LINK PETTIT       
 


     Through the good graces of a friend, Joe Grossetti, I now have a good collection of Link Pettit photos. Schenectady, New York's Pettit, whose team hailed from Great Barrington, Massachusetts, looked more like a high school librarian than a stock car driver. Opinions of him range from Lebanon Valley immortal to vastly overrated. I saw him race only once, so I have no opinion other than I appreciate these fine pictures of racing long past. I did meet Link at a breakfast gathering in Watervliet in July of 2007, and I found him to be a fine man - so I am going to go with the Valley legend label.


Petit Collection
Link, in the early 1950's, with his own 00. It appears brand new.

 


Les King Photo
Link, in action, on
Pico Raceway.

Petit Collection
Link, with the 00 after
a few more rough laps.

John Grady Photograph
Another earlier car-
probably 1950's.

Courtesy of Ken Gypson
With the same car at Pine Bowl.

Petit Collection
Link and a man I think
is his father-in-law at
 Stateline.
         

Petit Collection
Link, with the 00 at
Mettawee Spewedway
in Granville, NY.

Pettit Collection

Link at what I think is
his father-in-law's Gulf
gas station with the 00.

Pettit Collection
Link's father-in-law at his
 Gulf gas station with the
newly - built 00.

 
Pettit Collection
The 00 receiving service
in the Mettawee pit area.

  
Pettit Collection
A win the 00 car
 at the old Coxsackie
Speedway.

 
 
Pettit Collection
Link in some night action
at Empire Raceway with
the 00 on pavement.

Courtesy of Dave Dykes
The RU21 at Empire.

Photographer Unknown
One of the nicest -
looking stock cars of
that era. Probably
for Empire Speedway.
 
Courtesy of Joe Grossetti
A good shot of the
best - looking car he ever drove.
Van Vricken's RU21.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Link climbing someone
somewhere with the .
Van Vricken RU21.

Photographer Unknown
An older version of
the RU21
 
 
Pettit Collection
At speed with Jim Brush's
27 at the Pine Bowl.
  

Paul Connors Collection
As future Florida  champion
and Grand National driver
Paul Connors poses with his
fiance at Stateline, Link's 95 is seen
in the background.

McDowell Photo
Pettit Collection

Link wins one in that car 95.
He is seen in Vic Lane with
the flagger and Pinky the Clown.

McDowell Photo
Pettit Collection

Link with the 95 at Pine
Bowl. Notice the Gordon Ross
late model Ford #19.

From Joe Grossetti
Victory Lane at The Valley.
  
Pettit Collection
At one of the Valley
banquets with the 200 bunch.
  
Ladabouche Collection
Cavalcade of Auto Racing

Link is chosen to represent the Valley
in t he national mag, Cavalcade of
Auto Racing.

From Joe Grossetti
The full 200 crew.

From Joe Grossetti
Receiving a trophy
at the Valley, with
Primo Grosetti at
the left.

From Joe Grossetti
A home shot
of the crew loaded
up for a Saturday
night show in July
of 1963.

 


From Joe Grossetti
A 1962 victory lap.

From Joe Grossetti
via Otto Graham Site

A chuckle in victory lane.

Courtesy of Patti Winn Schoonmaker
With the Win 200 at team
headquarters.

From Joe Grossetti
via Otto Graham Site

The whole Pettit gang.

From Joe Grossetti
A beatup home shot
of Pettit with his
familiar late model

 


From Joe Grossetti
Another version
of the 200 - at
Dempsey Pontiac

Lebanon Valley Classics
The 200 and crew.
         


Pettit Collection
Link, in the early 1950's, with the Brush Radio 27 - at Pine Bowl.


Grossetti Family Collection
Mrs. Primo Grossetti with some of her sons and other children
of the 200 pit crew.

McCarty Family Photos of Another Link Car

 


McCarty Family Collection
Courtesy of Joe McCarty

The McCarty racing
#38, in Victory Lane
at the Valley.

McCarty Family Collection
Courtesy of Joe McCarty

The McCarty racing
#38, in Victory Lane
at the Valley.

McCarty Family Collection
Courtesy of Joe McCarty

A closeup of Link in
The McCarty racing
#38
.

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