VICTORIA SPEEDWAY
Dunnsville, NY

     Victoria was always the poor sister to the big tracks like Fonda and Lebanon Valley. In fact. for a few years, it was the only spot where teams from both speedways could meet one another in competition [the Fonda drivers having to use racing pseudonyms to avid trouble with the repressive NASCAR]. Victoria was a paperclip - shaped affair, meant only for horse racing. It suffered from terrible luck with the weather. Finally, in the mid 1960's, the track closed forever. It has a special place in the hearts of anyone involved in the sportsman racing scene in those days. Today, the site still shows up - clear as a bell - on aerial photos.


Poster Courtesy of Ken Gypson


Layout Photos All Courtesy of Danny Ody
Backstretch view of Victoria Speedway when it was still active.

Frontstretch view of Victoria Speedway when it was still active.

Bleachers view of Victoria Speedway when it was still active.



Nephew, Willie, two Kotarys, and Baumie ended up on ebay - not that any of them would have known what it was.


from ebay


From the Schenectady Gazette
From the looks of the names, this is in the period when the track was NASCAR, so the local
smaller teams and the Lebanon Valley cars did not feel welcome.

1960's Action Photos


Courtesy of the Jeep Herbert Family
A heat takes green. The 333 may be Ron Quackenbush; the 71 is likely
Lee Millington; Jeep Herbert may be fourth from left; and that is Chet Hames
on the flagstand.


Courtesy of the Jeep Herbert Family
Another heat takes green. The 40 Harold "Bugs Bunny" Betts; the 74 could be Wayne Coon
or Bob Ruchdeschel: the Red Knoblauch 13 is wheeled by Johnny Perry. The car on the inside is the
Richard Welch 77 [maybe George Baumgardner]; and Tony Villano's 37 is also
visible, with Pete Corey probably driving. Ya never knew at Victoria.


Courtesy of the Jeep Herbert Family
A 3rd heat takes green. The Bob Miller 49 is driven by Doc Blanchard;
that could be Oscar Porath in the 3; and the 111 is Ken Shoemaker.


1960's Posed Photos


Ladabouche Collection
Jim Luke,
Utica, NY

The Pop Wilcox 32
 

HAMB Website
Phil Spiak,
Troy, NY

 

Cliff Wright Collection
Ken Shoemaker,
Westmere, NY

The Cliff Wright 24

Wes Moody Collection
Mike Michaels [Suraske],
Oriskany, NY

 

Wes Moody Collection
Wes "Slugger"Moody,
Saranac Lake, NY

 

Courtesy of Steve Judd
Andy Romano,
Johnstown, NY
 

Courtesy of John Grady
Pepper Eastman,
Madison, NY

The Bob Zimmerman 72
 

Ladabouche Collection
Irv Taylor,
Rexford, NY

His own car

HAMB Website
Jim Luke,
Utica, NY

Godfrey Wentzel's 00

Ladabouche Collection
Ken Canestrari,
Cohoes, NY

 

Courtesy of Bob Novak
Jim Koehler
Coventry, CT

 

Courtesy of John Grady
Pepper Eastman,
Madison, NY

 

Courtesy of Otto Graham
Jeep Herbert
Rotterdam, NY
The Vince Barbuto 2

Cavalcade of Racing
Ernie Gahan,
Dover, NH

Koszella 15CT

Romano Collection
Andy Romano,
Johnstown, NY

Earlier than previous shot
     
John Grady Photo
Jerry Townley,
Catskill, NY

Pop Wilcox 32
   

 

 
Starin Fammily Collection
This assortment of passes and other items includes a Victoria Speedway pass.


