CRAZY BILL'S USED CARS

                   
STEAL OF THE DAY - A REAL RUNNER !


     Unlike this era of cars being recycled frequently - some even going through three or four owners, earlier cars were seldom around to be re-used after one season. One magazine article referred to early stock cars as "wad 'em up" cars - ready to be wadded up and thrown away after one bad wreck because concepts like "getting a front clip" were not yet in the picture. It was noteworthy, then when a car either lasted a long time, through multiple owners; or - even more rare yet - enjoyed more success with a second owner. Here are some examples of these cars.

       
Courtesy of Allen Maskell
Erwin Bettis built this car to be driven by Allen Maskell. It was a suire performer; but, for some reason, it ended up being sold to Ralph Bushey of Burlington.
 
Courtesy of the Bushey Family via Jack Anderson
Bob Bushey would take this car and,  among other accomplishments, set a
still - existing record for feature wins in a season at Airborne Park in 1954.

Lynch Photo
Dutch Hoag built this Valiant when the trend started moving towards later model bodies. Dutch was great in whateverhe drove, but this was far from his  most famous ride. It was sold to Joe Romano of Johnstown, NY
Romano Family Collection
Andy Romano had a long and very successful career. Arguably, this car, his Galiant Valiant, was his most famous car.

Weaver Photo
This particular photo inspired this page. This is the famous Central New York modified star Bernie Miller, of Canastota,
with his semi late model Oldsmobile hobby car at Utica - Rome. 
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The car was probably best remembered in the hands of Oneida, NY's Ralph Holmes.
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Jean - Paul Cabana enters the Catamount pits in 1973 with a newly - built '64 Chevelle behind his regular car. The car - noteworthy for having the window post, was driven a little by Don Bevins.
 
Courtesy of Chris Companio
The car  went through three other owners. The last owner, Ray Richards, had rookie Bob Ellis drive the car, and he did the best with it of anyone - winning a very prestitgious 1973 Northern NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award.
       
 
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Larry Caron built one of the first quality cars in Catamount's Hurricane division.

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Milo Lockerby bought the Caron car and proceeded to have a truly banner year with it, winning numerous features.

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The Granville, NY - based Loomis brothers built many race cars, starting in the early '50's. This one, built to replace a #p61 from the previous year, would stay in the family but undergo many changes.


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Same car, two years later, then driven by Fort Edward NY veteran Nelson Moore. It was the best year for the car.  
 Courtesy of Cho Lee
Bob Pratt built this gorgeous Chevelle for Clem Despault. It was, however, too heavy and - therefore - evil handling.
 
Denis LaChance Photo  
Future star and Oxford 250 winner Mike Barry would buy the car for his first late model sportsman and have some luck.
 
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Future car builder Dexter Dorr would show up at Fairmont Speedway with this coupe after debuting a flashy '55 Chevy hobby car the year before. He did OK with it. 
 
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Gael Dundon would buy the Dorr car for Vince Quenneville, Sr. who nearly won the first track championship at Devil's Bowl with it. 
 
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Argyle, NY's Bob Hoffer backs his X9 Ford into a pit stall at the Vermont State Fair in 1962. Killed in a highway accident a year later, Hoffer never did much with the car. 
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The third owners of the car were Norm Scarborough and Vince Quenneville, Sr., who gave it its only successful year. 

From Dan Ody's 8 MM
Old Speedways DVD

George Rogers was a local star who decided to build a late model for Devil's Bowl's first season. He won the Vermont State Championship race with; but, suffering from a serious illness -he would sell the car after the race.
 
 
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Center Rutland car dealer Ray Nutting would put the 1956 Chevy on the map, and he won some races - but he would tell you he was no George Rogers. 
 
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New York  low buck operator Oscar Porath puttered around tracks like Victoria and Fonda for a few seasons before selling his Ford. 
 
Courtesy of Dan Ody  
Ron Quackenbush put a little life
into the old girl around 1959.
 
 
Courtesy of Phil Butler  
The Allisons built a number of these Allison chassis Chevelles in the early 1970's. 
 
