SIGNS OF THE TIMES 2
Early Signs, Logos, and Other Graphics of Early Stock Car Racing

           The sport of stock car racing today is graphics heavy because of the ease with vinyl can be used for numbers, ads, signs, and all else that goes with the promotion of the sport. This page is a little celebration of when guys like me used to letter signs and race cars with a paint brush and when the Coke signs and Motor Oil signs which local distributors gave out to tracks were tin or wood. It was a different time than now.

 


Ladabouche Collection
This is how tracks sent out their promotional releases in 1965. No one had ever heard of email. This is a mailed postcard.


Ladabouche Collection
The cover of a program in the 1960's was necessarily simple and never changed throughout the year. Above - Fairmont Speedway around 1963.

Tickets and Pit Passes


Courtesy of Steve Hibbard
This compimentary ticket was from a very obscure 1950's track.


Courtesy of Barb Laduc
A membership cardboard or manila paper with offset printing. No one had computers to do it quickly and almost as well.

                        THOSE FAMILIAR OLD SPEEDWAY POSTERS                                        

 


 Courtesy of Cho Lee
An early poster for Bear Ridge Speedway. [It has to be 1968 or newer]

Source: Conde & Parry Site
An early poster for Bennett's Speedway, in
Utica, NY -  1950 only.


 Ladabouche Collection
The very famous Beaver Dragon Black Magic poster for Catamount Stadium. One of my best - known lettering jobs, too.

 Courtesy of Phil Chastenay
A very early poster for Claremont Speedway.

 Courtesy Chris DaBica
Fairmont Park Motor Speedway -
the 1950's version of Fairmont.


 Source Unknown
A final show poster
for Catamount Stadium -
1987.

 
 Source Unknown
A flier poster
for Hillside Raceway -
1965 only.
 
 Source: Darrell Tucker
A typical poster
for Hillside Raceway -
1965 only.
 
 Source: Cho Lee
A promotional flier poster
for Thunder Road International Speedbowl -
early 1960's.

 
 Source Jerry King Collection
A flier poster
for Stateline Speedway -
early 1950's.
 
 Source Ken Gypson
A standard poster
for the Pine Bowl
Speedway.
 
 Source Dan Kearney
A standard poster
for Pico Raceway -
1951 or 1952.
 
 Source Conde & Parry Website

A flier poster
for that brief time that Fonda teamed with Richfield - 1950's.

 
 Source Ladabouche Collection
A standard poster
for racing at Vermont State Fair - likely 1950's.
 
 Source Ken Gypson
A flier poster
for Pine Bowl Speedway.

Source Conde & Parry Website
A flier poster for the
Sharon Raceway.

 Likely, the Conde & Parry Site
Smyrna Raceway, roughly in same region as Sharon.
 
 Ken Gypson Collection
More Stateline standard
 1950's posters.

 
Rick Parry Collection
Two unmanageably small photos of Stateline info
posters for one particular race.



 
Rick Parry Collection
A third unmanageably small photo of a Stateline info
poster for a '50's race.
 
Ken Gypson Collection
The Victoria Speedway,
in Dunnsville
.
 
 Source
Paul Bellefeuille
A standard poster
for Northeastern Speedway. Lower Waterford, VT - in that brief while it was called Waterford Motordrome.
 
 Source John Morris
A rare standard poster
done by a hell driver troupe which both misnames the Speedway and gets the town wrong.

 
 Source Don Richards
A framed poster
for Malletts Bay Raceway [later called Colchester - Bayview Speedway. This is the best - known of the Colchester tracks.
 
 Source ebay auction
A flier poster
for Malletts Bay Raceway.
 
 Source Rich Palmer
A flier poster
for Devil's Bowl
Speedway.
 
 Source Chip Letter
A flier poster
for a special race
at Catamount Stadium.
 
 Source Chip Letter
A flier poster
for a special race
at Catamount Stadium
around 1971.
 
 Source Reggie Caldwell
via George Hill

Rt 106 Midway became Bryars Park and finally NH Int. Speedway
.
 
