JERRY KING "The Rutland Rocket" 

                             
                             


Courtesy of Jerry King

Jerry with the original 5 Aces, around 1952

     Jerry King was a young Rutland, Vermont man in 1951, when the Franzoni/Romano/Newman partnership opened the brand new Pico Raceway, on Newman's farm south of Rutland. A man attached to fast cars, Jerry put together a late - 1930's Ford coupe and numbered it "5 Aces", for whatever personal reason he had. This began a career that spanned three decades as a driver and car owner in the Rutland County and Eastern New York area. Today, Jerry still operates his gun shop daily at his home on Elm Street in Rutland.

PICO - 1951 through 1953


Courtesy of Jerry King
Posing with the original 5
Aces, the car he used at Pico

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Lining up for a heat race
at Pico in 1952

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Onlookers in the infield
 look over Jerry's mud -
spattered car.
 


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Posing with the checkers in
the original 5 Aces, the car
he used at Pico

 


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At speed on Turn 3 at Pico
around 1952

 

 


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Working with the
windshield
in the infield at Pico

 


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There's nothing like a beer
after a long, dusty Pico
feature.

 


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Jerry greets well-wishers
after a feature. Some
are a bit overdressed
for Pico ?

 


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A man in the stands reacts
as Jerry speeds by at speed on
the front stretch at Pico
 around 1952

STATELINE - 1952 through 1954


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Then came the urge to go South
and race at Staeline Speedway
with many of the same guys
who were running Pico. His Stateline
car sits by the house on Muzzey St.

 

Courtesy of Jerry King
The Stateline car, from
another angle, at the
Muzzey Street house.

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Jerry had a lot of success
at Stateline once he
solved carburetion
problems.

Bill Ladabouche Photo
The first custom - made
Bennington carburetor
gave him enough gas
in the turns.

Bill Ladabouche Photo
The second Bennington
carburetor designed
for Stateline.

Courtesy of Jerry King
A sneak peek under the
hood of the Stateline car -
probably with the 2nd carb
 


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An old Stateline Speedway
newspaper ad for one
one of their bigger shows

 


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Jerry was achieving
fame at Stateline

 


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Another Stateline
article with King as
the headliner.

FAIRMONT - 1964 & 1965


Bill Ladabouche Photo
As Fairmont Speedway
was making headlines in
Rutland County in the
1960's, Jerry got this
Ford coupe together
for competition in 1964

Courtesy of Jerry King
The Fairmont car, in
full color, at the
home garage.

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Jerry poses with the
Fairmont car. It looks like
 it may have had one
mixup already.


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Jerry eventually teamed
up with Pittsford's
"Rapid Ralph" Palmer for
a season. Palmer would go on
to drive for Dexter Dorr at
Devil's Bowl



Courtesy of Jerry King
The Rutland Herald
followed Jerry's exploits
at Fairmont


Courtesy of Jerry King
Another newspaper article
involving Jerry

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