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One Allison Chevelle was bought for
Richie Panch's fabulous rookie season
with Northern NASCAR in 1972. Then Steve Poulin had a breakout seaszon with the same car.

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Henry Caputo built a fabulous 1936 Chevy coupe for Ken Shoemaker. The car, along with Shoe went over to Chris Drellos for more dominant racing. When Drellos was taken ill, the car was finally sold.

 
   Conde & Parry Site Photo 
 The car, when owned by Frank Trinkhaus and driven by Irv Taylor.

  Moody Family Photo 
Wes "Slugger" Moody was
pretty done with hs driving career
when he had this Olsen Eagle.

 
  
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When Moody promoted Airborne Speeway for C.J. Richards in 1984, he arranged for the Eagle to be sold for Dick Nephew to drive. The former National champ had a great comeback season from a retirement that year.
 
  Herbert Family Photo 
This is Dutch Hoag in an early Ford
coupe he built.
   John Grady Photo 
Some historians claim car owner Hal Kempeny bought that Hoag Ford and had - among others - Bill Wimble as driver. The car was good, while really ugly.
 
  LaFond Family Photo 
Norm Cyr built this little coupe to run at Devil's Bowl. Then as he often did, he sold the car off [to a group wanting to put Cyr's Milton neighbor, Beaver Dragon, in it].

  Dragon Family Photo 
Dragon won one of the most dramatic upset victories in that car around 1966. Later, he raced at Devil's Bowl in a coupe for the man who had bought this car from him and wrecked it.
 Courtesy of Ken Paulsen
The cars of the George Barber stable, out of Bradford, VT were legendary. The backup car, first driven by Leland Ingerson, carried the banner after lead driver
Pappy Forsyth retired. Ken Paulsen says Barber only used one 1932 Ford - the one shown above on its maiden voyage at T Road.
 
  Courtesy of Cho Lee 
Claremont, NH area salvage business owner Allen Whipple bought the 1932 version of 47 and had a great season or two at Bear Ridge with the car. [ It was the only track left where flatheads could run, and Barber owned the track.]
 
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Larry Warren broke the mold of ugly cars  in Catamount's Hurriucane division with this neat Chevy. It finally had at least
five owners.
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The last owner may have been the most significant: Jamie Aube, [seen here in it as #41] who would go on to greatness in Catamount's late models and, ultimately, 2 consecutive Busch North titles.
 
Bruno Family Photo 
Courtesy of
John Rock 
Plattsburgh, NY area car bui
lder Vic
Wolfe [shown with a favored driver Bob Bruno and some of his trophies] was not afraid to selloff his old cars to competitors.
 
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Canadian Frank Hodge bought a Wolfe coupe and ran it at places like Fairmont Speedway and in Quebec. He would change the number to Lucky 7 for most of his races with it.

 
Courtesy of Cho Lee
Harold Healey was arguably Wolfe's most successful buyer - his #70 shown here with Ernie Reid at Thunder Road.
 
Bob Mackey Photo via John Rock 
Bud Besor, with another Wolfe
coupe, reportedly also owned by
Harold Healey.
 Bob  Doyle Photo  Ladabouche Collection
Ray Lasnier built this elegant Firebird for Catamount's Grand American division, but ended up selling it. It had a long and successful run, ending with several years under the ownership of Joey LaQuerre.

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The Lasnier when Joe Myers had it. It was also run by Norm Andrews and LaQuerre.
 
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Second generation driver Skip Roots built this three window coupe and had a
moderately successful run at Fonda. His car later went through arguably  as many as six other owners.

Russ Bergh Photo  Ladabouche Collection
This is thought to be one of the other versions of the Roots car - Bob Emsminger using the car  on pavement with Bruce Dostal as owner.
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Will Cagle had Bob Rossell build a number of sedans for him. This one, shown at Catamount's All Star League show, was for his asphalt ASL races. He sold some of these sedans, and most were run at Leb. Valley.

