VINCE QUENNEVILLE, Sr.


Courtesy of Neal Davis

     The first time I saw Vince Quenneville, he was starting out his career at the old Otter Creek Speedway, near Vergennes, Vermont. Rumor has it he had run at Malletts Bay, but I have no pictures of that. At that time of Otter Creek, he was referred to as "Vincent" Quenneville, but - even then - his crisp driving style achieved positive results. As it turns out, the unpainted 1937 Chevy coupe with the homemade 00 on the side was actually one of the first products of Norm Scarborough, who would turn out to be one of Central Vermont's premier car owners and builders. He and Quenneville would go on to become one of Vermont's best combos ever.
 


Bill Ladabouche Photo

1963 Vince's first car, in the second year he drove it - Fairmont.

       After that first year at Vergennes [1962] Vince began appearing at C.J. RIchards' Fairmont Speedway. He was the second Quenneville to appear in area racing. John Quenneville had been the first driver of the yellow and black #CHECKMATE, before the owner, Phil Russell took over. John, who was apparently no close realtive of Vince; and he disappeared from the racing scene entirely - while Vince and Norm went on to have another good year. The '37 Chevy was sold - at season's end - to Granville, New York's Art Visconti.


Bill Ladabouche Photo

The revamped Bob Hoffer car - at Fairmont.

      In 1963, Scarborough purchaed a 1940 Ford from Bob Hoffer, of Argyle, New York. The unique - looking coupe wasn't exactly lighting the world on fire but, with its protruding exhaust pipe extensions coming out of the trunk, it was one of the eye grabbers at Fairmont. Scarborough re-engineered the car and the pair went on to become of the real forces at Fairmont that year. Just as before, at the end of the year, Scarborough sold the car to Visconti. Inexplicably, Scarborough and Quenneville parted ways at the end of the year - Vince teaming up with Gael Dundon of Orwell, and Scarborough buying another car for New Yorker Roger Gauthier.


Bill Ladabouche Photo

The first Dundon car, at Fairmont in 1964.

     The 1964 season was just as successful as the one before had been. Dundon and Quenneville pretty much matched Scarborough and Gauthier that year, as much as I can recall. Just as before, Scarborough sold his equipment to Visconti and moved on. Quenneville and Dundon used the offseason to build a 1937 Chevy sportsman coupe that would be the envy of most teams in New York. Few had seen anything like it in Vermont except maybe the likes of Jack DuBrul, up North. As good as it looked, the snazzy new car didn't perform perfectly at first. The #3 team would have to make it go, however, as they had sold the old car to Ken Elithorpe and Harry Duffany, Jr. Eventually, the team got things sorted out and finished the year well.


Bill Ladabouche Photo

The Dundon team, in 1965 with the best - looking car around. That's Gael,
kneeling and Vince, with foot on rub rail. In order - from left - Carroll Beenam
[other side of car], Vince, Gael Dundon kneeling, and John Beeman.
 

 

     Team Dundon returned the next year with a radically cut-down car. Quenneville was flying, although a bad wreck didn't do much to add to the beauty of the #3. By this time, the old Dundon car, in the hands of Boo Duffany, was running well and Scarborough was tearing up the track with a new #24 sedan and young Russ Shaw, driving. Both the Scarborough and the Dundon cars ended up on their roofs, during that season of Saturday night shows - perhaps  C.J.'s best year at Fairmont. [The next year Fairmont would be gone, in favor of Devils Bowl].

 


Bill Ladabouche Photo

The first car I know of.
The Norm Scarborough
#00.


 


Bob Frazier Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

A heat win at Fairmont
with the Scarborough
Chevy.


Bill Ladabouche Photo

Lined up at Otter
Creekaround 1962.


Bill Ladabouche Photo

One taken after suset with
 a bad camera at Fairmont
Speedway, in fall of 1962.


