FONDA  SPEEDWAY
A Premier Track in New York Whose
Drivers Often Drove in Vermont

Earlier Years

        In the part of Vermont where I came from, NASCAR was not sanctioning any tracks. But, when we traveled to either the small Otter Creek Speedway in Vergennes, or if we ventured over to Fonda, I would get to see stars from Fonda Speedway, the track which was arguably the mecca for racing in our region - in the era of the 1960's. Ed Feuz and Jim Gage decided to field stock car races at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds race track.


Photo from the Fonda History Book

In this promotional photo from the first year, [from left - Walt Roberts, Herb Root, Spence Parkhurst, and Steve Danish pose with their cars to raise area interest in the new track.  By this time, Roberts, Danish, and Parkhurst had all competed at Vermont tracks like Pico Raceway and Stateline Speedway. Root may have, too.
 

     Prior to the 1953 opening of Fonda, races were already being held in a number of New York locations, as well as West Brattleboro, Vermont; Pico Raceway, in Rutland, Vermont; Fairmont Motor Park, in Fair Haven, Vermont, and Mettowee Speedway, a Granville location that was very near Vermont. Pico was seeing the likes of Steve Danish [Cropseyville], Spencer Parkhurst [Saratoga Springs], Walt Roberts [Poughkeepsie ?], Howard "Jeep Herbert [Rotterdam]; Pete Corey [Crescent], "Jollie Ollie" Palmer [Westmere], and a host of other New Yorkers who were looking for places to race in their new, burgeoning sport. Stateline was hosting these runners and more - including George Baumgardner [Saratoga], Joe Wunderlich [West Sand Lake], Link Pettit, and more.


Les King Photo

New Yorker Link Pettit slides his way through Turn Three at Pico Raceway.
Several of the New Yorkers who frequented Pico ended up at Fonda
[but not Link, who ran Lebanon Valley].

     It became evident, early on, [even before races commenced] that Fonda was going to be a prima location for New York racing; and the enthusiasm was tangible. Hence, everyone in the region who wanted to be in the ground floor of the operation made a mad dash for the first gatherings at Fonda. Les King, one of the Northeast's premier racing photographers tells how he, Chet Hames [the flagger], and a local announcer named Wildy would make a circuit of local tracks, handling those necessary duties for the various managements.


Feuz Collection Photo
A future Whites Beach Speedway promoter. the little - known Bob Ruchdeschal [74] almost won the first feature at Fonda when visibility was so bad the faster cars couldn't make progress. Also seen are Jeep Herbert in a crude version  of Bob Mott's 3, Paul Korman in Hal Kempeny's 113, and eventual winner Chuck Kotwicka [2nd car from right]

Feuz Collection Photo
First Fonda feature winner Chuck Kotwicka takes a victory lap as Paul Brozyna [2nd place] demonstrates how hard it became to see where you were going  as he heads for the infield pit area or maybe Victory Lane.


Courtesy of John Grady

Chuck Kotwicka, of Utica, Fonda's first ever feature winner, is trophied by
co-promoter Ed Fuez, left, and by Sally Whitbeck Gage, wife of co-promoter Jim Gage.
Racing tends to entwined with families. The Whitbecks - particularly Bob -
were prominent, especially as car owners and builders.


    When the word of Fonda reached them , the trio was ready to jump. Hames and Wildy headed for Fonda and King, for an unknown reason, missed their departure. Desperate to get the Fonda photographer's stand gig, he began hitchhiking to Fonda. Just before Les made it to the Montgomery Fairgrounds location, Russ Bergh, a rival, sought out Gage or Feuz and got the job.

There are likely some duplicate photos on this page - it is hard to keep checking back.


Bill Ladabouche Photo
Looking from the
stands toward Turn 4

Bill Ladabouche Photo
The announcer's and
judges' stand. The
dragstrip is seen behind
and the Mohawk River is
in the distance.

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Gigi Conover's junker
cars prepare to go out
and run in the track. The road
to the Thruway is in the
distance, and the famous
Graveyard is that white line
over the 2nd car from left.

 


Bill Ladabouche Photo
The water truck would run
for hours and hours,
turning the track into what
would appear to be an
undrivable quagmire.

