TWIN STATE SPEEDWAY
Known to Most of Us as Claremont


Courtesy of NH Short Track Heroes Website, by George Hill

     When I used to go to the races at Fairmont Speedway in the early to mid 1960's, some of the most prominent performers at the Vermont track were New Hampshirites - primarily from the race track at Claremont. Today, the track is thoroughly modern, but - in those days - it resembled a circular path in a sand pit. Many of the local cars were holdovers from Claremont's old Claremont Jalopy Association - and they looked it.

 


Courtesy of Phil Chastenay II

 


Courtesy of Neal Davis
Supposedly taken during the latter stages of construction around 1958ish. Below - Sonny Fleury and a young winner.


Courtesy of Neal Davis
Sonny Fleury awards the goods to a young driver.


     I honestly believe that Claremont's bigger stars in those days had come from the racing at the Cheshire Fairgrounds track in Keene, NH. Also, the old West Brattleboro/Rhythm Inn circuit had contributed better runners, as well. Some of the jalopies would go on to improvement; but that core of stars from the earlier days remained in place into the next decade - at tracks like Claremont and Devil's Bowl, to name two.
     When Claremont began to upgrade its divisions and headed towards more modern engines and chassis's, some of the hardline flathead runners were saved by the creation of Bear Ridge, up the interstate, in Bradford, Vt. Claremont went on to feature - at one time - Northern NASCAR Late Model Sportsman shows, as well as state-of-the-art modifieds and pro stocks.


Courtesy of racersbored.com Site
Rocky Cusinelli strikes a typical pose for the Claremont Jalopy Association Era.
Many more such shots were shown in the Cavalcade of  Racing.


Photo Source Unknown
Lloyd Severance [711] drives by a fire involving Ernie Hastings of
Massachusetts and a Claremont local car.


Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Keene's Mike Cody was a track champion at Claremont in
the earlier years - when it was dirt.


Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Stroker Smith [Keene, NH] and Sonny Rabideau [Brattleboro, VT] were
the 1963 Champs at Claremont - plus being big stars at Fairmont.

CLAREMONT JALOPY ASSOCIATION ERA


Courtesy of John Snarski
Walt Brown, Jr. & Crew

Cavalcade of Racing
Butch Watson

Cavalcade of Racing
Roger Ranade
[Same Car]
 

Cavalcade of Racing Photo
Harold Barrows

Courtesy of Marty Harty
The legendary George Barber 46 made a visit to Claremont, with questionable success. It is not
clear if the driver is Piper or Forsyth.

 

Cavalcade of Racing
Roger Lessard

Cavalcade of Racing
Bill George
George raced at a
wide variety of NH
tracks in the '50's

Cavalcade of Racing
Wayne Wheeler

Cavalcade of Racing
Roger Hodgman
 

Courtesy  of Phil Chastenay

Lloyd Severance,
Vermont's racing
fur trapper.

 


Claremont Program Photo
Buddy Bardwell

Cavalcade of Racing
Walt Billington

Cavalcade of Racing
Frank Hall

Cavalcade of Racing
Dynamite Al Sanville
CLICK HERE for more pix

 

Cavalcade of Racing
Roger Day
 

Courtesy  of Ernie Bodreau
Shorty Collins
 

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Buster Dyer and
Wally Hadlock

Cavalcade of Racing
Frank Blake

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Lloyd Severance
 

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Charlie Jones

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Vic Jarvis

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Ted Brown

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Mike Cody

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Leo Howland

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Frank Buffum

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Jack Harrison

Courtesy of Neal Davis
John Mekusick

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Jerry Bl
y

Courtesy of Neal Davis
H
oward "Punky" Caron

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Fran Voudrien
           
   
Courtesy of Neal Davis
Dick Gerard

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Arnie Dixon
   


Courtesy of Ernie Bodreau
An early field of Claremont jalopies. The sedan was really quite rare at that track.


Courtesy of Neal Davis
Mike Cody receives a trophy in Walt Ruffner's 33. The car later owned by Henry Merrill, was better known
 as the ride of big George Schnyer and later of younger Cody brother, Art.

Dynamite Al's Car


Courtesy of Phil Chastenay

The old 311, after a
rollover - when Al had
acquired it.

Cavalcade of Racing
Al, when featured
in Cavalcade of Racing

Courtesy of Phil Chastenay
The old 311, renamed
97 for Al Sanville
.


Courtesy of Neal Davis
Cecil Bosworth enjoys a win with car owners Harvey Logan and Chet Cashman [center].  Below - Cecil and the car.


Courtesy of Walter Perkins

 


Courtesy of Mark LeFrancois
The Don LeFrancois family - of Rutland, VT. - took several early - 1950's racing photos. 
This pair sure looks like Claremont.


Courtesy of Mark LeFrancois
Neal Davis tells me the #26 here is Pop Brown, father of Walt Brown, Jr..


Courtesy of Neal Davis
A good view of the early speedway, including infield. Contrast this with the similar shot below.
Click here to go there.


Courtesy of Neal Davis
A wreck in the early era of the speedway. A similar view as the photos above.


Courtesy of Marty Harty
An early jalopy lineup awaits the start of what is probably a heat.
 

POST - JALOPY ERA


Courtesy of Neal Davis
Sonny Rabideau,
Brattleboro, VT

The Stroker Smith 311
out of Keene, NH
 

Source Unknown
Art Cody,
Keene, NH

The Henry Merrill 33

Cavalcade of Racing
Ted Brown,
Keene, NH
Crew member Richard
Castine [center]

 

Courtesy of Phil Chastenay
A feature win for Buddy Bardwell
in the latter part of his career.

