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. Long - suffering promoter Lou D'Amico had had enough. 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
The poster company couldn't quite manage to spell Dunnsville.

 


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
Towards the end of the track's life the fields were an eclectic mixture of whoever they coould attract to run there. This 1965 shot includes
Dexter Dorr [inside 2nd row], Jerry Townley [Pop Wilcox 32 renumbered 62], Dick Hansen [Tom Chewins 108], and George Proctor [rar right].
The Cross 47 may be outside car 34. That would likely be Jack Farquhar.


            


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], Bob Leach [M3]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.

JIM KELLY'S FANTASTIC RARE VICTORIA PHOTOS


Jim Kelly Photo
Bobby Adams of Utica with his potent but unreliable Mustang.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Collection

Bill Wimble holding the
checkers. Honest, he's not giving you the finger.


Jim Kelly Photo
 Bob Rees,
Fort Plain, NY.

Jim Kelly Photo
Bobby Adams of Utica with his $ Falcon.

Jim Kelly Photo
Bruce Dostal,
Johnstown, NY.
He would destroy this car at Fonda.

Jim Kelly Photo
Working on the
Buck Peek car.

Arnie Ainsworth Collection
via Jim Kelly Collection

Butch Jelley with his
first Martin Riiska car,
a recently - bought
former Garuti Bors. 28.

Frank Simek Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Ray Sitterly misses a
spinning Charlie
Peters.

Jim Kelly Photo Collection
Bobby Adams is my guess on who this is.

Jim Kelly Photo
Ernie Gahan, with
what might be a Rich Mazza entry.


Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Chuck Kress,
The Outlaw,
Schenectady, NY.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

This could be Fonda, but Pete Corey and
A.C. Caprara ran this
car at Victoria, too.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Corey, with fans,
during the Caprara/
Villano era.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Corey with a win in the Frank Trinkhaus 62.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

orey, with an early
version of the Falcon
at Victoria.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Corey, with young fans, during the Caprara/ Villano era.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Corey gets a model of one of his older cars during the Drellos era -1964.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Corey, with a Victoria win in the A.C. Caprara 37.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Lazzaro, Danish, and
Shoemaker, at a pit meeting.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Future star car builder Dexter Dorr, then coming to Victoria all the way from Manchester, VT.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Donnie Wayman,
Cobleskill, NY
A Wright/Zautner car.


Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Chet Hames flagged from the outside of the track at Victoria. This shows Ronnie Battaglia [232], Al Ristau, and 74 - either Bob Ruschdeschel or Wayne Coon.


Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Not sure who this
Victoria driver is.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

George Proctor did well at Victoria, which suited the gear ratio in his Plymouth sedan.


Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Henry Smith,
Rotterdam, NY

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

The Tom Douglas - owned 91 Falcon, driven by Jack Johnson.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Ken Shoemaker with
Victoria hardware.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Future star car builder Dexter Dorr, then coming to Victoria all the way from Manchester, VT.


Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Shoemaker in Vic Lane
with the Wright / Zautner 24.
People say this is Lou D'Amico with Ken, but it doesn't look like him.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Lou Lazzaro is awarded by Bill Wimble.

Russ Bergh Photo
JLazzaro Family Photo Coll.

This is that first win that happened at Victoria.
Longtime Lazzaro friend Junior Bianco is in the background.

 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Louie with another
trophy. Ho hum.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Lazzaro awarded at Victoria.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Lou with longtime friend and sponsor Vinnie Maugeri.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Lee Millington in Dick Bennett's Bernie's Liquor Shop 71.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Promoter Lou D'Amico gets a trophy from the staff for managing to roll over the water truck.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

 Mel Austin,
Vails Mills, NY
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

An early car for transplanted Southerner Luke McLean.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Mel Austin, whose
name will be forever linked to Victoria...
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

..because he sort of introduced himself to the Victoria announcer's stand.
The car would become Tom Douglas's 991.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Jolly Ollie Palmer with a variation of Bill Fowler's 27Jr.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Jolly Ollie Palmer is known for twice dumping Fowler's 27Jr at Fonda, but he apparently did it at Victoria, too.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

The 7-11Jr of big Pauol Marshall is extricated from trackside.

   
Russ Bergh Photo  Jim Kelly Photo Collection
This photo sequewnce shows some seldom - photographed entries: from left -61,  Steve Danish; J1, John Madej; 109, Larry Norgrove; G2, Ron Quackenbush [striped hood];
148. Robbie Kotary; and maybe an early Bruce Dostal 69.

 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Peppy Peppecelli,
Schenectady, NY
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Vince Quenneville, Sr,
Whiting, VT
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

113 Rebel Ross,
Broadalbin, NY
.
Someone has their hood in the way.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Roger Gauthier,
Fort Edward, NY
An early Joe Romano car.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Roger Gauthier,
Fort Edward, NY
It was a later Joe Romano car.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

George Baumgardner [left] in a scuffle  in Ray VIne's 75 with Valley regular Schooch Schoonmaker at right.

 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Schooch Schoonmaker,
Saugerties, NY.
A Wright / Zautner car.
   
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Vince Barbuto, Jr. briefly tried dad's car before giving the seat up to Jeep Herbert.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

A strange mixture of cars: Fonda regular Jeep Herbert [2], Accord regular John Henry [3], and Loren Holland [280].
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Lou Lazzaro sails on as Robbie Kotary [148] and Jeep Herbert spin. Valley regular George Gowie is in the #1.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Neal Dunstan,
Voorheesville, NY
Chased by Steve Danish.
 
Russ Bergh Photo
Jim Kelly Photo Coll.

Wes "Slugger" Moody,
Saranac Lake, NY
The young northern NY driver was rese nted by Fonda and Valley regulars alike. He didn't give a damn.
 

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