A Premier Track in New York. The Emphasis is from 1953 -  earlier 1970's.

Earlier Years

        In the part of Vermont where I came from, NASCAR was not sanctioning any tracks. But, when we traveled to either the small Otter Creek Speedway in Vergennes, or if we ventured over to Fonda, I would get to see stars from Fonda Speedway, the track which was arguably the mecca for racing in our region - in the era of the 1960's. Ed Feuz and Jim Gage decided to field stock car races at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds race track.


Photo from the Fonda History Book

In this promotional photo from the first year, [from left - Walt Roberts, Herb Root, Spence Parkhurst, and Steve Danish pose with their cars to raise area interest in the new track.  By this time, Roberts, Danish, and Parkhurst had all competed at Vermont tracks like Pico Raceway and Stateline Speedway. Root may have, too.
 

     Prior to the 1953 opening of Fonda, races were already being held in a number of New York locations, as well as West Brattleboro, Vermont; Pico Raceway, in Rutland, Vermont; Fairmont Motor Park, in Fair Haven, Vermont, and Mettowee Speedway, a Granville location that was very near Vermont. Pico was seeing the likes of Steve Danish [Cropseyville], Spencer Parkhurst [Saratoga Springs], Walt Roberts [Poughkeepsie ?], Howard "Jeep Herbert [Rotterdam]; Pete Corey [Crescent], "Jollie Ollie" Palmer [Westmere], and a host of other New Yorkers who were looking for places to race in their new, burgeoning sport. Stateline was hosting these runners and more - including George Baumgardner [Saratoga], Joe Wunderlich [West Sand Lake], Link Pettit, and more.


Courtesy of Buid Brooks

New Yorker Walt Roberts, in a 1952 lineup at Pico Raceway.
Several of the New Yorkers who frequented Pico ended up at Fonda.

     It became evident, early on, [even before races commenced] that Fonda was going to be a prima location for New York racing; and the enthusiasm was tangible. Hence, everyone in the region who wanted to be in the ground floor of the operation made a mad dash for the first gatherings at Fonda. Les King, one of the Northeast's premier racing photographers tells how he, Chet Hames [the flagger], and a local announcer named Wildy would make a circuit of local tracks, handling those necessary duties for the various managements.


Feuz Collection Photo
A future Whites Beach Speedway promoter. the little - known Bob Ruchdeschal [74] almost won the first feature at Fonda when visibility was so bad the faster cars couldn't make progress. Also seen are Jeep Herbert in a crude version  of Bob Mott's 3, Paul Korman in Hal Kempeny's 113, and eventual winner Chuck Kotwicka [2nd car from right]

Feuz Collection Photo
First Fonda feature winner Chuck Kotwicka takes a victory lap as Paul Brozyna [2nd place] demonstrates how hard it became to see where you were going  as he heads for the infield pit area or maybe Victory Lane.


Courtesy of John Grady

Chuck Kotwicka, of Utica, Fonda's first ever feature winner, is trophied by
co-promoter Ed Fuez, left, and by Sally Whitbeck Gage, wife of co-promoter Jim Gage.
Racing tends to entwined with families. The Whitbecks - particularly Bob -
were prominent, especially as car owners and builders.


    When the word of Fonda reached them , the trio was ready to jump. Hames and Wildy headed for Fonda and King, for an unknown reason, missed their departure. Desperate to get the Fonda photographer's stand gig, he began hitchhiking to Fonda. Just before Les made it to the Montgomery Fairgrounds location, Russ Bergh, a rival, sought out Gage or Feuz and got the job.

There are likely some duplicate photos on this page - it is hard to keep checking back.


Bill Ladabouche Photo
Looking from the
stands toward Turn 4

Bill Ladabouche Photo
The announcer's and
judges' stand. The
dragstrip is seen behind
and the Mohawk River is
in the distance.

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Gigi Conover's junker
cars prepare to go out
and run in the track. The road
to the Thruway is in the
distance, and the famous
Graveyard is that white line
over the 2nd car from left.

 


Bill Ladabouche Photo
The water truck would run
for hours and hours,
turning the track into what
would appear to be an
undrivable quagmire.

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Looking to Turn 1. That
tractor thing with multiple
tires is running in the
track surface. You can also
see the ticket entrance.

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Early arrivers find ways
to pass the time.

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Looking at Turn 4, and the Cow  Palace behind it, as the
Conover Auto Parts cars run
in the track.

 


Courtesy of Dan Ody
Steve Danish's car
sits in the background
in this mid 1950's
view of the infield.
 

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
The old ticket entrance
around 1958.

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Another angle.

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Jean-Guy Chartrand
arrives at Fonda after rains caused a cancellation. The entrance is slightly changed here.

 

Muldowney Site Photo
Famous drag racer
Shirley Muldowney got her
start at Fonda. This is
that same entrance.

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Car 555 runs in the
track.

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
A full - bodied Car 73
running in the track.

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Willie Chest[54] and
Lynn Delong [2nd]
are among the cars
running in the track
before a 1955 show.

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Jim Luke in Hal
Kempeny's 113 and
Paul Marshall in the
Warren Daniels
7-11 Jr run in the
surface.
 

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Bennett's 71, with its
driver du jour running
in the track. It is likely
Ken Jones of Canajoharie.

Muldowney Site Photo
The infield drag strip
was very short.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
A recuperating Pete Corey awards
northern NY invader Buck Holliday
around 1960.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Utica's wild man, Chuck
Mahoney rams Lynn Delong
while driving for Dave McCredy.


Ed Feuz Collection
Bill Wimble wins one with Hal
Kempeny's 113, a former
 Dutch Hoag car.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Bob Fiske wins with the
Clartk Bros. 45 sedan.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Pete Corey, in the Bob Whitbeck
- built flaming 22, outdoes Dutch Hoag
in Hal Kempeny's 113. That Harold Smith - owned 22 was the inspiration for Dave Lape's flaming 22's.
 
Lew Boyd Collection
Pete Corey was darned nigh
unbeatable in Bob Mott's 3
until NASCAR decided tp
enforce their ban on pre -
1936 bodies.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Huge Don Hendenberg was
a good driver in the McCredy S33 before being killed at work.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Corey flies the checkers in
the hole - ridden Bob Whitbeck 70. Corey hated the 2nd car. It went through other drivers before Jerry Jerome ended it in possible the  most spectacular crash in Fonda history.

Courtesy of Starin Family

 
Lew Boyd Collection
Corey nips George Welch in
Frank Trinkhaus' 62NY.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
A recuperating Pete Corey
is forced to wach from the
announcer's staand in 1960.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
In 1955 Steve Danish scrapped his familiar six in favor of a Buick V-8. The experiment and the year were both disasters.
 
