IT'S WHAT'S IN THE BACKGROUND THAT COUNTS

This Page Will Feature Cars or People of Whom I Have No Good Photo - But They Appear in the Background of Someone Else's Shot

CARS


Ladabouche Photo
The late Bucky Dragon and wife, Sandra at Fairmont after a race. In the background is the 26Jr. of the Rivers family, from Glens Falls, NY.

Frazier Photo
Ed Baker's Hudson, from Warrensburg, NY.
In the background is
Herbie Swan's 23, from Panton, VT.

Ladabouche Photo
Behind this photo of Al Rodd's car you can
see the strange towing rig used by Gene
Tetreault, the legend from Manchester Depot, VT.

 


Herbert Family Photo
Behind this photo of Jeep Herbert is Gigi
Conover's famous Jeep pickup at Fonda.

 


Ladabouche Photo
The Bill Fowler 27Jr. at Fairmont in 1965, with Jerry Pennock, Sr. as driver. In the background you can see a heat coming to the line. In this is a rare shot of Bill Threw's former #7A, now as X9, Bob Hoffer.

Ladabouche Photo
The 107 of Norm Scarborough, driven then
 by Roger Gauthier. In the background is
the first XK of Irish Ed Kelly from Granville, NY.

Courtesy of Mike Watts
In the background of
one of Andre Manny's
shots is the #10 Rutland Tree Service
 car of Leo Vallaincourt. Mostly,
you see #333 for Leo.

Andy Boright, Via TheOutside Groove
In the background of Bernie Griffith's shot
 is the tandem hauler of John Rosati with
 his two cars he usually brought to the
races in 1971.

Ladabouche Photo
This shot of Ingerson's car shows the
 old Catamount water truck
.

Rick Parry Photo
This car, in the 1950's
at some track in New York kinda makes one wonder: did he have the full support of Ruppert's Knickerbocker breweries or was that just his favorite beer?

Bill Ladabouche Collection
If you look behind George Rettew's 21M,
you see Richard Buzzi's first
 hurricane car - that
would launch quite a good career.

Courtesy of Jim Watson
 In the back of Jack Anderson, you see both
the old Chevron Station
in the pits and Wayne
Chandler's van, from which
he retailed at Catamount
for years.

 

Bill Ladabouche Photo
If you look behind Joe Thomas'
37NY, you see George McRae's
first Hurricane car [orange].

Courtesy of Bill Fifield
If you look behind Skip Roots
you see Tony Villano's unique
tow truck.

Courtesy of Otto Graham
This shot of an early Dick Clark
entry shows a rare instance
where Lazzaro brought two
cars for the evening.

 

Ted Vogel Collection
Behind Eddie Allen's first 33
you see a good shot of one
of Devil's Bowl original
Dare Devil cars running in
the track surface.

Russ Bergh Ladabouche Collection
If you look behind a proudly
posing Ray Sitterly, with the
only Fonda - winning car he
ever had, you see George Bassett's
309 - a car of great pedigree.

Russ Bergh Ladabouche Collection
Behind Rene Charland and
the Russ Betz 59, one of his
many Fonda rides, you see
Dick Diamond's 8Ball, the
former Charlie Peters Buick.

Russ Bergh Photo -  Ladabouche Collection
This is the first photo I ever
purchased at Fonda. In the
background, to the left of Skip Roots,
is the #31 of Fonda's turtle,
Walter "Doc" Nellis:, of Little
Falls, NY. Also seen is the
40 of Harold "Bugs Bunny" Betts.

John Grady Photo
Speaking of Nellsi, this shot of full pits
at Fonda in 1963 show Doc In the
background, at far left.

Courtesy of Paul Mascitti
This shot of Don MacTavish's
Circle J shows the infamous
Trojans ad on the trunk lid. Don
didn't get any sponsorship -
just laughs from it

Courtesy of Mark Austin
Harold "Hardluck" Hanaford is
congratulated by starter Bo Quinn
at Thunder Road around 1964. The
Hardwick ambulance, a fisxture at the
track for seemingly a hundred years,
sits in the background [Ford station
wagon].

Courtesy of Lebanon Valley
Classics via Timneline Photos

This shot of Howie Westervelt
ast Lebanon Valley around 1959
shows the prevailing setup in those
days - opposing camber in the front.
 
