DEVIL'S BOWL SPEEDWAY

West Haven, Vermont

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Devil's Bowl - A Brave New World

THIS PAGE DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF C.J.RICHARDS

From the Albany - Saratoga Site

I have decided to go with a more simple layout. Two pages in particular, this one and the Thunder Road page, were laid out with
a complicated, multi - table format; and they are both currently giving me a hard time. I am hoping this will solve that.

  
CJ in the grader - a familiar sight.


A CLICK-ON DIRECTORY TO AREAS OF THIS PAGE
Forgive our mess it will always be under construction
EARLY DEVIL'S BOWL SEASONS:
The Overflow From Fairmont
Sportsman
Late Model
Dare Devils
Nostalgic Shots From Early Seasons

Nostalgic Ads From Early Programs

Nostalgic Shots of Fans and Staff

Devil's Bowl Finds Its Own Identity

The Pavement Era

Second Dirt Era

Early Manufactured Race Car  Years

Recent Improvements
Upgrades Since 2010
Shots From Dan Ody's 8MM
"Old Speedways" DVD's


Mike Richards' Devil's Bowl Materials
             

 
From Dan Ody's 8MM Old Speedways DVD's

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[Left] A very young C.J. Richards awards a trophy to racing legend Steve Danish at the old Fairmont Speedway -around 1965.  [Middle] Promoter Charles "C.J." Richards worries out an impending rainstorm at Devil's Bowl with his then-partner Tony Parisi [Right] Richards talks with Bear Ridge's C.V. Elms, another noted Vermont promoter.


     Just as the Fairmont Speedway and the Champlain Valley Racing Association were starting to hit their stride in 1966, the town of Fair Haven began to make a fuss about the traffic, the noise, and the dust that they claimed were making life miserable for certain townspeople on Saturday nights during the race season. The same town that enjoyed the financial benefits of the track was about to drive the track away.

    C.J. Richards began looking around for another place to have his races, and he finally settled on some land on Route 22A, a few miles north of Fair Haven, in West Haven, Vermont. The valley there had some of the finest clay anywhere in the region. When wet, it could pull the shoe right off your foot. Still, controversy would plague the CVRA as particular relatives of Richards in West Haven were upset to have the track nearby their farms.

    Richards would struggle with first-year problems out at the Bowl. Besides his disgruntled relatives spreading manure on Saturday nights right next to his track and leaving dead cows beside the track boundary fences, he also had some problems with the track surface. The track had been constructed partly in very cold weather, and frost remained in the clay for a good part of the first season - causing seepage even during race programs. The high-powered cars he now had running would tear the surface up and leave it a rutted mess by feature time.


Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Old Reliable, Charlie La Duc - the heart and soul of Devil's Bowl, in his final car.


From Dan Ody's 8MM Old Speedways DVD's
The first Bowl water truck.

 

    But, C.J. persevered, and his track became established for years to come. The track went through one down cycle in the 1970, when the Richards family actually closed it for a while. Richard's announcer, Tom Perry, re-opened it as West Haven Speedway and promoted races for a couple of seasons. Now, the track is approaching it fortieth anniversary. Despite the fact that it has one of the latest opening dates due to the late spring moisture in that area, it continues to succeed and its unusual Sunday night date allows it to attract a good and varied field of cars.

Terraserver photo of the Devil's Bowl site in the late 1990's.

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Contemporary Devil's Bowl logo

Terraserver map of the  late 1990's.

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EARLY SEASONS


Courtesy of Shawn Byrne via Danny Kearney
Flip the clown and his confusing car were performers at the track in the early years. Does anyone know who he is ?


Courtesy of Mike Bruno


Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr.

The Overflow From Fairmont
and Early Sportsman Division Competitors


Courtesy of Wes Moody
The first Devil's Bowl officials: Ted Vogel, Sr, Paul Cummings, Howard Cameron,
Bunny Bunnell, Jim Frye, and Tom LaPlaca.


Courtesy of the LaFond Family
C.J. Richards and noted wrecker man Dan Tagg were important figures at the early Bowl.

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Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Charlie LaDuc
Orwell, VT

His Henry J was one of the most popular Devil's Bowl cars ever.


CVRA File Photo
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Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Chet Doaner
Rutland, VT

 His Corvair was typical of the wide variety of late model bodies on modifieds of this era.


Courtesy of Wes Moody

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Courtesy of John Grady
Dexter Dorr
Cohoes, NY

A Manchester, VT native, he became a premier car builder in the 1970's and beyond.


Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Chuck Ely Photo

Courtesy of John Grady
Wes Moody
Saranac Lake, NY

He would actually become a promoter for CJ in 1984


Courtesy of Wes Moody


Courtesy of LaFond Family

 


Courtesy of LaFond Family
Ron Van Etten,
A Leb. Valley regular

Courtesy of Jim LeClaire
Jimmy LeClaire and
owner, Harold Healey
look over the damage to
the #70.

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Will Cagle pit work.

Former George Rogers Car
Courtesy of CJ Richards
Bob Harrison
Chittenden, VT

He made a career out of buying other drivers' cars to run for a year or so at a time.


Former Quenneville Car
Devils Bowl Yearbook

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Vince Quenneville, Sr.
Middlebury, VT

A true hall of fame candidate. He will have his own page here some day.