Courtesy of George Ingalls
via Neal Davis

Cecil Bosworth in one
of the last George Ingalls
888's. This was likely
the former Eddie Allen car.

Courtesy of James Howard
Buddy Bardwell,
Keene, NH


 

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Donnie Miller,
Windsor, VT

Courtesy of Phil Chastenay


 

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Clarence Heath,
West Windsor, VT

 

Racers Bored Site Photo
Danny Ferland

Courtesy of Ernie Bodreau
An unidentified car.  Judging
from the win decals, it was
really good somewhere.

Boudreau Collection,
racersbored.com

Mike Cody,
Keene, NH

 

Courtesy of C.J. Richards
Howard Stevens,
Claremont, NH
The Leo Vallaincourt 333
out of Rutland, Vt.

 

Ladabouche Collection
Buddy Wilder,
Hancock, NH
The former Dutton 657

Racers Bored Site Photo
Punky Caron,
Goshen, NH
One of his early cars.

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Another Walt Brown, Jr.

Bodreau Collection,
Courtesy of Phil Chastenay

Ernie Bodreau,
, NH

Courtesy of Neal Davis
 

Courtesy of Marty Harty
Allen Whipple, in the
V-8 era at the track.

Courtesy of Dan Ody 8MM DVD
Lloyd Severance,
W. Bridgewater, VT

 

Bill Ladabouche Photos

The Harris car, before.

Courtesy of Phil Chastenay
Could this be Paul Harris,
Charlestown, NH ?
 

Courtesy of Phil Chastenay
Bodreau Collection

Ernie B works on one of his cars.

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Arnie Stetson

First Car

 


Courtesy of Neal Davis
Arnie Stetson
 

1958


Courtesy of Neal Davis
Danny Ferland

Judging from the number, the bodyu style, and the color scheme,
I'd say Danny has a former
Frank Smith car there.


Courtesy of Neal Davis
Bruce Wylie,
Bellows Fall, VT\

Bruce would be injured in this car at the Vermont Fair show of
1962 and the car would be sold to Norm Scarborough to run at Fairmont.


Courtesy of Neal Davis
Ted Brown, with Dick Humphrey, who owned the "Coffin" car before Ted.


Courtesy of Neal Davis
Pop Goodwin is kissed by his wife after achieving a track championship at Claremont in one of its earlier seasons. Goodwin's
 family operated their race track in West Lebanon, NH some years before. Sonny Fleury is at leaft, just out of the photo and
on the right are the flagger and CLaremont city officials.

      
Courtesy of Phil Chastenay                                    Courtesy of Darlene Burr Blair
Ted Burr, one of the early officials at Claremont. [Right] As a jalopy era driver.


Courtesy of Marty Harty
A good, clear closeup of an early jalopy lineup. The third car is Maurice Condon.


Courtesy of Phil Chastenay
One of Sonny Fleury's early posters.


Courtesy of Ernie Bodreau
What's left of the old Butch Watson 444 sits beside the gas fire.
 

Courtesy of Ernie Bodreau
Car 21 barrels into an unidentified car in the early days.

Courtesy of Ernie Bodreau
Another early tangle with some of the unnamed cars of the
Claremont Jalopy Owners and Drivers Association.

Courtesy of Ernie Bodreau
A well-appearing car 110 runs into our friend in #21.
 

Courtesy of John Snarski
A 1971 photo of the crowd beginning to file in for another show.
The track surface appears to still be dirt.
 

Courtesy of John Snarski
A 1971 photo of the crowd watching warmups or practice.

 
   

Some Shots Courtesy of Neal Davis


Courtesy of Rob  Davis
A James Howard Collection Photo

A rarer shot of Cecil
Bosworth in the Cashman
37 coupe.
 

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Skip Nielson's 414
 

Courtesy of Neal Davis
A newspaper photo of
Ted Brown in one of the
earlier 92's.
 

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Ted Brown's 92 sedan,
after he wrecked it, the first
time out at Fairmont
Speedway. It looked worse than it was because the whole body was drilled with holes. The cage was fine.
 

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Unnamed Claremont driver.

Courtesy of Rob Davis
The Cashman / Logan 37
probably in the year previous
to the photos above.

 
Courtesy of Rob Davis
Chet Cashman and then - driver Cecil Bosworth, at the Vermont State Fairgrounds CVRA show of 1962.

Courtesy of  Rob Davis
Don Miler in Canfield's
8 NH coupe with a win.

Courtesy of Rob Davis
Don Miler with Canfield's
8 NH coupe.

Courtesy of Rob Davis
Don Miler with Canfield's
8 NH Pinto, a few years
later on.

 
           
           
           


 

Some Shots From the NEAR Meet at Claremont in 1983


LadabouchePhoto
A restored 870
of Johnny Boy
Georgiades.
 

Ladabouche Photo
A Buddy Krebs
Suffield Auto sedan
restored.
 

Ladabouche Photo
A pair of cars, one one
which I am sure was
that of Hoppy Jensen.
 

Ladabouche Photo
Somebody's
restored midget.

Ladabouche Photo
Buddy Bardwell's
Hornet, an actual
Claremont car.

Ladabouche Photo
The lineup.

 

All the photos in this next table are, most likely Bodreau Collection items - courtesy of Phil Chastenay


Frontstretch pileup from
Claremont newspaper

Gary Philbrook,
Claremont, NH
[Thanks to Ernie and George
for info]
 

Action shot from
Claremont newspaper

 

 
Courtesy of Ernie Bodreau
A very happy Larry Davis gets attention from Miss Claremont Speedway.
 
 
     

CLICK HERE for photos from The Walt Brown Family

     


Twin State Site Photo
Claremont today, as Twin State Speedway.

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