For reasons that should seem obvious in post World War II America, many earlier stock cars had number designations like WWII military aircraft. The Loomises, a trucking family out of Granville, NY, were heavily into this numbering of stock cars from as early as they began fielding their own cars. The family had been involved with fellow Granvillite Ted Vogel, Sr. with cars numbered LV, LVJr, and so forth [L for Loomis; V for Vogel]. It is said they even had involvement in the race track in North Granville run by the Wilson family - Mettawee Speedway.


Vogel Collection
Ted Vogel, Sr. with one of the earliest Loomis/Vogel cars - the LV13 at Pico Raceway.

Vogel Collection
Hard to make out: either Ken Shoemaker or Ted with the earlier Loomis/Vogel LV13
at Pico. 

Vogel Collection
The earlier Loomis/Vogel LV13 on a Loomis
truck somewhere
. 

Vogel Collection
What is likely the end of the Loomis/Vogel LV13. -
 either at Mettawee or Pico. 
 
Vogel Collection
Ken Shoemaker with a win in the Loomis/Vogel LVJr. maybe at Mettawee. 
 
Vogel Collection
The Loomis/Vogel LVJr. -
maybe at home. 
 
Vogel Collection
Ken Shoemakerin a serious pose with the Loomis/Vogel LVJr. -
at the Vogel home.

Vogel Collection
via Otto Graham

Ken Shoemaker in the Loomis/Vogel LVJr. -
maybe at Mettawee.  

Vogel Collection
Mrs. Vogel with the Loomis/Vogel LVJr. -

Vogel Collection
The Loomis/Vogel LVJr. -
likely
at Mettawee
 

      Eventually, the Loomises began to field their own cars, which seemed to center around P38 and P38, Jr. - utilizing driver Nelson Moore, from around the Fort Edward or Hudson Falls area. I lose track of them as racing died out after 1952. They re-appeared in 1962 when C.J. Richards re-opened Fairmont Speedway. Now driving their own cars, the family came out with immaculate coupes numbered P61. I still don't have all of it straight, but there was Bob Loomis, Jerry Loomis, and Stub Loomis whom I can recall.

 
McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Phil Miller

Nelson Moore with early Loomis P38 at Stateline Speedway.

Courtesy of Bud Brooks
A very early Loomis P38Jr.
at Fairmont Park Motor Speedway, Fair Haven, VT.

Courtesy of Mark LeFrancois
A very early Loomis P38
at Pico Raceway. Nelson
Moore is the likely driver.

Courtesy of Mark LeFrancois
Same day at Pico Raceway. Hooking up to go home.
 

     The Loomis cars evolved from that first 1938 coupe, to a '36 or '37 Chevy called the P38. That  was quickly changed another white P61. That car was later lowered as P61 and eventually ended up all red and numbered 111. By this time, Moore was back as driver. Later on, family members racing included Kenny and Bruce Loomis [who used the number 111 often].  

 
Ladabouche Photo
The first Loomis P61 at the VT State Fair show in 1962.

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

The first Loomis P61 at speed at Fairmont Speedway.

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

The first Loomis P61 comes out in a 1962 lineup at Fairmont Speedway.

Courtesy of LaFond Family
Whichever Loomis was driving at the fair show checks on the condition of Ken Delong after Delong plowed into the rear of the P61, knocking it out of the action.

Ladabouche Photo
In 1963, this car came out as the final P38.
 
Ladabouche Photo
Later in 1963, the  car was changed back to the P61 scheme.
 
Courtesy of Barb Laduc
That second P61,
showing some of the guys. Nelson had returned as driver.

Ladabouche Photo
The 2nd P61 came back lowered in 1964.

Ladabouche Photo
Later in 1964 the team inexplicably ditched the color scheme, the airplane number theme - but kept Moore. The car was very fast.

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Nelson is showing some considerable tightness in this 1964 Fairmont shot.

        The Loomis cars seemed to phase out during the earlier Devil's Bowl era [or I just stopped going there as much as I was heavily involved in teaching up North by then. I have several earlier Loomis photos and Bruce supplied later ones.

 

 
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Bruce Loomis [shown here at Devil's Bowl] kept the red 111 theme..

Courtesy of Bruce Loomis
A Devil's Bowl win.

Bob Frazer Photo
Courtesy of Bruce Loomis

Another D Bowl pose.

Ladabouche Photo
A Bruce Loomis car is seen at right here.

R
Courtesy of Bruce Loomis
Bruce and Herb Trombley with a different look car.

Courtesy of Bruce Loomis
Bruce had this one in with his stock stuff.

 

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