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Catamount Program Photo

Jay Yantz [64] poons Mike Barry, a future winner of the Oxford 250.
 I bet Barry never dreamed he would become that prominent after this race experience.

 

    Catamount knew that the Flying Tigers were now satisfying the fans and providing them with new heroes for whom to sheer. But, just like before, they were losing some of the personal connection that one gets when one cheers for his or her next door neighbor or for their own personal mechanic from the garage down the street. Therefore, the creation of another support division seemed to be necessary.

    The grand scheme was to come up with an absolutely stock division sporting automatic transmissions. Several outlandish ideas were brought forth, such as driving around the track the wrong way and racing at night with the track lights out, using headlights. Names like Chargers and Night Riders were finally scrapped, along with most of the screwball ideas. What emerged was a new division called the Hurricanes - which would eventually develop a number of future Catamount stars such as Mike Barry [Oxford 250 winner], Richard Buzzi [arguably the Grand American division's best ever], Jamie Aube [a future Busch Grand National North Champion and Craftsman Truck Series participant], and Catamount's most successful female driver, Barbie Jean Willard.


Cyr Family Photo

As yet undriven, the famous Norm Cyr Thunderbird shows the division's first big plan, which was to require the drivers to compete,
 headlights on and stadium lights out. This idea died out immediately, thank God.

 


Courtesy of Chris Companion
Mike Corley leads the way as Luc LaFrance kisses the wall. Helping LaFrance is Sonny Gover; 86 is Paul Robar.

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Cyr Family Photo
Norm Cyr
Milton, VT
The division's first superstar


From Catamount History

 


ACT Archives
George Wells
Georgia, VT


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Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert
Wayne Corwell
Essex Jct., VT
The division's 2nd superstar
 
Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert
Don Tofani
Barre, VT
Thunder Road's 1st superstar


Courtesy of Johnny Racer

Andy Boright
Norm Andrews,
Warren, VT
 
COUPES ERA



Al Maynard
Essex Junction, VT

Courtesy of Lonnie Terry
Jim Barton
Milton, VT

Jim Duell
Winooski, VT


Courtesy of Johnny Racer
Same car. lettered

 


Jim Watson
Denny Alderman
Georgia, VT


Lonnie Terry

 


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Carl Nelson,
Moretown, VT
EARLY FLYING TIGERS


Bob Lash
Middlebury, VT


Jim Watson

Lonnie Terry
Bob McClatchie
Plattsburgh. NY

Lonnie Terry
Roger "Buzzy" Lambert
Burlington, VT

Lloyd & Gregg Gilbert
"Grandpa"Leon Bundy
S.Burlington, VT

Courtesy of Dan Nolin

 

 
Andy Boright
Leon Bundy expresses
displeasure
with whoever put him in
this predicament.
LIMITED SPORTSMAN

  
Lonnie Terry
George Boudreau

Colchester, VT

Bob Riley Photo

 

 
Lonnie Terry
Bruce Mason
East Barre, VT 

 


Ladabouche Photo
Don Johnson
Colchester, VT


Lonnie Terry

Jay Yantz
Monkton, VT
Standing with Uncle Allen Yantz


 


Andy Boright
Jerry White leads 
Carl Nelson in Turn 
One Catamount action.
HURRICANES


Jim Watson
Barbie Jean "BJ" Willard
Charlotte, VT

One of Catamount's only
successful  female drivers


Lonnie Terry
Ronnie Bonnette
St. Albans, VT



Source Unknown



 
Courtesy of Cho Lee
Perry Poquette,
Georgia, VT

Andy Boright


Courtesy, Andy Boright
An earlier version
of the Poquette car.

