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    When Catamount opened for business early in 1965, it was assumed that the track's principal focus would be the firmly-established NASCAR modified and sportsman cars, The Northeast was a hotbed for this racing, with New York featuring the dirt coupes and Southern New England specializing in the pavement cars. With its perfect location, right on Interstate 89 and not far from Interstate 87, the track stood to attract Airborne's fields, local drivers who had been running Thunder Road, and any number of Canadian cars, as well.

   As it turned out, the coupes left Catamount  during the 1968 season and only returned for a few special shows, from that time forward. The support division, having taken on a life of its own beyond the founders' wildest dreams, would become the star attraction. But the big cars left a permanent impression on the track and on the town that loved the track. People found themselves named after Jean-Paul Cabana, and some households even named pets for their favorite drivers.


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Harold Ormsby brings up the rear on the parade lap for a coupe heat at Catamount, Year One. Neither Cho nor
I could identify the other cars. Note the one flathead mixed in with the overheads.


Catamount Stadium History
This grainy old shot of an early coupe lineup  shows how desperate  Catamount was for cars  in the first season.


ACT Office Archives
A 1965 heat race starts, at Thunder Road with the flatheads and overheads mixed in together.
At Catamount, in particular, there were not enough cars because - unlike
Thunder Road which ran on Thursday night, Catamount was up against numerous major tracks running on Saturday night. Tony Colicchio [LIbero Buzzi 93] and Harold
Hanaford [whose car owner, Gordon Fitzgerald owend part of Catamount] run flat heads against the likes of Jean - Paul Caban [5A],former National Sportsman Champion
 Dick Nephew [6], and Ernie Ried [Harold Healey's 70].

 

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Otto Graham Website
Dick Nephew
Mooers Forks, NY

 

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Otto Graham Website
Bill Wimble
Lisbon, NY

 

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Otto Graham Website
Ron Narducci
E. Haddam, CT 

 

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Russ Bergh Photo
Lou Lazarro
Utica, NY

 

COUPES ERA


 Photo Source Unknown
Gaston Desmarais
Tupper Lake, NY
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Courtesy of John Bourgeois
Beaver Dragon
Milton, VT

 


Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert
Beaver Dragon
Milton, VT
 

 


Dragon Family Collection
Beaver Dragon
Milton, VT

 

EARLY FLYING TIGERS


Courtesy of Bob Novak
Jack DuBrul
Burlington, VT

 

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Russ Bergh Photo
Pete Crescent
Crescent, NY

 

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Otto Graham Website
Doc Blanchard
Gloversville, NY

 

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Otto Graham Website
Ernie Gahan
Dover. NH

 

LIMITED SPORTSMAN


Courtesy of Phil Butler
Ernie Ried, 
Massena, NY

The Harold Healey 70, a
former Vic Wolfe car.

 

 


Courtesy of Otto Graham
Bernie Miller
Canastota, NY

 

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Courtesy of Jim Ladabouche
Andy Romano
Johnstown, NY

 


Otto Graham Website
Buck Holliday
Waddington, NY

 

HURRICANES


Courtesy of Chris Companion

Bugs Stevens AKA Carl Berghman,
Rehobeth. MA

 

 


Otto Graham Website
Jean Guy Chartrand
Montreal, QU

The Ed Cloce 69, a
pre - Hemi Cuda version

 

 

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Otto Graham Website
Dick Clark
Munnsville, NY
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John Grady Photo
Eddie Flemke
New Britain, CT
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN

Early

Later

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Bob Mackey Photo
Harold Ormsby
Schuyler Falls, NY

 

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Otto Graham Website

Andy Boright
Jerry Cook
Lockport, NY


Courtesy of Mike Richards

Richie Evans,
Rome, NY

Multi-time NASCAR National Champion.

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Otto Graham Website
Will Cagle
Tampa, FL

 

MINI STOCKS


Bob Mackey Photo
via Mike Watts, Sr

Marcel Godard
Montreal, QU


Courtesy of  Cho Lee

 


Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock
Charlie Trombley
Mooers Forks, NY

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ACT Office Archives
Andre Manny
Montreal, QU


MrBlackChevy Site
Photographer Unknown
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Russ Bergh Photo
Don Wayman
Cobleskill, NY
GRAND AMERICANS


Courtesy: Pascal Cote
Paul Hamel
Montreal, QU

 


Cho Lee Collection
Jean-Paul Cabana
Beloeil, QU
Winning 1st ever Catamount feature


Bob Mackey Photo

 

 
Courtesy of  Chris Companion
Marty Bezema,
Wrentham, MA


 

STREET STOCKS

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Courtesy of Rob Trombley

Wild Bill Slater,
"The Connecticut Valley Rocket"

Manchester,  CT


Courtesy of  Cho Lee
The Russ Betz car [59] of Rene Charland and Vic Wolfe's 66, driven by Bob Bruno, sit in the pits at Catamount Stadium in 1966 or 1967.
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Russ Bergh Photo
Don MacTavish
Dover, MA


John GradyPhoto
 

 

 


John Bisci Turn 5 Photo

Bob Brunelle,
 Peru, NY.