Danish Collection
Steve Danish with one of his
seven 1953 Fonda feature trophies.

 
Ed Feuz Collection
A 1950's visit from the Sports
Car Owners & Drivers' Club
[SCODA].
 
Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Don Stumpf,
Bellamawr, NJ
He won an upset at
Fonda, running it like
a paved track. Caused a change
in philosophy about which
grooves to run @ Fonda.

 
Ed Feuz Collection
A young Ed Pienazek,
probably with Johnson's
77 at that time.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Johnny Gruner rams into Lee
Millington [7] as Larry Larrabee
goes over while subbing for
another driver.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
An unidentified Henry J
competed in 1953.
 
Lew Boyd Collection
Freeloaders used to steal a
show from outside the fence
on Rte 30A until one was
killed.
 
Romano Collection
Herb Dunleavy was the first
 hired driver for Joe and
 Andy Romano.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
George Welch had a promising career cut short when he was killed flagging at Empire Raceway.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Fonda aerial shot in the earlier
pre -dragstrip era.
 
Lew Boyd Collection
George Gallup spent time in
both McCredy's S33 and Frank
Trinkhaus' 62NY in this
early era
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Chet Hames flags off a finish
with Red Knoblauch [13], S-5
Johnny Perry [middle] and
777 Jerry Jerome. Otis Eaton
would be killed in the S-5 and
Jerome would spectacularly wreck that car, later numbered 550.

 
Ed Feuz Collection
Herb Root leads Walt
Roberts at Fonda's very
first practice session.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Irv Taylor goes through the fence
in the Tony Palutti 75A.
 
Ed Biitig Collection
Jim "Trapper" Morse,
Troy, NY
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Jim Luke wins one with the
Burns & Wilson 100 around 1954.

Williams Collection
Johnny Perry, with the new Bob
Whitbeck 22.
 
Craig Collection
Johnny Rogers with the W.O.
Taylor NASCAR modified #89.
Al Keller would also drive
this car in NY for a bit. Both
became NASCAR officials.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Ken Jones of Canajoharie
hangs an early Dick Bennett
71 on the fence.
 
Vogel Family Collection
Kenny Shoemaker, in full oppositelock  with Ted Vogel's 95 coupe.

He isn't spinning out - he
simply drove Ted Vogel's
car that hard
.

 
Geroge Caruso
Lee Bliss with a 1953 win in the
 Frank Michaelson 51 NY.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Paul Brozyna with an early win
for Hal Kempeny.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Habitual backmarker Red Knoblauch won a race [and a bet]. Fonda officials had to chauffeur him around
Fonda in a wheelbarrow.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
The Fonda book has this early
driver of McCredy's S33 as Don
Hendenberg. I think it is
Racin' Grayson Smith.
 
Johnson Family Collection
Rollie Johnson, an early
Fonda car owner [red #77]
and father of Jack and Joe.


Ed Feuz Collection
Track photographer Russ Bergh, Middleburg, NY

Ed Feuz Collection
Russ' checkerboard
stand is seen in the
background here. Otto
Pade was likely inside.


Marc Schultz Photo
Rollie Johnson and the #77
"Miss Pauline" crew. I believe
Rollie is 3rd from right. Driver
Eddie Pieniazek is center and
photographer Tony Farina is
at far righ
t. I thin Pauline was Farina's wife, maybe.


Lazzaro Collection
Lou Lazzaro's Italian brain
trust from Utica, NY: Lou,
Johnny Veletto, Jr. Bianco,
and Jan Manazzi. Bianco was his inseparable pal for years.
 
Dan Ody Collection
'Ol Red Knoblauch's 13 never ran faster than the night young Kenny Shoemaker goaded it to a win at Fonda.
 
Blackjack at Oldies But Goodies
A Fonda scrum involving Danish
Gahan and others.

 
Gerry LaVallee Collection
Ken Jones of Canajoharie was
likely the first in a long line of
drivers in Dick Bennett's Bernie's
Liquor Shop 71. But his propensity for wadding it up got him replaced.

 
Jim King Collection
via Gerry LaVallee

Ken Jones of Canajoharie was
introduced to the Fonda barriers.
 
Courtesy of Mike Russo
Do
n Wayman was also an early
Bennett 71 driver for hire.
 
Courtesy of
Cameron Gray
Bob Bruno would sometimes
drive Allie Swears' 51 at
Fonda.
 
Courtesy of  Bill Fifield
Irv Taylor drove in dozens of cars,  including Mike Suraske's 10 - 10 Studebaker.
 
Maynard Johnson Photo
Hal Kempeny's 113
was an important early
Fonda entry.
 
Courtesy of Craig Revelle
Bob Ziegler, of Boonville
was an infrequent visitor to
Fonda from Watertown.


Lew Boyd Collection
Spectators sneaking a free look were one of the banes of Feuz qnd Gage's existence until one was killed by debris. Then sight barriers and
a determined security presence kept the freeloaders off the Route 30A fence thereafter.

Midstate Club Photo
No more sneak peeks.

THE DEATH OF LYNN DELONG'S PICKER SIX

 
Osterhoudt Collection
Lynn Delong crashes his car
nicknamed "The Picker Six"
after having already survived
being rear-ended by Chuck Mahoney earlier in the season. [See above]

Osterhoudt Collection
Track workers look it over
to determine how to remove
it from the racing surface.
John Osterhoudt is one
of those workers shown here.
 
Starin Family Collection
The wrecked Delong car
as it sat at Sonny Starin's
afterward.
 
Starin Family Collection
The wrecked Delong car
as it sat at Sonny Starin's
afterward.
 
Starin Family Collection
The wrecked Delong car
as it sat at Sonny Starin's
afterward.
   
Starin Family Collection
Gawd, Lynn - Ya did it up good !.
 
Starin Family Collection
The wrecked Delong car
as it sat at Sonny Starin's
afterward.
   

E
Ed Feuz Collection

Co - Promoters Jim Gage [left] and Ed Feuz clown it up during the first season at Fonda.

    After a rough start, with small fields and some track surface issues, the track grew incredibly fast into what came to be known as "The Track of Champions", and deservedly so. And, when some of its great stars would make occasional forays into Vermont to race somewhere and go home with the locals' prize money, it was a treat [at least for the fans]. Steve Danish won one of his last features in Fair Haven; Jerry Townley won one of his only wins in the #108 in Rutland; New Yorker and future Fonda regular Jerry Cook had his car [driven then by Ken Meahl] win one of its first races at Vergennes. These are a few of the stories that furthered the Fonda mystique in Vermont. Ironically, today, Vermonters like Dave Camara and Johnny Scarborough go to Fonda and come back with the prize money - frequently.


Photo from Otto Graham's Site

Jerry Townley, when with the Thomas Chewins 108, took a fairly easy win at
 the Vermont State Fair track in the early 1960's, beating out a field
of out-gunned locals. At Fonda ? Mostly a field filler.