Courtesy of Neal Davis

Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Mert "Socks"Hulbert,
Oak Hills, NY

A Track Champion at the Bowl


Courtesy of John Grady

Bob Frazier Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

 


Courtesy of Neal Davis
Jerry King,
Rutland, VT

A former Pico and Fairmont runner.


Courtesy of LaFond Family
Bob Ellis,
West Haven, VT

The Ray Richards 76

Courtesy of LaFond Family
Bob Brunell,
Peru, NY

Courtesy of LaFond Family
Butch Jelley,
Pownal, VT

With Yellow x owner Martin Riiska

Courtesy of Janice Colburn
David McMahon,
Rutland, VT


The former Jim Koehler 31

Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Tommy Corellis,
Mechanicsville, NY

The New England Tower #2 of Curt Prescott

Ladabouche Collection
Ed Foley,
Leicester, VT

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

Source Unknown - Help Me Out
Pete Corey,
Crescent, NY

This car would be sold to Chet Doaner for the Bowl

Courtesy of Wes Moody
Dutch Reed,
Glens Falls, NY

The Clayton Ryan coupe

Courtesy of Wes Moody
Anybody know any of these guys ?

Courtesy of Chris Companion
Ed Delmolino

Courtesy of Pascal "Magnum"
Guy Chartrand,
Montreal, QU

The same car in which he lost that heartbreaker at Fairmont three years prior to this shot.

Dragon Family Photos
Beaver Dragon,
Milton, VT

Most of his Bowl driving was in the Richards #75


Courtesy of Bob Kilburn
 
Harry "Boo" Duffany,
Shoreham, VT


He began his career in the hobby division at Fairmont.


Devils Bowl Yearbook
Will Cagle,
Tampa, FL

He had periods where he totally dominated Devils Bowl


Courtesy of John Grady

Courtesy of Wes Moody
Roger Gauthier,
Fort Edward, NY

The Al Ryan coupe

Courtesy of Wes Moody
Jim Hoyt,
Saranac Lake, NY

Courtesy of Vogel Family
Roger Gauthier
Fort Edward, NY

The Scarborough Mustang

Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Roger Gauthier,
Fort Edward, NY
The Norm Scarborough
Mustang

Bob Frazier Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

CVRA File Photo
This was an Ed Allen mystery photo.
Steady Ed says it is him.

Photo Source Unknown
Probably Frazier Photo

The same car following Vince out of the pits at the Bowl around 1968.

Courtesy of Wes Moody
Wes Moody, in a heat lineup at the Bowl

Courtesy of John Grady
Bruce Doestal,
Johnstown, NY

Courtesy of Wes Moody
Wes Moody wins the Langhorne qualifier in the late '60's

Schenectady Collection
Otto Graham Site
Tommy Corellis,
Mechanicville, NY

Courtesy of Jerry King
Ray Sitterly,
Amsterdam, NY

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Joe Messina,
Troy, NY

The Ken Tremont 115

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Russ Shaw,
Bomoseen, VT

The Taggart / Rooney 43

Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth
Butch Jelley,
Pownal, VT

Courtesy of Mike Laduc

Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Chuck Ely,
Bennington, VT

Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth

The Paul Visconti 67

Courtesy of Bob Kilburn
Butch Jelley,
Pownal, VT

Ed Winn's 467

Courtesy of Bob Kilburn
Mert Hulbert,
Oak Hills, NY

The car has just burned a week before.

Courtesy of Bob Kilburn
Pete Corey
Crescent, NY

A rare visit by the Lebanon Valley car.

Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Sonny Rabideau, Brattleboro, VT

The Leo Vallancourt 333
 
Courtesy of Neal Davis
Sonny Rabideau, Brattleboro, VT

The former Leo Vallancourt 333
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Dick Nephew.
     
 

 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno


Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr.
This roster probably from 1967 is an incredible mix of small and big - time names.

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Courtesy of Mike Bruno

FIRST YEAR FOOTAGE FROM DEVIL'S BOWL [FROM DAN ODY]
These are mostly quite blurry because they are, after all, just frames from old movies.

 

&+&


Dan Ody 8MM Film
Vince Quenneville
with the ex - Dexter
Dorr Super 29

Dan Ody 8MM Film
SonnyRabideau, back in the Stroker Smith 311

Dan Ody 8MM Film
Lebanon Valley
regular Don Clark

Dan Ody 8MM Film
[Above]
Frank Hodge, of Montreal, in his Lucky 7. [Below] Same car, the year before, at
Fairmont.

Ladabouche Photo

Dan Ody 8MM Film
A Ray Richards car, the 80. That's the Leo Vallaincourt 333 against the wall.
 

Dan Ody 8MM Film
Buddy Bardwell returns to CVRA with his Hudson.


 

Dan Ody 8MM Film
Cecil Bosworth returns to the CVRA in what looks to be a Riverside Speedway mod.

 

Dan Ody 8MM Film
Ol' Reliable,
 Charlie LaDuc

With the famous and beloved Henry J

Dan Ody 8MM Film
Quenneville and Rabideau
chase the AG Ryan 128 of
Roger Gauthier.

Leo Vallaincourt 333 against the wall, beside Bob Harrison's 117.

Dan Ody 8MM Film
LaDuc presses an
unidentified car
number 50.

Dan Ody 8MM Film
Vince, Sr. in some action shots.

Dan Ody 8MM Film
Mert Hulbert, in the primered Daniels 78 and a Sedan #431 said to be driven by Lou Searing.

