SIGNS OF THE TIMES  1
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 mannila paper with offset printing. No one had computers to do it quickly and almost as well.

                         OLD SPEEDWAY SIGNS                                        


 Ladabouche Collection
An early sign for the track in Malta, NY used what appeared to be a former
Rene Charland car on top.

Courtesy of Dan Ody

Courtesy of J. Young
An early sign for Vineland Speedway may have been the inspiration for the Malta sign.

 Ladabouche Collection
The only sign for Catamount Stadium.

 Courtesy of C.J. Richards
C.J. RIchards, with his sign for his 1962 re - opening of Fairmont,

 Courtesy of the Owen Family
As the sign says in French, Williston, VT's Gordy Owen was welcome at Noel Speedway - outside Montreal.

 Ladabouche Collection
A computer re-creation of a sign that was used on the road into Otter Creek Speedway in 1961.

 Courtesy of Darrell Tucker
This crude  sign shows how basic the operation was at Rainbow Ridge - the last version of the track that started as Otter Creek Speedway.

 From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD's

An early sign for Fonda Speedway,

 Bob Novak Collection
The familiar sign on the judges' stand at Victoria.
 
 Courtesy of Ken Gypson
An early sign for Pine Bowl Speedway, saved by Ken Gypson.

Bouvrette 8MM Film
Courtesy of LaBreche Family
A sign for the 1950's Bouvrette Speedway, an old horse track in St. Jerome, QC.

Bouvrette 8MM Film
Courtesy of LaBreche Family
Another sign for the 1950's Bouvrette Speedway, an old horse track in St. Jerome, QC.

Courtesy of Norwood Site
A changeable sign for the Norwood Arena.
 
Cavalacade of Auto Racing Photo
The 1960's sign for Oxford Plains Speedway..
 
Courtesy of Roger Liller
It may have not been the main sign, but promoter Ed Ryan had this one at Stateline Speedway, No. Bennington, VT.
 
Source Unknown
A sign for the 1950's Weissglass Stadium. Slightly different name.
 
Source Unknown
A sign for the 1950's Weissglass Stadium.
 
Source Unknown
An Oilzum adv. sign
for the Brookline [NH] track.
 
Source : Olean Computer
A banner near the Olean
Speedway.
 
Source:Lynchmob
The famed Flemington
Speedway sign.
 
Source: NJ.com
Dover NJ Speedway.
 
Source Unknown
A sign for the Islip Speedway.
 
Ed Flemke Collection
A sign for the Utica - Rome track, when it was paved.
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD's
A sign for the future
Devil's Bowl Speedway
West Haven , VT.

Courtesy of Edw. B. Brown III
Another car top sign at FUlton, NY.

 
Courtesy of Joe Grossetti
Joe Grossetti and brothers at Langhorne.
 
Source: Ed Duncan
A sign inside the Old Bridge track. Never knew they called it a stadium.
 
Source: Danny Ody
A very rustic sign for the
Pine Bowl Speedway.
 
Source: Gerard Major
Bob Chartrand in front of the Noel sign.

 Ladabouche Photo
The Catamount sign<
after I redid it. No
more green and yellow motif.

-
     
 Source Wes Moody
This track never got off the drawing board.
 
 Source Unknown
An old tin sign
from Satan's Bowl O' Death.
   

 

                       OLD SPEEDWAY TICKETS AND PASSES                                        


 
Source: Unknown
A 1956 Syracuse
pit pass, signed by
Dick Todd.
 
Source: Steve Hibbard
A complimentary pass for the little - known Bomoseen Raceway, which was in Hydeville, VT and catered mostly to horses.

Source: Barb Laduc
Membership cardsfor Charlie Laduc: Fairmont and Hillside.

Source: Danish Family  
A pit pass from Poughkeepsie Speedway, which might be the same as  the Arlington track. This was from Steve Danish.
 