Chris Companion
Perry's earliest car
 


Courtesy of  Ray Lasnier
Ray Lasnier
Colchester, VT




LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN

Early

Later


Lonnie Terry
Dean Bundy, 
S.Burlington, VT

Ladabouche Photo
Larry Warren, 
Burlington, VT


 

 

 

 
Jim Cayea, 
Alburg, VT


Program Photo

 


Lonnie Terry
Kevin Holcomb, 
Colchester, VT

 


Courtesy of  Dayne Cote
Del Mayo,
Colchester, VT

Source Unknown
MINI STOCKS


ACT Archives
Leo Bushey, 
Burlington, VT

See Below


Courtesy of Steve Pecor


Luc LaFrance, 
Iberville, QU

 


Andy Boright
Milo Lockerby, 
Isle La Motte, VT


Lonnie Terry

 

 


Andy Boright, via The Outside Groove
Milt Wright, 
Hardwick, VT


Andy Boright, via The Outside Groove
The Hardwick contingent of Milt
and Guy Brown [left]

Andy Boright

 

 


Courtesy of  Cho Lee
via ACT Archives
,
Charlie Ladd,
Chelsea, VT
Former Darrell Owen Car
GRAND AMERICANS


Ralph Bessette, 
Milton, VT


Lonnie Terry

 

 


Lonnie Terry
Ray Ringer, 
Vergennes, VT


Source Unknown

 


Lonnie Terry
Tim Griffin, 
Essex Jct., VT

 


Lonnie Terry
Wade Walker, 
Montpelier, VT

 


Courtesy of  Cho Lee
Charlie Benoit,
Colchester, VT

Andy Boright
The Buick is his 1st car.
STREET STOCKS

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ACT Archives
Dennis Tucker, 
Washington, VT



Courtesy of Ron Rondeau


 


ACT Archives
This unknown Hurricane would become Ricky Barton's first race car years later.

 


Lonnie Terry
Don Turner, 
Milton, VT

 


Lonnie Terry
Wes Cota, 
Essex Jct., VT

 


Courtesy of  Andy Boright
1st Hurricane
Mike Barry,
Bolton, VT


Courtesy of  Andy Boright
2nd Hurricane
ACT CARS

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Lonnie Terry
Cliff Randall, 
Wolcott, VT

 

 
Courtesy of Jim Watson
Richard LeClaire
Fairfax, VT

Courtesy of  Cho Lee
Jerry White,
Milton, VT

Johnny Racer

Catamount History Book
Bert Thornton, 
Burlington, VT

Courtesy of  Chris Companion
 

Courtesy of  Andy Boright via Outside Groove Site
Paul Gagne,
Highgate, VT

Courtesy of  Cho Lee




NEW TIGERS


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Allen Ward, 
Burlington, VT

Catamount History Book Adv.

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Dave Brunelle, 
Burlington, VT

Courtesy of D. Brunelle

Andy Boright
Red Meade
Hyde Park, VT

Possibly the only race
car ever towed in
behind an actual
garbage truck. [Barnier]
used a dumpster rack]


Catamount History Program

 

 


Courtesy of  Chris Companion
Bill Hood,
Burlington, VT

Bill with the Union Carbide trophy, circa 1972

Courtesy of  Cho Lee




 

Courtesy of  Wayne Bettis
Karl Bushey,
Burlington, VT
 
Courtesy of  Cho Lee
via ACT Archives

Steve Frennier,
Plattsburgh, NY
 

Courtesy of  Caron Family
Larry Caron,
Burlington, VT
First Hurricane

Courtesy of  Cho Lee
via ACT Archives


 

Courtesy of  Cho Lee
via ACT Archives

Rex Shattuck,
Burlington, VT
Former Malletts Bay, Otter Creek,
and T Road Coupe driver. When he
sold this Ford to pauly Robar, the latter had immediate success.

Courtesy of  Cho Lee
via ACT Archives

Jay Yantz's last_
Hurricane before
the Mustang

Courtesy of  Cho Lee
via ACT Archives

An Unknown Hurricane Driver
 
Courtesy of  Blow Family
Ron Blow,
Milton, VT
 

Andy Boright
Doin' the Catamount tangle !
Mike Barry [right] and Sonny
Gover [17] can be seen, with
Don Johnson on the bottom.