Bittig Collection
This wonderful shot across the infield shows the stands in their full glory. Evident in the pits is the 54 of Willie Chest and Frank Blum's 502.

MORE EARLIER FONDA STARS AND CARS


Danish Family Photo
Steve Danish,
Cropseyville, NY
Drove at Pico, Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee,
Ashland Park

John Grady Photo
Jeep Herbert,
Rotterdam, NY
One of JR Earl's  sedans
Drove at Pico, Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee

John Grady Photo
Pete Corey,
Crescent, NY
Bob Mott's 3
Drove at Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee

 


Photographer Unknown
Ken Shoemaker,
Schenectady, NY
Ted Vogel's 95
Drove at Fairmont,
Stateline

Schenectady Collection
Hoppy Redner.
Young/Vine 75

Bob McDowell Photo
via Conde & parry Site

Chuck Mahoney,
Utica, NY

Photo from Bob Novak
George Baumgardner,
Saratoga, NY
Jim Young/Ray Vine 75
Drove at Pico, Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee,
Otter Creek, Ashland Park

McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Phil Miller

Walt Roberts,
Albany, NY
Drove at Pico, Stateline, Mettawee

Fonda History Bk. Photo

Spence Parkhurst,
Saratoga Spr., NY
Drove at Pico, Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee,
Ashland Park

Courtesy of  CJ Richards


 


McDowell Photo
Jolly Ollie Palmer,
Albany, NY
Drove at Pico, Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee
 
Courtesy of the
Starin Family
Ronnie Quackenbush,
Fultonville, NY


The former Oscar Porath 3

Courtesy of Otto Graham
Nick Carter,
Dolgeville, NY

The Racin' Detective


Otto Graham Site Photo
Tom Kotary,
Rome, NY
Theron Moore's 112
Drove at Stateline,
Otter Creek

 


Courtesy of  Rick Luke

Jim Luke,
Utica, NY
Hal Kempeny's 113
Drove at Airborne.

Otto Graham Site Photo
Dutch Reed,
Glens Falls, NY
Bill King's 90A
Drove at Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee,
Dutch Reed, Dev.Bowl

Courtesy of  Mike Russo
Irv Taylor,
Crescent, NY
Richard Welch's 77
Drove at
Otter Creek.

Otto Graham Site Photo
Lynn DeLong,
Glens Falls, NY
Delongs Drove at Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee,
Ashland Park, Otter Creek

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Unknown driver
Might have been named
Bob Gessinger but it
doesn't look like him.

John Grady Photo
Don Hendenberg,
Lee Ctr., NY
One of 1st Dave McCredy Cars

Fonda History Bk Photo
Don Courtney,
Schenectady, NY
Walt Roberts' Car

Fonda History Bk Photo
Cliff Kotary,
Rome, NY
Mike Michaels' Car
TA car from this Mike Suraske team ran at Otter Creek.
 

From Fonda Book,
Fuez Collection
Chuck Kotwicka,
Utica, NY

Otto Graham Site Photo
Otto Graham,
Burlington, NY
Theron
Von Benschoten's 20

Courtesy of the
Starin Family
Doc Blanchard,
Gloversville, NY

The Herb Roots 271
with number changed.
Wrecked in the Jerry
Jerome crash in 1958.



Fusco Collection
John "Smokey" Stover,
Glens Falls, NY
Drove at Ashland Park. Along with Parkhurst, he was in on the
ground floor in founding McGregor
Speedway in Wilton.

Otto Graham Site Photo
Joe Ciganenko,
Richfield Spr., NY
Frank Trinkhaus' 62
 

From Fonda Book
Frank Blum,
 

Fonda Book Photo
Herm Buttery
Sharon Springs, NY
.
Notice the infamous grave
yard in the background.

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Fred Shepard,
Cambridge, NY
.
The car ran at Stateline
and Fairmont.

Courtesy of the
Starin Family
Jack Harris,
Broadalbin, NY

Starin's 550


John Grady Collection
Larry Norgrove,
Colonie, NY

Schenectady Collection
Willie Chest,
Canajoharie, NY

Courtesy of Dan Ody
Ken Shoemaker,
Westmere, NY
Red Knoblauch's 13
Drove at Pico, Fairmont
Stateline, Mettawee

Schenectady Collection
Johnny Perry,
Ephrata, NY
Red Knoblauch's 13
Also Drove Al Paerry's
F84 in early years.

 

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Howie Westervelt,
Ravena, NY
.
Cliff Wright's  and Bob Zautner's 24
The team ran at Stateline

Courtesy of the
Starin Family
Carl "Leadfoot" Taber


Russ Bergh Photo
via Otto Graham



John Grady Collection
According to John
Grady, Rollie Johnson owned
the"Miss Pauline" #77
before Richard Welch.
This shows Rollie and
 Ed Pieniazek. Need help
with the others. Photographer

Drove at Otter Creek
 


John Grady Collection
Guy Chartrand,
Montreal, Can.
Drove at Fairmont, DBowl,
Catamount, Airborne

John Grady Collection
Ray Sitterly,
Amsterdam, NY
Ray always had
nice cars.
Drove at Fairmont,

DBowl


John Grady Collection
Paul Marshall,
Schenectady, NY
A huge man.
Warren Daniels' 711Jr
Drove at Otter Creek

Ladabouche Collection
Pete Corey,
Crescent, NY
Bob Whitbeck's 22

Courtesy of the
Starin Family
Jerry Jerome,
Johnstown, NY

Moody Collection
Wes Moody,
Saranac Lake, NY
Former Don House XL-1
Drove at D Bowl

 


Russ Bergh Photo
via Bill Fifield

Lou Lazarro,
Utica, NY
Vinnie Maugeri's 4
Drove at Catamount,
 

Russ Bergh Photo
Lee Millington,
Palatine Bridge, NY
Dick Bennett's 71

John Grady Photo
Doc Blanchard,
Gloversville, NY
Drove at Otter Creek
and Devil's Bowl

Source Unknown

 


Dwyer Family Collection via the Fonda Book
Chuck Dwyer

Courtesy of the
Starin Family
George Gallup

John Grady Collection
Jeep Herbert
Schenectady, NY
.
Sam Kitler / Gibby Wolfe 37
The car ran at Pico &
Stateline - often with Jeep
driving.
 
John Grady Collection
Gigi Conover was a
sponsor, supporter,
and official for years.


Ladabouche Collection
Conover's familiar Jeep
is seen in the background
of this Jeep Herbert shot.

 

Courtesy of Midstate
Club Site
Cliff Kotary,
Rome, NY

 

Courtesy of The
Dave Brooks Family
Al Danish

May have run Fonda in
its earliest years.