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Looking to Turn 1. That
tractor thing with multiple
tires is running in the
track surface. You can also
see the ticket entrance.

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Early arrivers find ways
to pass the time.

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Looking at Turn 4, and the Cow
Palace behind it, as the
Conover Auto Parts cars run
in the track.

 


Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
The old ticket entrance
around 1958.

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Another angle.

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Jean-Guy Chartrand
arrives at Fonda after rains caused a cancellation. The entrance is
slightly changed here.

 

Muldowney Site Photo
Famous drag racer
Shirley Muldowney got her
start at Fonda. This is
that same entrance.

Muldowney Site Photo
The infield drag strip
was very short.

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Car 555 runs in the
track.

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
A full - bodied Car 73
running in the track.

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Willie Chest[54] and
Lynn Delong [2nd]
are among the cars
running in the track
before a 1955 show.

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Jim Luke in Hal
Kempeny's 113 and
Paul Marshall in the
Warren Daniels
7-11 Jr run in the
surface.
 

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Bennett's 71, with its
driver du jour running
in the track. It is likely
Ken Jones of Canajoharie.

Courtesy of Dan Ody
Steve Danish's car
sits in the background
in this mid 1950's
view of the infield.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
A recuperating Pete Corey awards
northern NY invader Buck Holliday
around 1960.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Utica's wild man, Chuck
Mahoney rams Lynn Delong
while driving for Dave McCredy.


Ed Feuz Collection
Bill Wimble wins one with Hal
Kempeny's 113, a former
 Dutch Hoag car.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Bob Fiske wins with the
Clartk Bros. 45 sedan.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Pete Corey, in the Bob Whitbeck
- built flaming 22, outdoes Dutch Hoag
in Hal Kempeny's 113. That Harold Smith - owned 22 was the inspiration for Dave Lape's flaming 22's.
 
Lew Boyd Collection
Pete Corey was darned nigh
unbeatable in Bob Mott's 3
until NASCAR decided tp
enforce their ban on pre -
1936 bodies.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Huge Don Hendenberg was
a good driver in the McCredy S33
before being killed at work.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Corey flies the checkers in
the hole - riddeen Bob Whitbeck
70. Corey hated the car. It went
through other drivers before Jerry
Jerome ended it in possible the  most spectacular crash in Fonda history.
 
Lew Boyd Collection
Corey nips George Welch in
Frank Trinkhaus' 62NY.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
A recuperating Pete Corey
is forced to wach from the
announcer's staand in 1960.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
In 1955 Steve Danish scrapped his
familiar six in favor of a Buick
V-8. The experiment and the
year were both disasters.
 
Danish Collection
Steve Danish with one of his
seven 1953 Fonda feature trophies.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
A 1950's visit from the Sports
Car Owners & Drivers' Club
[SCODA].
 
Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Don Stumpf,
Bellamawr, NJ
He won an upset at
Fonda, running it like
a paved track. Caused a change
in philosophy about which
grooves to run @ Fonda.

 
Ed Feuz Collection
A young Ed Pienazek,
probably with Johnson's
77 at that time.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Johnny Gruner rams into Lee
Millington [7] as Larry Larrabee
goes over while subbing for
another driver.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
An unidentified Henry J
competed in 1953.
 
Lew Boyd Collection
Freeloaders used to steal a
show from outside the fence
on Rte 30A until one was
killed.
 
Romano Collection
Herb Dunleavy was the first
 hired driver for Joe and
 Andy Romano.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
George Welch had a promising career
cut short when he was killed flagging
at Empire Raceway.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Fonda aerial shot in the earlier
pre -dragstrip era.
 
Lew Boyd Collection
George Gallup spent time in
both McCredy's S33 and Frank
Trinkhaus' 62NY in this
early era
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Chet Hames flags off a finish
with Red Knoblauch [13], S-5
Johnny Perry [middle] and
777 Jerry Jerome. Otis Eaton
would be killed in the S-5 and
Jerome would spectacularly wreck
that car, later numbered 550.

 
Ed Feuz Collection
Herb Root leads Walt
Roberts at Fonda's very
first practice session.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Irv Taylor goes through the fence
in the Young/Vine 75.
 
Ed Biitig Collection
Jim "Trapper" Morse,
Troy, NY
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Jim Luke wins one with the
Burns & Wilson 100 around 1954.