Dan Ody 8MM Film
Chet Doaner loses
the Corvair on the backstretch.

Dan Ody 8MM Film
Veteran Dutch Reed puts the Clayton Ryan 211 thru its paces.
     
Courtesy of MartyKellyJr.
Two of the best names in early Devil's Bowl history.
   

Early Late Model Division Competitors


Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Bob Gaskill,
Williamstown, MA


CVRA File Photo


Arnie Ainsworth Photo

 


Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Bobby Dragon,
Milton, VT

Courtesy of C.J. Richards
Gets trophy from Norm Spafford

Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Bruce Loomis,
Granville, NY

Lebannon Valley Classics
Claude Hoard,
Eagle Bridge, NY

The J.C. Durick car.


Courtesy of Ed Fabian
John Luleck
Hampton, NY

Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Ray Nutting,
Rutland, VT

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

Source Unknown
Graham Trudo,
Orwell, VT

Courtesy of LaDuc Family
Ronnie Wood

Courtesy of Shawn Byrne
Ronnie Wood's hard
flip on the backstretch.
An unidentified driver
is checking with a stunned Wood

Courtesy of Ed Fabian
John Williams,
Brandon, VT

Devils Bowl Program

Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Albert Luleck
Poultney, VT

Gater Racing News Photo
Barry Purdy
N. Bennington, VT

Cavalcade of Auto Racing

Courtesy of Ed Fabian

Courtesy of SArnie Ainsworth


Courtesy of Shawn Byrne
Jim Byrne, giving kiddie rides to kids who include his daughter, Denise Byrne Scarborough, Mrs. Brandon Bandit.

The Stosh Tyminski #88 Ford.


Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Dave Dufford,
Granville, NY

Devils Bowl Program
Don Accavello,
Rutland, VT

Courtesy of Ed Fabian
 

Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Don Charbonneau,
Brandon, VT

Courtesy of Shawn Byrne

Jim Byrne,
Castleton, VT
Very appropriate name,
it would appear.

Courtesy of Shawn Byrne
Jim Byrne, at it
again. The 467 is Lyle
Jelley, younger bro
of Butch.

I asked Jim if he ever just finished a a race in one piece.


Saratoga Auto Museum
Dexter Dorr,
Manchester, VT

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

John Grady Photo
Foster Wendell,
Greenfield Ctr., NY

Courtesy of CVRA Website
Jack Harrison,
Pittsford, VT

Courtesy of LaFond Family

Ladabouche Photo


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
Skip Wilcox,
Trenton, NJ & Whitehall, NY

Source Unknown
Johnny Peoples,
Wilton, NY
 Actual car for this divison
was the J.C. Durick #61
1955 Chevy

Courtesy of C. J. Richards
Ron Woods,
Danby, VT

Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Skip Haines,
Granville, NY

Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Wayne Potter,
Rutland, VT

Courtesy of LaFond Family


Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Harry Peek,
Schenectady, NY

Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Johnny Bruno,
 Castleton Corners, VT
CLICK HERE for a Bruno
Family racing page.

Courtesy of Mike Bruno
Shown here with Al Cram

Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth
Ron Bisson,
 VT

Courtesy of LaFond Family
Jim Ogle,
1969 D. Bowl
Late Model
Champion

Courtesy of Shawn Byrne
The rear quarter seem to attest to this championship

Courtesy of LaFond Family
Ralph Soulia,
Rutland, VT

A late model champion


Courtesy of A. Ainsworth



Courtesy of Senecal Family
Bill Messer,
1969 Photo

Courtesy of Senecal Family
Herb Senecal,
West Rutland, VT

Hank Champine's 02

Courtesy of Senecal Family
Jim Byrne,
Castleton, VT

Actually in one piece

Courtesy of Senecal Family
Louie Senecal
Proctor VT

Would promote the Vergennes
track for a period

of time

Courtesy of Senecal Family
Tim Baker,
Dorset, VT
A
rguably the best late model driver ever at Devil's Bowl

Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr


Courtesy of Senecal Family
Stosh Timinski,
West Rutland, VT


Courtesy of Mike Richards
Dutch Cobble,



Courtesy of Mike Richards
Cliff Goewey,
Benson, VT

Courtesy of Mike Richards
Pat Sabol,
West Haven, VT

Former Ralph Soulia car

Courtesy of Tim Rogers
Butch Rogers' first late model.

That's Butch in foreground.

Courtesy of Mike Richards
Ronnie Wood,
Ludlow, VT

Courtesy of Mike Richards
Another shot of Ray Nutting

Courtesy of Mike Richards
Tom Perry,
Fair Haven, VT

Would promote the track for a
period of two years


Courtesy of Woody Woodbury
Tom apparently re-arranged the car, which might have belonged to Woody Woodbury.

Courtesy of Mike Bruno
Louie Bruno,
Rutland,. VT

Ladabouche Collection
Unidentified late model #77 during practice. Could be Luleck.
 
Ladabouche Collection
Warrensburgh's Sim Hall ran this car at either the Bowl or at Fairmont.
 
Courtesy of LVC
Another shot of Chuck Ely's enormously popular Caspar car that ran at both Fairmont and D Bowl.

Ballston Journal Photo
via Stock Car Racers' Reunion

Stillwater, NY veteran Don Antolick may have driven this car at D Bowl. He absolutely drove the #43 below.