Bill Ladabouche Photo

The 2nd Scarborough
car - the former Bob
Hoffer X9. No one
made it go like Norm
and Vince
 


Barb Laduc Photo

The 2nd Scarborough
 car on the track at
Fairmont.


Bill Ladabouche Photo

The 1st Dundon car.
I can't make out if
any of the guys are
Beemans.


Bob FrazierPhoto
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

The 1st Dundon car
at speed on Fairmont
around 1964.


Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

The first Dundon car.


Val Blicarz Photo

The newly-bought V-8 sportsman
for the 1965 season, after one
practice session at Fairmont.

 


Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

The first win for theV-8 sportsman
in the 1965 season, at Fairmont.
Gael and Vince.


Ladabouche Photo

The V-8 sportsman
later on in 1965 season.


Courtesy of Chuck Grime

Bob Vivari and Chuck Grime
built the sportsman Gael
would buy from Connecticut.

 


Quenneville Mem. Book
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

Chasing Cecil Bosworth or
Nelson Moore in the Taggart 0


Ted Vogel Photo

The 1965 season, after one
practice session at Fairmont. The car was later lowered, for
the 1966 season.


QuennevilleMem. Book

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

C.J., with Vince, Gael,
and John Beeman


Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

The whole Dundon crew at
Fairmont Speedway.


Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

Vince gets a kiss from Barb
as Mother Quenneville looks on.
He looked like his mother, just as
Vince, Jr. looks like Barb.


Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

Gael Dundon receiving
the Oilzum Trophy from
Jim Moffatt at the
Fairmont Speedway
banquet.


Val Blicarz Photo

The sportsman was made
for pavement and took a
while to straighten out.

 

Val Blicarz Photo

Gael appears to be
contemplating what
has become of his
beautiful race car.


Mike Watts Photo

Quenneville wins one
at Saranac Lake, before
the car got uglied up.


Bill Ladabouche Photo

The newly  - lowered  car
Dundon parked next to the
old one - #71.


Dragon Family Photo

Vince, with Beaver Dragon's
coupe. That's Beaver in
the background.

 

 
Quenneville Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

Vince, with the second Dundon
coupe for 1966. It would win a
championship.

 
Ladabouche Collection

The former Dexter Dorr
car. This version has the
Dundon 3. Later, with Scarborough,
he would run as #38 - and VInce
would keep that number for
years.

 
Ladabouche Collection

That's the same car later numbered
as 38. I don't know if Dundon sold it
to Scarborough or they just
wanted a different number.


 
Quenneville Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

Vince, with the Dorr
coupe winning a
1967 race. Starter is
Bunny Bunnell.

 
Quenneville Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

Vince, with the Dorr car.
Note the periscope rear
view mirror on the roof.

 
From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD

Old home movie frames of the Dorr
car in action in 1967 at the Bowl.
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD

Old home movie frames of the Dorr
car in action in 1967 at the Bowl.
Here Vince races old Whiting school
classmate Rudy Charbonneau.
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD

Old home movie frames of the Dorr
car in action in 1967 at the Bowl.
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD

Picking up a heat win - 1967 at the Bowl.

From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD

At speed - 1967 at the Bowl.
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD

At speed - 1967 at the Bowl.
 
Quenneville Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
 

Vince, back withScarborough
for 1968, found himself in a long -
framed homemade chassis car
that was almost unbeatable.


 

 
Quenneville Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

One of numerous victory
shots with the Scarborough
wonder car.

 
Quenneville Family Photo
Courtesy of
Ed Fabian

The Fat Rabbit [Norm
Scarborough] grumpily
supervises Phil
Russell and another
crewman on the 38.


  
Ladabouche Collection

Here is another one.

 
Courtesy of the Davis Family
Lined up outside an unlettered
Wes Moody car and Beaver Dragon
in Ray Richards' 43 [the former
Taggart/Shaw coupe].
 
Gater Racing News Photo
Vince with a big win featured
in the Gater Racing News.