Ed Feuz Collection
Perennial backmarker Red Knoblauch won a heat [and
a bet] with Fonda officials
Dave Talmadge and Pete
Slovik. He won a wheelbrrow
ride from them.

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
George Welch,
Schenectady, NY

Courtesy of Midstate
Club Site
Larry Nye,
Preble, NY

Usually a Watertown
and Waterloo  driver

 

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Al Parry,
Saratoga, NY

 

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Bob Zimmerman,
Albany, NY

Fred DeCarr Collection
Tom Wilson,
Rome, NY

Charlie Pierce's P13

 


Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Herb Roots,
Gloversville, NY

Various Drivers
 


Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Don Wayman,
Cobleskill, NY

Courtesy of CJ Richards
Charlie Morse,
N. Adams, MA

Ed Winn 467. A very
dominant early '50's
team.


Ed Feuz Collection
B
ill Fake's charred car. He
was barely rescued in time
by Bob Whitbeck.

Rick Parry Collection
The Fake car before.

 
Ed Feuz Collection
B
ill Wimble,
Lisbon, NY

Hal Kempeny's 113


Ed Feuz Collection
The Top Wop,
Ron Narducci,
East Haddam, CT
 
Don Radbruch Collection
B
ob Whitbeck,
Canajoharie, NY


Actually winning a Fonda race
with a roadster. He went on to
be a car owner extraordinaire
and track official.

 
Lew Boyd Collection
Early Fonda figures
Carl "Leadfoot" Tabor,
Hoppy Redner, and
Tony Achzet.
           
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Pete Corey in Bob
Whitbeck's flaming 22
beats out Dutch Hoag in
the  113 he sold to
Hal Kempeny.

 
Herbert Collection
Jeep Herbert [shown
here with wife, Dee]
won the points title with
J.R. Earl some time in"the '50's.

 

 
Ed Feuz Collection
The Christmas 1954 card
was a warning of sorts for
the fateful following season.
It didn't go well with the
Buick.


Ed Feuz Collection
1955 was not a red letter year for Steve Danish. He tried
Buick power that  year, which
may or may not have
contributed to that.
 

 
John Grady Collection
Doc Blanchard, from nearby
Gloversville, drove in a number
of cars at Fonda. This is Miller's
Studebaker.

 
Ed Feuz Collection
Don Hendenberg

One of Dave McCredy's
first S33 drivers.

  
Ed Feuz Collection
Popular driver Howard
"Jeep" Herbert,
Rotterdam, NY

Here with Bob Mott's 3

 
Ed Feuz Collection
Ed Ortiz,
Ransomville, NY
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Paul Marshall,
Schenectady, NY

A gentle giant of a man.
 
Midstate Club Collection
Pepper Eastman,
Madison, NY


This shot likely at Morris, NY.
 
Lew Boyd Collection
George Gallup

With Dave McCredy's S33
 
John Grady Collection
George Welch

Bert Welch Collection


 
J
ohnny LeClaire Collection
Wayne Coon,
Delanson, NY.

George Hall 74 out
of Rotterdam.

 
 Courtesy of Jack Eaton
Otis Eaton,
Ephrata, NY
He had survived dangerous roadster racing only to be sadly the first Fonda fatality.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Somber track workers clear up
the wrecked Otis Eaton S-5
after his fatal 1955 crash.



 Courtesy of John Chest
Willie Chest,
Canajoharie, NY

Rare color photo

 Courtesy of Annette Achzet-Ltaif
Red Knoblauch,
Johnstown, NY

The playful team made the car extremely similar to Corey's 3 NY
just to mess with the fans watching for the cars to come off the bridge to the track.
 
 Courtesy of Mary Lou Farina-Caprara
Irv Taylor,
Rexford, NY

A rare shot of  the Rollie Johnson
77 with a very different graphic
package.
 
 Courtesy of Johnny Leclaire
Jeep Herbert,

The same car, now owned by
Richard Welch, in its
final season.

 


Ed Feuz Collection
B
ob Zimmerman leads the Rollie Johnson 77 [probably Ed Pieniazek], Harold Betts [inside], and Steve Danish.


Courtesy of the Starin Family
Chet flags off a 1950's feature. Jerry Jerome [far left] leads in the #777 which would become the 550Jr. The second car may be the Vogel 95 with Shoemaker aboard. The S-55 was Johnny Perry; the 62 was Joe Ciganenko in Frank Trinkhaus's entry; the 37 was likely Jeep Herbert; the 32, Paul Brozyna; the 3NY, Pete Corey; and Harold Betts was in the 40.
 


Photo Source Unknown
A good part of the Fonda contingent during the Golden Years. I recognize several: [Bottom row- Doc Blanchard, Unk., Unk., Unk., maybe Howie Westervelt, George Baumgardner, maybe Bob Fiske, Don Wayman, Tom Kotary, and Unk. [Top Row- Ollie Palmer, Unk. Earl Maille, maybe Geo. Gallup, maybe George Welch, Bill Wimble, Ken Shoemaker, Steve Danish, Jim Luke, Paul Marshall, Buck Holliday, unk., and Lou Lazarro. Probably Corey and Jeep are in there, but I can't see them.

LATER FONDA STARS


Source Unknown
Ron Narducci and the first -year driver Andy Romano roll by the announcer's stand and Chet Hames [on track by guard rails] during
slow warmups at Fonda around 1963.

The Golden Era Cars and Stars


Ladabouche Photo
Jack DuBrul,
Shelburne, VT
Drove at Catamount
Otter Creek, TRoad

Courtesy of Bob Novak

 

Russ Bergh Photo
Howie Westervelt,
Ravena, NY

A Wright/Zautner car
 

Russ Bergh Photo
Don Wayman,
Cobleskill, NY

A Wright/Zautner car

Bill Fifield Photo
Robbie Kotary,
Rome, NY
Ward Petit's 148

John Grady Photo
Ron Narducci,
E. Haddam, CT
Drove at
Fairmont
and Devil's Bowl

Shaney Lorenzent Photo
Courtesy of Andy Fusco
Russ Betz,
Hartford, CT

Ladabouche Collection
Jack Farquhar,
Euphrata, NY

Teresco & Mancini 685

 

Ladabouche Collection
Bill Wimble,
Lisbon, NY
Dave McCready's 33
Drove at Otter Creek
 

Courtesy of Mike Watts
Buck Holliday,
Waddington, NY
Floyd Geary's C38
Drove at Otter Creek

Ladabouche Collection
Skip Roots,
Gloversville, NY

Shaney Lorenzent Photo
Courtesy of Andy Fusco
Bob Leach,
Stafford Springs, CT

Frank SImek Photo
Jerry Townley,
Catskill, NY
Pop Wilcox 32
Drove at Rutland
 Fairgrounds
 

From Dave Dykes' Site
via the HAMB Site

George Janoski,
Stafford Sprgs, CT

Drove at W.Brattleboro
in early days.
 