Ladabouche Collection
The 59 of Jerry Pennock and Ken Platt's Roehrig Brothers 99 also would have raced some at D Bowl.

Courtesy of Woody Woodbury
Bob Taylor,
Chittenden, VT
 
Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth
Bowl regular John Williams could also win at the Valley, it would appear.

Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
1968 Devil's Bowl late model awardees Chuck Ely, Johnny Bruno, and Ray Nutting.

Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Here's one I can't explain: Nelson Moore in a Sportsman vs Bob Gaskill in a late model. Why ? What is it with Devil's Bowl Mustangs and wall climbing ? Click here to see another.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
A 1968 Devil's Bowl Yankee 100 adv.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
The Grand Old Man, Albert Luleck on warmup day, 1981.

Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
1968 Devil's Bowl late model
action as Johnny Bruno is sandwiched in front of the flagstand.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
John Proctor, and the Narrow Camaro - at speed.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Randy Hotaling  
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr

Ronnie Woods was a little crazy with this car. This is how it ended up later.
 
Courtesy of Shawn Byrne
 
Courtesy of Rene Carpenter
Tom Carpenter and
Wayne Blair, his first
driver.
         

The Dare Devil Division Competitors


Bob Frazier Photo Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Car 39 [maybe Morgan Allen] clears out some of C.J.'s sheet metal fencing as 66, John Wales
spins the Bridport Equipment car and car 49 gets by unscathed.


Courtesy of Shawn Byrne
Jim Byrne,
Rutland, VT


With C.J. Richards


Anyone get the name of
that eighteen wheeler ?

 

BEFORE

Courtesy of Mike LaDuc
Elroy Laduc,
Orwell, VT

AFTER

Coo, coo, coo... it was a HORRENDOUS crash, Flash !


Courtesy of Shawn Byrne
Don Carrara,
Shrewsbury, VT

Ted Vogel Sr. Photo
An unidentified
Dare Devil #7 is
seen in the background.

Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Junior Fields,
 Proctor, VT
Car 9
Don't recognize
the flipper.

 

From Dan Ody's 8mm DVD
Unidentified Dare
Devil Ford. Could be
Mike Winship.
Photo will be blurry - it is old 8mm.

From Dan Ody's 8mm DVD
Unidentified Dare
Devil Studebaker
Could be a Shaw..
Photo will be blurry - it is old 8mm.

Courtesy of Shawn Byrne
CJ, Mert Hulbert, and Graham Trudo share Victory Lane with 3 of the best Dare Devils:
John Wales, Jim Bryne, and a young Bobby Ellis.
 
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Courtesy of Bruce Brown
Jay Brown
 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno
Ralph Bruno
   

 

 


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Courtesy of LaFond family
"Old Reliable" Charlie Laduc working on perhaps the best car he ever had at the Bowl.

LIFE AT THE BOWL IN THE FIRST YEARS

 

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        From Devil's Bowl Program                                                     From the Devil's Bowl Program
Snack Bar Menu 1967       The Devils Bowl Concession Midway Around 1967


Courtesy of
Mike Richards

One of the concesson staff,
making up CJ's famous
french fries.
 

Courtesy of
Mike Richards

Remember when the
cops would take
tickets at the gate ?

Courtesy of
Mike Richards

Yup, they did.

Courtesy of
Mike Richards

This one didn't want
to wait for the gates
to open at 6.

Courtesy of
Mike Richards

I'm not lying on that
ground - it used to be a
COW PASTURE !

Courtesy of
Mike Richards

One of the hot dog
stand staff, hard at
work at her post.

Courtesy of
Mike Richards

One of the1976
Devil's Bowl
Programs. They were
such a good program
Catamount adopted them.
Soon, you can click here and see
the entire program.

Courtesy of
Mike Richards

The cover of another 1976
program.

 
Courtesy of the Saratoga Automobile Museum
Devil's Bowl Programs commemorating Vince Quenneville, Sr.
CLICK HERE for Vince's Page


Steady Eddie Allen
Photos Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Someday, these will be moved to his own page.

    
 
Last 2 Photos Courtesy of Ed Fabian - 1st from Devil's Bowl Yearbook

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Good Luck - this one doesn't come out too well.


Courtesy of LaFond Family


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Both Photos Courtesy of Ed Fabian
[Above] Vince Quenneville looks to the outside of another legend, Sonny Rabideau in Leo Vallaincourt's Corvair. [Below] This picture of the 38 crew working on Vince's car has one of the few shots of car owner Norm Scarborough [standing in back], a big curmudgeon of a guy.

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Devil's Bowl Develops Its Own Identity

The Track Had Developed Its Own Cast of Stars

S$$


Source Unknown
Probably Bob Frazier Photo
Vince Quenneville, Sr.,
Whiting, VT
Guy Chartrand's car is in the background and Eddie Allen is following Vince.