 
Courtesy of Darrell Tucker
Vince posing at Devil's Bowl.
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD

Vincein another newspaper
photo op.

 
From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD

Vince with a heat win on old
movie footage.

 
 
Quenneville Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

Vince, with the "Cagle Killer"
sedan built by him and Norm
after they got sick of Cagle Winning
everything with his Rossell -
built sedan from Pennsylvania.
 

 
From the Devil's
Bowl Program

The sedan, painted in
Scarborough colors.

 
Courtesy of
Ed Fabian

Vince, with the sedan, leading
Wes Moody in Bowl action.

 
Lebanon Valley Classics

The sedan, after Austin
Dickerman took over and
helped out. These are
Dickerman colors.

 
HAMB Site

Vince won some titles with the
Dickerman sedan in Quebec. 



Courtesy of Otto Graham

Vince, with the sedan at
Lebanon Valley.

PICTURES AFTER THIS POINT
 WILL NOT BE IN
CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
 
Bob Ely Photo
Courtesy of A. Ainsworth

Vince, with the ex Dorr car at
Lebanon Valley
, 1967

 
Courtesy of Woody Woodward

Vince, with the sedan at
Lebanon Valley before it
was sold to Dickerman.
 

 
Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth

Vince, with the sedan at
Lebanon Valley . It's now the Dickerman
Banana Wagon but is partly in primer.

 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno

Vince, with the as yet unpainted sedan at  Devil's Bowl with Marty Beberwyck - after his 1st win in the new car.

 
Courtesy of John Rabideau

The 1968 title - winning
Scarborough coupe, towards
seasson's end, with some of the
rear tin work missing.  Rare shot

 

 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno

Vince, with another 1968
Devil's Bowl win
.


Courtesy of Mike Bruno

Vince, with the 1968
Scarborough creation
.

 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno

Vince, with the whole Dundon
bunch around 1964
. Caroll Beeman, Dave Burke, Gael Dundon, John Beeman, Vince, and
Chet Hames.

 
From the Ed Feuz Collection
via Fonda Book

Vince, with the Scarborough
- built coupe at Fonda, 1968
.
Apparently they couldn't
use number 38.


 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr.

The sedan in action as
Claude Hoard's Mustang
investigates the wall
.

 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr.

A 1968 newspaper promo piece featuring
Vince and Butch Jelley [when he was driving
the Riiska Falcon]
.

 
Courtesy of LVC

Vince, with the Dickerman
sedan at the Valley, beside
Rich Ricci
.

 
Source Unknown

Vince, with Dickerman and
Norm Scarborough in the
Valley Victory Lane.

       


Courtesy of Ed Fabian

Vince leads Louie Searing and Nelson Moore at the old Fairmont track in 1964.

 
 

Quenneville Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

Vince, took a brief break from the Dundon car to run Norm Scarborough's Mustang after Norm and Russ Shaw parted ways.


Courtesy of Mike Richards


 

THE LATE MODEL DAYS


Ladabouche Photo
The first NASCAR
LMS arrives in primer at
Catamount in 1973.
 

Source Unknown
The first NASCAR
LMS Catamount in
1973, lettered up.

 

D. Bowl Program
The 1968 Chevelle
at Devils Bowl.

Courtesy Andty Boright
via Outside Groove

The 2ndNASCAR
LMS being christened at
Catamount in 1974.

Courtesy Ed Fabian
The '68 Chevelle
at  Devils Bowl.
 
 
Quenneville Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

Vince, with sponsor Johnny Spafford
at the Bowl. C.J. Richards is in the
background [that was appropriate].
 

 
Courtesy of Mike Richards
Lining up the first
Chevelle at the Bowl.
 
Courtesy of Mike Richards
His LMS win came at
Airborne Park Speedway.
 
Dragon Family Photo
Vince is interviewed by
Peter B. Guibard in Victory
Lane at Airborne with Beaver
"Dragon
.
 