Courtesy of Bob Novak
Doc Blanchard,
Gloversille, NY

Doc ran this former Ray Vine car
at Fonda around 1961. He brought it to Otter Creek around 1962.
 

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham

Ken Meahl
Lockport, NY
Jerry Cook's 38
Drove at Otter Creek

John Grady Photo
Gaston Desmarais,
Tupper Lake, NY
Drove at Airborne
and Catamount

Frank Simek Photo
Pete Corey,
Crescent, NY
A. C.  Caprara's and later
Tony Villano's 37

Drove at Pico &
Fairmont.

 

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham

Jerry Townely
Catskill, NY
Drove and won at
Rutland Fair, 1964.

 

Mike Watts Photo
Bob Bruno,
Morrisonville, NY
Vic Wolfe's 66
Drove at Otter Creek,
Catamount, Airborne.

Ladabouche Collection
Dick Nephew,
Mooers Forks, NY
.
Allie Swears' 51
The car ran at Fairmont,
Airborne, & Otter Creek
 

John Grady Photo
Al Sanders,
New Hartford, NY
.
 

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Dutch Reed,
Glens Falls, NY
.
Joe Romano's 97
The car ran at Otter Creek

John Grady Photo
Ken Canestrari,
Cohoes, NY
.

John Grady Photo


Ladabouche Photo

Jolly Ollie Palmer,
Westmere, NY

While not his first 27Jr, this was
Bill Fowler's first sportsman.
 

John Grady Photo
Chuck Mahoney,
Rochester, NY
Peter Hollebrand 53

Ladabouche Collection
Jack Farquhar,
Ephrata, NY
.
Vince Barbuto's 2

Ladabouche Photo
Lou Smith,
Munnsville, NY
.
 

Ladabouche Photo
Mike Michaels [Suraske],
Oriskany, NY
.
The car ran at Otter Creek
 

Ladabouche Photo
Howie Fassett,
Canajoharie, NY
.

John Grady Photo
Tiger Tom Kotary,
Rome, NY
.
Joe Romano's 97
The car ran at Otter Creek

Courtesy of Steve Judd
Ron Quakenbush,
Fultonville, NY
.
 

Courtesy of Conde &
Parry Website
Tom Kotary,
Rome, NY
.
Kotary Family 12
Ran the Romano 97 at Otter Creek

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

Charlie Trombley,
Mooers Forks, NY
The Ross McNaughton 5  7/8
The car ran at Catamount
and Thunder Road

 

Ladabouche Photo
Ernie Gahan,
Dover, NH
.
Koszella's 15CT
 

John GradyPhoto
Pepper Eastman,
Madison, NY


 

Gater News Photo
Rene Charland,
Agawam, MA

Czepiel's 888
He ran at
Catamount,
and Thunder Road.

 

Frank Simek Photo
 
Johnny Kollar,
 Johnstown, NY
.

The car ran at D. Bowl

 


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Andre Manny,
Laval des Rapides, QC

The car ran at Catamount
and Thunder Road


 


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Bernie Miller,
Canastota, NY

Primarily a pavement driver.
Did run Catamount.


 


Courtesy of Otto Graham
Bill Rafter,
Clarence Center, NY
.
Gil Bruss''s 22
 

John Grady Photo
Bob Emsminger,
Gloversville, NY
.
Bruce Dostal - built
 

John Grady Photo
Bruce Dostal,
Johnstown, NY
 

NE Vint Mod Site Photo
Several Drivers

The Godfrey Wentzel 03
 


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Jean-Paul Cabana,
Beloeil, QC

The car ran at Catamount
and Thunder Road

 

D. Bowl Program Photo
Will Cagle,
Tampa, FL

Occasional only.
 

John Grady Photo
Cam Gagliardi,
Lockport, NY

Occasional only.
 
 
Frank Simek Photo
Charlie Peters,
Delanson, NY

Charlie ran afoul of the
turn one wall with his
unique coach whick kinda"
reminds me of Norm Scarborough's
car at Fairmont, 1965.


.
 
Ladabouche Photo 


John Grady Photo
Charlie Peters,
Delanson, NY
The Car ended up as
Dick Diamond's 8Ball
 

Russ Bergh Photo
via Otto Graham
Steve Danish,
Cropseyville NY
A man of stature deserves more
photos but all his cars looked
the same.
The car ran at Fairmont.


 

Ladabouche Collection
This shot of Rene Charland with the Russ Betz 59 shows the Dick Diamond 8 Ball in the background [white].

Russ Bergh Photo
via Otto Graham
Ed Pieniazek,
Schenectady, NY
Tony  Villano 37
The car ran at Fairmont.
 

Ladabouche Collection
Pete Corey
Crescent, NY
The fabled Falcon
The car ran at Fairmont.
 

Ladabouche Collection
Pete Corey
Crescent, NY
The Studebaker - good
for 1/2 a season.

Ladabouche Collection
Pete Corey
Crescent, NY
The post - Studebaker
a coupe .

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Bob SItterly,
St. Johnsville, NY
 

Russ Bergh Photo
Ladabouche Collection
Ed Ortiz,
Ransomville, NY
 

Courtesy of Jeff
Ackerman
Dick Clark,
Munnsville, NY

The car ran at Airborne.

John Grady Photo
Doc Blanchard,
Gloversville, NY
Actually this is his
pavement car.

The driver ran at Otter Creek.

Russ Bergh Photo
Ladabouche Collection
Ernie Gahan,
Dover,  NH
One of the former Chris Drellos
team cars.

 

Ladabouche Collection
Jack Johnson,
Duanesburg, NY
The Tony Villano 37 -
his 1st ride.

The car ran at Fairmont
and Devil's Bowl.


Russ Bergh Photo
via Otto Graham
Jeep Herbert,
Rotterdam, NY
The Vince Barbuto 2

 

Russ Bergh Photo
Ladabouche Collection
Jack Farquhar,
Ephrata, NY
Vince Barbuto 2
lowered.

 

John Grady Photo
Jeep Herbert,
Rotterdam, NY
The Hammond & Strong 56 CT

The car ran at Fairmont.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jeep Herbert,
Rotterdam, NY
The Drellos backup car -
it was a dog.
Jeep ran at Pico and
Fairmont in the '50's.

Russ Bergh Photo
via Otto Graham
George Welch,
Schenectady, NY
George was killed flagging
at another track.

 

Russ Bergh Photo
via Bill Fifield
Irv Taylor,
Rexford, NY
I was inducted into Weedsport
with Irv.. .  a wonderful man.

The team ran at Otter Creek.

