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         Fort Covington is a New York town on the Canadian border that was named after a War of 1812 era blockhouse that was built there around 1812 to shelter wounded soldiers. The track, located along NY Route 37, is often erroneously said to sit partly in Canada. While close to the border, it is not ON the border. One turn was so close to the Little Salmon River, however, that an errant car could easily go right in [ala Fonda Speedway, another NY track also begun in 1953]. Pat Hutte was the promoter.


Photobucket - Possibly a Half Fast Video Photo
This aerial of the remains of the track show how close turn two was to the Little Salmon river.
Route 37 is in the foreground. The long white object was a flea market building, put there later.

   
Fort Covington Sun Advertisements


Courtesy of Jean-Louis Rousselle
When the track was coordinating with the track in Maxville, ON.


Canton Commercial Advertiser Ad
This must have been when the track was fairly new, considering the small size of the cash prize.

EARLIER ENTRIES

 
Courtesy of Rick Reome
Jackie Peterson, two - time track champ,
with the Dutcher Construction D8,
which he would have driven  there before
the track titles. [maybe 1954]
 
Courtesy of Doug Fetterly
Allen Shirley [in car], brother Paul at
right, and their car owner.
 
Bob Mackey Photo
via John Rock
Massena's Al Pike, at speed with the
Darryl Cloce 21 out of Potsdam.
 
Courtesy of Ken Premo
An early Reome car C2.


Courtesy of Dawn Borgeest
 
Bill Borgeest gets checkers in an
early Floyd Geary car.

Courtesy of Bill Borgeest, Jr
 
Malone's Buster Santimaw. 

Courtesy of Bill Borgeest, Jr
 
Malone's Buster Santimaw,
on a less productive evening.
  

Courtesy of Doug Fetterly
The great Buck Holliday, of Waddington
with an earlier Floyd Geary C38
 
.  

 
Courtesy of Jean-Louis Rousselle
 
Cornwal Ontario's Cliff Merpaw. 

 
Courtesy of Jean_Louis Rousselle
 
Marcel Simard, Montreal. 
 
Courtesy of Jean_Louis Rousselle
 
Marcel Simard, Montreal. 
Likely, an earlier car.

Courtesy of the Peterson Collection
Jackie Peterson, then racing out of Massena, with his 1957 car - sponsored
by Bodah's Diner of Massena
 
.  
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Chris Companion
 
Future NASCAR National Sportsman Champion Bill Wimble, from Lisbon
with the Gaylord Rowe 26. He may have also driven the Cloce 21 at Ft. Cov.
 

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock
 
Dick Goodell, Mooers Forks, NY -
with Gaylord Rowe's T-880 [another
former Wimble ride].
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Courtesy of Mike Russo
 
Madrid's Dick Woodley with another
Floyd Geary rocket ship.

Bob Mackey Photo
 
Ernie Reid, of Massena, with one
of his earlier cars.
 

 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Peterson Collection
Mid '50's track champions Jackie
Peterson [lft] and owner George
Palmetier.
 
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock
 
Howard Rock, from Plattsburgh.

 
Courtesy of Rick Parry
 
Mark Bodah, Massena.
 
Courtesy of Doug Fetterly
Sterling Holliday, of Waddington
with brother, Buck [left] and reknowned car builder Floyd Geary [rt]
 
.  

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock
 
Shorty Carmichael, from Plattsburgh.

Courtesy of Bill Borgeest, Jr
 
Roger Craig wins one for the Floyd Geary team.

Bob Mackey Photo via Ardyce Blohm
George Bridges, Plattsburgh.


Bob Mackey Photo
via Ardyce Ritchie Blohm

Wilmington's Rod Ritchie [32] certainly ran the Fort [as he is in the news article about saving Bunn Reid there] and
Henry Jarvis [right] may have tried it.


Mike Dickenson Memorial Library Photo
Guy "Shorty" Robinson,
Lake Placid, NY.

Bob Mackey Photo via Ardyce Blohm
Rusty Reid, Plattsburgh.

Bob Mackey Photo via Ardyce Blohm
Bunn Reid, Plattsburgh.he was
seriously injured at the track
in 1956.


Bob Mackey Photo via John Rock
Wally Russewll [13], Plattsburgh
and Don Smith [88] Plattsburgh.

Bob Mackey Photo via John Rock
Charles "Bud" Besore, Massena.

Bob Mackey Photo via John Rock
RJeep Herbert of Schenectady with
the Henry Caputo 11.

Bob Mackey Photo via Rick Reome
Jim Patten, Massena.


Shirley Family Collection
Paul Shirley, Massena.
 
Bob Mackey Photo via John Rock
Harlan "Red" Dooley,
Burlington, VT.

Bob Mackey Photo
via Ardyce Blohm
 
Paul Green, Norwood.


Photo via Phil Gevry
Rene Boileau,
with Emil Gevry.
 