 
Quenneville Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Vince had his own fan club in that time.
 
Quenneville Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Work goes on under the Stowell car..


Soource Unknown
The 2nd NASCAR
LMS arrives in action at
T Road in 1974.
 

Quenneville Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Vince
and Jr - about
this time period.

Courtesy Ed Fabian
The Stowell Chev
sponsorship in 1974.
  

Courtesy of Cho Lee
The Addison Cty
braintrust at Catamount:
Norm Scarborough, Al Ryan,
Vince, unknown, and Lee
Delphia.
  

Courtesy of Shawn Byrne
A late model award of some
sort at the Bowl: Chuck Blanchard,
UNK,  Vince, and CJ.
 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno

A pose by that first
Chevelle, in 1972.

 
Quenneville Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

Vince, with 1973 Airborne checkers.
This feature was one of his crowning
achievements, given how foreign late model sportsman pavement racing was to him.

 
Courtesy of Quenneville Family

Vince, with the '68 Chevelle
Spafford car. CJ Richards, seen
right behind him, was a supporter of
this effort.

 


Courtesy of Chris Companion
One of the less successful late model days.


THE POST LATE MODEL DAYS


Courtesy of the LaFond Family
Victory with the sedan either right
before or right after the late model.
Left - UNK, Vince, Dickerman,
and Scarborough.

Arnie Ainsworth Photo
A later Scarborough coupe
at the Valley.

 

Christian Ti-Gaz Genest Photo
Another Quebec car - I don't know
if it came from Vermont or Quebec.

Arnie Aisworth Photo
This is probably a
Dickerman car  later
than the sedan by a
few seasons.
 

Quennevile Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

 By now Vnce, Jr. was old
 enough to take part.

Quennevile Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

A Quebec win with a
car of his own.

 

Quennevile Family Photo
Courtesy of Norm Vadnais

With Quebec owner,
Roch Lavallee, celebrating
a track title.

Courtesy of Lorraine LaBelle

A rare shot of Vince and the
Gremlin at the short - lived
Mustang Speedway in Pike River, Qc.
 
 
Courtesy of John Lutz

The J.P. Therrien dirt mod
he ran in Quebec
.


Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth

A Pinto he ran in Quebec.

 
Courtesy of Pat LaPlante

Brandon ARCO car. Raced in
Quebec apparently
.  Terre Battue
means dirt track.

 
Courtesy of Mike Laduc

At Syracuse, with a 357,
a car he ran in Quebec. Don't
know if Dickerman was
still involved then.

 
 
Source Unknown

A Quenneville mod,
still trailered, in
Quebec
.

       


Bob Frazier Photo Courtesy of CJRichards

Vince and his last car owner - the Jack Ryan Lazer Chassis 28 VT .


 

 


Sharon Richards Photo
Courtesy of
Norm Vadnais

Vince and his last car - the Jack Ryan #28.


Bob Frazier Photo Courtesy of CJRichards

Vince and his last car -
 the Jack Ryan #28.
 

 
 Ladabouche Photo
Quenneville's last car, a Ryan Lazer is probably still sitting in this shed.

SOME QUENNEVILLE CLIPPINGS

 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr.

Late model sportsman days,
probably 1972.


Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr.

Claremont modified article.


Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr.

Late model sportsman days,
probably 1972.

 

 

Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr.

Devil's Bowl championship
from 1968.

 

Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr.

Late model sportsman days,
joining Northern NASCAR.

 

Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr.

 1972 Panch article
with Vince photo.

   

A FEW SHOTS OF A PERSONAL NATURE

 

Quenneville Memorial Program
Quenneville Family Collection
Courtesy of
Norm Vadnais

Vinces Sr. and Jr. - as
Rosati Fan Club members.

 

Quenneville Memorial Program
Quenneville Family Collection
Courtesy of
Norm Vadnais

The Air Force portrait. 

 
 


 

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