BRATTLEBORO SPEEDWAY
A Pioneer Race Track in the Corner of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts


Originally From Barttleboro Reformer

The Triangle Racing Assiociation was one group that ran Brattleboro Speedway. Another seems to be the Pioneer Valley group
[see the membership card below] Not only these three tracks, but also Claremont seemed to have similar compeitors.


Courtesy of Crystal Snape


Courtesy of Lew Boyd
Cars line up at the West Brattleboro track, circa 1952. In the photo are [from left]: Buddy Bardwell (13); Joe Ryan (X); and DN3, Sonny Rabideau.
There are a lot of the cutdown cars that were popular in Massachusetts at the time.


Courtesy of Lew Boyd
Cars line up at the West Brattleboro track, circa 1952. In the photo are [from left]: Ray Harris in Chet Cashman's 37 [probably]; Art Rousseau (621); and Bardwell near the rear.

                    I have little firm information on the West Brattleboro track. I don't know if it had a name other than Brattleboro Speedway or what years it actually was in operation. I can surmise that its location, in the corner of three states, was a big plus. I can see that it was very crude by today's standards, with logs lining the backstretch. I haven't been able to see if there were grandstands or concessions, etc. One photo shows a small outbuilding of some sort.
                    In recent years, I have snooped around the area and took a few photos, hoping I was even somewhat near the site. Bob Grover, an area native, has taken a more certain series to go with mine. We still seek more information on this track that was obviously an integral part of racing in the early 1950's. I believe it shared drivers with Safford Park [The Cheshire County Fairgrounds in Keene, NH] and with the Rhythm Inn Speedway near Millers Falls, MA. It is also possible that cars that ran North Hinsdale, NH might have run here, as well.
                    Judging from the cutdowns in some of the shots, a few drivers from The Pines race track may have been trying out tracks that featured more regular - sized stock cars, Drivers who seem to have tried West Brat include Sonny Rabideau, Buddy Bardwell, Art Rousseau, Joe Ryan, Rene Charland, Ray Harris, Ray Brown, George Schnyer, Roy Forsythe, Flash Gordon, Dick Stone, and someone named Kison.


Racers Bored Site
Another look at a lineup. Note the log barriers, as  well as some fence. Identifiable cars include:
Roy Forsyth 80 [2nd row inside]; and Dave Todd [2nd to last].

 


Courtesy of Crystal Snape
Lionel "Blackie" Arel,
Fred Snape's 26.

 

Courtesy of Crystal Snape
Lionel "Blackie" Arel stops
Fred Snape's 26 under red flag.

D L Collection
A driver named Kison
in his pit area. Note the
area in the background.
Crystal Snape thinks this might
be Ed Kison. Apparently the
51 car was somewhat
associated with the Snapes,
out of Northhampton, MA.
 

Courtesy of Crystal Snape
Morfe Kison car -
these two shots taken
at Snapes in Northampton.
 
aimhmga.communityshots.com
Cecil Bosworth with
the crew of the
22. This is
an area car in the same
time period as Brattleboro.

Courtesy of Walt Ryan
Rene Charland, in the feature-
winning Leo Matgo #107

 

 


D L Collection
Dick Stone,
Montague, MA

Courtesy of Barber Collection
George Barber's car
overheating on the track.

Courtesy of Walt Ryan
Joe Ryan's X and
the Suffield Auto 5
of Buddy Krebs.


 

D L Collection
Flash Gordon, who supposedly
ran at West Brat.
 

Courtesy of Walt Ryan
Pit work with Joe Ryan's
X.
 

Courtesy of Walt Ryan
Joe Ryan's X action
at Brattleboro, withn
Rene Charland 107.

George Barber Collection
Possible action at
Brattleboro. Nice,
dust - free surface !
 
Courtesy of Crystal Snape
Cecil Bosworth, with Fred
Snape's flathead 26. he may
have run this at Brattleboro -
or with the car shown below
[at Hinsdale].

