The Norm Vadnais Collection
Selected Shots That Didn't Make It Onto Another Page

     Norm is the youngest son of Eli Vadnais, a distant relative of mine and an important figure in the earlier history of racing in the Rutland County, Vermont region. As was true with me, Norm was studiously interested in racing - primarily at Fair Haven's Fairmont Speedway. He wrote down a lot of thoughts and remembers even more about those days in the early 1960's.
     Eli Vadnais was in on the ground floor of stock car racing in Vermont. As a member of Henry LaVictorie's 4 Crazy Frenchmen team, Eli crewed at Pico Raceway, Fairmont Park Motor Speedway, and probably a few more tracks. Later, as proprietor of Eli's Auto Body, Eli Vadnais painted most of the area's premier stock cars for many years.

THE CRAZY FRENCHMAN CAR


Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
The original [and more
successful] car

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Photo by Bill Ladaboche
Norm's model of
the sedan gives a
better idea of appearance


Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
The car, with Norm [rt] and
older brother David aboard.

THE ELI'S AUTO BODY CARS


Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
The RR, with
George Pritchard
driving gets a
checkers


Courtesy of LaFond Family

 

Courtesy of Chris Companion
George Rogers,
Castleton, VT


Courtesy of Neal Davis
The 1st coupe
 

Ladabouche Photo
George Pritchard,
Castleton, VT

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
The Taggart and
Rooney #0
Castleton, VT

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Jim Spaulding,
Fair Haven, VT


Ladabouche Photo

 

Ladabouche Photo
John Spafford,
Castleton Corners, VT
Taken in fading light


Courtesy of LaFond Family
 

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Eddie Allen,
Fair Haven, VT

 

 

SOME OF NORM'S OTHER PHOTOS


Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Photo by Bob Frazier
Sonny Rabideau,
Brattleboro, VT

 

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Photo by Bob Frazier
Gene Tetrault,
Manchester Depot, VT

 

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Photo by Bob Frazier
Chet Doaner,
Rutland, VT

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Photo by Bob Frazier
Joe Messina,
Troy, NY

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Photo by Bob Frazier
Russ Shaw,
Bomoseen, VT

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Photo by Norm Vadnais
Graham Trudeau,
Orwell, VT
Taken in fading light
 

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Jerry Townley,
Catskill, NY
Won the last of CJ's
shows at the Rutland
Fairgrounds, around '63.

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Ed Foley,
Leicester, VT
Foley's 1st car, entered
from Pidgeon's scrap
metal business in Leicester.

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Vince, Sr. another win
 

More of  Norm's Photos are featured on the page for Racing at the Fairgrounds.

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