Source: Barb Laduc
A ticket stub for Fairmont Speedway, in the 1960's.
 Source: Unknown
A pass fpor the "Ray Nadeau Speedway", which I think was Webster Flats, Lyndonville, VT.
  
Source: Walt Perkins
Payout stub for
unknown Spdwy, attributed to Roy "Pappy" Forsyth. 
 
Source: Walt Perkins
Ticket stub for Colchester -  Bayview Spdwy, complete with misspelling of track name. Probably Roy Forsyth memorabilia.
 
Source: Walt Perkins
Ticket stub for Colchester Raceway,
which ran in same town as Bayview, but earlier and shorter lived. 
   
Source: Walt Perkins
Payout stub for
Pico Raceway, attributed to Roy "Pappy" Forsyth.
 
Source: Walt Perkins
Ticket stub for Claremont Spdwy, attributed to Roy "Pappy" Forsyth.
 
Source: Walt Perkins
Tag for the old fairgrounds track in Norway. ME - attributed to Pappy Forsyth.
   
Source: Paul Bellefeuille
A ticket stub for the last race at Catamount Stadium.
 
Source: Jim Ladabouche
A membership card for
Northeastern Spdwy and the Vermont version of URC.
 
 
Source: Paul Bellefeuille
A membership card for
Northeastern Spdwy and the Vermont version of URC.
 
   
Source: Todd Moses
1956 NASCAR license
for Carl Moses.
 
Source: Todd Moses
1956 NASCAR license
for Carl Moses.
 
Source: Starin Family
Pit pass for Hollywood Speedway [AKA Rt 66 Speedway.
 
Source: Starin Family
Pit pass for a 1960's go kart Speedway.
 
Source: Starin Family
1960's NASCAR pit passes from Ken Shoemaker and Buck Holliday.
 
Source: Starin Family
Fonda Speedway ticket stubs.

Source: Starin Family
Ticket stubs from Empire Raceway. 
 
Source: Starin Family
Fonda Speedway ticket stubs attributed to Jeep Herbert.
 
Source: Starin Family
Fonda Speedway 1950's ticket stubs attributed to Pete Corey.
 
Source: Starin Family
Fonda Speedway drag strip ticket stubs.
 
Source: Starin Family
Fonda Speedway NASCAR pit passes before and after the big Jerry Jerome wreck. Starins were associated with the Jerome car.

 
Source: Starin Family
Fonda Speedway NASCAR pit pass for the night of the famous George Welch benefit program.

Source: Starin Family
Fonda Speedway NASCAR pit pass for the 1958
Grand National race.

Source: Starin Family
Other pit passes for Hollywood Speedway [AKA Rt 66 Speedway.

Source: Starin Family
Langhorne Speedway pit pass
for
a 1950's event. Below - Regular ticket stub.


Source: Starin Family
Lebanon Valley Speedway pit passes
for the 1956
season.

Source: Starin Family
Complimentary pass to the Naples Speedwa
y.
 
Source: Starin Family
NY State Fair race "Ladies Pass"
for the 1958 race.
 
Source: Starin Family
1949 NASCAR license
for Earl Moss for the 1949
season.
 
Source: Starin Family
NASCAR license
for the 19
60 season for Burton "Sonny" Starin.


Source: Starin Family
Fonda Speedway NASCAR pit passes for the actual night of the big Jerry Jerome wreck. Starins were associated with the Jerome car.
 
 
Source: Starin Family
Fonda Speedway NASCAR pit pass the night Steve Danish won the "Miss America" race using Frank Trinkhaus' 62 car.
 
Source: Starin Family
Fonda Speedway NASCAR pit pass for 1958.
 
Source: Starin Family
Go kart tickets.

Source: Starin Family
Fonda Speedway NASCAR pit passes for 1950's.
 

Source: Starin Family
Assorted 1950's pit passes for: Fonda, Syracuse, and Victoria. Has that infamous "No Women" caveat on one.