Courtesy of LaFond Family

w/ Norm Scarborough and
Austin Dickerman

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Eddie Allen,
Fair Haven, VT

Devils Bowl Program Photo
Charlie LaDuc
Orwell, VT

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Ed Foley [211], Brandon, VT & Butch Jelley [X], Pownal, VT

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Mert Hulbert,
Oak Hills, NY

Devils Bowl Yearbook Photos
Chet Doaner,
Rutland, VT

Courtesy of LaFond Family
A classic Rutland Herald photo of
Chuck Blanchard [in car], Bill Anderson, and C.J. Stewart [background]
 
Courtesy of Phil Butler
Wes Moody,
Saranac Lake, NY
 
From the Devil's Bowl Program
Rudy Charbonneau,
Whiting, VT
 
Dragon Family Photo
Beaver Dragon,
Milton, VT

Courtesy of Bob Kilburn
Harry "Boo" Duffany, Jr
Shoreham, VT
 
Courtesy of Elton Ashley
Big John Kershaw
 
Courtesy of Neal Davis
A strong 1969 lineup shows 43, Beaver Dragon; 38, Vince Quenneville; and Wes Moody in an unlettered 63.
 
Courtesy of Charles Hertica
Valley star and former Fairmont participant Carl Moore with EdWinn's 467.
 
Courtesy of Brad Barrett
Ol' Reliable is honored with a
 Devil's Bowl program cover.
 
Courtesy of Mike Laduc
Charlie Laduc wins one at Devil's Bowl.
 
Courtesy of Charles Hertica
The Tremont 115's were regulars at Devil's Bowl often throughout its history. This sedan amy have run in this particular era with Chuck Ely.

Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
A 1969 Devil's Bowl ticket.

Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
A 1969 Devil's Bowl Yearbook offered in the pavement era, celebrating the 1969 dirt season.
   


Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr.
Devil's Bowl was attracting some great talent in 1969.


Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr

A late sixties Devil's Bowl Open Comp.

Despite never belonging to the All Star Stock Car Racing League, Devil's Bowl had a number of
League drivers who were either occasional visitors or regulars at the track.

 
Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Word has it that the Bowl's own Chet Doaner was named to be one the Catamount Stadium team one year, but there is no record of his appearing in any League races.


Ladabouche Collection
Will Cagle,
Tampa, FL
Will was a very regular Bowl runner
around 1968 -
69

 
Ladabouche Collection
Steady Eddie Flemke,
New Britain, CT
Ed was never a regular Bowl runner
but he did appear in a few races
 
Chrome Horn Photo
Leo Cleary,
Hanover, MA
Leo was never a regular Bowl runner
but he did appear in a few races
 
Ladabouche Collection
Frankie Schneider,
Lambertville, NJ
Frankie was
one of the first big name stars to appear at special shows for C.J. Richards

Source Unknown
Andy Romano,
Johnstown, NY
Will was a very regular Bowl runner
around 1970 - 71
 
Ladabouche Collection
Butch Jelley,
Pownal, VT
Butch was a very regular Bowl runner
for most of the yearsit was dirt even up to 2006.

 
Ladabouche Collection
Tommy Corellis,
Mechanicsville, NY
Tommy was a very regular Bowl runner
around 1968 -
69 [and team mate to Jelley on the Lebanon Valley team]

 
John Grady Photo
Rene Charland,
Agawam, MA
Da Champ was a very regular Bowl runner in the early 1980's.
 
Courtesy of Dave Dykes
Pete Corey,
Crescent, NY
Pete's time in the League and at Devil's Bowl were both short.

L
enny Photo
Ladabouche Collection
Don Wayman,
Cobleskill, NY
Don drove for a recpord number of different car owners, which landed him at the Bowl on more than one occasion.
 
Courtesy of Otto Graham
Jerry Cook,
Rome, NY
Jerry almost certainly appeared in at
least  ca couple of races at the Bowl.
 
Ladabouche Collection
Maynard "Cyclone" Forrette,
Amsterdam, NY
Cyclone ran the Bowl fairly often in the 1980's.
 
Ladabouche Collection
Gene Bergin,
Enfield, CT
Gene was the first to bring the famed Judkins Pinto to the Bowl around 1970.
 
Courtesy of Gary Nephew
Jean Guy Chartrand,
Montreal, QC
Guy was on the Catamount team,
 but he did run Devil's Bowl in 1967.

 
Courtesy of Otto Graham
Ron Narducci,
East Haddam, CT
Ron almost certainly appeared in at
least  ca couple of races at the Bowl.

The Pavement Modified Era


Courtesy of Norm Vadnais


Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
A hopeful Devil's Bowl ad before the first paved season.
 

The Track Loses What it was Famous For - For a While


Ladabouche Photo
Former Devil's Bowl dirt driver Charlie McMahan watches two things very foreign to the dyed - in - the - wool Devil's Bowl
person: cars performing on asphalt and practice. Dirt tracks don't have interminable practice sessions, like they can do on pavement.

                                                                                        


Courtesy of Tim Rogers
Pavement era photo sets. Some dirt holdovers; some new faces.


Same Photo Courtesy of both Ken Pill
and also Jim Ladabouche

Marcel Godard was a top runner with the pavement mods that invaded the Bowl after the paving.

John Grady Photo
Veteran Ed Pieniazek drove the Rose #93 at the Bowl.

John Grady Photo
CJ remembers Denis Giroux as one of his best pavement mod drivers.

Courtesy of Ken Pill
Butch Jelley,
Pownal, VT

This was a 1971 shot.
Not a Riiska X. Charlie
Brown is a local D Bowl
driver.

 

Ronca.jpg (79972 bytes)
Courtesy of Jim Ladabouche

Nick Ronca,
Clifton Park, NY

 


Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Chargers were a support division unique to the pavement era.

John Grady Photo
Tough-minded Dave Depew was an early star in the chargers.

