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EARLY DEVIL'S BOWL VIEWS AND SHOTS

LIFE AT THE BOWL IN THE FIRST YEARS


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Courtesy of LaFond Family
"Old Reliable" Charlie Laduc working on perhaps the best car he ever had at the Bowl. Can't say for sure, but
the crewman helping Laduc looks like Donnie Drown.

  
From Devil's Bowl Program
Snack Bar Menu 1967

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From the Devil's Bowl Program
       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


Courtesy of Norm Vadnais


A FEW OF THE EARLY DEVIL'S BOWL FIGURES

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 LaFond Family

   
Courtesy of Ed Allen
One of his Agawam, MA
built sedans.
 
Courtesy of Ed Allen
Sandwiched between Floyd Bombard and another car in  of his Agawam, MA
built coupes.
 
Courtesy of Ed Allen
This is thefirst car
he bought from southern NE, but he says he doesn't recall anything about it.

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

Chet "The Jet" Doaner


 
Both Bob Frazier Photos Courtesy of Ladabouche Collection
[Left] Chet Doaner's first Bowl car was this Corvair. [RIght] This picture  of the 55 crew working on Chet's car
recently bought from Pete Corey shows
future Northern NASCAR official Chuck Blanchard, Dion sponsor C.J. Stewart,and former
Pico Raceway driver Big Bill Anderson.

 
^Ted Vogel Jr Photo
The Corvair arrives in the 1967 season.
 
Courtesy of Davis Family
With the 1968 championship car.
 
SOurce Unknown
The long - framed Scarborough coupe in action .
 
Bob Frazier Photo
The former Pete Corey 1NY bought for the 1968 season.

Courtesy of Davis Family
The 1968 champ car.
  
 
Courtesy of Davis Family
The first win for the sedan.

 

Vince "The Flying Frenchman" Quenneville and Car Owner Norm Scarborough


 
Both Photos Courtesy of Ed Fabian
[Left] Vince Quenneville looks to the outside of another legend, Sonny Rabideau in Leo Vallencourt's Corvair. [RIght] 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.

 
Ladabouche Photo
The 1st Scarborough / Quenneville car, 1962.
 
Bob Frazier Photo
Courtesy of
Mike RIchards
With the 1967 car.
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD's

A rough patch with the Corvair, the last #5 car .
 
Courtesy of Ed Fabian
A 1968 scrum with Eddie
Allen, who also has a newly - purchased sportsman coupe.

Courtesy of
Davis Family

The 1968 car.
  
 
Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Chet lifts a wheel in
pursuit of Will Cagle
.

 

"Old Reliable" Charlie Laduc


 
Both Photos Courtesy of The Laduc Family
[Left] Charlie Laduc with the popular Henry J he used in the 1967 season. [RIght] The 34 Ford he ran next - my favorite of his cars.

 
Laduc Family Collection
More of the Henry J.
 
Laduc Family Collection
The familiar Laduc hauler with Barb aboard.

Laduc Family Collection
More of the flat top coupe.

Laduc Family Collection
With CJ after a Devil's
Bowl feature win
.

Courtesy of
Brad Barratt

On the cover - perhaps
the tribute issue
.
  
 
Courtesy of Ed Fabian
The final Laduc car.

"The Rutland Rocket" Jerry King


 
Both Photos Courtesy of The King Collection
[Left]Jerry with the earliest version of his Devil's Bowl car, in 1967. [RIght] Same car, about thwo years later.

 
King Collection
Jerry used drivers like Ray Sitterly on occasion.

King Collection
Jerry with friend, confidante, and sometimes driver Rapid Ralph Palmer.

King Collection
Jerry was instrumental in the career of Vt State Champion Ralph Soulia. The 3rd man at right is Bob Ames who came to the rescue with a car when Soulia wrecked his car that year.

King Collection
Jerry on the track with
333 Sonny Rabideau around 1969.

Courtesy of
King Collection
Getting a push from the Louie Bruno wrecker. This is prophetic of Bruno wreckers to come in future years.
  
 
Courtesy of Bruce Brown
Some weeks there are nights like this. 

 

Sonny Rabideau and Car Owner Leo Vallancourt


 
Left Photo Courtesy ofNorm Vadnais  Right Courtesy of  John Rabideau
[Left] Sonny with the former Canfield 8NH Falcon. [RIght] Most of the earlier Bowl dirt years were run with coupes like this.

 
Ladabouche Photo
This Camaro came in
around 1968
.

NE Mod Site
Sonny sometimes drove this Stroker Smith - owned car, as well.

John Rabideau Collection
With the Falcon at the
Valley. Half the cars seen here also ran the Bowl
.

John Rabideau Collection
The 333 coupe at Devil's
Bowl, apparently being worked on.

John Rabideau Collection
A Rutland Tree entry. Usually the use of those colors and 10 meant pavement, but this looks like a dirt car.
 
 
Bob Frazier Photo
The 333 Corvair again.

 

OLDER FAIRMONT 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


From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD's
431 Lou Searing,
Oak Hill, NY

211 Dutch Reed,
Glens falls, NY

The Clayton Ryan 211


Courtesy of John Grady
Sonny Rabideau,
Brattleboro, VT

The Leo Vallancourt
333

 


Courtesy of LaFond Family
Art Visconti,
Granville, NY

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

Courtesy of Sam Barlow
Stan Wetmore,
Oak Hill, NY

Courtesy of Tim Rogers
Ralph Palmer,
Glens Falls, NY

The Dexter Dorr house car.

