RACING PEOPLE WE HAVE LOST SINCE THE END OF THE 2016 SEASON

    Nothing fancy here. Up to the 2017 season, Ken Squier would address the crowd at Thunder Road at the first race and inform them of any racing figures we had lost since the preceding season. That hasn't been done since. I was struck by what it meant to a lot of people to hear this information; so, I decided to use this page to tyr and let people know, to the best of my ability, who has passed on in the racing community [at least up this way].


Speedway Line Report Photo
Leo Cleary,
Hanover, MA

Modified / Sportsman Driver


Courtesy of Chris Companion
Cleary, in the pits at Catamount Stadium around 1966.

Courtesy of Race Chasers Online
Very early Leo.

NASCAR File Photo
Pete Hamilton,
Dedham, MA

Modified / Sportsman Driver
Grand National Driver
Car Builder



Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy of John Rock
Hamilton leads Charlie Trombley at Airborne Park Speedway around 1967.
 
 Photo Courtesy of Fuel Tank.com

Pete was closely involved with the Petty Enterprises kit car program besides driving.
 
MVRCA Site Photo
Bob Walker,
Oxford Plains Speedway

Track Announcer


 
Photo Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bob interviewing Oxford Plains
regular Wally Patrick.
 
 Photo Source Unknown
An interview with 250 winner Morgan Shepard.
 
Photo Courtesy of Shawn Byrne
Jim Byrne,
Castleton, VT

Race Driver

 
Photo Courtesy of Lou Senecal via Diana Peters

Jim's late model in the Devil's Bowl pits mostly
through another challenging season.
 
Photo Courtesy of Lou Senecal via Diana Peters
Did anyone get the license plate of that truck ?
Jim's dare devil class Ford at Devil's Bowl
 
Photo Courtesy of Shawn Byrne
Robin Branham,
Plattsburgh, NY

Race Driver

 
Photo Courtesy of Joe Bouyea
Another early late model for Robin at Airborne.
 
Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy of Dave Brwon
Receiving an award in 1975 for Bob Brunell at what
was then called Plattsburgh International Raceway.
 
Bob Frazier Photo Courtesy of Mike Richards
Ed "Peanut" Foley,
Leicester, NY


Modified / Sportsman Race Driver

 
Photo Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth
Foley's last appreciable ride was with the
Austin Dickerman 357 modifieds at
Lebanon Valley.
 
Photo Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth
Many Devil's Bowl fans still associate Ed
with this, the last car he owned himself.
 
Bob Frazier Photo Courtesy of Mike Richards
Al "A.G." Ryan
Whiting, VT

Car Owner

 
Bob Frazier Photo via Rutland Herald
Al [far right] owned the 1965 Fairmont Speedway
track champion car  driven by Roger Gauthier.
 
Bob Frazier Photo via D. Bowl Program
Jerry Pennock was one of several top drivers who
served as chauffeurs for Al Ryan cars.
 
Photo Courtesy of Tom Pelletier
Ed Pelletier,
White River Jct, VT

Car Owner / Builder

 
Photo via Mike Gilbert
Ed, [leaning on car looking at camera] talks
to pit steward Archie Blackadar at the old
Northfield, VT track in 1963.
 
Photo via Cho Lee
Ed is best known up our way as the owner of the
beautiful yellow and black 51's driven by Russell
Ingerson. Here Ed [[middle] is seen with Ingerson
and Ed's team partner Doug Falzarano [2nd from right].

Photo by Frank Simek
Irv Taylor,
Rexford NY

Mod
ified / Sportsman Driver


Russ Bergh Photo via Otto Graham
The ultimate driver for hire, Irv drove for dozens of
teams; ironically, he may be best remembered for
this, a car he partly owned.

Photo by Russ Bergh
One of my favorite Irv rides. Don't know if Rollie
Johnson still owned it or if Richard Welch had
bought it by then.
  
Photo Source Unknown
Thomas "Tom" Curley,
Barre, VT

Track Owner / Promoter

 
Photo via Dragon Family
Curley talks to Beaver Dragon, one of his
iconic stars on the beer tours, around 1986.
 