John Grady Photo
George Rettew, with the famed Holiday Magic team out Agawam, MA, may have run the Bowl on occasion.
Bobby D's Coupe.JPG (71019 bytes)
Free Press Photo

Bobby Dragon,
Milton, VT

 

Cagle_24_Gold_Coach_Catamount.jpg (203599 bytes)
Courtesy of John Grady

Will Cagle,
Tampa, FL

 


Courtesy of LaFond Family
Donnie Drown,
Salisbury, VT

A charger victory


Courtesy of LaFond Family
Brian Ross,
Malta, NY

A very early charger
car for the future
hall of famer

 


Courtesy of Ken Pill
Gene Bergin
Connecticut

The Judkins 2X Pinto


Bob Mackey Photo, via
John Rock & Bobby Castine
Ken Platt,
Rome, NY
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Courtesy of John Grady
Beaver Dragon,
Milton, VT
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Courtesy of John Grady

Will Cagle,
Tampa, FL


Courtesy of John Grady

Andy Romano,
Johnstown, NY

The Galiant Valiant
 

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Bob MackeyPhoto

Joe Thomas,
Morrisonville, NY

 Bob Mackey Photo
 Courtesy of Mike Watts

Joe Thomas,
Plattsburgh, NY


The Jimmy Guynup 37

Bob Mackey Photo
 Courtesy of Mike Watts

Brian Ross,
Malta, NY

 

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Jim LeClaire
Plattsburgh, NY

Harold Healey 70


Courtesy of Airborne Spdwy

Jim LeClaire and Harold Healey examine damage from a practice
session mixup.


 

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Phil Butler

Bob Brunell,
Peru, NY

 

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Gene Mangino,
Schenectady, NY

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts

Ken Shoemaker,
Westmere, NY


Bill Fowler's 27Jr
 
Ladabouche Collection

Phil Spiak
Troy, NY

Went on to race in NASCAR
GT Division

 
Courtesy of Rogers Family

Butch Rogers' first car was a pavement
Chevy.
 
Courtesy of Bruno Family

Alice Bruno in husband, Johnny's
222 late model.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr.

Bob Dragon returned from running mods at Devil's Bowl to winning form in a NASCAR late model sportsman.
 

Courtesy of Mike Bruno
Malta Charger driver Donnie Ballantine came closer to home to run this 44 at the Bowl. Appears to be a different car than the one with Drown, above.
 
Mike Anop Photo
Guy Chartrand and the famous Hemi Cuda idles past two important Malta and DBowl Chargers - Donnie Ballantine [24] and The Midget, Steve Luse.
 
Courtesy of  Chris Sousie
Albany - Saratoga And Airborne Charger driver Sonny Sousie and his family may have raced some at the Bowl.
 
Courtesy of Glen Tavares

Brian Ross works on the Emrick 50 mod. Both he and the car performed at the Bowl.I am not sure if he drove that car there or not.
 
Courtesy of Mike Shaub
The Outlaw, Chcuk Kress, ran many paved tracks in this era,

Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
A 1970 ad. "Charger feature" means it was pavement.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
A 1970 Devil's Bowl adv.
       

RECENT DEVIL'S BOWL UPGRADES

+_+


CVRA Photo
New stands and fencing

CVRA Photo
From behind the pond

CVRA Photo
New stands from infield

CVRA Photo
Turn 2 safety barriers
 
 
Courtesy of Justin St. Louis
Mike Bruno's work on the frontstretch wall.
   

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OLDER NH FLATHEAD STARS RETURNING TO THE BOWL


Courtesy of Vogel Family
Cecil Bosworth
Athol, MA
The former Ed Allen
33

Courtesy of Neal Davis
This might be the Allen
car, re-lettered.

 

Courtesy of C.J. Richards
Howard Stevens,
Claremont, NH

Courtesy of C.J. Richards
Ted Brown,
Keene, NH
 
Courtesy of Tim Rogers
Ted Brown,
Keene, NH|

The former Lefty casey 331 which had previously been Irv Taylor's T&M 1


From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD's
Lefty Casey


Russ Bergh Photo
vias Charles Hertica

Irv Taylor


Courtesy of John Grady
Sonny Rabideau,
Brattleboro, VT

The Leo Vallaincourt
333

 


Courtesy of LaFond Family
Art Visconti,
Granville, NY

Courtesy of LaFond Family
Buddy Bardwell
Keene, NH
8MM Frames - Poor Quality
 

JIM LANGENBACK MUGS C.J.'s PACE CAR

   
Both Photos from Lebanon Valley Classics
Jim Langenback, in better days, at the Valley. [Right] Great ! What do we tell C.J. ?

 

LATER DIRT RACING YEARS AT THE BOWL


Ladabouche Photo
Butch Rogers
Castleton, VT
1983 - Next to Bruce
Milo's modified

Courtesy of Tim Rogers
A Later Camaro
 
 
Courtesy of Mike Laduc
Charlie Laduc gets a
trophy from promoter
C.J. Rchards around 1969.




 
 
Courtesy of Tom Belisario
Awardees at a banquet
possible around 1979. Do you recognize anyone ?
 
 
Courtesy of Brad Barett
Ol' Reliable makes
a program cover.
 
 
Courtesy of Mike Laduc
Butch Jelley, with Austin
Dickerman's station
wagon - bodied modified.
 