Bob Danough Collection
Clarence Williamson,Potsdam.
 
Bob Mackey Photo via John Rock
Leonard "Big Leonard" Barcomb,
Ellenburgh Ctr.
       
       


 via Craig Revelle



From Ken Premo
Some Fort Covington - related items from Constable, NY.

LATER ENTRIES

 John Grady Photo Ladabouche Collection Jean-Guy Chartrand, Montreal. With
an earlier version of the 901.

Courtesy of Craig Revelle
Bob Ziegler, of Boonville with an
earlier car.
 
Courtesy of Craig Revelle
Dick Ziegler,
Bob's brother, may have
also tried Fort Covington.
 
Courtesy of Peterson Collection
Jackie Peterson definitely ran
the Fort with this Shirley Wallace
1NY.



Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock
 
Charlie Trombley, Mooers Forks
neighbor to Dick Nephew and
Dick Goodell, may have run this
earlier version of a Paul Conover -
wrenched car at the Fort.

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock
 
Bob Trombley, shown here with an"
early ride, may have also tried
Ft. Covington.


Bob Mackey photo
Courtesy of John Rock
 
Mack Miller, from Ellenburgh Depot.  

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock
 
Harry Provost, Cadyville, NY

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts, Sr.
Frank Provost [right] also drove at many tracks his brother did.

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Canfield
 
Ernie Reid drove many cars at Ft. Covington. This Bert Ratigan
Studebaker ........


Bob Mackey Photo
Cavalcade of Auto Racing
 
.....this former Vic Wolfe car which was
also driven by Dick Bruce ........

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Canfield
 
....and this Harold Healey 70
[another former Wolfe car].

Nephew Family Photo
1961 NASCAR National Sportsman Champion Dick Nephew would have
brought at least some of his famous red 6's to the track....

John Grady Photo
Courtesy of John Grady
....but he also would have driven this car, built by a son-in-law who lived near the track. [Check out the "Massena" on the rear quarter.]


Courtesy of Craig Revelle
 
Carl Murdock, Cornwall, ON.

Courtesy of Wes Moody
 
Bernie Kentile, Saranac Lake,NY.

Courtesy of Jean-Louis Rousselle
This car was driven by a number of
local drivers including Babe Miller.

Source Unknown
This grainy old Saranac Lake newpaper photo shows Bernie Kentile with the
car he was nearly unbeatable in.


From the Massena Observer
 
Massena's Dale Beaulieu, with a
late model Chevy.

Source Unknown
Same car; better photo.

Courtesy of Jean-Louis Rousselle
Don Walters, Potsdam.

Courtesy of Jean-Louis Rousselle
Cliff Merpaw, Cornwall, ON.
Newer car; same sponsor.


Courtesy of Jean-Louis Rousselle
Ovide Doiron, Alexandria, ON.

From the Massena Observer
 
Massena's Paul Phelixm with a
Cadet Classcar.

Bob Mackey Photo
via John Rock
 
Wes Moody, Saranac Lake, NY.


Courtesy of Jean-Louis Rousselle
Ronnie White, Ogdensburg, NY.

Courtesy of Jean-Louis Rousselle
Tom Jock, Akwesasne.

Courtesy of Pascal Cote
Marcel Simard, Montreal, QC .

Courtesy of Tom Neff
J3 Jackie Curran, Potsdam. [Shown at
Saranac Lake Speedway with
other Ft. Covington drivers like
M1 Mack Miller, 6 Dick Nephew, and
B100 Harry Provost].

 Courtesy of Craig Revelle
Paul Whitmarsh. 

 John Grady Photo
Gaston Desmarais, Tupper Lake. 

 Bob Frazier Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Charlie Draper, Wilmington. 
 Courtesy of Craig Revelle
Chubby LeRoux, Saranac Lake.

 
 Courtesy of Linda Gravel via Pascal Cote
Lucien LaLonde, Montreal.

 Source Unknown
Dick Bruce, Peru, NY
A former Vic Wolfe car also driven
by Ernie Reid.
 
 Source Unknown
Jean-Guy LaJeunesse,  Montreal

Christian Ti-Gaz Genest via Pascal Cote
Jacques Theoret, with a car much
later than Ft. Covington.
 
 
Christian Ti-Gaz Genest via Pascal Cote
Pierre Metivier, Valleyfield, ON. 
 
Courtesy of Wes Moody
The 10-10 was listed at Ft. Covington
as driven by Mark Selby. I don't know him. This is 10-10 owner Mike Suraske
[right] with one of his cars
 


Paul Pleau via Pascal Cote
Medor Viau, Car 112, from
Ste Etienne, QC.
 


Courtesy of Bill Tierson.
NY legend [and wild man] Chuck Mahoney, who was running Watertown late in his career, may have tried the Fort. He'd fit right in.


Rushlaw Collection via Tom Hopsecker
Saranac Lake Speedway's almost unbeatable John Rushlaw, invaded Ft. Covington.  