Source: Starin Family
White's Beach
Speedway pit passes for 1954.

Source: Starin Family
1959 Syracuse "No Women" pit pass.

Source: Starin Family
1950's NY State Fair ticket stub.

Source: Starin Family
Mimeographed Whites Beach 1950's pit passes.

Source: Starin Family
1950's Whites Beach Speedway ticket stub.

Source: Danny Ody
1950's Rollo - O Bowl Speedway ticket stub.

Source: MVRCA
Maine racing club membership card,
supposedly to Sanford Speedway.
 
Source: ebay
1950's Westboro Spdwy ticket stub.
 
Source: Unknown
1950's Bufalo Civic Stadium ticket stub.
[Very small - this is full size]
 
Source: Ken Gypson
1959 George Welch benefit program at Empire Raceway [where he was killed flagging].
 
Source: Unknown
Late 1940's NY Satan's Bowl of Death Pit pass . [Don't we wish we paid that to get int o the pits now?].
 
Source: Unknown
Late 1940's NY Satan's Bowl of Death ticket stub .
 
Source: Terri Sabens
Ticket stub for Catamount circa 1970's [judging from the price]..
 
Source: Lebanon Valley Classics
A deposit by driver George Gowie to buy the
Burden Lake Speedway, one of NY's 1st tracks.
 
Source: Yankee Racer 134
1950's parking ticket for Springfield [ME] Speedway. This may have been because it was at the local fairgrounds.
 
Source: Amazon
Late 1950's PlainvilleStadium ticket stub.
 
Source: timepassagesnostalgoia.com
RIverside Park ticket.
[Amusements, not the track].
 
Source: Russ Dodge
Payout checks from Trenton to Frankie Schneider and Pete Frazee.
 
Source: Olean Computer
Two pit passes for
Olean Raceway.
 
Source: Marty Kelly Jr.
1969 Devil's Bowl ticket. 
 
Source: Marty Kelly Jr.
Later 1980's CVRA pit pass signed by Gene Munger.
 
Source: Timeline Photos
Billy Schroth's memebership card to South Seneca.
 
Source: Howie Hodge
Intact Lakeville Speedway[[MA] tickets.
  
Source: Crystal Snape
1969 and 70 Lebanon Valley pit passes.
 
Source: Crystal Snape
Lebanon Valley pit pass.
 
Source: Crystal Snape
1957 Pioneer Valley Racing Association pit pass. [Probably for Rhythm Inn Speedway].
 
Source: Crystal Snape
1956 Pioneer Valley Racing Association pit pass. [Probably for Rhythm Inn Speedway].
 
Source: Edw. B. Brown III
Admission toicket for the Atlantic City Speedway.
 
Source: Sam Barlow
1974  pit pass for the opening show at Cairo Fairgrounds Speedway of Ken Shoemaker.
 
Source: Paul Bellefeuille
Checks to the Andy Cote racing team from Northeastern. Speedway

Source: Tom Ormsby
Employee's pass for Buffalo Civic Stadium. 
 
Source: Rick Parry
Special ticket for the Pete Corey benefit circa 1960 at Fonda Speedways. [Probably for Rhythm Inn Speedway
 
Source: Norwood Website
1964 Norwood Arena driver discount ticket [whatever that was]. A really good price !

Source: Solo Privee
A ticket to Milton Speedway [the drag strip].
 
Source: Rick Parry
A
"mechanic's pass" for the 1950's Columbian Raceway. It's just kinda a pit pass :)
 
Source: Lou Lazarro Jr.
Self explanatory. Little did anyone know that season would end in a tie for the national title.
 
Source: Edw. B. Brown III
A certificate of speed given to Johnny Thompson from Daytona Spdwy.


Source: Norwood Site
A
Norwood Arena club membership card from 1950.
 
Source: Midstate Club
A
Midstate membership card from 1964.
 