 
Courtesy of Mike Laduc
Shawn Delaney, with
Pete Delaney. I think the
family returned to race in the final dirt seasons at
the Bowl.
 
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr.
Late model legend Tim
Baker returned from a hiatus with this Chevy.


Courtesy of Mike Bruno

Courtesy of Arnie Trudeau
Arnie Trudeau,
former Vermont resident,
who now sponsored a class at Airborne.
 

Ladabouche Photo
John Proctor,
Kingston, NY
The Narrow
Camaro
1983

Courtesy of LaFond Family
Dave Wood,
Fair Haven, VT
 

Eastern Racing Chatter  Photo
Jay Bleser,
Schenectady, NY
 
 
CVRA Archives Photo
Lori Carey

Lebannon Valley Classics
Jay Brown,
Castleton, VT

Problems at the
Valley.

 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno
The Russ Farr racing organization, Here you see the owner, driver, and pit crew.


Courtesy of Bruce Brown 
This shot of Jay Brown [01] also reveals Reggie Lussier's Butch Rogers - style Camaro [24].
 
Courtesy of Tim Rogers 
This shot of Charlie Brown shows the former Butch Rogers Camaro he ran for years.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr.
Bruce Milo,
apparently second body on his modified. The 1st is partially seen in Butch Rogers shot above.
 
Courtesy of Marty KellyJr.
As his shirt states: The Grand Old Man of Racing, Albert Luleck.
 
John Gallant Photo
Courtesy of LVC

Art Stromberg, Valley regular, may have tried the Bowl occasionally.
 
Courtesy of John Rabideau
Sonny Rabideau,
with Leo Vallancourt's
Corvair #10.

 
Courtesy of John Rabideau
Dick Nephew, with
one of his best known cars.
 
Courtesy of Tim Rogers
The Danyow Champlain Construction 78 arrives on its way to a championship season - despite burning once.
 
Courtesy of Matt Grenier
Mark Grenier with what was called a hobby stock.
 
Courtesy of John Fleres.
John Fleres, from the Albany, NY area, always had good - looking cars.
 
Courtesy of Fred Little Fast Freddie Little with an early four cylinder win.
 
Courtesy of Mike Laduc The famous Austin Dickerman 357 Station Wagon under construction.
 
Courtesy of A. Hotaling
Andy Hotaling
 
Courtesy of A. Ainsworth
Jack Cottrell's late model falls into this time but, being a Howe built car, it could also be in the manufactured cars section.
 
Courtesy of John Fleres.
Three wide in turn two. Car 84 was coming  hard, inside the 17 of Charlie Brown. It might be Reggie Lussier on the outside.
 
Courtesy of John Fleres.
Car 84 was definitely coming too hard, hard enough to knock the nerf bar off the 17 of Chargin' Charlie Brown. 
 
Courtesy of John Fleres.
The nerf bar off the 17 of Chargin' Charlie Brown goes flying as Lussier has backed off. 
 
Courtesy of John Fleres.
Charlie Brown goes around as Lussier has decided to sneak by. 
 
Courtesy of John Fleres.
Someone has poked Albert Luleck, turning him as John Fleres and car 9 get by on the inside. 

Courtesy of John Fleres.
Now, just along for the ride poor Albert walls the guy next to him and all hell breaks loose. 

Courtesy of John Fleres.
John Fleres used this great Firebird and the one below during this era. 



Courtesy of John Fleres.
Popular Kim Duell [14 outside Fleres] was a figure during this era. 

Courtesy of Mike Laduc
Allen Higley's late model Chevelle. 
 
Courtesy of John Lutz
The wild and woolly Robert "Bucky" Dragon, with sponsor John McDonough - in Brandon.
 
Courtesy of John Lutz
Bucky and McDonough - acquired a Fred Rosner - built 67 Ford from John Rosati and gave it a run on the dirt. That's putting it politely.
   
Courtesy of Susan Coville
It would not surprise if a young Clarence Coville brought this Fonda late model up to D Bowl a tie or two.
 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno
Claude Hoard often came up to the Bowl from Grandma Moses territory - Eagle Bridge, NY
 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno
Joe Messina may have been still driving for the Tremonts in this era at the Bowl.
 
Courtesy of Sam Barlow
This Stgan Wetmore Chevy was apparently built by he famous Joey Lawrence.  If it came to the Bowl, it would have been run in with the sportsman cars.
 
Howie Hodge Photo
Big John Kershaw was a frequent Bowl runner.
 
Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth
Ed "Peanut" Foley with one of the Austin Dickerman, Norm Scarborough - built 357's.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Local driver Kevin Grenier.
 
Courtesy of Mike Laduc
Mike Laduc with what looks like a Pro Stock.

Courtesy of Mike Laduc
Mike with Joe Zuccarello and father, Elroy Laduc.
 
 
Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth
Russ Blake's win is signalled by Jim Frye.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Johnny Bruno on warmup day, 1981.
 
Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth
Win Slavin, a frequent driver for the Ryans at the Bowl, may have r run this Helwig 37 there , as well.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Bob Thompson,
Warrensburgh, NY


1981 Bowl entry.
 
Courtesy of Bud Dunham via Marty Kelly Jr.
After the famous Camaro was wrecked, Charlie Brown got into this modified.
 
Courtesy of Mike Laduc
Charlie Laduc with his only departure from a modifed at Devil's Bowl.
 
