Uncle Art Stuarts Book
A 1960's portrait of Ken, Sr. Despite the fact the family is now three generations deep in racing, it started with Abe.

      I speak with the Tremont family every opportunity I get. Not only is Ken, Sr. a willing and tremendous source of information for racing in his part of New York state, but Kenny [Ken, Jr.] is as well. Now with Kenny's teenaged son, Montgomery starting out in the novice modified divisions, a new chapter begins. It was the youngest Tremont who offered a bit of famiily information not previously providede by either of the olders: the family's trademark number 115 came about when his grandfather appeared, in the early days, with a race car numbered 15 and was told that number was already taken; so, he added a one and the rest is history.


Courtesy of Blackjack Racing
Ken driving for Ken. This shot of Ken Goodermotte driving the Tremont Crown Vicky is the first "typical" looking Tremont car I have.

     I am still not clear on what was Ken, Sr.'s first car - an entry I think he drive himself. I know he fielded a '55 Ford - bodied car early on when Lebanon Valley was allowing the use of larger engines to those who would eschew the pre WWII coupes and sedans in favor of newer bodies. My limited knowledge then goes to the early but familiar 115's driven for Ken by the likes of Ken Goodermotte, Joe Messina, Chuck Ely, and other legends who mainly ran at the Valley. I recall, in the early to mid 1980's, when young Kenny took over one of the cars - right in that era of the Mud Buss, Olsen Eagle, Show Car, and the like.


Courtesy of HAMB Site
KenTremont, Sr. posing with one of his Chevettes - probably driven by Chuck Ely.

     Kathy Tremont would try her hand at driving and a Tremont car would be run briefly by Joby Sour. Since then, and up to the arrival of Montgomery, Kenny has been the main shoe for the highly - successful team.

SOME OF THE DRIVERS FOR KEN TREMONT OVER THE DECADES

 
Bob McDowell Portrait
via Ken Gypson

Ken Goodermotte
 
Unknown Portrait
via
Joe Grossetti
Joe Messina
 
Unknown Portrait
via
Mike Bruno
Chuck Ely
 
Unknown Portrait [Maybe C Ely]
via
Leb. Valley Classics
Joby Sour
 
Timeline Photos
Kathy Tremont
 Unknown Portrait ]
via
You Tube
Ken Tremont, Jr.
 
Courtesy of Chris Companion
Win Slavin 

sjd images.com
Dave Leckonby 
 
Bob Frazier Photo
via C.J. Richards

Roger Gauthier
   

 


Via Chas Hertica

SOME OF THE EARLIER CARS 


Via Chas Hertica
Early driver Ken Goodermotte with a Ford sponsored by either Ken's father or uncle.
 
Arnie Ainsworth Collection
Via Chas Hertica

The early Ken Goodermotte - driven Ford.
 
Via Joe Grossetti
The early Ford - now in more
familiar Tremont scheme - is shown behind Link Pettit's car.

Via Chas Hertica
This WIn Slavin 25 is a Tremont car, according to Ken. They bought it from Phil Spiak and would later sell it to Wally Warburton.
 
Via "Blackjack Racing"
Another Goodermotte/ Tremont early win.
 
Chuck Ely Photo
Via Bob Ely

Goodermotte with the Crown Victoria in Vic-tory-a Lane.


 
Bob Frazier Photo
Via Mike Bruno

The Falcon may have been the next car in the Tremont stable. By now, the driver is veteran Joe Messina. This shot is at Devil's Bowl.

 
Ken Goad Photo
Via Chas Hertica

Joe Messina poses with the Falcon at the Valley. Wally Warburton's car [another D Bowl regular] is in the background.
 
Arnie Ainsworth Collection
The Tremont crew around the Falcon. Ken is far left.
 
Mike Bruno Collection
The Tremont Falcon arriving
at Devil's Bowl.
 
Bob Ramundo Collection
The Tremont Falcon arriving
at Middletown.
 
Bob Frazier Photo
Via Marty Kelly, Jr.
.

Joe Messina, in another D Bowl pose.
 
Bob Frazier Photo
Via Chip Gauthier and Chas Hertica

An extremely rare D Bowl shot of Roger Gauthier in the Falcon, with Bunny Bennell and Jim Frye.

 
Bob Frazier Photo
Joe Messina, in another D Bowl win - with Danny Rumpf.

Arnie Ainsworth Collection
Joe looks frozen here.
 
Arnie Ainsworth Collection
Although the exact facts are unclear, it appears the Tremont team went to this sedan [and driver, Chuck Ely] around 1969. Ken says he built two of these Rossell / Cagle copies in exhange for selling one to the Young  28 team for TC.

 
Arnie Ainsworth Collection
The Tremont sedan, at
the Valley.
 
Dan Ody Collection
The Valley pit hangers look over the new sedan, square tubing and all.
 
Chas Hertica Photo
The Tremont sedan, at
the Valley.