Williams Collection
Johnny Perry, with the new Bob
Whitbeck 22.
 
Craig Collection
Johnny Rogers with the W.O.
Taylor NASCAR modified #89.
Al Keller would also drive
this car in NY for a bit. Both
became NASCAR officials.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Ken Jones of Canajoharie
hangs an early Dick Bennett
71 on the fence.
 
Vogel Family Collection
Kenny Shoemaker, in full opposite
lock  with Ted Vogel's 95 coupe.

He isn't spinning out - he
simply drove Ted Vogel's
car that hard.
 
Geroge Caruso
Lee Bliss with a 1953 win in the
 Frank Michaelson 51 NY.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Paul Brozyna with an early win
for Hal Kempeny.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Habitual backmarker Red Knoblauch
won a race [and a bet]. Fonda officials
had to chauffeur him around
Fonda in a wheelbarrow.
 
Ed Feuz Collection
The Fonda book has this early
driver of McCredy's S33 as Don
Hendenberg. I think it is
Racin' Grayson Smith.
 
Johnson Family Collection
Rollie Johnson, an early
Fonda car owner [red #77]
and father of Jack and Joe.

Ed Feuz Collection
Track photographer Russ Bergh,
Middleburg, NY

Ed Feuz Collection
Russ' checkerboard
stand is seen in the
background here. Otto
Pade was likely inside.


Marc Schultz Photo
Rollie Johnson and the #77
:"Miss Pauline" crew. I believe
Rollie is 3rd from right. Driver
Eddie Pieniazek is center and
photographer Tony Farina is
at far righ
t.

Lazzaro Collection
Lou Lazzaro's Italiam brain
trust from Utica, NY: Lou,
Johnny Veletto, Jr. Bianco,
and Jan Manazzi.
 
Dan Ody Collection
'Ol Red Knoblauch's 13 never ran
faster than the night young Kenny
Shoemaker goaded it to a win at
Fonda.
 
Blackjack at Oldies But Goodies
A Fonda scrum involving Danish
Gahan and others.

 
Gerry LaVallee Collection
Ken Jones of Canajoharie was
likely the first in a long line of
drivers in Dick Bennett's Bernie's
Liquor Shop 71. But his propensity
for wadding it up got him replaced.

 
Jim King Collection
via Gerry LaVallee

Ken Jones of Canajoharie was
introduced to the Fonda barriers.
 
Courtesy of Mike Russo
Do
n Wayman was also an early
Bennett 71 driver for hire.
 
Courtesy of
Cameron Gray
Bob Bruno would sometimes
drive Allie Swears' 51 at
Fonda.
 
Courtesy of  Bill Fifield
Irv Taylor drove in dozens of cars,
 including Mike Suraske's 10 - 10.
 
Maynard Johnson Photo
Hal Kempeny's 113
was an important early
Fonda entry.
 
Courtesy of Craig Revelle
Bob Ziegler, of Boonville
was an infrequent visitor to
Fonda from Watertown.


Lew Boyd Collection
Spectators sneaking a free look were one of the banes of Feuz qand Gage's existence until one was killed by debris. Then sight barriers and
a determined security presence kept the freeloaders off the Route 30A fence thereafter.

Midstate Club Photo
No more sneak peeks.

THE DEATH OF LYNN DELONG'S PICKER SIX

 
Osterhoudt Collection
Lynn Delong crashes his car
nicknamed "The Picker Six"
after having already survived
being rear-ended by Chuck Mahoney earlier in the season. [See above]

Osterhoudt Collection
Track workers look it over
to determine how to remove
it from the racing surface.
John Osterhoudt is one
of those workers shown here.
 
Starin Family Collection
The wrecked Delong car
as it sat at Sonny Starin's
afterward.
 
Starin Family Collection
The wrecked Delong car
as it sat at Sonny Starin's
afterward.
 
Starin Family Collection
The wrecked Delong car
as it sat at Sonny Starin's
afterward.
     
Starin Family Collection
Gawd, Lynn - Ya did it up good !.
 
Starin Family Collection
The wrecked Delong car
as it sat at Sonny Starin's
afterward.
 