 Photo via NEAR Website
Tom is delighted to induct Jean - Paul Cabana into the NEAR Hall of Fame.
 
Photo Source Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Carl "Fuzzy" Van Horn,
Phillipsburg, NJ

Driver / Promoter

 
Bill Cooper Photo via Legacy.com
The opposite of Curley,Carl drove a lot
and promoted only a little - at Harmony Speedway in his home town of Phillipsburg, NJ.
 
Bill Young Photo via Kevin Budden, thru Three Wide
Carl drove these 2a's often, like the 71E's.
 
Photo Source Getty Images
Bud Moore,
Spartanburg, SC

Car Owner / Builder
 
Pinterest Photo
Although Moore's owning career went at least well into the 1990's, my favorite Moore cars were his Mercurys with Darrell Deiringer in the mid 1960's.

 
Photo Source Getty Images
Bud shown here with Joe Weatherly, one of his earlier drivers. He was heartbroken when Weatherly was killed at Riverside in California in one of these 8's.
 
Photo by Ladabouche
Marty Harty,
Barrington, NH

Car Owner / Builder / Innovator

 
Bob Doyle Photo via Cho Lee
Of all the descriptors that could be used to
describe Harty race cars - "usual" was not
often used. The odd number came from the price of gas at Ralph Atkins' garage, a faithful sponsor.
 
Harty Photo Collection via George Hill
Jim Traverse in a Harty entry at Brookline,
MA. Marty sure did like ' em well off
the ground.
 
Russ Bergh Photo via Alan McDonald
Jim Hoyt,
Saranac Lake, NY

Driver / Builder


From Dan Ody's 8MM Old Speedways DVD's
Inspired by the fact dad was a Mopar dealer and
by all Henry Caputo had accomplished with a
similar Plymouth, Jim built this beauty at a young age and raced it a bit at Airborne, as well as his father's track Saranac Lake Speedway.
 
Frank Simek Photo via Andy Fusco
Jim had one of the most spectacular wrecks in he history of Fonda Speedway, setting high speeds on a pavement setup. He missed the Fonda book only because they couldn't find photos of the crash.
 
Norman McIver Photo via Cho Lee
Harold "Hardluck" Hanaford,
Plymouth, NH

Flathead Coupe Driver

 
Photo Courtesy of Scott Haskell
Harold literally started out oat the beginning of stock car racing in the Northeast. Believe it or not, he traveled extensively with this car and won just as extensively.
 
Bob Doyle Photo Courtesy of Mark Austin
Hana is best known for driving this particular
flathead coupe at Thunder Road. He won the
first Milk Bowl with it.
 
Howie Hodge Photo
Maynard Troyer,
Spencerport, NY

Modified Driver / Car Builder/
Innovator


 
Jim Simmons Photo Courtesy of Mike Shaub
via Three Wide's Picture Vault
Maynard raced for years, was a member of the
All Star Stock Car Racing League, established a
car building business so big, the cars had to have serial numbers. and may have been best known for this Falcon.... But..
 
Photo Courtesy of Wheels.ca
... recently, Maynard had joked to someone  that
he wondered if he wasn't more famous for his
spectacular wreck of this car at Daytona than for anything else. [I kinda doubt that].
 
John Grady Photo
Edward "Doc" Blanchard,
Gloversville, NY

Modified / Sportsman Driver
 
John Grady Photo
Doc may be best known for this pavement
Valiant that he drove well and made it onto the cover
of S
tock Car Racing magazine with.
 
Russ Bergh Photo via Bob Novak
I first saw Doc at Otter Creek Speedway with this very car, around 1962.

Bob Dragon Family Photo
Ron Lamell, Sr.,
Essex Ctr., VT

Flying Tiger Driver

Courtesy of the Lloyd Gilbert Family
Ron, with one of his beloved Fords at Catamount.

Courtesy of the Bob Dragon Family
Ron, with Bob Dragon, Ron Barcomb, and starter Jack Paradee in Vic Lane at Catamount.

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