 
Chuck Ely Photo
Via LVC

The Sedan was still kicking around - being driven by Dave Leckonby when they had built the Vega for Ely.


Chuck Ely Photo via Bob Ely

SOME OF THE MIDDLE ERA CARS 

 

 
Chas Hertica Photo
Around 1970, this Fairlane 500 body arived on the scene. Ken, Jr. says they ran it at D Bowl and at least once at Rainbow Ridge Raceway, near Vergennes, VT. 
  
Lebanon Valley Classics
The Tremont Fairlane, at
the Valley. A rare shot of Ken, Sr with Ely.
 
Arnie Ainsworth Collection
via Chas Hertica

The Tremont Fairlane, at
the Valley.
 
Lebanon Valley Classics
The Tremont Fairlane, at
the Valley.

Lebanon Valley Classics
Chuck in the Tremont Fairlane, at the Valley.

 
Lebanon Valley Classics
The classic question usually is: Which came first -the chicken or the egg? In this case, it's which came first - the Vega or the Gremlin ?. I don't know so I'm doing the Vega first. It is thought this is Ken Jr.'s first car. 

 
Dan Ody Collection

The Tremont Vega [Kenny or Chuck], at the Valley.
Might be a Chevette.
 
Source Unknown
Kenny fights a tight car at
the Valley.
 
Arnie Ainsworth Collection
Chuck wins one with a Vega at the Valley.
 
Chas Hertica Photo
This one looks like a Pinto - around the same time.
 
HAMB Site Photo
Ken, Sr. with the Chevette.
I doubt he was driving it.


Via Andy Boright
The Pinto .

 
Arnie Ainsworth Collection
The Tremont stable, in the
early 1980's. Ken must have been building cars as fast as most people bake cookies !
 

Arnie Ainsworth Collection
Chuck with a Vega at the Valley. This would be sold to Frank Hodge and become
The Lucky Seven.
   

 
Tom Donahue Photo
This one looks like Ely with a Gremlin at D Bowl. 
 
Kustom Keepsakes Photo
Kenny with a Gremlin at the Valley.

J. Colburn Collection
Tremont and Ely with  Gremlins at D Bowl.
  
 
Matt Buda Jr Photo
Tremont and Ely with  Gremlins at speed at the Valley.
 
Arnie Ainsworth Collection
The Tremont Gremlin, in the
early 1980's. Chuck Ely.
 
Lebanon Valley Classics
Ken and Chuck with another
early 1980's Valley win.
 
Tim Rogers Collection
An Ely - signed CVRA promo card.
 
Arnie Ainsworth Collection
The Tremont Gremlin, in the
early 1980's. Chuck Ely.
 
Chuck Ely Photo via Bob Ely
The Tremont Gremlin, in the
early 1980's. Young Kenny.
 
LVC
The Tremont Gremlin, said to be driven by Kathy Tremont

 


Dirt Track Digest
A
familiar sight at Devil's Bowl.

A FEW OF THE MODERN ERA CARS 
[Too Many Photos to do Them All]

 

 
A Ainsworth Photo Coll.
At the beginning of the modern manufactured car era. Car looks like an early Mud Buss but they probably made it themselves.

  
Via John Maguire
The Tremont car at Malta
I'm guess around 1984ish.
 
Via Tom Herbert
At Fonda. Still the familiar
Tremont look but newer style modified.

Lebanon Valley Classics
A Ken Jr win at the Valley - around 1985.
 

Tremont SIte Photo
Kenny and wife, around the late 80's or early '90's
.

Gary Duffa Photo via Gater
Another Bowl win. The graphic style is beginning to change. 

 
Lebanon Valley Classics
Looks like an early '90's
car.
 
Al Ward Photo
Gotta little bite, and I don't
mean mosquitoes !.

Kelly Keefe Photo
Ken gets one with
a winged car.

Hudson Valley 360.com
Typical recent car.
 
Sch'y Daily Gazette
Another typical recent car.
 
Peter Montanaro Photo
Recent car at speed.

 

A FEW PERSONAL SHOTS  

 
Steve McKnight Photo
Kenny and I at D Bowl.
 
Tremont Site Photo
Ya think they're happy here ?. They just won $25,500 at the Valley Sept. 1, 2018 !

NYSCRA Photo
Ken, Sr in a more recent shot.

Tremont Site Photo
The Tremonts, a little
while back.
  
Otto Graham Photo
Ken Sr. gets put to work.

 
Mike Bruno  Photo
Jr. and Sr. at a Devil's
Bowl banquet with Vince Quenneville, Jr.

     
Tremont Site Photo
Three 2nd generation racing families represented at Canaan USA a few years ago: Vince Quenneville, Jr., Ron Proctor, and Kenny.
 
West Sand Lake Advisor Photo
Old Tremont family business.
 
Source UNK
Old Tremont family business.
 

For some records on Kenny Tremont's career - go to the American Racing Research Associates website:   https://sites.google.com/site/arradocumentingracinghistory/

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