E
Ed Feuz Collection

Co - Promoters Jim Gage [left] and Ed Feuz clown it up during the first season at Fonda.

    After a rough start, with small fields and some track surface issues, the track grew incredibly fast into what came to be known as "The Track of Champions", and deservedly so. And, when some of its great stars would make occasional forays into Vermont to race somewhere and go home with the locals' prize money, it was a treat [at least for the fans]. Steve Danish won one of his last features in Fair Haven; Jerry Townley won one of his only wins in the #108 in Rutland; New Yorker and future Fonda regular Jerry Cook had his car [driven then by Ken Meahl] win one of its first races at Vergennes. These are a few of the stories that furthered the Fonda mystique in Vermont. Ironically, today, Vermonters like Dave Camara and Johnny Scarborough go to Fonda and come back with the prize money - frequently.


Photo from Otto Graham's Site

Jerry Townley, when with the Thomas Chewins 108, took a fairly easy win at
 the Vermont State Fair track in the early 1960's, beating out a field
of out-gunned locals. At Fonda ? Mostly a field filler.


Bittig Collection
This wonderful shot across the infield shows the stands in their full glory. Evident in the pits is the 54 of Willie Chest and Frank Blum's 502.

MORE EARLIER FONDA STARS AND CARS


Danish Family Photo
Steve Danish,
Cropseyville, NY
Drove at Pico, Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee,
Ashland Park

John Grady Photo
Jeep Herbert,
Rotterdam, NY
One of JR Earl's  sedans
Drove at Pico, Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee

John Grady Photo
Pete Corey,
Crescent, NY
Bob Mott's 3
Drove at Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee

 


Photographer Unknown
Ken Shoemaker,
Schenectady, NY
Ted Vogel's 95
Drove at Fairmont,
Stateline

Schenectady Collection
Hoppy Redner.
Young/Vine 75

Conde & parry Site
Chuck Mahoney,
Utica, NY

Photo from Bob Novak
George Baumgardner,
Saratoga, NY
Jim Young/Ray Vine 75
Drove at Pico, Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee,
Otter Creek, Ashland Park

McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Phil Miller

Walt Roberts,
Catskill, NY
Drove at Pico, Stateline, Mettawee

Fonda History Bk. Photo

Spence Parkhurst,
Saratoga Spr., NY
Drove at Pico, Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee,
Ashland Park

Courtesy of  CJ Richards


 


McDowell Photo
Jollie Ollie Palmer,
Albany, NY
Drove at Pico, Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee
 
Courtesy of the
Starin Family
Ronnie Quackenbush,
Fultonville, NY


The former Oscar Porath 3

Courtesy of Otto Graham
Nick Carter,
Dolgeville, NY

The Racin' Detective


Otto Graham Site Photo
Tom Kotary,
Rome, NY
Theron Moore's 112
Drove at Stateline,
Otter Creek

 


Courtesy of  Rick Luke

Jim Luke,
Utica, NY
Drove at Airborne.

Otto Graham Site Photo
Dutch Reed,
Glens Falls, NY
Bill King's 90A
Drove at Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee,
Dutch Reed, Dev.Bowl

Courtesy of  Mike Russo
Irv Taylor,
Crescent, NY
Drove at
Otter Creek.

Otto Graham Site Photo
Lynn DeLong,
Glens Falls, NY
Delongs Drove at Fairmont,
Stateline, Mettawee,
Ashland Park, Otter Creek

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Unknown driver
Might have been named
Geisinger.

John Grady Photo
Don Hendenberg,
Lee Ctr., NY
1st Dave McCready Car

Fonda History Bk Photo
Don Courtney,
Schenectady, NY
Walt Roberts' Car
Walt drove at
Pico.

Fonda History Bk Photo
Cliff Kotary,
Rome, NY
Mike Michaels' Car
The car ran at Otter Creek.
 

From Fonda Book,
Fuez Collection
Chuck Kotwicka,
Utica, NY

Otto Graham Site Photo
Otto Graham,
Burlington, NY
Theron
Von Benschoten's 20

Courtesy of the
Starin Family
Doc Blanchard,
Gloversville, NY

The Herb Roots 271
with number changed.
Wrecked in the Jerry
Jerome crash in 1958.


Fusco Collection
Smokey Stover,
Glens Falls, NY
Drove at Ashland Park.