Source: Walt Perkins
A ticket
stub from
Claremont Speedway. [Later Twin State]
 
Source: Richard Pratt
Photo by Ladabouche

A ticket
stub from
the first season of Thunder Road International Speedbowl, 1960.

 
Source: ebay
A
Seekonk Speedway ticket stub from the 1971 season.
 

 

 

 

                       OLD RACING PROGRAMS                                        

 


Ladabouche Collection
Devil's Bowl Speedway
1973
 
Ladabouche Collection
All Star League
1969

Source: Art Visconti
Fairmont Speedway
1964

Source: Dragon Family
NASCAR awards program with
autograph for Beaver Dragon by Richard Petty.

 
Source: Dragon Family
Devil's Bowl program
1969.
 
Ladabouche Collection
Cavalcade of Auto Racing
1960's
 
Ladabouche Collection
Catamount Stadium
1972
 
Ladabouche Collection
Devil's Bowl Speedway:
2 Vince Quenneville programs

 
Ladabouche Collection
Fairmont Speedway
1963
[Program was actually green; don't know how it changed].
 
Source: Unknown
Program for the one year Fonda and Richfield teamed up.
1950's
 
Ladabouche Collection
Otter Creek Spee
dway

1962
 
Source: Unknonwn
Thunder Road International Speedbowl program

1961 

Source: Scott Haskell
Devil's Bowl and Airborne Speedway
1972 
 
Source: Scott Haskell
Catamount Stadium
1972 
 
Source: Scott Haskell
Catamount Stadium
1972 
 
Source: Harold Ingalls
Early Monadnock Speedway
197? 
 
Source: aimhnga
via webhotshots.com

RARE Hinsdale race track program page.
1949

Source:NH Short Track Heroes
Claremont Speedway.
1962
 
Source: Paul Mascitti
Catamount Stadium.
1970's

Source:Norman Morley
Canadian National Exposition.
1953

Source: Shawn Byrne
Champlain Valley Racing Association Newsletter.
1989

Source: Shawn Byrne
Champlain Valley Racing Association Newsletter II.
1989 
 
Source: Shawn Byrne
Champlain Valley Racing Association Newsletter.
1995
 
Source: Shawn Byrne
Champlain Valley Racing Association Program
1995 Year in Review
 
Source: Shawn Byrne
Champlain Valley Racing Association Program.
1973
 
Source: Starin Family
Empire Raceway Program.
1950's
 
Source: Starin Family
Langhorne Speedway Program.
1955
 
Source: Starin Family
Langhorne Speedway Program.
1957
 
Source: Norman Morley
Canadian National Exposition.
195?
 
Source: Blackjack Racing
Empire Raceway
program.

195?
 
Source: Amy Garrison Dauski
Lebanon Valley Program.
1960's.

Source: Roger Liller
Rhinebeck Speedway Program
1952.

Source: Roger Liller
NASCAR GN Program for Syracuse
1957.

Source: Wes Moody
Rolling Wheels Raceway Program
Late 1960's.

Source: Ladabouche Collection
All Star League Program
1968.

Source: Unknown
Lebanon Valley Program
Pete Corey night, but ironically Corellis on cover.
 
Source: Unknown
All Star League Dover Program
1969.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
All Star League Program
1971.

Source: Ladabouche Collection
All Star League Program
1970.
 
Source: Unknown
All Star League Program
1973.

Source: Unknown
All Star League Oswego Program
1971.
 
Source: Dragon Family
Catamount Program
1979ish - during the "International Speedway" era.
 
Source: Unknown
NASCAR GA Series Program
Latter 1960's.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Oxford 250 Program
1978.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Oxford 250 Program
1981.

Source: Ladabouche Collection
Devil's Bowl Program
1972.

Source: Katrina Franks McAvoy
Catamount Program
1980's.
Calling it Catamount Speedway.
 
Source: Johnny Racer
T Road Program
1980's.
 
Source: Johnny Racer
T Road Program
1980's.
A heap of 2nd generation drivers there.
 