Courtesy of Dave Dykes
This is a shot of an
aging [but still effective] Ken
Shoemaker at Langhorne for
 Bob Judkins. The story is the partially -
erased shoe polish "FOR SALE"
sign. You see, the coupe's days
were numbered as the Pinto was being completed.
 
Courtesy of Lebanon Valley
Classics via Timeline Photos

The perspective of this shot suggests
they weren't particularly interested
In Lyle Jelley, weighing in. The big deal here
is that the car was the famous Chuck Ely
"Caspar the Ghost" 5 before. The Elys
and Jelleys were in - laws.

Courtesy of The Bullfather
This shot features Bernie Miller,
the excellent modified driver from
Canastota, NY. In the background is
the well-traveled Russ Betz 59CT
with driver du jour, Donnie Wayman.
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD

Mert spins the Kennedy's
Garage 8 at Cairo [maybe with
help from 731 Dick Hansen]. It
looks ;like Fonda Speedway sent
their pace car to get a little free
publicity for a big race.

Courtesy of Joe Grossetti
Catskill, NY's Huck Spaulding
[who just dtopped dreiving a few
years agao] was likely the old
first driver of the Brush 27.
Here he wins a race at Coxsackie
in such an early year that
Bob Brush is not yet mentioning
TV in his business ads.

 

PEOPLE


Ladabouche Photo
The 04 Ford Fairlane 500 from Hancock, VT.
 In the background is the owner, whose
 name I wish someone would inform -  and former Catamount Tiger driver Ron Wells [left]

Courtesy of Neal Davis
This pose with Sonny Rabideau shows Bud Wilder in the background. BW drove cars at
Claremont for a while.

 


Courtesy of Rich Palmer
This shot of Beaver  Dragon in Victory Lane
 at Catamount in 1973  shows: John Merrick,
closest to car; Randy Cary next right], Doug
 McLeod; & Peter B. Guibard of WKDR.

Ladabouche Photo
In a strange turn of events, Jean-Paul Cabana enters the pits with a tandem of two cars. He is meeting his old car [to the left] now owned by Ron Bettis]. This also shows the old Chevron gas station really well.

Ladabouche Photo
Cecil Bosworth drove this Claremont car at
 Fairmont at least once. Note track
 announcer Bill Barsalow, Sr. checking it out.

Photo Courtesy of
Terry LaFerriere
This shot shows three important things, the most important of which is Ron Barcomb's dad, Herb [2nd from left]. It also shows Rene Maxfield's Tiger, which sometimes sported an ESSO Tiger on its roof - and the filling station from the rival Chevron.

Ladabouche Photo
The 24 Sedan of Norm Scarborough, driven then by Russ Shaw. In the background is Clayton Ryan, a former CVRA car owner and father of Jack, who owns DIRT cars of the same number. There is also a connection to Jim Ryan.

Ladabouche Photo
The 04 Grand American of Harry Rathburn yields a number of former Catamount drivers in the background: Brad Wright [Hurricane], blue shirt with white patches and blonde hair; Greg Lyman [Hurricane and Grand American] white T-shirt and afro]; Randy Chapin , [Crew chief for Joe Myers and others, the shorter guy with long hair]; and Joe Myers [Hurricane, GA, and Late Model], at right with striped shirt.

 


John Grady Photo
This is Bill Wimble, in the infield at Fonda. The
photo was mis-labeled as Buzzie Reutimann, due
to their strong resemblance- at least when Wimble
wore these glasses. In the background is former area car owner Theron von Benschoten, Richfield Springs, NY.

Russ Bergh Photo
Ed Ortiz, an invader from
Ransomville at Fonda who could gun down
the local greats with his honkin', oil-guzzlin'
B&M motor. Behind Ed [in glasses]
is Tom Douglas, who went on to field those
maroon #91's for Jack Johnson. To the right is
Roger Gauthier's 12A.

 

Courtesy of Cho Lee
In this Vince Q. photo, you see Lee
Delphia [right] and Al Ryan [looking at
Vince in black shirt].

Otto Graham Site
Jeep Herbert Henry Caputo 11
Note famed mechanic Willie Seamon in
the background [hat & coveralls]. Caputo's
mechanic was Ed Wright.

Bill Ladabouche Collection
This shot of one of the Julius
Mestyan #6's shows familiar
Fairmont and D Bowl figure
John Luleck [right]

Courtesy Phil Walbridge
In this shot of Jim Gallison
and car owner Gil Rhoades,
we have another driver in the car.
Anyone recognize him ?