John Grady Photo via Otto Graham
This Cagle sedan, shown here with
Lebanon Valley legend Tommy Corellis, isstill sporting Cagle number and colors. It - or anothe like it would end up with the Fleury family and be driven by Bob Leach.

 

Courtesy of Bud Brooks
This old 8MM footage shows the 1951 season car of Manchester Depot, VT's Gene Tetreault, an ace welder and darned good shoe. He would not sell the car, but did mothball it for over ten years.

8MM Frame from Dan Ody's
Old Speedways DVD
After getting the racing bug back in 1962 at CJ Richards' Fairmont Speedway, Gene brought the old girl out for the remainder
of that season. He did OK, too. Same dents - notice ?


Courtesy of Chuck Grime
Many of these stories seem to involve Vince Quenneville, Sr and one or the other of his car owners. This is Bob Vivari of Connecticut. He and Chuck Grime sold this pavement car to Quenneville and Gael Dundon for use on the dirt at Fairmont.

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Vince [foot on car] Gael [kneeling] and the crew at Fairmont in 1965. They struggled with the car for quite some time, but it
eventually became a rocket that propelled them to the 1966 track title.

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Jim Cayea built a 1962 Dodge Hurricane car for his young friend, Leon Gonyo. Gonyo began driving in 1975 and is still racing effectively. It is likely this car would have been orange and black .

Courtesy of Andy Boright
The automatic tranny car lasted through at least five owners. Don Turner, Jr, recently the Republican leader in the Vermont House of Representatives [above] was the last known driver. What is it with those racin' Vermont politicians ?

Cavalcade of Racing
Johnny Flach's coupe, from Fred Searing's Ridge Runner Racing Team, was the scourge of Lebanon Valley in the very early '60's.

Lebanon Valley Classics
via the Blake Collection
Flach sold the to Russ Blake,
who certainly had a great
ride to begin with.


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Wilbur Baker's old Me2 car
from Warrensburgh, NY was driven at Fairmont by a number of drivers.

 
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Wilbur Baker's old Me2 car
from Warrensburgh, NY disappeared for about 2 seasons before re-emerging as Bob Harrison's 711.

Ginny Ross Collection
Gordon Ross's 19 coupe, with
Doug Garrison at the wheel. Ross cars [and Garrison with a number of cars] won a ton of races in the late '50's and early '60's.

Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth
Gordon Ross's sold this 19 coupe to
his driver, Doug Garrison, who uglied it up considerably but made
to go tres fast !

Courtesy of Steve Pecor
Fred Rosner built three 1967 Fords in all for John Rosati to run on the Northern NASCAR LMS circuit.

Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth
Ripton's Bucky Dragon bought this 1967 Ford, built for John Rosati by Fred Rosner. He used it at Devil's Bowl. The poor Ford wasn't built for dirt and NO CAR was built to withstand Bucky for long.

Courtesy of Tim Rogers
Second generation Castleton, VT racer Butch Rogers built several innovations into this dirt Camaro for Devil's Bowl in 1977.

Courtesy of Tim Rogers
Butch Rogers sold the car to  Castleton neighbor Charlie Brown who enjoyed as much success as had Butch. When forced to run cars of a higher class later, he did wreck it.

From the HAMB Chat Site
Irv Taylor, usually a driver for hire, did have  his own T&M 1 car with which he had much success.
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old SPeedways DVD's

Lefty Casey, with car in 1967.
 
Courtesy of Tim Rogers
Ted Brown, a little later.
 
Joe Cryan Photo via  3 Wide Pic. Vault
Rene charland with one of his Rosner - built coupes.
Bob Frazier Photo via  Ed Fabian
Steady Eddie Allen with one of the Rosner - built coupes at Devil's
Bowl.

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Mor Dubois made a brief comeback to Northern NASCAR wit this orange
Nova.
 
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Jamie Aube bought the Dubois
Nova and kickstarted a tremendous career that is still going.
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Buzzie Reutimann had very similar cars for years.
 
Jack's Race Photos
One of the last Buzzie Reutimann
cars was bought by Jack Duffy.
   

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