Otto Graham Site Photo
Joe Ciganenko,
Richfield Spr., NY
Frank Trinkhaus' 62
 

From Fonda Book
Frank Blum,
 

Fonda Book Photo
Herm Buttery
?, NY
.
Notice the infamous grave
yard in the background.

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Fred Shepard,
Cambridge, NY
.
The car ran at Stateline
and Fairmont.

Courtesy of the
Starin Family
Jack Harris,
Broadalbin, NY

Starin's 550


John Grady Collection
Larry Norgrove,
Colonie, NY

Schenectady Collection
Willie Chest,
Canajoharie, NY

Courtesy of Dan Ody
Ken Shoemaker,
Westmere, NY
Red Knoblauch's 13
Drove at Pico, Fairmont
Stateline, Mettawee

Schenectady Collection
Johnny Perry,
Ephrata, NY
Red Knoblach's 13
Drove at Airborne
 

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Howie Westervelt,
Ravena, NY
.
Cliff Wright's 24
The team ran at Stateline

Courtesy of the
Starin Family
Carl "Leadfoot" Taber


John Grady Collection
According to John
Grady, Rollie Johnson owned
the"Miss Pauline" #77
before Richard Welch.
This shows Rollie and
 Ed Pieniazek. Need help
with the others. Photographer

Drove at Otter Creek
 


John Grady Collection
Guy Chartrand,
Montreal, Can.
Drove at Fairmont, DBowl,
Catamount, Airborne

John Grady Collection
Ray Sitterly,
Amsterdam, NY
Ray always had
nice cars.
Drove at Fairmont,

DBowl


John Grady Collection
Paul Marshall,
Schenectady, NY
A huge man.
Warren Daniels' 711Jr
Drove at Otter Creek

Ladabouche Collection
Pete Corey,
Crescent, NY
Bob Whitbeck's 22

Courtesy of the
Starin Family
Jerry Jerome,
Johnstown, NY

Moody Collection
Wes Moody,
Saranac Lake, NY
Drove at D Bowl

 


John Grady Photo
Lou Lazarro,
Utica, NY
Vinnie Maugeri's 4
Drove at Catamount,
 

John Grady Photo
Lee Millington,
Palatine Bridge, NY
Dick Bennett's 71

John Grady Photo
Doc Blanchard,
Gloversville, NY
Drove at Otter Creek

Source Unknown

 


Dwyer Family Collection via the Fonda Book
Chuck Dwyer

Courtesy of the
Starin Family
George Gallup

John Grady Collection
Jeep Herbert
Schenectady, NY
.
Sam Kitler / Gibby Wolfe 37
The car ran at Pico &
Stateline - often with Jeep
driving.
 
John Grady Collection
Gigi Conover was a
sponsor, supporter,
and official for years.


Ladabouche Collection
Conover's familiar Jeep
is seen in the background
of this Jeep Herbert shot.

 

Courtesy of Midstate
Club Site
Cliff Kotary,
Rome, NY

 

Courtesy of The
Dave Brooks Family
Al Danish

May have run Fonda in
its earliest years.

 
Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
George Welch,
Schenectady, NY

Courtesy of Midstate
Club Site
Larry Nye,

Usually a Watertown
driver

 

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Al Parry,
Saratoga, NY

 

Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Bob Zimmerman,
Albany, NY

Fred DeCarr Collection
Tom Wilson,
Rome, NY

Charlie Pierce's P13

 


Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Herb Roots,
Gloversville, NY

Various Drivers
 


Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Don Wayman,
Cobleskill, NY

Courtesy of CJ Richards
Charlie Morse,
N. Adams, MA

Ed Winn 467. A very
dominant early '50's
team.


Ed Feuz Collection
B
ill Fake's charred car. He
was barely rescued in time
by Bob Whitbeck.

 
Ed Feuz Collection
B
ill Wimble,
Lisbon, NY

Hal Kempeny's 113


Ed Feuz Collection
The Top Wop,
Ron Narducci,
East Haddam, CT
 
Don Radbruch Collection
B
ob Whitbeck,
Canajoharie, NY


Actually winning a Fonda race
with a roadster. He went on to
be a car owner extraordinaire
and track official.
 
