TRACKS IN THE GRANITE STATE

                      


NH Short Track Heroes Site Photo, via Scott Haskell
 

      A lot of what happened in the history of Vermont stock car racing is directly attributable to our neighbor to the East - New Hampshire. New Hampshire's history is very similar to Vermont's: boom in the early '50's; bust in the late '50's, development of stable tracks in the '60's and '70's, and a gradual settling to a core of tracks - some of which are struggling to survive. This is a compilation of photos from some of my best supporters, including Scott Haskell, George Hill, Neal Davis, and Cho Lee. Some come from people like Phil Chastenay who shares photos openly on message boards. Others come from random contributors. I am sure I have omitted names, and I apologize.
 


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FRANKLIN MOTORDROME


Historic Aerials. Com Photo
The Motordrome, in 1951.

Historic Aerials.Com Photo
Contrast this 2003 view with the at left, from 52 years before.

 


Howard Hodgdon Photo,
 via
George Hill
Two men with car 197

 

Howard Hodgdon  Photo,
via George Hill
After an apparent
rollover - common, in those days.

Howard Hodgdon Photo,
 via
George Hill
Getting the car 177
out of a ditch.

Howard Hodgdon Photo,
from NHSTH Site,
via Scott Haskell
Lining up a race on
the track.

Howard Hodgdon Photo,
from NHSTH Site,
via Scott Haskell
Bill Morrill, a teenager, drove this car - owned
by George Hodgdon.
 

Howard Hodgdon Photo,
from NHSTH Site,
via Scott Haskell
Two men and their
car. Anyone know who ?

Howard Hodgdon Photo,
from NHSTH Site,
via Scott Haskell
Bob Puffinburger [l] and
George Hodgdon. This car
became Harold Hanaford's
#77.

Howard Hodgdon Photo,
from NHSTH Site,
via Scott Haskell
The Hodgdon/
Puffinburger 280.

M. Condon Photo,
from NHSTH Site,
via Scott Haskell
The Maurice Condon 12,
out of Claremont, also a
regular at Claremont Speedway.
 

M. Condon Photo,
from NHSTH Site,
via Scott Haskell
The Maurice Condon 12 heads
out of the pit area.

Eddie Puffinberger Photo
via George Hill
The pits, behind a rail
fence, look pretty full.
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NHSTH SitePhoto
via Scott Haskell
The pit area. The car 12
of Condon is visible.
 

NHSTH SitePhoto
via Scott Haskell
A woman has crossed the
track and into the pit area.

Eddie Puffinberger Photo
via George Hill
A large sedan has ended
up on top of a coupe here.

 

Eddie Puffinberger Photo
via George Hill
A race, ready to
go off turn four.

Eddie Puffinberger Photo
via George Hill
A field rumbles by.
 
Eddie Puffinberger Photo
via Scott Haskell
The pits, near that barn.
Sanborn's 640 is visible.
 
Eddie Puffinberger Photo
via George Hill
A minor skirmish.

PLYMOUTH FAIRGROUNDS


Courtesy of Wayne Boyce
Sprint cars line up by the announcer's stand at the Plymouth Fairgrounds in 1948.

      The old fairgrounds track at Plymouth, NH may have been one of the true birthplaces of auto racing in the Northeast. It is not exactly clear to me yet how long they raced there, but racing - of one sort or another - began in the late 1940's. Probably because of this, there has always been a number of drivers from this area: Harold Hanaford, Jim Thomas, Denny Dearborn - to name a few. Also, one of the premier sponsors in the sport for many years, Moseley's Express, was headquartered in Plymouth.


Courtesy of Wayne Boyce
Men check out a sprint car line at Plymouth in 1948.


Courtesy of R. Scott Haskell
An article in the local newspaper gives an idea of who was running in the earliest days of New Hampshire stock cars.


Thanks to R.Scott Haskell
The Plymouth Fairgrounds, as the track [and grounds] looked in its heyday.

A TOUR OF THE PLYMOUTH FAIRGROUNDS TRACK TODAY, THANKS TO R. SCOTT HASKELL
 


Start/Finish Line
towards turn one.
 

Turn two.

Backstretch, back
towards turn two.

Could be the backstretch.

Unidentified area
on fairgrounds track.

Turn Three.

Turn three into
turn four.

Turn four.

Unidentified area
on fairgrounds track.

Unidentified area
on fairgrounds track.
 
         

WEST LEBANON, NH RACE TRACK

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Courtesy of George Hill

Same view as one below, but has one more car in rear. The car with the visible advertisement
is 640, Ray Sanborn, of Andover, NH.
 


Courtesy of Ed Gould
via George Hill

A feature lineup.

Courtesy of George Hill

Maurice Condon, #12
George Hill thought another car might be that of Lucky Parris.

Courtesy of George Hill

Ray Sanborn was also
the 1951 champion at
Franklin Motordrome.
 

Courtesy of George Hill

Unidentified cars
in spectacular wreck.

Courtesy of Ed Gould
via George Hill

Work in the pits.
   

Courtesy of Ed Gould
via George Hill

A
look from the
spectator area.
 

Courtesy of Ed Gould
via George Hill

Billy Byers' mishap.

Courtesy of Ed Gould
via George Hill

A
serious wreck.

Courtesy of Ed Gould
via George Hill

A f
airly well-filled
pit area.

Courtesy of Ed Gould
via George Hill

Pop Goodwin mishap.
Was he a son of the
track operators - or
the actual owner ?
 
   
   
Courtesy of Ed Gould
via George Hill

2 cars on one hauler
was fairly common
sight in 1951.
       

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