  Courtesy of Wes Moody
Jim Hoyt, Saranac Lake. 

Bob Mackey Photo
via Ardyce Blohm

Dick Manning's 711 from Chateaugay, NY.

Bob Mackey Photo
via Mike Watts, Sr

Don Smith,
Plattsburgh, NY.

Bob Mackey Photo
via Ardyce Blohm

Al Patterson, Lake Placid, NY.


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

Fort Covington driver Sonny Sawyer's 21 chases the 11 of Clarence {jr] Bruno - who might have also run the Fort.

Bob Mackey Photo
via Ardyce Blohm

Rod Ritchie, Wilmington, NY.
 
Photo via Phil Gevry
Rene Boileau, Rigaud, QC.  

 


 Courtesy of Petereson Collection
Many errors in this one. Peterson was from Massena; Hollidays were Buck and Sherwood; Wimble is misspelled; NASCAR, too.
Apparently the hobbies were a new class, and most of the entrants were Airborne cars.


Source Unknown
This Canadian article gives a mountain of information in a small space.


Both From Ardyce Ritchie Blohm
These compilations describe cicumstances around the bad Bunn Reid accident at Fort Covington in 1956.


FORT COVINGTON REMAINS PHOTOS

 Speedway and Road Racing History.com Photo
Remnants of the bleachers, probably
taken in the 1990's.

Speedway and Road Racing History.com Photo
Remnants of a fence, probably
taken in the 1990's.
 Speedway and Road Racing History.com Photo
Remnants ofwhat looks like a concession stand, probably
taken in the 1990's.
Speedway and Road Racing History.com Photo
One of the turns, probably
taken in the 1990's.


Bill Hoffnagle Photo
Remnants of the bleachers, taken in the early 2000's.

Bill Hoffnagle Photo
Remnants of the RR ties, taken in the early 2000's.

Bill Hoffnagle Photo
The frontstretch, taken in the early 2000's.

Bill Hoffnagle Photo
Remnants of the bleachers, from a different angle - taken in the early 2000's.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Looking out at turn one from the
bleachers area - turns left. Time of
photo unknown. My guess is that these are older than the other two sets. There
is much more left of the facility.


Photo by Bob Hibbert
An old beverage can. Time of
photo unknown.
y Photo by Bob Hibbert
An old glass beer bottle. Time of
photo unknown.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Looking up toward spectator area from track. Time of photo unknown.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
An oabandoned truck body - likely off turn two. Time of photo unknown.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Turn one, looking towards the river.
Time of photo unknown.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Banking for one of the turns. Probably 2. Time of photo unknown.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Looking down backstretch. Time of
photo unknown.


Photo by Bob Hibbert
Looking at turn three. No idea what the building was. Time of photo unknown.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Said to be backstrech birm. Time of
photo unknown.


Photo by Bob Hibbert
A sawed - off light pole. Time of
photo unknown.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Maybe a caution light pole. Time of
photo unknown.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Turn three fence and wall posts. Time of
photo unknown.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Turn three fence. Time of
photo unknown.


Photo by Bob Hibbert
Turn 3 wall posts or RR ties. Time of
photo unknown.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Said to be turn four towards the wall. Time of  photo unknown.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
The flea market  building near turn three. Time of photo unknown.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Turn four, looking down frontstretch. Time of  photo unknown.


Photo by Bob Hibbert
Turn four, looking down frontstretch. Time of  photo unknown.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Behind one section of bleachers.
 Time of  photo unknown.

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Possibly remnants of the flag stand. Time of  photo unknown. 


Photo by Bob Hibbert
Nails in the poles that supported the wall. Time of  photo unknown. 

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Fencing seen from inside the concession stand. Time of  photo unknown. 

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Might be remains of the bathroom building. Time of  photo unknown. 

Photo by Bob Hibbert
The floor to an unknown building.
 Time of  photo unknown.
 

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Hot dog ? Concession stand, looking out. Time of  photo unknown. 


Photo by Bob Hibbert
Another view of the concession stand. Time of  photo unknown. 

Photo by Bob Hibbert
The end of the turn four bleachers.
Time of  photo unknown.
 

Photo by Bob Hibbert
Turn four bleachers. Time of  photo unknown. 

Photo by Bob Hibbert
The foundation for the turn four stands. Time of  photo unknown. 


Photo by Bob Hibbert
The entrance to the track grounds.
Time of  photo unknown.
 

Photo by Bob Hibbert
The gate for the entrance. Time of  photo unknown. 
 
 Photo by Bob Hibbert
Turn one bleachers. Time of  photo unknown. 
 Photo by Bob Hibbert
Turn four bleachers, looking from track. Time of  photo unknown. 
 

 


Courtesy of the Peterson Collection
This article is  from 1957, although many of the names are the same as Airborne points from 1955.


Courtesy of  Jean-Louis Rousselle,

Judging from the mention of Wimble, this has to be around 1954.

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