Lew Boyd Collection
Early Fonda figures
Carl "Leadfoot" Tabor,
Hoppy Redner, and
Tony Achzet.
           
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Pete Corey in Bob
Whitbeck's flaming 22
beats out Dutch Hoag in
the  113 he sold to
Hal Kempeny.

 
Herbert Collection
Jeep Herbert [shown
here with wife, Dee]
won the points title with
J.R. Earl some time in"the '50's.

 

 
Ed Feuz Collection
The Christmas 1954 card
was a warning of sorts for
the fateful following season.
It didn't go well with the
Buick.


Ed Feuz Collection
1955 was not a red letter year for Steve Danish. He tried
Buick power that  year, which
may or may not have
contributed to that.
 

 
John Grady Collection
Doc Blanchard, from nearby
Gloversville, drove in a number
of cars at Fonda. This is Miller's
Studebaker.

 
Ed Feuz Collection
Don Hendenberg

One of Dave McCredy's
first S33 drivers.
 

 
Ed Feuz Collection
Ed Ortiz,
Ransomville, NY
 
Ed Feuz Collection
Paul Marshall,
Schenectady, NY

A gentle giant of a man.
 
Midstate Club Collection
Pepper Eastman,
Madison, NY


This shot likely at Morris, NY.
 
Lew Boyd Collection
George Gallup

With Dave McCredy's S33
 
John Grady Collection
George Welch

Bert Welch Collection



 
 Courtesy of Jack Eaton
Otis Eaton,
Ephrata, NY

He had survived dangerous roadster racing only to be sadly the first Fonda fatality.

 
Ed Feuz Collection
Somber track workers clear up
the wrecked Otis Eaton S-5
after his fatal 1955 crash.

 
Ed Feuz Collection
Popular driver Howard
"Jeep" Herbert,
Rotterdam, NY

Here with Bob Mott's 3

Ed Feuz Collection
Perennial backmarker Red Knoblauch won a heat [and
a bet] with Fonda officials
Dave Talmadge and Pete
Slovik. He won a wheelbrrow
ride from them.
 




 
       
         


           


Ed Feuz Collection
B
ob Zimmerman leads the Rollie Johnson 77 [probably Ed Pieniazek], Harold Betts [inside], and Steve Danish.


Courtesy of the Starin Family
Chet flags off a 1950's feature. Jerry Jerome [far left] leads in the #777 which would become the 550Jr. The second car may be the Vogel 95 with Shoemaker aboard. The S-55 was Johnny Perry; the 62 was Joe Ciganenko in Frank Trinkhaus's entry; the 37 was likely Jeep Herbert; the 32, Paul Brozyna; the 3NY, Pete Corey; and Harold Betts was in the 40.
 


Photo Source Unknown
A good part of the Fonda contingent during the Golden Years. I recognize several: [Bottom row- Doc Blanchard, Unk., Unk., Unk., maybe Howie Westervelt, George Baumgardner, maybe Bob Fiske, Don Wayman, Tom Kotary, and Unk. [Top Row- Ollie Palmer, Unk. Earl Maille, maybe Geo. Gallup, maybe George Welch, Bill Wimble, Ken Shoemaker, Steve Danish, Jim Luke, Paul Marshall, Buck Holliday, unk., and Lou Lazarro. Probably Corey and Jeep are in there, but I can't see them.

LATER FONDA STARS


Source Unknown
Ron Narducci and the first -year driver Andy Romano roll by the announcer's stand and Chet Hames [on track by guard rails] during
slow warmups at Fonda around 1963.

THE GOLDEN ERA FONDA STARS AND CARS


Ladabouche Photo
Jack DuBrul,
Shelburne, VT
Drove at Catamount
Otter Creek, TRoad
 

Russ Bergh Photo
Howie Westervelt,
Ravena, NY
 

Russ Bergh Photo
Don Wayman,
Cobleskill, NY

Bill Fifield Photo
Robbie Kotary,
Rome, NY
Ward Petit's 148

Shaney Lorenzent Photo
Courtesy of Andy Fusco
Ron Narducci,
E. Haddam, CT

Shaney Lorenzent Photo
Courtesy of Andy Fusco
Russ Betz,
Hartford, CT

Ladabouche Collection
Jack Farquhar,
Euphrata, NY

 