John Grady Collection
Bob Adams,
Utica, NY


Once I thought this was
a photo of Lefty Quant.
 

Fifield Collection
Bob Adams,
Utica, NY


An earlier Adams entry from
the earlier 1960's.

Courtesy of Rick Parry
Bob Adams,
Utica, NY

The final car at Fonda as
far as I know.
 
 
David Kilmartin Photo
Bob Deming,
Cobleskill, NY

A Midstate Speedway
regular like Bob Adams.

Ladabouche Collection
Jerry Cook,
Lockport, NY
I was inducted into Weedsport
with Jerry.. .  we had a good time. The first variation of this car appeared and won at Otter Creek, with Ken Meahl driving, in 1963 [see right]

The car ran at Otter Creek
 

Ladabouche Collection
Ken Meahl,
Lockport, NY
Jerry
Cook's 38
The car won at Otter Creek

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham

Ken Meahl,
Lockport, NY
Jerry Cook's 38
The car won at Otter Creek.
Photo is above.

 

A Xerox of a
John Grady Photo
Jerry Pennock,
Warrensburgh, NY
Tony Villano 37
Jerry ran at
Devil's Bowl.
 

Courtesy of Wes Moody
Jim Hoyt,
Saranac Lake, NY
This car was involved in one
of the worst wrecks in Fonda
history.

 

Conde & Parry Site
Jim Kuke,
Utica, NY
The Pop Wilcox 32

 

Russ Bergh Photo
Ladabouche Collection
Jerry Townley,
Catskill, NY
Thomas Chewins 108

The car ran at Rutland
Fairgrounds.
 
Cavalcade of Racinge Photo
Bob Ziegler,
Boonville, NY

An occasional invader of Fonda
from the Watertown area.
 
John Grady Photo
Bruce Dostal,
Johnstown, NY
This Falcon ended up in pieces
at Fonda

Russ Bergh Photo


Rick Parry Collection
Andy Romano,
Johnstown, NY

Andy ran at Devil's Bowl
with the Valiant.
 

Russ Bergh Photo
Ladabouche Collection

Andy Romano,
Johnstown, NY

The injected sedan.
 


 
Mike Gray Collection
Bill Kollar,
Johnstown, NY

 
Mike Anop Photo
Another Bob Ziegler

 
Ed Feuz Collection
Bob Zimmerman leads|
Danish and the Welch
77 around Harold Betts' 40.

 
 
Mike Gray Collection
Al Peek,
Rexford, NY

 
Rick Parry Collection
Bucky Tesiero,
Amsterdam, NY

 
Walter Mateer Photo
Joe Grossetti Collection

Carl Fink,
Albany, NY

This might have been the program
in which he wrecked the xcar
spectacularly.


 
John Gallant Collection
Rene Charland,
Agawam, MA

He ran this Russ Betz 59
on dirt and asphalt.
 
 
Brad Charland Collection
Charland again

One of thre many who drove
Bill Fowler's 27Jr cars.
 
 
Bergh Photo
Mike Ambrosino Coll.

Lee Millington,
Palatine Bridge, NY

 
Lou Lazarro Collection
Chuck Kress,
Schenectady, NY
 
Richard Charteand Collection
Probably Irv Taylor in a
Falcon, hit by Jeep as
Chartrand gets by.
 
Ladabouche Photo
The Drellos car for Pete
Corey arrives at Fonda.
 
Pete Corey Jr. Collection
Another look at the
Corey Drellos car.

 
Russ Bergh Photot
Boyd Collection

Dave Buanno,
Fort Johnson, NY

 
David Kilmartin Collection
Buanno's later tube
chassis car.

 
Mike Budka Jr. Collection
Corey spilling the
Falcon.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
via Dave Dykes

Corey with a less familiar
look for the Falcon. He may
not have been done with the body  yet.
 
Rick Parry Collection
Corey stayed with  he 37 team when it went from A.C.
Caprara to Tony Villano.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
3 rather significant
Fonda figures: Corey
Leading Danish and
Lazarro.
 
Rick Parry Collection
The 1964 Drellos team:
Shoemaker and Corey.
 
Rick Parry Collection
Corey with a rare
win driving for Frank
Trinhaus. Looks like the
former Drellos 111 Frank
bought.

 
Rick Parry Collection
Corey and Shoemaker
having a discussion. Corey still has the Caprara jacket while SHoe has a Drellos one.
 
Rick Parry Collection
Jack Farquhar,
Ephrata, NY

The Cross Family 47.
 
Jim Kelly Collection
Steve Danish - around
1963.
 
Rick Parry Collection
Dave Lape,
Canajoharie, NY

The first car.

 
Russ Bergh Photo
Ladabouche Collection


The Rosner - built Chevy II
  
Courtesy of James Howard
A 1965 win for Ernie Gahan,
with his own 50NH.

He would also run Fonda with
the Koszella 15 CT
 
Courtesy of Boyd Collection
In 1967 Fonda had the
remarkable luck to have
both Ernie Gahan [1966 NASCAR National Modified Champion] and
Don MacTavish [1966 NASCAR National Sportsman Champion] in the same show.

Ironically, both men came from New England towns called Dover.

 
John Grady Collection
Dick Diamond,
Sloansville, NY

Seen behind Doc Blanchard's 49.

Otto Graham Collection
Another peek at a Dick
DIamond car - the white
Buick Special in the background
behind the Champ.
 
Otto Graham Collection
Skip Roots,
Gloversville, NY
 
Bergh Photo
Courtesy of Melissa Jordan

Jolly Ollie Palmer,
Westmere NY

A slightly later 27Jr.

Cavalcade of Racing Photo
by Russ Bergh

Don Wayman,
Cobleskill, NY

Godfrey Wenzel's Smith
& Son Jewelers 00

Ladabouche Photo
A seldom seen Midstate car.

The great Joe Donahue sometimes drove this car at Midstate, Morris, NY
 
Courtesy of Bob Novak
Doc Nellis,
Little Falls, NY
Doc ran this former Trinkhaus car
at Fonda when he wasn't helping out Otto and Russ with photos.



Credits Unknown


 
Mike Cranston Collection
Dick Clark,
Munnsville, NY

One of the Hugh Hedger cars.
 
Ladabouche Photo
Lou Lazarro,
Utica, NY

One of my favorite photos -
Louie entering Fonda with
Blackie in the car.



 
Bergh Photo
via Lou Lazarro

Lou Lazarro,
Utica NY

 1960. Said to be Lou's
first maroon and white 4.
 
Bergh Photo
David Kilmartin Coll.

Lou Lazarro,
Utica, NY

A Lou variation. I don't know if
this is before the photo ar left.
 