 Source Midstate Club
A standard poster
for Watertown Speedway.

 Source:  Black Jack Racing
A poster for the fairgrounds at Morris, NY before it was Midstate Speedway.
 
 Source Wicked Good Racin
A flier poster
for the Arundel Speedway.
 
 Source Unknown
A typical poster
for Buffalo Civic Stadium.
 
 Source Speedway Nostalgia
A standard poster
for Lansdowne Speedway, which shared cars with Buffalo Civic Stadium.

 Source Dan Kearney
A typical poster
for Fairmont Speedway in the CJ Richards era.
 
Source:  Black Jack Racing
A poster for the Naples [NY] Speedway.
 
Source: Unknown
A flier poster for the Saranac Lake Speedway - season opener.
 
Source:  BlackJack Racing
A poster for the New Seneca Falls track. Big cars  might be before stock car or roadsters there.
 
Source:  Al Hauver
Via No. Country Journal

A flier poster for the race track at Veterans' Park, Newport, VT.
 
Source:  Roger Liller
A poster for the Rhinebeck Speedway - maybe before they had stock cars.
 
Source:  HAMB Chat Site
A flier poster for Catamount.
 
Source:  Brent Kostanko
A poster for Thunder Road. The all woman reference suggests 1960, at latest.
 
Source:  Bob Miller
A standard poster for the Ovid, NY based South Seneca Speedway.
 
Source:  Wakely
A poster for Danbury Arena
and the SNYRA.
 
Source:  MVRCA
A standard poster for the storied Unity Raceway in the Knowles era.
 
Source:  Dick Glines
A poster for Oxford Plains Speedway - late 60's or 1970.
 
Source: Midstate Club
A standard poster for the fabled Fonda Speedway.
 
Source:  ebay
An informal  poster for Fonda.
 
Source: Star Gazette
This track was in Corning, NY.
 
Source:  Walt Schwinning
A typical poster for Rhinebeck Speedway.
 
Source:  lowdug37
A typical poster for Joe Tinty's Plainville Stadium.
 
Source:  Unknown
A flier poster for Joe Tinty's Plainville Stadium.
 
Source:  Stock Car Racers' Reunion Site
A typical poster for a Southern track.
 
Source:  supersrtockamx.com
A flier poster for
Catamount Stadium.
 
Source:  Mike Bruno
A Flier poster for Devil's Bowl Speedway [VT]
 
Source:  Edw. B. Brown III
A bright poster for Mohawk Speedway [which is not the former Frogtown track].
 
Source:  Ron Ristau
A flier poster for Empire Raceway, Menands.

Source:  Bud Tullis
A flier poster for "Danbury Fairgrounds Speedway", which I don't think is the same as Danbury Racearena. 
 
Source:  Bill Goldpaugh
A typical poster for the All Star League - this time at Bridgeport.
 
Source:  Mike McBride
A flier poster for a
very early Langhorne race.
 
Source:  Sam Barlow
A heavily - autographed standard poster for Rhinebeck, circa 1960.
 
Source:  Edw. B. Brown III
A standard poster for Harmony Speedway.
 
Source:  Christian Ti-Gaz Genest
A newspaper poster for Airborne when it was called PIR.
 
Source:  Mike Bruno
A newspaper poster for Devil's Bowl when it was called West Haven Speedway.
 
Source:  Joe Becker
A standard poster for motorcycle racing at Nazareth.
 
Source:  Kevin Lepage
A Catamount flier poster featuring Lepage.

Source: Christine Foisy Currier
A flier poster for
Bear Ridge Spdwy.
 
Source: Edw. B. Brown III
A flier poster for
Bowling Green Spdwy.

Source: Danny Ody
A flier poster for
Albany - Saratoga.

Source: NESCOT  
A poster for Klearview Kart Speedway, not the same as the 1950's NY track Clearview Speedway.
 
Source: NYMRN
A newspaper poster for McGregor, in Wilton, NY.
 