Ladabouche Collection
Bill Wimble,
Lisbon, NY
Dave McCready's 33
Drove at Otter Creek
 

Courtesy of Mike Watts
Buck Holliday,
Waddington, NY
Floyd Geary's C38
Drove at Otter Creek

Ladabouche Collection
Skip Roots,
Gloversville, NY

Shaney Lorenzent Photo
Courtesy of Andy Fusco
Bob Leach,
, CT

Frank SImek Photo
Jerry Townley,
Catskill, NY
Pop Wilcox 32
Drove at Rutland
 Fairgrounds
 

From Dave Dykes' Site
via the HAMB Site

George Janoski,
Stafford Sprgs, CT

Drove at W.Brattleboro
in early days.
 

Ladabouche Collection
Don Wayman,
Cobleskill, NY

Cliff Wright's 9A

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham

Ken Meahl
Lockport, NY
Jerry Cook's 38
Drove at Otter Creek

John Grady Photo
Gaston Desmarais,
Tupper Lake, NY
Drove at Airborne
and Catamount

Frank Simek Photo
Ken Meahl
Lockport, NY
Jerry Cook's 38
Drove at Pico &
Fairmont.

 

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham

Jerry Townely
Catskill, NY

Tom Chewins' 108
Sponsored by former
driver Walt Roberts.

 

Mike Watts Photo
Bob Bruno,
Morrisonville, NY
Vic Wolfe's 66
Drove at Otter Creek,
Catamount, Airborne.

Ladabouche Collection
Dick Nephew,
Mooers Forks, NY
.
Allie Swears' 51
The car ran at Fairmont,
Airborne, & Otter Creek
 

John Grady Photo
Al Sanders,
?, NY
.
 

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Dutch Reed,
Glens Falls, NY
.
Joe Romano's 97
The car ran at Otter Creek

John Grady Photo
Ken Canestrari,
Cohoes, NY
.

John Grady Photo
Ken Canestrari,
Cohoes, NY
.

Courtesy of Bob Novak
"Blackjack" DuBrul,
Shelburne, VT

The car ran at Otter Creek

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Jack Farquhar,
Ephrata, NY
.
Vince Barbuto's 2

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Lou Smith,
Munnsville, NY
.
 

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Mike Michaels [Suraske],
Oriskany, NY
.
The car ran at Otter Creek
 

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Howie Fassett,
Canajoharie, NY
.

John Grady Photo
Tiger Tom Kotary,
Rome, NY
.
Joe Romano's 97
The car ran at Otter Creek

Courtesy of Steve Judd
Ron Quakenbush,
Fultonville, NY
.
 

Courtesy of Conde &
Parry Website
Tom Kotary,
Rome, NY
.
Kotary Family 12

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Pete Corey,
Crescent, NY
.
Tony Villano's 37
The car ran at Fairmont
 

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Ernie Gahan,
Dover, NH
.
Koszella's 15CT
 

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Pepper Eastman,
Madison, NY


 

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Rene Charland,
Agawam, MA

Czepiel's 888
 

Frank Simek Photo
 
Johnny Kollar,
 Johnstown, NY
.

The car ran at D. Bowl

 


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Andre Manny,
Laval des Rapides, QC

The car ran at Catamount
and Thunder Road


 


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Bernie Miller,
Canastota, NY

Primarily a pavement driver.
Did run Catamount.


 


Courtesy of Otto Graham
Bill Rafter,
Clarence Center, NY
.
Gil Bruss''s 22
 

John Grady Photo
Bob Emsminger,
Gloversville, NY
.
Bruce Dostal - built
 

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Bobby Leach,
Connecticut

The car ran at Fairmont

NE Vint Mod Site Photo
Several Drivers

The Godfrey Wentzel 03
 


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Bruce Dostal,
Johnstown, NY

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Jean-Paul Cabana,
Beloeil, QC

The car ran at Catamount
and Thunder Road

 

D. Bowl Program Photo
Will Cagle,
Tampa, FL

Occasional only.
 

John Grady Photo
Cam Gagliardi,
Lockport, NY

Occasional only.
 