 


Devil's Bowl Develops Its Own Identity

The Track Had Developed Its Own Cast of Sportsman Stars


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


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. By 1969, Vince had three car owners - Dundon, Scaboroough, and Dickerman. All good rides.

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Eddie Allen,
Fair Haven, VT

Using cars bought in Massachusetts, he
rose to star billing at the Bowl.

Devils Bowl Program Photo
Charlie LaDuc
Orwell, VT

Running in the top class only one year at Fairmont, Laduc became a sportsman star at the Bowl.

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

Foley would also star at the Valley. Jelley had
risen to take the reins of one of the sport;s
top shelf rides.

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Mert Hulbert,
Oak Hills, NY

Having run in the sportsman cars at Fairmont for two seasons, Hulbert won the first Devil's Bowl title in 1967. See another photo below.
 
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]

Doaner bought one of Pete Corey's coupes and never looked back.

 
Courtesy of Phil Butler
Wes Moody,
Saranac Lake, NY

Working on the car are loyal
early crewman Fran Kane [left]
and the massive Denton Dow.


Moody Family Photo
 
From the Devil's Bowl Program
Rudy Charbonneau,
Whiting, VT

Rudy rose to star billing at
Fairmont winning the VT State Championship in 1964 with a flathead. He would run sportsman cars after that.
 
Dragon Family Photo
Beaver Dragon,
Milton, VT

Beaver was a recognizable star at the Bowl both in early years and later, with the NASCAR late model sportsman cars.

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

DUffany made the jump from a relatively crude hobby class car into the top division by 1965.
He remained in the sportsman cars at the Bowl for a number of years.
 
Courtesy of Elton Ashley
Big John Kershaw

A regular at tracks like Lakeville, Big John
would run the Bowl from time to time.
 
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.

Carl had come in at the end of Ed Winn's car owning career. He was best know as a Valley driver.

 
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.

One of Devil's Bowl's most consistent supporters, the Tremonts have succeeded there with drivers Joe Messina, Chuck Ely, and Ken Tremont, Jr.

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 Mike Bruno
A late '60's Devil's Bowl lineup
I'm told 67 is Chuck Ely, the late model is Joe Fanchini, and I think the other car is probably Sonny Rabideau.

 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno
A late '60's Devil's Bowl lineup
with Jelley, apparently ince
Quenneville, and Harry Peek.

A late model at Fonda, Peek had to run as a sportsman at the Bowl.

 
Bob Frazier Photo
Mert Hulbert, 1967  Bowl Champ.

His bid for the track title was almost derailed by a car fire. Middlebury contractor John Danyow came to the rescue and the pair finished the season on top.
 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno
The Russ Betz car arriving. Maybe Charland.

Two huge names in Northeast racing: 4 time national champ Charland and car owner Betz.
 
 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno
A unknown sedan unloading.
 
Bob Frazier Photo
Courtesy of CJ Richards
Dexter Dorr,
Cohoes, NY

About one year removed from the Fairmont hobby class, Dexter Dorr launched into a successful car building business and was driving this coupe as his first - ever sportsman car was still running at the track, as well.

 
Courtesy of Moody Family
A 1968 lineup. Roger Gauthier with
the A.G. Ryan 128; Wes Moody in the 63; and Vince Quenneville, 38.


Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr

A late sixties Devil's Bowl Open Comp.

 
Courtesy of Sam Barlow
This Stan 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 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
Ed "Peanut" Foley. in
Clayton Ryan's 211 -with Marty Berberwyck



  
Courtesy of LVC
Russ Blake,
Pittsfield, MA 

 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno
More of the infamous Cagle coach that rules the roost for months. 
  
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
A similar view of the infamous Cagle coach, only with Tommie Corellis at the wheel.

By now the car belonged to Brandon, VT businessman Curt Prescott.

Chas Hertica Photo
Winn Slavin

I think this is the Carlton Hughes car.
 
John Rabideau Photo
Butch Jelley,
No. Pownal, VT
 
Courtesy of A. Ainsworth
Vince, Sr. on the Bowl track with the Norm Scarborough - built- Austin Dickerman - owned 357 Banana Wagon.  

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. ?



Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr.
Admit One !

 The Emerging Late Model Class Had Moved From Fairmont Hobby Cars to Late Models on Par With the Valley Cars.

 


Courtesy of Louie Senecal
via Diana Peters
Tim Baker,
Dorset, VT

One of Fairmont's first hobby stars, Baker
continually improved his equipment and was
one of the Bowl's best - ever late model drivers.




Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Eddie Keenan,
Warrensburgh, NY

WIth nicknames like Fast Eddy and The Gray Ghost, Keenan won right away and rose quickly at the Bowl.

Courtesy of the LaFond Family
Jim Ogle,
1969 Bowl LM Champ


A Valley regular who became a Bowl regualr, as well.

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
 Barry Purdy,
No. Bennington, VT


Were it not for an untimely death in a non - racing incident, he would have been
even better than he already was.

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Ray Nutting,
Rutland, VT

Using the excellent car building technology of George Rogers the used car dealer had some good years in the early seasons of Devil's Bowl,.

Courtesy of Tim Rogers
Graham Trudo,
Castleton, VT

Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Jay Brown,
Castleton, VT

Courtesy ofLou Senecal
via Diana Peters
Lou Senecal,
Proctor, VT


Courtesy ofLou Senecal
via Diana Peters
Lou Senecal,
Proctor, VT

Courtesy ofLou Senecal
via Diana Peters
Mike Winship,
Wallingford, VT

Stosh Timinski's 88


Courtesy of Rich Palmer

 

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