 

 
ACT CARS

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Courtesy of John Grady
Ray Forte
Montreal, QU


The Forte coupe
after a big fire at
Catamount

Courtesy of Pascal
 "Magnum" Site
Kenny King,
Rosemere, QU


Mike Watts Photo
[Photo is large]

Paul Michaud Photo

Bob Karvonen,
Wichenden, MA

 

Courtesy of Andy Boright
Bernie Griffith,
Plattsburgh, NY

 

NEW TIGERS

 

Bob Mackey Photo
via Mike Watts. Sr. 
Frank Provost,
Cadyville, NY



Cavalcade of Auto 
Racing Photo 
Harry Provost,
Cadyville, NY


Bob Mackey Photo 
Courtesy of John Rock

Bob Mackey Photo 
Courtesy of John Rock
Mack Miller,
Ellenburg 
Depot, NY


Bob Mackey Photo 
Courtesy of John Rock
and Bobby Castine

 

Courtesy of John Grady 
Maurice Tallard,
Quebec City, QU
 
Paul Michaud Photo 
Courtesy of
Christian
"Ti-Gaz" Genest
Eddie Flemke, Sr,
New Britain, CT
Bob Judkins 2X

 

Paul Michaud Photo 
Courtesy of
Christian
"Ti-Gaz" Genest
Catamount modified pits
Early 1968 season.

 

Paul Michaud Photo 
Courtesy of
Christian
"Ti-Gaz" Genest
Bill Slater,
Manchester CT

 

 Photo Courtesy of Rob Trombley
Don MacTavish,
Dover,. MA
The Cliff Wright/Ron Zautner 24
 
 
Photo  Courtesy of
 
Rob Trombley
Leo Cleary,
Hanover, MA
 

Courtesy of Phil Butler

George Rettew,
Chicopee, MA
 

Photo  Courtesy of
 
Rob Trombley
Wes Moody
Saranac Lake, NY

Courtesy of Phil Butler

Maynard Forrette,
So. Hadley, MA

A former Ellenburg Dept, NY native driving the Roehrig Bros 99 NY
 
 
Courtesy of Rob Trombley

Hop Harrington,
Massachusetts

 


Courtesy of Phil Butler

Mike Parsons,
Plattsburgh, NY

Courtesy of Phil Butler

Billy Harmon,
Niantic, CT

John Grady Photo
Courtesy of  Otto Graham


Sonny Seamon,
Vernon Ctr, NY
 
Dogfight Form Website

Leo Cleary, 
Hanover, MA

With the same M2 coach
as sometimes driven by Harrington.


Courtesy of Phil Butler

Phil "PJ" Spiak, 
Troy, NY


Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Phil Butler


Bob Bruno

Morrisonville, NY

Courtesy of  Dave Dykes

Wild Bill Greco, 
Bridgeport, CT

 

 
Courtesy of Rob Trombley

Chuck Kress
Schenectady, NY

 

 
Shany Lorenzet Photo
Courtesy of Dave Dykes

Don Flynn
Bloomfield, CT

 
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Eddie Flemke, Sr, 
Southington, CT

 
Courtesy of Lou Lazzaro

Lou Lazzaro
Utica, NY

   
Courtesy of W. Moody Family

Bernie Kentile, 
Saranac Lake, NY

 
Courtesy of  Craig Revelle

Bob Emsminger, 
Johnstown, NY

 
Courtesy of Mike Parenteau

Rene Charland, 
Agawam, MA

Catamount's beginning was right in the middle of
Charland's 4 year National Championship reign.

 
Courtesy of John Grady

Don Wayman, 
Cobleskill, NY

Godfrey Wenzel's sedan
fromerly run by Charland.


Bob Mackey Photo Courtesy of John Rock
A 1965 field of sportsman coupes takes off at Catamount. Visible are: [left] Cabana, Godard, Manny,
Desmarais, DuBrul, Miller, Ormsby, King, Bob Trombley, and Bridges.


 

Do you have pictures of other drivers from this era at Catamount ? If you would like to make them available for me to place on this site contact me at: wladabou@comcast.net

or

Bill Ladabouche
23 York Street
Swanton, VT 05488
802-868-4339

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