Source: NYMRN
A newspaper poster for McKown track near Albany, NY.
   
Source: Wes Moody
A flier poster for
Saranac Lake Speedway.
Mid 50's
     

 

                       OLD RACING DECALS                                        

 

 
Source: Unknown
Standard 1950's/ 60's stock car decal.

Source: Ladabouche Collection
From one of those oddball eras when Catamount was not "Stadium".

Source: Unknown
A latter day Coleman decal.
 
Source: Rick Parry
Midstate Speedway at the old Morris, NY fairgrounds. A very typical decal for that era.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
1950's NASCAR decal, with no year.


Source:
Ladabouche Collection
1950's NASCAR decal, with year.
 
Source: Unknown
CODA decal from the Claremont jalopy era.
 
Source: Jackie Peterson
A
1960's feature winner decal from Jackie Peterson. Likely - for Airborne Park Speedway.
 
Source: Jackie Peterson
A dated NASCAR logo decal.
 
Source: Andy Boright
A
decal from one of Jean-Paul Cabana's many sponsors Les Pneus Supra [Supra Tires].

Source: The Starin Family
A
Bardahl decal from the 1960's.
 
Source: The Starin Family
A
decal from the 1960's for Frank Trinkhaus' speed shop.
 
Source: The Starin Family
A
Jahn's decal from the 1960's.
 
Source: The Starin Family
A
Hidebrandt decal from the 1960's.
 
Source: The Starin Family
A
Langhorne participation  decal from the 1950's.
 
Source: Ron Wetzler
A
Daytona decal from the 1960's. Very politically correct.
 
Source: Ron Wetzler
A
familiar Perfect Circle decal from the 1960's.
 
Source: Ron Wetzler
A
wonderful Wynn's decal from the 1960's.
 
Source: Unknown
A
typical decal from the 1950's or 60's.
 
Source: Unknown
A
CVRA decal from the 1980's.
 
Source: Unknown
A
CVRA decal from the 1980's.
 
Source: Unknown
A
DIRT decal from the 1980's.
 
Source: Greg Collins Collection
via Ricky Rutt and 3 Wide

A
Harmony Speedway decal from the late 50's or early 60's.
 
Source: Midstate Club
A
1960's Oilzum decal for Midstate Speedway.
 
Source: Unknown
A
NASCAR decal from the 1970's.
 
Source: Unknown
The familiar Bear Alignment decal.
 
Source: Unknown
A
Speedway Scene newspaper decal .

Source: ebay
Standard stock car decal from the 50's or 60's.

Source: Sam Barlow
A
1960's Oilzum decal for Albany - Saratoga Speedway.
  
Source: California Speed and Sport Collection
An East Windsor Speedway decal from the late 50's or early 60's.

 

                       OLD RACING FAN PIN BUTTONS                                        

 

 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
George Baumgardner,
Fonda Speedway
The Young / Vine 75NY.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
George Baumgardner,
Victoria Speedway
The Young / Vine 75NY.
 
Source: Unknown
Irish Jack Murphy
 Oswego Speedway [pre Supers]
His Own #6.

Source: ebay
Dick Nephew,
 Victoria Speedway

His Own 6 NY

Source: Lou Lazarro Jr.
Lou Lazarro
 Fonda Speedway.
Vinnie Maugeri 4
  
Source: Wordpress Baseball Pinbacks
Pete Corey,
Fonda Speedway

A.C Caprara 37

Source: Wordpress Baseball Pinbacks  
Robbie Kotary,
Victoria Speedway

Ward Pettit 148 
 
Source: Wordpress Baseball Pinbacks  
Tiger Tom Kota
ry,
Victoria Speedway

Romano's 97

Source: Wordpress Baseball Pinbacks
Pete Corey,
Victoria Speedway

A.C Caprara 37

Source: Wordpress Baseball Pinbacks  
Jim Gresley,
Oswego Speedway

 
Source: Wordpress Baseball Pinbacks
Willie Chest,
Victoria Speedway

His Own 54

 

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