Courtesy of aimhmga web_shots.com
 
Courtesy of Crystal Snape
Fred Snape's
25 car. It might
have run at Brattleboro,
although I doubt it.
 
Courtesy of Crystal Snape
Buddy Bardwell [far right], chases
the Fred Snape flathead 26
- likely
with Arel driving.
 
Courtesy of Crystal Snape
Lionel Arel flashes by
the bleachers in the
Snape 26.
 
Courtesy of Crystal Snape
Joe Ryan leads a car
whose number I can't
make out.

Courtesy of aimhmga web_shots.com
Vernon Taylor was a driver
at the Hinsdale track -
just mere miles from Bratt.

Courtesy of aimhmga web_shots.com
George Yuconis was a driver
at the Hinsdale track -
just mere miles from Bratt. He
also ran at Rhythm Inn.
 
Courtesy of aimhmga web_shots.com
Cecil Bosworth was a driver
at the Hinsdale track -
just mere miles from Bratt.
 
Courtesy of aimhmga web_shots.com
Willie Stone was a driver
at the Hinsdale track -
just mere miles from Bratt.
 
Courtesy of aimhmga web_shots.com
Willie Stone's 3 - off the
track at Hindale. Dick Stone, above
is C3. Were they related ?
 
aimhamga_webshots
Harold Lucier and
Bob Bergeron were drivers
at the Hinsdale track -
just mere miles from Bratt.

Courtesy of Racers Bored.com
George at Rhythm Inn.
 
aimhamga web shots.com
Dick Carey was a driver
at the Hinsdale track -
just mere miles from Bratt.
 
aimhamga web shots.com
Art Lewis was a driver
at the Hinsdale track -
just mere miles from Bratt.
 
From racersbored.com
Supposely Art Lewis'
car at Rhythm Inn.

 
Courtesy of Crystal Snape
The DN3 of Dan and Norm Cazchini of Northhampton, MA was another Lionel Arel car that ran at Brattleboro.
 
Courtesy of Walt Ryan
Roy Pappy Forsyth
definitely ran at
Brattleboro Speedway.
NOte Sonny Rabideau in the
background who, from
Brattleboro was another
obvious competitor.

LadaboucheCollection
Future national
champion
Rene Charland,
Holyoke, MA
He drove Leo Matte's 107
to his first feature win in earlier
years here.
 
Courtesy of Ken Robertson
Sonny Rabideau was likely
still running the family
car 7 at this time. He would also
drive for the DN3 team.
 
Courtesy of MVRCA
Future national
champion Ernie Gahan
ran Brattleboro a
few times.

From racersbored.com
Ed Cormie
Greenfield, MA

Rhythm Inn Track Champ 

Photo via Bob Spencer
"Racer Bill" Fredericks
 
Courtesy of Ernie Bodreau
Early NH driver Shoprty
Collins drove at Bratt.
 
FNE Vintage Mod Site
Ray "Zero" Brown
 
Courtesy of Walt Renner
Tom Cook and crew enjoy a
win at Rhythm Inn.

 


Courtesy of Crystal Snape
Lionel "Blackie" Arel runs the outside in Fred Snape's 26. Also seen is Joe Ryan's X.


Bob Grover Photo
Turns one and two at the site of the track. That is the building supply on US Rte 9.

MORE VESTIGE PHOTOS
 


Bob Grover Photo
Headed into turn one  at the
site of the track.

Bob Grover Photo
Turns one and two at the
site of the track.
 

Bob Grover Photo
Backstretch.

Bob Grover Photo
In turn three.

Bob Grover Photo
From turn three into
four.

Bob Grover Photo

Mid turns three
and four.

Bob Grover Photo
Frontstretch,
from turn four.
 

Bob Grover Photo
The grandstand area.

Bob Grover Photo
The pond that is now
in the infield.