Bergh Photo
Shoemaker Book

Ken Shoemaker,
Westmere, NY

 Shoemaker had a stint in Tony VIllano's Falcon. This is said
to be the only win the car had.
 
Rick Parry Photo
Another Millington -
driven Bennett car.
The team had many drivers.
 
Ladabouche Photo
Guy arrives to find
it has rained out.

An earlier 901 car. 
 
Ladabouche Photo
Jean Guy  Chartrand,
Montrreal,QC

His most familiar 901 car.

 
Courtesy of Slot Car Fever,com
Gaston Desmarais,
Tupper Lake, NY
Gaston would run this car in
when he wasn't busy  promoting the Plattsburgh track in 1964..

Courtesy of Jack Gornewicz
Fred Hurst,
Ste. Catherines, ONT

Courtesy of Bill Rowland
Fran Kitchen,
Waterville, NY
Fran occasionally brought this
"Texas Flathead" to Fonda.
 
Courtesy of Ed Feuz
George Janoski,
Stafford Springs, CT

One of my faves - Old School..
 
Bill Fifield Collection
Irv Taylor, in the
Caputo 111 later
driven by Shoemaker.

 
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Ladabouche Collection

Irv Taylor,
Crescent, NY

His own T&M sportsman..
 
Ed Biitig Collection

Irv Taylor,
Crescent, NY
Irv's Falcon I don't know if the one
below is the same car. Apparently now owned by the Cross family.

Courtesy of Rick Parry
 
Ladabouche Photo
Hank LeClaire,
Schenectady, NY

An occasional entry..
 
Bill Fifield Collection
Irv Taylor,
Crescent, NY

The Mike Suraske Studebaker
also driven by Ciff Kotary.

Keith Tesiero Sr. Collection
Bill Wimble,

An earlier win with guest
flagger, Chet Hames protege Danny Rumpf of Saratoga.

 
Courtesy of Russell Earl
Pete Corey
Crescent, NY
Right after being declared ready to race again, with a
brand new A.C. Caprara 37.
 
Boyd Collection
Irv Taylor, again.

The Richard Welch 77 was
run by almost evry available
Fonda veteran.

 
Bergh Photo
Ladabouche Collection

Jeep Herbert,
Rotterdam, NY

The first driver of the beautiful
Vince Barbuto car out of
Schenectady.
 
Bergh Photo
Ladabouche Collection

Jack Farquhar,
Ephrata, NY

The second driver of the beautiful
Vince Barbuto car as the
team left for Leb. Valley.
 
Jim Kelly Collection
Jack Johnson,
Duanesburg, NY

His second ride was this
Tom Douglas Falcon.
 
Bergh Photo
Dave Dykes Collection

Jack Johnson,
Duanesburg, NY

The Tony VIllano
Falcon was one of  Jack's
next rides.
 
Bergh Photo
Otto Graham Collection

Jeep Herbert,
Rotterdam, NY

Jeep was one of the many
drivers
 of the Frank Trinkhaus car out of
Fly Creek.
 
Ladabouche Photo

Ken Meahl,
East Amherst, NY

When Jerry Cook brought this car in to Fonda, he was not old enough to drive it himself.
 
Edw. Brown III Collection
Jerry Cook,
Lockport, NY

A year later, old enough now.
 
Bergh Photo
Rick Parry Collection

Jerry Pennock,
Warrensburgh, NY

One of many drivers of the
Tony Villano Falcon now owned by
contributor Rick Parry.
 
Bergh Photo
Da. Kilmartin Collection

Jerry Pennock,
Warrensburgh, NY

One of the many drivers of
this Bill Fowler 27 Jr. sedan.
 
Ladabouche Photo

The Floyd "Pop" Wilcox
enters Fonda around 1962.

The first driver of this car
out of New Berlin was
veteran Jim Luke of Utica.
 
Chuck Ely Photo
Jerry Townley,
Catskill, NY

The second driver of the  car, Townley took over as Wilcox left Fonda
for Leb. Valley. But the team did
run Fonda for a while.

Frank Simek Photo
Mel Austin,
Vails Mills, NY

In the background you can see the former
36 of Spence Parkhurst, now driven by
George Voekler.
 
 
John Kollar Collection
Johnny Kollar,
Johnstown, NY

This is the car he bought from
George Voekler and which he turned
into the first 10%.
 


Frank Simek Photo


The former 36 of Spence Parkhurst,/ the former George Voekler 36. Now, with some body work, it is Johnny's first sportsman.
 
Mike Cranston Collection
Johnny Kollar,
Johnstown, NY

Although this is Malta, he
ran dirt as well.
 
 
Bergh Photo
Shoemaker Book

Ken Shoemaker,
Westmere, NY

A lot history befpre this shot. Shoemaker had been very strong
with the Drellos 111 before the team disbanded. The Wright/Zautner team
produced this, their most advanced car in 1964.
 
Bergh Photo
Shoemaker Book

Ken Shoemaker,
Westmere, NY

Shoemaker spent some time in the Frank Trinkhaus 62, as did most Fonda drivers at one point or another. I
think this is the old 111 he used
to drive for Drellos..
 
 Courtesy of Rick Parry
Maynard Smith,
Clinton, NY

The driver du jour with the
Cross 47 - before Townley
and maybe after Farquhar.
 
 Courtesy of Alan McDonald
Jerry Townley,
Catskill, NY

The driver du jour with the
Cross 47. He put it out of its misery
later that year.
 
 Courtesy of Scott Belknap
Junior Villano,
Schenectady, NY

The
team car to Jack
Johnson's first ride.
 
 Ladabouche Collection
Jack Johnson,
Schenectady, NY

Pitted next to Steve Danish in the latter's last season.  With that being Johnson's first ride - it was one legend starting and the other leaving.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Maynard Smith with a car
of his own at Fonda.
 
Courtesy of Scott Belknap
Allie Swears' modestly funded 51.
Glens falls NY

Not sure who was driving at this point.

The Golden Era Action Shots
All "Courtesy of Frank Simek" Photos are by Frank.


Courtesy of Frank Simek
Rebel Ross [H1] tries to get around Bruce Dostal as Skip Roots follows and Dave Lape closes in.

One of my absolute favorite Fonda photos.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
A nice start photo with the Walt Cross 47 on the inside pole and Pepper Eastman outside. Also seen are George Janoski [inside 2nd row] and Louie.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
A dramatic start photo with Romano inside and Bobby Adams on the outside.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Another start photo with what I consider a  mistake inthe Fonda book. The 36 is George Voekler of Ballston Lake with Spence Parkhurst;s old car. This car would end up as John Kollar's 1st car. The outside pole is Ron Quackenbush.


Bergh Photo
Ed Feuz Collection

Ken Meahl is a little loopy
as he is helped after one
of Fonda's worst crashes.


