GENE BERGIN
Another of Those Hired Guns in the Northeast


Arrangement by Ladabouche
Gene was one of the drivers to be honored with All Star League memebership.

     Coming from where I did, in Vermont, I did not chance to ever actually be at atrack where Gene Bergin performed. He did drive in Vermont, at Catamount Stadium [before I was up  there] and at Devil's Bowl [when I had moved out of that area]; but I seldom frequented the same tracks as would Gene. Bergin was not known as one of the stars [like say, Pete Corey] who often prepared and owned his own equipment. More in the vein of a Ken Shoemaker or a Don Wayman, he usually drove for one owner or another - probably for more than one at a time. One thing is certain - he was damned good !


Probably Shany Lorenzet
One of Gene's earlier cars -likely at Riverside. Nice looking car ! I love the era.

McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Phil Miller
At the Pine Bowl Speedway, back when Gene was one of the many Riverside drivers running at the track near Troy, NY.

Probably Shany Lorenzet
via NE Vintage Mod Site
Another early Riverside Pk ride.

Probably Shany Lorenzet
via NE Vintage Mod Site
Another Riverside Pk ride, the Jim Jorgenson/Dexter Burnham VO.
 
Probably Shany Lorenzet
via Speedway Line Report
Gene had a significant run
with Sharkey Gaudiosi's
44 sedan on the Stafford
Springs dirt.
 
Probably Shany Lorenzet
via Speedway Line Report
Gene also had one fo the worst crashes with Sharkey Gaudiosi's 44 sedan in the Stafford Springs dirt era.

Probably Shany Lorenzet
via Legends of NASCAR site
 
Courtesy of Lew Boyd
Sharkey Gaudiosi's
44 sedan on the hauler.
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Courtesy of Phil Miller
A very early M-6 car. I am told  this may be at Empire Raceway, Menands, NY.
 
Carcabni Photo
A Riverside ride with the same 52 team as Tony Mordino drove for.
 
Courtesy of George M.
An open wheel ride, somewhere
along the way.
 
Courtesy of John Grady
Gene had two stints with the Bobby Judkins 2X; this was a Ford which makes it quite early. 
  
Courtesy of Ron WIlson
More of the Judkins Ford coupe.
  
Courtesy of Mike Pa
Gene and the first Ford.
 
Courtesy of Dave Dykes
Gene had two stints with the
Bobby Judkins 2X; this was also in the earlier one.
  
  
Courtesy of Tom Ormsby
A stint with the
Richie Mazza team.
  
   
Courtesy of Pete Zanardi
At Lakeville with a midget, with what appears to be his All Star League helmet. 
   
Vintage NE Mod Site
The M-6, maybe at Eastern States Expo track. 
   
Courtesy of Ken Pill
With the trend - setting Judkins Pinto at Devil's Bowl. 
           
   
Courtesy of Vintage Mod Site
via New Britain
A win with the
Pinto.
 
   
Courtesy of Tom Ormsby
A stint with the
Billy Simons team.
 
   
P.A. Smith Photo
Courtesy of Tom Ormsby
A win with another Pinto. 
 
Courtesy of Dave Dykes
A Corvair - bodied mod _
popular for a while.
 
Courtesy of Legends of NASCAR
A win with yet another Pinto.
 
Courtesy of Dave Dykes
A pose with the Judkins Pinto.
 
Courtesy of Vintage Mod Site
Bergin was thought of highly enough to get an Indy ride.
 
Courtesy of Lew Boyd
Getting some Indy
advice.
 
Courtesy of Tom Ormsby
In front of an adoring crowd with Bobby's Pinto.
 
Courtesy of Norwood Site
A win with a mod 15X.
 
Courtesy of vebidoo.com
Somebody said this is Lakeville, but I kinda doubt it.
 
Courtesy of s695 photbucket
A more recent M6.
 
Courtesy of Riverside Park Speedway  Site
A Riverside Pk win with the Jim Jorgenson/Dexter Burnham VO.
 
Legends of NASCAR Site
Another Riverside Pk ride, the Elm Garage 5.
 
Courtesy of Dave Dykes
An early Armstrong 1.
Kinda looks like an old
Tant/Mitchell 11 doesn't it ?
 
Courtesy of Dave Dykes
The potent, and well - financed Armstrong Pinto.
 
Courtesy of Dave Dykes
The famed Bebe Zalenski M-6 coupe.
 
Stock Car Racers' Reunion
A less familiar color for the Zalenski coupe.
 
Legends of NASCAR Site
The potent Judkins Pinto
at speed.
 
Legends of NASCAR Site
The Don Crammer Gremlin.
 
Stock Car Racers' Reunion
The M-6, maybe at
Riverside.
 
Norwood Arena Site
The M-6 at speed
at Norwood Arena.
 
Norwood Arena Site
The M-6 winning
at Norwood.

 
Karma.com Photo
A good portrait.
     
Car Cabin Site
The M-6 under service
at Langhorne.
     

 
Courtesy of Tom Ormsby
With fellow southern New England mod legends Leo Cleary and Billy Harmon.


Courtesy of Hill
This Suffield 5 car ended up running often in Harvey Tattersall's Grand American division. I saw it in Rutland, VT.

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