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

Charlie Trombley,
Mooers Forks, NY
The Ross McNaughton 5  7/8
The car ran at Catamount
and Thunder Road

 

John Grady Photo
Charlie Peters,
Delanson, NY
The Car ended up as
Dick Diamond's 8Ball


 

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This shot of Rene Charland with the Russ Betz 59 shows the Dick Diamond 8 Ball in the background [white].

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Chuck Mahoney,
Rochester, NY
Peter Hollebrand 53
 

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Pete Corey
Crescent, NY
The fabled Falcon
The car ran at Fairmont.
 

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Pete Corey
Crescent, NY
The Studebaker - good
for 1/2 a season.

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Pete Corey
Crescent, NY
The post - Studebaker
a coupe .

Bob Mackey Photo
via John Rock
Pete Corey,
Crescent, NY
Typical Corey cars
arriving at Airborne.

The car ran at Airborne
and Devil's Bowl
 

Russ Bergh Photo
via Otto Graham
Steve Danish,
Cropseyville NY
A man of stature deserves more
photos but all his cars looked
the same.

The car ran at Fairmont.

Courtesy of Jeff
Ackerman
Dick Clark,
Munnsville, NY

The car ran at Airborne.

John Grady Photo
Doc Blanchard,
Gloversville, NY
Actually this is his
pavement car.

The driver ran at Otter Creek.

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Lee Millington,
Palatine Bridge NY
The Dick Bennett 71
had many, many drivers
at Fonda.

 

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Jack Johnson,
Duanesburg, NY
The Tony Villano 37 -
his 1st ride.

The car ran at Fairmont
and Devil's Bowl.

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Bob SItterly,
St. Johnsville, NY
 

Russ Bergh Photo
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Ed Ortiz,
Ransomville, NY
 

Russ Bergh Photo
via Otto Graham
Ed Pieniazek,
Schenectady, NY
Tony  Villano 37
The car ran at Fairmont.

Russ Bergh Photo
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Ernie Gahan,
Dover,  NH
One of the former Chris Drellos
team cars.

The car ran at Otter Creek.
 

Russ Bergh Photo
via Otto Graham
George Welch,
Schenectady, NY
George was killed flagging
at another track.

 

Russ Bergh Photo
via Bill Fifield
Irv Taylor,
Rexford, NY
I was inducted into Weedsport
with Irv.. .  a wonderful man.

The team ran at Otter Creek.

Russ Bergh Photo
via Otto Graham
Jeep Herbert,
Rotterdam, NY
The Vince Barbuto 2

 

Russ Bergh Photo
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Jack Farquhar,
Ephrata, NY
Vince Barbuto 2
lowered.

 

John Grady Photo
Jeep Herbert,
Rotterdam, NY
The Hammond & Strong 56 CT

The car ran at Fairmont.

Russ Bergh Photo
Jeep Herbert,
Rotterdam, NY
The Drellos backup car -
it was a dog.

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Jerry Cook,
Lockport, NY
I was inducted into Weedsport
with Jerry.. .  we had a good time. The first variation of this car appeared and won at Otter Creek, with Ken Meahl driving, in 1963 [see right]

The car ran at Otter Creek
 

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Ken Meahl,
Lockport, NY
Jerry
Cook's 38
The car won at Otter Creek
 

A Xerox of a
John Grady Photo
Jerry Pennock,
Warrensburgh, NY
Tony Villano 37

 

Courtesy of Wes Moody
Jim Hoyt,
Saranac Lake, NY
This car was involved in one
of the worst wrecks in Fonda
history.

 

Conde & Parry Site
Jim Kuke,
Utica, NY
The Pop Wilcox 32

 

Russ Bergh Photo
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Jerry Townley,
Catskill, NY
Thomas Chewins 108

The car ran at Rutland
Fairgrounds.

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Jollie Ollie Palmer,
Westmere, NY
Bill Fowler's 27Jr.

The car ran at Fairmont.

Courtesy of Jo Towns
via Otto Graham
Ken Meahl,
Lockport, NY
Jerry
Cook's 38
The car won at Otter Creek.
Photo is above.

FONDA HOSTED A NUMBER OF NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL NORTHERN TOUR RACES PRIOR TO 1970


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A handout advertising the 1967 Grand National race at Fonda. As you can see, there
were a few big names and the rest were field fillers.

 


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