Courtesy of Cho Lee
This shot of Harold Hanaford
and John Untied [ctr] also
shows the seldom - photographed
Spade Cooley, T Road co -owner.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Lennie Stockwell gestures
at a wreck scene involving
his #00. The man in the foreground
may possibly be Dick Blake, of  the
Blake & Loso wrecker team.

Russ Bergh Photo - Starin Family Collection
This shot shows Fonda workers cleaning
up the infamous Jerry Jerome wreck.
Official Bob Whitbeck [far left] looks he's
getting a ribbing. He originally built
the car.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
I was looking through
the photos
of the Catamount pit bleacher collapse
that Cho Lee gave me. Robbie won that
day. Lo, and behold, there in Victory Lane
was Mary Jean Erickson, one of my
classmates for all 12 years of school. [Right]

Courtesy of Mike Pa
This shot shows
Danny Gallulo, Jr
at Riverside. In the background,
with the gery hair is father, Danny, Sr.
 
Bob Frazier Photo - Lafond Family Collection
Little Joe D'Avignon looks a little woozy as he flexes what is likely a sore arm and heads out to see what happened. His car is in the immediate foreground. 
Behind him, a very dazed veteran driver Ken "Pappy" Delong is looked after by Bob
Loomis, whose car he ended up rear-ending.
 
  
Courtesy of Ron Wetzler
It's possible Will Cagle is parked next to
a Mirror at this All Star League race; but,
more likely, he had both the pavement
and dirt cars with him.
  
Bob Frazier Photo - Lafond Family Collection
Yup, it's a photo of good ol' Jay Brown, lifetime star at Devil's Bowl. But look behind him: It's Jean-Paul Cyr, at a tender age, with none other than
Ricky [RPM] Paya and JP's folks, Norm
and Louise Cyr.
  
Bob Frazier Photo - Lafond Family Collection
This is a typical shot of a curious '60's crowd
gawking at a wrecked stock car. Lost in the crowd is the driver, Ted Brown [white shirt and hands on hips] wondering what the hell he's going to do next. He had to borrow this truck to get it back to Keene, NH.
 
From the Outside Groove Site
This is to show Russell Ingerson on Catamount's pit ramp with Blake's 72 LMS. In the background, the tall man on the hauler is Ernie Barcomb,
Ron's uncle and a 1950's driver.

Courtesy of Mark Austin
Mark found this terribly grainy
shot of Beaver Dragon in the
Catamount pits with his Black
Magic car. In the background I
see the late Mark Rossi by Bill
MacRitchie's 1X.

Ladabouche Collection
Jean-Paul Cabana poses with Richard
Petty at Mosport, in Canada. In the background is long-time Cabana crewchief Claude Faniau.

Ladabouche Collection
This shot of Cabana is possibly
the only one showing any trace of
Larry Delfico's Chevelle. it was put out
of commission when struck in turn
4 at Catamount by Don Turner.

Courtesy of Paul Mascitti
This photo of Don MacTavish,
working on his motor at
Seekonk, seems to have caught Peter
Goodwill Hamilton peeking over
his shoulder

Courtesy of Lebanon Valley
Classics via Timeline Photos

This shot of little Frankie
Schneider, the consummate pro,
shows the Bobby Bottcher 666
sedan behind. But, the owner of
the photo circled someone else.
Any ideas?

Courtesy of Lebanon Valley
Classics via Timeline Photos

George Proctor, the poster
child of low buck stars, needs
no one behind him. It just tickles
me to find a shot of him.

Courtesy of Vintage Mod Site
Little John Rosati wins one at
his nemesis track, T Road, in
1973. A 70s' - fashionable Ken
Squier is seen behind.

Ladabouche Photo
The old Otter Creek Speedway
featured welding service, done at
Hi  Monroe's construction shed. It
required leaving the pit area and
Climbing the hill up behind the
bleachers. Here Keene, NH's Art
Cody is doing just that. The big guy in the
white sweatshirt is future Fairmont and
Devil's Bowl driver Russ Shaw.

Ladabouche Photo
The aforementioned
 Otter Creek Speedway
welding shed is shown in
the background as Jack
Dubrul chats after a NASCAR
sportsman race there in 1963
.


Ladabouche Photo
George Proctor's Plymouth
sedan had invaded Fairmont
Speedway and blown everyone
away. My friend, the late Bob Allard
is at far right, marveling at the unknown
invader car. Bob is one of the main reasons
I got to races and got hooked.
   