Courtesy of Tremont family
Chuck Ely ran this Tremont Fairlane at Rainbow Ridge in 1970. I don't know if he took it to Devil's Bowl or not.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Bruce Milo brought out his modified, which was his 1st  on warmup day, 1981.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Bucky Dragon blossomed out wiith a modified on warm up day, 1981.
 
Both Photos Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Old Reliable Charlie Laduc on warmup day, 1981.

 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Fraank Hoard, Sr. on warmup day, 1981.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Johnny Kollar, with Tom Carpenter's 1C. on warmup day, 1981.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Terry Hayes. on warmup day, 1981.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Tracy Wyman. on warmup day, 1981.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Unidentified NY modified. on warmup day, 1981.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Unidentified late model. on warmup day, 1981.
 
Courtesy of Justin St Louis
Fast Eddie Keenan.
Warrensburgh, NY
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Ed "Peanut" Foleu. in
Clayton Ryan's 211 -with Marty Berberwyck
 
Courtesy of Tom Herbert
Johnny Kollar, with his own car at Fonda.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Phil Clark,
Granville, NY
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr

Claude Hoard climbs a wall at the Bowl, as Quenneville goes by in thye Cagle Killer.
 
Courtesy of Mke Ferguson Coll.
via Michael Sessler

Wes "Slugger" Moody 
 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno
More of the infamous Cagle coach that rules the roost for months. 
  
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
A similar viewof the infamous Cagle coach, only with Tommie Corellis at the wheel.
  
Courtesy of Mike Bruno
Tracy Wyman foloowed the lead of Bruce Milo. He left the late models, built himself a modified, and went back racing.
 
Courtesy of LVC
Russ Blake 
  
Courtesy of Chas. Hertica
The Tremont Pinto, driven by Chuck Ely, is likely to have raced some at the Bowl.
  
Ladabouche Collection
Wild Warren Pease's
earlier late model.
 


Courtesy of Mike Bruno
A very weathered aerial view of the track from 1969
.


Courtesy of Rich Palmer

EARLY MANUFACTURED CHASSIS & BODY YEARS AT THE BOWL


Courtesy of LaFond Family
Matt Waite,
Dorset, VT
 

Ladabouche Photos
C.D. Coville,
Scotia, NY
1983




 

Ladabouche Photo
Denny Soltis,
Connecticut
Son, Chris at
work in the pits.
1983

Ladabouche Collection
Don Ackner,
West Sand Lake, NY

 The pits.
1983

 


Courtesy of LaFond Family
Jay Brown,
Bomoseen, VT
Look carefully - that's
Jean-Paul Cyr in background.

Ladabouche Photo
Bruce Milo,
Castleton, VT
1983- He probably manufactured his own.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
C.D. Coville,
Scotia, NY

With John Bruno's 22
 

Courtesy of LaFond Family
Carl Murray,
Middlebury, VT
 
Courtesy of Mike Richards
Bob Ellis in Victory Lane.

Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr 

Mike Richards' car 
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Gene Munger,
Benson, VT

His 1st Modified 

Courtesy of LaFond Family
Gene Munger,
Benson, VT

Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr

Mike Richards' car
 

 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Gene Munger,
The Flying Farmer.
 

Ladabouche Photo
Gibby Fountain,
W. Kingston, RI
1983 
 
Courtesy of Brad Barrett
Bob Ellis drove this car
in the mid 1980's
 

Ladabouche Photo
Jack Cottrell
Rock City Falls, NY
His Modified
1983
 

Courtesy of LaFond Family
Gardner Stone,
Middlebury, VT
 

Ladabouche Photo
Butch Jelley,
Pownal, VT
His Own X
1983
 

 Ladabouche Photo
Bob Savoie,
Broadalbin, NY
1983 
RECENTLY LOST DRIVER

Courtesy of LaFond Family
C. D. Coville,
Scotia., NY
Jay Bleser's 64 

Courtesy of LaFond Family
Carl Vladyka,
Hampton, NY
 

Ladabouche Photo
Former Bowl hot shoe
Rapid Ralph Palmer,
helping with the Matt
Depew modified.
 
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Carl Vladyka,
Hampton, NY
 
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Carl Vladyka, and anothr
Pro Stock head out.
They were wild then, yes ?
 

Ladabouche Photo
A limited class car
from the legendary
Swears racing family
from the Glens Falls area.
 
 
Ladabouche Photo
Bob Savoie,
Broadalbin, NY
1985ish. Mike
Richards' car.
RECENTLY LOST DRIVER
 
A&A Ward Photo
Charlie Wilbur,
Duxbury, VT
1985ish. Came from
Thunder Road
country.
RECENTLY LOST DRIVER


A&A Ward Photo
Leon Gonyo,
Chazy, NY

RECENTLY LOST DRIVER

Gater Photo
GIbby Fountain,
W. Kingston, RI
The "Long Hauler"

Eastern Racing Chatter  Photo
Jay Bleser,
 
CVRA Archives Photo
Butch Jelley,
Londonderry, VT
An old hand with
a very recent mod

Mike Laduc Photo
Tim Laduc,
Orwell, VT
A pro stock before
his modified days 
 
Brad Barrett Photo
Ron Proctor,
Charlton, NY
With flagger Kenny Marshall
 
Mike Laduc Photo
Paul Parker,
New London, NH
Pete Corey, Jr
cr in background
             

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