening the front stretch fencing.

 

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Courtesy of Lonnie Terry

[EY] This photo of Larry Warren and Don Johnson's Hurricanes gives you a good look across the track, from the pit ramp - west.

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Courtesy of Lonnie Terry

[MY] Bart Foster sits at the bottom of the pit ramp. It gives a different view of the east side of the site.

 


Cavalcade of Racing Photo
1965 - a lineup of SCODA,
a sort of sports car club
which raced stock car - like
sports cars.
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Photo Courtesy of Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert

[EY] This photo of Mick Wilcox shows the treehouse of the Sibley brothers, whose home adjoined the track property. The boys charged admission to their friends to watch races. Both buys, now in their 50's, also ended up working at the track. Concerned about a potential serious injury, the track managed to have the treehouse removed by 1969 - a few years after the Marcel Godard sportsman came close to climbing a tree nearby.

 

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[EY] The Flying Tiger of Clem Despault sits on the old pit access road as Clem stands on the running board of Jimmy Gates' truck and catches up on the news.

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[EY] The beautiful Pelletier/Falzarano Chevelle of Russ Ingerson is admired in the Catamount pits. You can see much of the old pit gas station and the East fencing.

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Denis LaChance Photo 

[MY] Skip Cahill's Ford sits on the front stretch, giving a good view of the wall and the grandstands. 

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Photo Courtesy Dragon Family

[LY] A good view of the track infield during the last year of operation. Robbie Crouch [48] and Beaver Dragon.


Source Unknown
[LY]
Fans on the track's
last day.
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Denis LaChance Photo 

[MY] Turn One spectators watch as a car goes off - all the way to the fence. A good view of the turns.


Courtesy of Chris
 Companion
[EY]
Archie Blackadar
hams it up with
the Easter Bunny a
week before the
track is to open.

Courtesy of Terry LaFerriere
Same bunny, probably
with some of the
LaFerriere family.


Courtesy of Cho and Sheena Lee
Same bunny, same Archie -
different year, with Bob Dragon,
Ron Barcomb, and Tom Tiller.
 


Courtesy of Chris
 Companion
[EY]
Start of some sort of spectator
bike race in the 1970's.

Courtesy of Cho and Sheena Lee
[LY]
A Molson Tour era photo
of the massive sign structure
out on US Rte 7.

 


Courtesy of Phil Butler
[EY]Barcomb, 1968, with
an infield view east.

Courtesy of Paul Bellefeuille
[LY]
The remnants of the
Beaver Dragon Pepsi 91
after his wreck on the last
Catamount program of racing.
The view looks out of pits to
the west.

Courtesy of Rob Trombley
[EY]
Bill Slater's V8
coupe in Cat Pits shows
the older pit bleachers
that would collapse a
few seasons later.
   

 

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This is a full color photo of Catamount in 1985, taken by airplane. Click on it for a larger view. It contains 19 identified features of the facility. At right is a 1970's shot Rich Palmer actually bought at Al's Upstairs, in Branch's Store.

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These are aerial views of the track. The one on the right is from a 1999 satellite photo, with the factories built around the vestiges. The one on the left is older. It is approximately the same angle of the color airplane photo above. Click on both for a larger picture.

VESTIGES AND GHOSTS

What is Left to Be Seen of Catamount Today

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The loading dock and the famous well that was divined by John Campbell in 1965, just days before the track opened, still remain as mute reminders of the once - bustling pit area at Catamount.

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ACT Office Archives Photo

The cars of Richard Buzzi and Larry Granger are unloaded off a Bellavance truck around 1968.

 

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Remains of the paved pad put in behind the grandstands - where concessions were.

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Catamount Yearbook Photo

The fans begin to pour in the gate in 1972 while track worker Larry Dwyer raises a flag in the background. The location is similar to the picture above.

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The access ramp that 
led from the pits to 
the track in turn one.

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Dragon Family Photo

Beaver Dragon - in about the same area in 1973.

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This was Pit Row, in the infield at Catamount. Pit stops were never much of a factor at a third mile track.

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Turn One still has the contour. The pit access ramp is in the foreground.

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This early 1980's spectator shot shows the exact same area when in use.

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Cris DaBica Photo

Turns One and Two are readily recognizable here, looking East

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This grainy old copy from the Catamount History program shows a similar view.

 

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This was Turn Four, as its contour now heads for the side of the Burlington Drug Co. warehouse. The pavement is from the current street running through the industrial park.

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Denis LaChance Photo

This was Turn Four, when active, behind Dave Dion's car.

 

 

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Denis LaChance Photo

A photo of Bart Foster's car waiting to qualify gives a good view of the land off Turn One. Milt Wright [below] shows more of that area.

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ACT Office Archives Photo

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ACT Office Archives Photo

This early shot of Hurricane competitor Larry Warren [24] passing Bert Thornton shows a lot of the infield of the track before Pit Lane was put in.
SCENES FROM

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Denis LaChance Photo

Keith Cavanaugh arrives at Catamount. The familiar sign and driveway entrance are seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATAMOUNT'S 

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Courtesy of Cho Lee

The construction of the luxury boxes is seen behind Red Meade's Grand American division Mustang. 

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ACT Office Archives Photo

The completed luxury boxes can be seen in this shot of Jamie Aube and the shot below of a LMS feature.

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From Andy Boright

 

PAST

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From Andy Boright

Grand American driver Larry Caron drives up the pit ramp to the track. You can get a good idea of the "no man's land" out beyond turn one. Many fans never got to see this area, into which cars disappeared.


ACT Archives

A midget lineup - early in the history of the track. Note the ARMCO barriers, which were reduced later.

   

Photos by Gerry Bergeron and Others of Catamount Today - and Before


Gerry Bergeron
A shot from the end of Turn 2
around 1989, looking south.

A and A Ward
A shot from Turn 2
in 1987, looking north.
Fans are saying goodbye
to the track - last day.

 


Gerry Bergeron
This is almost certainly
turns 3 and 4. There are
few such shots because
the City Drug building was
built right in the middle of it
later on.

Gerry Bergeron
A shot of Turn 1, with great
fence remnants -around
1989, looking east.

Source Unknown
Same view from the end of Turn 2
around 1978, looking south.
See those pilings ?

Gerry Bergeron
A shot from the road that
now cuts through the track.
You see turns one and two.

Supplied by Rachel Lilly
Aerial shot from 19990's,
looking at mostly turns 3 & 4.

Supplied by Michala Peabody
Aerial shot from similar
viewpoint, but in 1980's.

A and A Ward
A good shot of the
grandstands and tower.
The fence separates the
spectator stands from those
in the pit area.

Mike Cain Photo
Fans walk the track
before the last day
of racing.
 

RICH PALMER


Supplied by Rich Palmer
A junkyard of sorts off
turn 4. It contains old water
trucks, ticket booths, etc.
Fascinating.

Supplied by Rich Palmer
View over to the
stands from Turn 2.

Supplied by Rich Palmer
The last show at Catamount
was like no other. Fans
wandered all over the site
before and after the race.

Supplied by Rich Palmer
View from pit
bleachers.

Supplied by Rich Palmer
View over to the
third turn. Fans collected
bits of the track for
old times' sake.
 
 
Supplied by Rich Palmer
Out of 4 and down
the main straightaway.

Supplied by Rich Palmer
View over to the stands
from 3 and 4.

Supplied by Rich Palmer
The Milton Hilton
 

 

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