 

PLACES

 
Russ Bergh Photo
From Hemmings Motor News Site
An angle of action at Fonda seldom seen
shows the bleachers. Also some less -
photographed drivers in H1 Rebel Ross,
Bruce Dostal, and Skip Roots.
That's a young Dave Lape in his 1st car [22]
 
Davis Family Collection
Cecil Bosworth departed from his
usual George Ingalls 888 ride for
the big Rutland Fair show in September
of 1962. He is with #37 owner Chet Cashman. In
the background the crowd of over 10,000
is filling in to set a new Vermont sports record.
 
Bob Frazier Photo - Lafond Family Collection
This shot shows the first of two big pileups at that Rutland Fair show. Look at that crowd in the background !
 
Both Photos from HAMB Site 
This photo of Godfrey Wentzel's 00 at Riverside
shows the amusement park roller coaster
in the background. Below - The other 00"shot shows the "river side" part of the deal.


 

Courtesy of Dan Nolin
Ronnie Marvin at Thunder Road.
The background is a good picture of
the pit entrance before the renovations.

 


Courtesy of Dan Nolin
Jack Anderson has car full of kids at his Riverside Avenue shop. The building is now gone.

Source : Topaz
Please Tell Me Your Name
Locke's Falcon at Loudon. Check out
 the old course before NHIS

Andy Boright
This shot of Rosati and Ingerson cars shows the old concession setup at T Road.

Danish Family Photo
This shot of a heat going
into Turn One at Fonda
shows the famous "Checker Board stand", where Russ Bergh and his assistant, Otto [Page?] worked in the '60's at Fonda.

Arnie Ainsworth Photo
This shot of Corey with
the Studebaker shows
Fonda's famous Cow
Palace, on the
 fairgrounds.

Danish Family Photo
Apparently a heat going
into Turn 1 at Fonda [because it is too light for feature time]. This shows a lot of the old Fonda layout.

Photo from Gilbert Family
In the background of this
1968 Mick Wilcox photo
at Catamount is the
track's infamous
treehouse.

Ladabouche Photo
Chuck Ely's first race car
sits in front of the old
payoff booth at Fairmont Speedway.


Ladabouche Photo
In the long shadows of
late afternoon, a group
of Fairmont competitors
line up for payoff.

Bob Frazier Photo
Vern Hall's photo
gives a good view of the front stretch at
 the old Fairmont track.

Ladabouche Photo
Jean - Guy Chartrand shows up at Fonda on a gloomy Saturday afternoon in 1963. He hauled from Montreal just to find, as did we, that the show was cancelled. The shot shows Fonda's famous old ticket booth from the '60's.

Mike Cain Photo
Russ Urlin carries the checkers
 after setting the final lap speed
record at Catamount. In the
background is the big scoreboard.

Ladabouche Photo
C
urious fans inspect the Pelletier/
Falzarano Chevelle of Rus Ingerson .In the background is the old Chevron gas
station original to Catamount.

Ladabouche Photo
In the long shadows of
late afternoon, Beaver Dragon
poses with  that same Chevelle
he had bought. Note the Chevron
building is gone. It collapsed
under the weight of guys
climbing on it to watch races.

Christian Ti - Gaz Genest Photo
Jean - Paul Cabana is seen at
Autodrome Ste-Therese in 1968.
Check out the guy on the fence.
Only in Canada.

L A West Collection
Len West captured this shot
of Dion at Oxford with one
of his lovely late models. His brother a
and the others at right look like
they expect the car to blow up any
second.

Courtesy of Neal Davis
Although this is a fabulous early
Flying Tiger shot at Catamount, it's
what is in the background: many cars
getting a free look at the action from
Interstate 89. That worked until the trees
grew in more.
 
Courtesy of Lebanon Valley
Classics via Timeline Photos

Bud Verge wins one at the Valley.
The story is the track itself. This is
pre-high banking days.
 
Courtesy of Phil Smith
The Lonsdale [RI] Arena circa
1949. The track didn't last half
as long as that factory with its
big smokestack did.
 
Courtesy of Mark Austin
This pileup at Northeastern
Speedway allows a rare glimpse
of the track's concession stand. -
which was not reproduced when
Paul Bellefeuille restored the track site.
 
Courtesy of Mark Dean
Ron Bettis wheels the former Cabana
Chevelle past a spin at Catamount. Beieve it
or not, that low tech scoreboard was
a recent addition and a great
improvement back in 1972.

     


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