THE PINE BOWL   

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        I will begin to construct this page without all the notes I have taken from listening to Ken Gypson lecture about it all the Saratoga Auto Museum lost race tracks conferences. It is obvious that the little track hidden out in the woods near Snyders Corners in the Troy, New York region is held very dearly by people in the Empire State racing community because no track has gotten the attention at the lost race track conferences that the Pine Bowl has.

        While the Pine Bowl was neither in Vermont nor probably was sanctioned by any organization shared with Vermont tracks, several drivers who raced there regularly or one several occasions did also appear at various Vermont tracks - Stateline and Fairmont being the most likely. Also, Pine Bowl's close proximity to Vermont gives me more reason to include it in the site.

        When time allows, this information will increase. In the meantime, enjoy the visuals.


Courtesy of Ken Gypson

An early feature start at the Pine Bowl. 87 [inside row 2] is Doug Mead; behind him is V2, Don Gardner; Sayles Casey is somewhere in there with the Von Fricken RU21; 13 was id'd as Doug Messena [I think it is Joe Messina]; Don Patten is 95; and George Welch in the Brush Radio 27 is at the rear of the field. [Information from a caption in a Ken Gypson article, Eastern Hot Rodder Magazine]


Cavalcade Photo
Dick Hansen
 

Pettit Collection
Link Pettit,
Schenectady, NY

 

Pettit Collection
Link Pettit,
with Pinky the Clown

 

Gypson Collection
Sayles Casey,
Troy, NY

AMEX Website Photo
Pine Bowl action: V, Stan
Disbrow; 28, Lee Bertrand;
and 1,Ernie Martin.

AMEX Website Photo
Pine Bowl action: 00,
Pete Winnie


Photo Source - Joe Grossetti


Probably Property of Ken Gypson


Ken Gypson Collection
A 1954 or 1955 Program. Shows Bob Hickey or Vinnie Becker flipping.

 

        The various program pages I have been lucky enough to copy show several names that tell various stories.
IF YOU CLICK ON SOME OF THESE NAMES IT WILL LINK TO THEIR PHOTO


Irv Conron Photo
Ernie Martin,
Grooms Corners

A Whites Beach Champ

Bill Ladabouche Photo
George Proctor,
Cohoes

Not his Pine Bowl car.
Over the years, variously
listed from Crescent and
Waterford as well.

Courtesy of Ken Gypson
Jollie Ollie Palmer,
West Albany

Ollie drove this, plus
his own J-O, the #333,
and the Fowler 27Jr.

NE Vintage Racing Site
Buddy Krebs,
Suffield, CT


 

Courtesy of Ken Gypson
Sayles Casey,
Troy

One of the first to drive
several legendary cars,
including the
John Von
Fricken
RU21.

Courtesy of Dan Ody
Joe Messina,
Albany

Joe's own car. He also drove
a number of cars, including the
Green 3 and 1/7 and Tremont
115's.
 

Hackel Collection
 Lee Palmer,
Albany

 One of Bob Hackel, Sr's
first cars.

Source Unknown
 Pete Winnie,
Schenectady

 00

Riverside History Site
Stan Disbrow,
Poughkeepsie

McDowell Photo
Joe Wunderlich,
West Sand Lake

McDowell Photo
Chuck Irving,
New Baltimore

Dick MillsPhoto
Gene Bergin,
Hartford, CT


 

Ken Gypson Collection
Mike Ehring,
NY

Ken Gypson Collection
Len Miron,
Cohoes, NY
Miron would roll the car for #15.
 

Ken Gypson Collection
Honest John Knighton
and Miss WTRY

Ken Gypson Collection
Gordon Film,
NY

Ken Gypson Collection
Kenny Goodermotte,
Averill Park, NY
That's Stubby South in
the background with S-7

 

McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Ken Gypson
Al Ostrander,
Shokan

Courtesy of Ken Gypson
Bud Williams,
Hudson

McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Phil Miller
Bob Hickey, [11]
Kinderhook

Courtesy of Ken Gypson
Charlie Yakman, [1]
Hudson

McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Ken Gypson
Stub South,

Courtesy of Ken Gypson
Henry Akner [Maybe]
Poestenkill
 
McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Phil Miller

 Pete Winnie,
Schenectady

105
 
Courtesy of Dan Ody
 Jerry Bullinger, [V6]
Albany

 
Courtesy of Dan Ody
Joe Wunderlich, [14]
West Sand Lake
 
Courtesy of Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD
 Al Schoonmker,
Ravena


Courtesy of Dan Ody
Car on inside may be
Black13, Lee Palmer.


Courtesy of Phil Miller
Vinnie Becker,
Red Hook
     

Button Text


Courtesy of Ken Gypson
Sayles Casey,
Troy

One of the first to drive
several legendary cars,
including the
John Von
Fricken
RU21. Note that
Von Fricken is mentioned
in the drivers' roster, too.
 

Link Pettit Collection
Link Pettit,
Schenectady
The famous Brush Radio 27.
Jim Brush also worked as
a Pine Bowl Official.

Link Pettit Collection
Ollie Palmer,
Westmere

Bill Fowler drove the
car first, and then handed
it over to Palmer.

Ladabouche Collection
Pete Peterson
Albany

One of Pete's cars.

Arnie Ainsworth Photo
Stretch Van Steenberg,
Saugerties


 

McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Phil Miller
Walt Reese,
Hudson

Biitig Collection
Frank Blum,
New Milford, CT

Could be him
Taken at Fonda_
in the 1950's

 

Bill Fifield Collection
Robbie Kotary,
Rome

Could this Ward Petit
car be the same as
Ernie Palmer's

Courtesy of Russ Blake
Merwin Hommel,
Saugerties

43
 
McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Ken Gypson

Don Gutbradt,
Troy

McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Ken Gypson
LaVerne Irving,
North Baltimore


McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Ken Gypson

Joe Wunderlich,
West Sand Lake



Ladabouche Collection
Pete Peterson
Albany

One of Pete's kids maybe.

McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Phil Miller
Bill Therrien,
Selkirk

McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Phil Miller
Frank Covel,
Cohoes

Different Car
 
Courtesy of Bob Barber
Al Green,
Albany

Car is actually 3 1/7
 
McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Phil Miller
Buck Rowe,
South Bethlehem
   
Courtesy of Dan Ody
 Lee Bertrand, [28]
Albany
 
 


Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth
Howie Westervelt leads Stretch Van Steenberg.


Link Pettit Collection
Action shot of a feature start. We need help with who these cars are.

 


AMEC Website Photo
Pete Winnie T-bones a five window Ford coupe as the car 66 looks for room. This also might be Route 66 Speedway.

DAN ODY'S X-47 PROJECT

           


Courtesy of Dan Ody
Here's the car parked
behind some apartment
buildings, maybe in Troy.

Courtesy of Dan Ody
Here's the car on the
track, from the
infield.

Courtesy of Dan Ody
Here's the car winning its only race
in 1964.

Courtesy of Dan Ody
Here's the car all those years later.

Courtesy of Dan Ody
A good shot on
the Pine Bowl track.
 

 


Eastern Hot Rodder Magazine   Courtesy of Joe Grossetti
The X-47 [left] has just missed a rolling Len Miron in this shot. It was good advertising for Len, though.


Ladabouche Photo
Ken Gypson had the Pine Bowl flagger's set at the Saratoga Museum.

 

 

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