1960's Winners' Photos


Bob Novak Collection
Roger Gauthier,
Fort Edward, NY

Chas. Habreck 53
 

Teresco Family Photos
Jack Farquhar,
Euphrata, NY
Teresco & Mancini 685


 

Herbert Collection Photos
Jeep Herbert,
Rotterdam, NY

The Vince Barbuto 2


 

Bob Novak Collection
Blackjack DuBrul
Shelburne, VT

 

Courtesy of John Grady
Lou Lazzaro,
Utica, NY

 

Ladabouche Collection
Howie Westervelt,
Ravena, NY
The Cliff Wright 83
 

Herbert Family Photo
Jeep Herbert,
Rotterdam, NY

The Frank Trinkhaus car

 

HAMB Photo
Steady Eddie Flemke,
New Britain, CT


 

Courtesy of Dan Ody
Ken Shoemaker,
Westmere, NY

The Cliff Wright 24

Otto Graham Collection
Jerry Townley,
Catskill, NY

Pop Wilcox 32
     
NECOT Calendar Photo
Al Poole,
Athens, NY
   


Courtesy of Danny Ody
Cars pull off into the infield after a heat. 33, Wimble' 61, Danish; 40, George Janoski; unknown 23;
and 87 Lou Smith.


Courtesy of Otto Graham
A typical early Victoria start: 7-11, Frank Trinkhaus'; 62, Jeep Herbert; 61, Steve Danish; RU21, Link Pettit;
54, Willie Chest; and the JR Earl 1, Jeep Herbert.

 

 


 Photos From 8MM Movie Footage


8MM DVD - Dan Ody
Spencer Parkhurst,
Saratoga Sprgs, NY

Red and Black car
 

8MM DVD - Dan Ody

Don Wayman takes his
turn in the Smith &
Son Jewelers 00.


 

8MM DVD - Dan Ody
Jerry Townley,
Catskill, NY

The Cross 47 car

8MM DVD - Dan Ody
Ed Ortiz,
Ransomville, NY

 

8MM DVD - Dan Ody
Doug Garrison,
Poughkeepsie, NY

Martin Riiska's Yellow X
 

8MM DVD - Dan Ody
Howie Westervelt,
Ravena NY
Cliff Wright's Ford
 

8MM DVD - Dan Ody
Jeep Herbert, with
the seldom - seen
Chris Drellos 111A

8MM DVD - Dan Ody
Pepper Eastman on the hook
with the ill-fated Bob
Zimmerman 72 in which he would be killed later that season.
 

8MM DVD - Dan Ody
The Frank Trinkhaus
late model Chevy
coupe giving kiddie
rides around 1960.

8MM DVD - Dan Ody
The more conventional
Trinkhaus coupe in
Victory Lane.

8MM DVD - Dan Ody
The driver of Welch's
late model Chevy coupe
climbs in.

8MM DVD - Dan Ody
Chet Hames gets
the flag back from
Donny Wayman.

8MM DVD - Dan Ody
Don Wayman,
Cobleskill, NY
Cliff Wright's Ford 9A

 

8MM DVD - Dan Ody
Richard Welch's
late model Chevy coupe.

8MM DVD - Dan Ody
Steve Danish [left]
and Ray Sitterly come
down for the green.
         
         
         
         


Frame from Dan Ody's Vintage Tracks DVD
Chet Hames, the region's premier flagger, surveys the field at Victoria [probably after NASCAR
approved the track].


Herbert Family Photo
Jeep Herbert wrestles Frank Trinkhaus' heavy 1950 Chevy coupe as he tries to hold off Kenny Shoemaker
in the Chris Drellos 111. I doubt he could manage to keep the evil - handling beast ahead of Shoe, who had the
hottest car on the circuit at that time. NASCAR had allowed bigger motors in these later  model cars;
but they wouldn't handle like the pre - WWII coupes.


John Grady Photo via Dave Dykes' Website

                 This totally fantastic 1965 shot shows a typically - eclectic Victoria mishmash of a field. The SUPER 29 is future Cohoes car builder, Dexter Dorr, then driving  out of Manchester, VT. Also identifiable is the  Floyd Wilcox car [renumbered 62], the John Cross 47, probably with Jack Farquhar, and George Proctor's #52 Hudson. Except for the presence of the Wilcox car, I would have bet this was some sort of hobby class race because that is what Proctor drove at Victoria. Dorr had a sportsman, but Fairmont engines were not very big.


Ed Biitig Collection via the Fonda Book
A Victoria lineup from its best years: Lazzaro on pole, Gahan [15], Shoemaker [24, Andy Romano [97]
Stretch Van Steenberg [1], Bill Gurney [64], and Jerry Townley [108].


Historic Aerials Website
The Victoria site, as it looked from the air in 2006. The track is still used for horses, apparently.

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