Bob Grover Photo
The infield pond was
created after the track
was closed.

WEST BRATTLEBORO SHOTS FROM OLD 8MM FILMS

 
From Dan Ody 8mm DVD
Rene Charland [center, right of man with hat] may be receiving the first feature trophy of his
illustrious career at the Brattleboro Fairgrounds. [RIght] Charland and Matte head for Victory Lane.

   
From Dan Ody 8mm on You Tube
Action at West Brattleboro. Car 070 [left] and the J2 [maybe Red Foote] on right.


From Dan Ody 8mm on You Tube
Action at West Brattleboro. Joe Ryan, in the X follows something [I wouldn't
dignify it by calling it a stock car]. Could be Charland in the 107 at left.

All of These From Dan Ody's 8MM Old Speedways DVD's


Action at Brattleboro Speedway.
Buddy Bardwell catches car 61
and another car.
 

Roy "Pappy"Forsyth
in his pre-Barber 46 days.
He won a ton of races
with this #80.

Action at Brattleboro Speedway.
Joe Ryan chases the
bullhorned #13 of
Buddy Bardwell.


 

Action at Brattleboro Speedway.
Joe Ryan is X. Rene
Charland, who won that
race, is likely the car
 at far left.
 
 
Brattleboro Speedway
action, with a car 69
and another whose number I
can't decipher.

A cutdown numbered
92. Could it be Ted
Brown?

West Brattleboro.
The Matte 107 of
Rene Charland.

Charland laps a slow
white coupe on the
inside.

A West Brattleboro
field stopped on Turn 4
Charland is at far left.
Joe Ryan is the X.
 
 
A yellow & black car works
the track by itself.
 
Brattleboro Speedway action
as Joe Ryan X goes under
car 97.
 
Brattleboro Speedway:
Bardwell [white car]
prepares to follow Joe
Ryan's X through traffic.
     

 

 

AFTER THE RACES


 The cutdown-style 92
sits in the pits after
the race.

 

 An unidentified car
sits in the pits after
the races. It looks
like somebody's family
is nearby.

 A man jacks up one
of the cars after the
races.

 A man with a cigar looks
down the track towards
Victory Lane.
 
Pit work at West Brattleboro
on Joe Ryan's X.
 
 

 


Both Photos From the HAMB Chat Site - Probably  Snape Family Photos
Buddy Bardwell and Lionel Arel with Fred Snape's flathead 26
chase another car on
the backstretch of the Brattleboro Speedway.


 

JOE CROWLEY PHOTOS
From an Unidentified Woman in Brattleboro


Courtesy of Joe Crowley
 Looking across the pits,
onto US Route 9 [where
the house is visible]

 

 Courtesy of Joe Crowley
 Action in Turn 3. 7 is Sonny
Rabideau in his 1st car,
owned by a brother.
Ironically, the 311 is Cecil
Bosworth. The next car
appears to be #$50 or
S50.


176racing.com Site Photo
Buddy Bardwell, with a trophy
won at Brattleboro in his
pre-Hudson days.


 Courtesy of Joe Crowley
 Joe Ryan leads a group
out of turn 4. Good view
of the grounds. The only
shot of the bleachers I
have.

 Courtesy of Joe Crowley
 Buddy Bardwell's 13
and some other cars
in their pits. [Below]
Bardwell's second car.



racersbored.com Site Photo
 That same car , at Brattleboro.


Google Earth Satellite Photo
Although aerial photos show a almost totally - clear oval not far away, this is the site of the Brattleboro Speedway.
The track, seen in the middle, went around that pond. If you look hard, the northern end of that clearing has
a rounded edge to it. The home center seems to occupy the bleacher area.


Historic Aerials.Com
This is an early 1950's aerial view of the Brattleboro Speedway site. It might have been still in use.


USGS Terraserver Photo
This is a 1990's aerial view of an apparent horse track located very near the former speedwaay location.

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