Meahl was driving the Red Snediker 28 in a long distance race. 
 
Likely a  Frank Simek Photo
via Mike Gray
Jeep clobbers Irv,
as Chartrand sneaks by.


 
Courtesy of Lou Lazarro
A nice start photo with Lou
Lazarro and Wimble on pole
.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Corey sits atop Gahan with
Pepper Eastman involved.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Shoemaker wads up the
Wright/Zautner 24 with
an unknown car 10.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Bob Bruno tests the fence with
the Vic Wolfe sedan in which he
had much success at Fonda.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Corey, at speed with the
Studebaker.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Two Glens Falls teams:
Corey takes the Drellos 11
around someone in the
Allie Swears 51.


 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Another great shot in which Frank captures
less - photographed drivers like Buck Peek [68].

 
Gater Racing News Photo
Courtesy of Black Jack Racing
 Gahan is again involved - this time with Mr. Danish and others.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Wimble leads Lape in his first car, along with Ray Sitterly.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Corey chases Wimble in 1964.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Bruce Dostal in the 69 inside
what may be a Harry Alexson car. Narducci gives chase.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Corey's earlier Falcon variation battles Shoemaker in the
Advanced design Wright /
Zautner 24.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Simek captures Otto or Russ shooting this mixup with an early Cheuck Kress car.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
It is rumored that Charlie
Peters came to Fonda with the
first big block. Whatever he had here, it wasn't handling.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Mr. Danish and Irv Taylor
in the Falcon that might have become a Cross 47.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Ed Ortiz's potent B&M motor gave Fonda regulars trouble. Here, it may have been too potent. Rare shot of Lee Millington S22 behind.

 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Nice shot of field out of four. I can't recognize the white car in the foreground.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
A white coupe already setting up for turn one.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
What looks like Harry Alexson soldiers on as Charlie Peters starts the  sedan wreck.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Irv Taylor with his own #1
Falcon. What's with the plasticked - up driver window ?
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
A Dick Bennett 71 crewman approaches warily as Guy Chartrand has himself a track wiring predicament. Robbie Kotary is  involved.

 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
 Gahan loses a wheel and causes all kinds of havoc.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Two popular old hands going at it: Jeep in the newly - built Villano Ford and Irv in his Falcon.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
A nice color shot captures Jim Luke on it with the Wilcox 32 not long before he was replaced by Townley.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Andy Romano with his first sedan, and Jerry Townley, now having replaced Luke in
Wilcox'x 32.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Before leaving for Wilcox, Townley did manage to put John Cross's 47 out of its misery.
 
Courtesy of Frank Simek
Mike Michaels leads either Jeep or Baumie here in 1964.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Interesting 1963 mixup: From left - Gahan, UNK, Danish, someone in a primered Trinkhaus 62,Willie Chest, and Ronnie Battaglia.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Bob Bruno leads with the Allie Swears 51 as someone in the Cross 47 chases.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
This is a classic. Luke, UNK, Danish, Gauthier or battaglia 12A, and Corey.

FONDA HOSTED A NUMBER OF NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL
NORTHERN TOUR RACES PRIOR TO 1970


Ladabouche Collection
A handout advertising the 1967 Grand National race at Fonda.


Ladabouche Collection
A handout advertising the 1966 Grand National race at Fonda. As you can see, there
were a few big names and the rest were field fillers. Paul Connors was actually a
Vermont native.


John Grady Collection
Richard Petty won the 1967 [and perhaps final] Grand National race at Fonda. Below - Junior Johnson
won what was probably the first GN race there in the 1950's.

Ed Feuz Collection

NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL AT FONDA STARS AND CARS


Courtesy of Greg Rickes
Larry Hess brought the
unique Rambler entry, as well
as another more standard
GN car.


Taylor Warren Photo
via Tom Neff

JIm Paschal was at the
1955 GN race with one
of the Hellzafire Olds
entries.
 

Frank Simek Photo
via Hemmings Motor News

Elmo Langley bumps inside
of Buddy Baker in a
mid 1960's GN show.

Frank Simek Photo
via Hemmings Motor News

J.T. Putney crashes
as Jimmy Helms gets the 53 by in a 1960's GN show. The 88, a Buck Baker car, is driven by
Vermont native Paul Conners.

Russ Bergh Photo
Courtesy of Ed Biitig
Bobby Allison ran a consistent
top five in his Chevelle at
one of the mid 60's shows.

Courtesy of Andy Towler
Wendell Scott was there
with his gorgeous, high
dollar Ford.
 
Courtesy of Mark Valchovic
Tim Flock with one of the
big dollar Kiekhaefer
Mopars, gets the pole in one
of the 1950's shows.
 
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
A photogrpaher takes
publicity 8MM footage
on the Fonda track in
the '50's.
 
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
Rene Charland has his own entry in one of the earlier '60's
shows.
 
Courtesy of Gater Racing News
Petty looped it and handed
the 1966 race to David Pearson.
 
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
Petty at speed during
the 1966 race.
 
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
Buck Baker with one of the
three cars he brought to Fonda.
 
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
Journeyman driver and
Hollywood stuntman Neal
"Soapy" Castles would drive
a Baker car after Buck had his pick first.
 
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
Petty in a lineup with
J.T. Putney, whose 1965 Chevy suggests this was the 1966
race.
 
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
Tiny Lund with the
'64 Ford he ran at Fonda
in 1966.
 
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
David Pearson in the
1966 Victory Lane.
  
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
Wendell Scott used the same
tired '65 Ford in 1966 and
'67.
  
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
The Grand National pits
in the infield at Fonda -
supposedly in 1966.
 
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
J.T. Putney had a newer
Chevelle for the 1967 race
but was knocked out by Tiny
Lund in an altercation.
 
  
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
 Tiny Lund, with a newer
Ford for 1967, leads Petty for a while. he had to borrow a
brake part off from a fan's
pickup before the race.
  
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
Bobby Allison used
Donnie's Chevelle at|
Fonda in 1967.
  
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
Petty goes by Lund as Allison
keeps pace in 1967.
  
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
The startof  the 1967 race.
  
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
Petty collecting the
hardware for the 1967
win.
  
Courtesy of Fusco Collection
Buddy Baker got to drive
a Ray Fox factory Mopar
at the 1968.
  
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
By 1968, Bobby Allison had
a factory ride, but he used a
family Chevelle for the
Northern Tour.
  
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
The well - financed Nord
Krauskopf 71 of Bobby
Isaac is worked on near
Fonda's famous Cow Palace.
  
Courtesy of Fusco Collection
J.D. McDuffie ran his
independent Buick at
Fonda after some
hospitality from the
Fusco family.
  
Courtesy of Feuz Collection
David Pearson's high
profile H&M Ford was
fast qualifier; but, I think
Petty won the race.
 



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