Source: Paul Mascitti
T Road / Cat Program
1970's.
 
Source: David Alex Sr
Islip All Star League Program
1970.
 
Source: L. Lazarro jr
Lancaster All Star League Program
early 1970's.

Source: Walter Newell
T Road Program
1977.

Source: Walter Newell
T Road Program
1976.

Source: Walter Newell
T Road Program
1975.

Source: ebayl
Langhorne NASCAR GN Program
Early 1950's.
 
Source: Chris Cardarelli
Catamount Program 1976.

Source:Unknown
Oswego All Star League Program
early 1970's.

Source: Pete Silva
Unity Raceway Program
1976.
 
Source: Amy Garrison Dauski
Lebanon Valley  Program
1961.
 
Source: Edw. B. Brown III
Nazareth All Star League Program
early 1970's.
 
Source: Chris Cardarelli
Catamount Program 1978.
 
Source: Ed Flemke Site
New London - Waterford Speedbowl Program 1959.
 
Source: Chris Cardarelli
Catamount Program
1975.
 
Source: Chris Cardarelli
Thunder Road Program
1977.
 
Source: Chris Cardarelli
Thunder Road Program 1976.
 
Source: Chris Cardarelli
Thunder Road Program
1976.
 
Source: Chris Cardarelli
Thunder Road Program
1976.
 
Source: Chris Cardarelli
Catamount Program
1975.
 
Source: Tom Czabab
Devil's Bowl Program
1976.

Source: Ladabouche Collection
Bear Ridge Speedway Program - Results Page
1983.

Source: Ladabouche Collection
Bear Ridge Speedway Program - Points Page
1983.

Source: Worthpoint Auctions
Empire Raceway Midget Program
1949.
 
Source: Worthpoint Auctions
Empire Raceway Midget Program
1949.

Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fairmont Speedway Program - Cover Page
1963.

Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fairmont Speedway Program - Roster Page
1963.

Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fairmont Speedway Program - 3rd Page
1963.

Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fairmont Speedway Program - Back Cover
1963.

Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Cover
1965.

Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Roster
1965.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Cover
1964.

Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Roster
1964.

 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Roster
1966ish.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Roster
1968.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Cover
1962.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Roster
1962.

 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Cover
107 Lapper
Late 60's/Early 70's.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Roster for LM and Mods
1968?.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Cover
1963 200 Lapper.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Regular Roster
1963 200 Lapper.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Rare Owners Listing
1963 200 Lapper.
 
Source: Bob Novak
Fonda Speedway Program - Score
Sheet
1963 200 Lapper.
 
Source: Bob Novak
Fonda Speedway Program - Time Trials Record Sheet
1963 200 Lapper.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Roster
1968?.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Roster
and Points
1969.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Fonda Speedway Program - Cover
No More Drag Strip.
 
Source: Bob Novak
Fonda Speedway Program - Cover
1961.
 
Source: Bob Novak
Fonda Speedway Program - Page 2
1961.
 
Source: Bob Novak
Fonda Speedway Program - Page 3
1961.
 
Source: Bob Novak
Fonda Speedway Program - Roster
1961.
 
Source: Bob Novak
Fonda Speedway Program - Cover
1963.
 
Source: Bob Novak
Fonda Speedway Program - Roster
1963.
 
Source: Bob Novak
Fonda Speedway Program - Cover
100 Lapper
1962.
 
Source: Bob Novak
Fonda Speedway Program - Roster
100 Lapper
1962.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Thunder Road
Program
- Cover
1980's.
 
Source: Ladabouche Collection
Thunder Road Program - Roster
1980's.
 
Source: Bob Novak
Victoria Speedway Program - Cover
1962.
 
Source: Bob Novak
Victoria Speedway Program - Page 2
1962.
 
Source: Bob Novak
Victoria Speedway Program - Page 3
1962.
 
Source: Bob Novak
Victoria Speedway Program - Roster
1962.
   

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