Courtesy of  Johnny Racer
Jim Duell,
Winooski, VT
 
Earlier cars


 

Andy Boright
Richard Buzzi
Burlington, VT

Courtesy of  Rich Palmer
Don Turner, Jr,
Milton, VT
 
   
Courtesy of  Cho Lee
"Gentle George" Davis,
Orange, VT
 
 
Courtesy of  Andy Boright
Tom Zampieri,
Williamstown, VT
 


Courtesy of  Johnny Racer
Don Tofani,
Barre, VT
 

   

THE FAIRER SIDE OF THE HURRICANES

 
Catamount Stadium Program Photo

B.J. Willard, the division's first highly - competitive female driver, stands with Linda Alexander,
who followed her into the Hurricanes a few years later.


Courtesy of Chris Companion

Bev Stearns, of Monkton, Vt. looks over the early Hurricane car of Ed LaFountain. Soon after,
Bev became the first female driver in the Hurricanes [and maybe in the history of Catamount].


Courtesy of Chris Companion

Bev [73] moves under Jimmy Duell, Sr. to avoid a crashing Big Begins.
In every shot of Bev I have, a car 86 is crashing. Hmmm.

 

Little Leo's Hot Streak


Courtesy of  Chris Companion

Leo Bushey had a hot streak in the summer of 1971 with his yellow 1962 Plymouth #85. He won at least two features in a row - both with Luc LaFrance in
 hot pursuit. Here is the first. Perry Poquette [2nd from left], Luc La France [center] and Bushey share a laugh in Victory Lane.


Courtesy of  Chris Companion

Bushey receives the first place trophy from a representative of Sno Jet, as LaFrance
[far left] and ageless Jerry White enjoy their moment in Victory Lane.


ACT Archives Courtesy of Cho Lee

George McRae was always a stout competitor in the Hurricanes. Like many others, he became even better in the Grand Americans later.


ACT Archives Courtesy of Cho Lee

Chickie Bessette heads for the pits as Dave Gibb takes a victory lap.


ACT Archives Courtesy of Cho Lee

A very early version of Perry Poquette's 32 hits an unidentified '57 Chevy as the 16 year - old Ronnie Bonnette gets by.

Othe Good Hurricane Shots


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Ralph "Chickie" Bessette [far left] watches as the safety crew tries to get
his #22 and the ) of Easy Ed Orton off the T Road wall.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
The Hardwick, Vermont contingent had their own private spot in the Catamount pits. Guy Brown's 49 and Milt Wright's 03. That's Uncle Miltie looking at the camera and I think I see Calvin Frost in there, too.
 

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Brad Wright came in from the North End of Burlington with the
former Dave Companion hurricane.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Guy Brown the original Hardwick Hurricane driver, with
his original car.
 

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Wade Walker [now the Capital District car dealer] hoped to have
success with the former Dennis Tucker Ford. Tucker, meanwhile, was hoping the same with the former Dave Dion car.
 

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Bill Hood, Burlington, VT.

Courtesy of Ray Lasnier
Hurricanes mix it up in 1971 at T Road. 22 is Chickie Bessette. Also seen is RIchard LeClaire and Ed Orton [0].

Courtesy of Ray Lasnier
Same mix -up in 1971 at T Road. 98 is Ray Lasnier, and 06 is Peanut Blow.

Courtesy of Chris Companion
Hurricanes mix it up in 1972 at Catamount. Milo Lockerby leads future
announcer and promoter Peter B. Guibard and Denny Alderman.

Courtesy of Chris Companion
 1972 action at Catamount. Richard Buzzi just avoids the wall as Roger
Lambert hits it sideways.

Courtesy of Chris Companion
Hurricanes in
action: Charlie Benoit leads Alvin Gover [34], Milo Lockerby [54]
and Richard Buzzi [13] as Luc LaFrance seems to lose a tire.

Courtesy of Chris Companion
The Gover brothers with their earliest cars.

If you have any photos not seem on this site and 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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