NORTHEASTERN SPEEDWAY

Lower Waterford, Vermont

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Courtesy of Paul Bellefeuille


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Crews hustle out to a pileup on the front stetch. Visible are both Barber cars [46 and 47], George Hay's 58, Denny Dearborn [foreground],
and we can see a Freddy Mills crewman [26].

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Terraserver Satellite Photo of present day remains

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Photo which shows the stands, infield, and "tower".

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Aerial Photo of the entire track 
layout when active - around 1960.

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This 1977 photo shows the track was still in pretty good shape then.

 

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Former track drivers walk the front stretch in 2004. The track area is now severely grown over, but the surface remains, as does the wall.

 

Waterford_Cars_Pitting.JPG (45413 bytes) Courtesy of Cho Lee - McIver Photo

Coupes head for the pit entrance 
at Northeastern Speedway. Cho Lee says there is a still an arrow 
visible on the front stretch wall 
that pointed out the pit entrance 
to the drivers.

 

   

 

     

    One of the most influential tracks in the formation of the personality of Catamount Stadium was Northeastern Speedway, located way up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont - near St. Johnsbury - in Lower Waterford. Being a paved track in an era of dirt ovals, Northeast Speedway was one of the direct predecessors of  Barre, Vermont's Thunder Road - the parent track of Catamount Stadium. 

 


Courtesy of Cho Lee
A B Class field starts out, which includes 2, Jerry Bigelow, Bill White's #4 Studebaker, and an Elms car on the outside of White.

    A few of the very early stars on the Catamount third mile were veterans who had begun around Northeastern Speedway and had subsequently starred at Thunder Road.


McIver Photo
Courtesy of Cho Lee
Harold "Hard Luck" Hanaford.

 

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Harold "Hard Luck" Hanaford with the checkers at Waterford. 

 

McIver Photo
NE Speedway Site
Clint Girard.

NE Speedway Site
Clint Girard
wins one.
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Courtesy of Cho Lee
Starter Archie Blackadar 
trophies local driver Skip Easter. 

 


NE Speedway Site
Skip Easter,
winning another one.

McIver Photo
NE Speedway Site
Mutt Dexter,
Lisbon, NH.

Courtesy of Glenn Andrews
Mutt Dexter gets the
Richard Rice Sportsmanship trophy
from Mrs. R. Rice.

NE Speedway Site
Mutt Dexter, on the track.
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Courtesy of Cho Lee
Possible, Mutt scores again at Northeastern.
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Cavalcade of Auto Racing Photo
Bethlehem, NH's Ronnie Marvin, one of Northeast's
bigger stars - in more ways than one.
 
Courtesy of Cho Lee
The Bethlehem Bombshell nearly filled his little coupe,single-handedly.

 


Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Photo by Norman McIver.
Ronnie Marvin was
shown in Cavalcade
of Auto Racing in the
early '60's as N'Er'n
representative at
Trenton.

 


NE Speedway Site
Glen Gadapee.

 


NE Speedway Site
Glen wins one
at Waterford.

Gadapee Family Photo
Glen Gadapee after
a wreck. Archie
Blackadar in the
background.

Courtesy of Glen Gadapee
An early Glen Gadapee car, the 669.

Gadapee Family Photo
Glen Gadapee and
starter Bob Quinn.

McIver Photo
Courtesy of Cho Lee
St. Johnsbury Center, Vermont's Johnny Gammell.
 
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Courtesy of Cho Lee
One of the many rides of Johnny Gammell.
The Charles Ely
88.
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Courtesy of Cho Lee
St. Johnsbury Center, Vermont's Johnny Gammell.
More Gammell cars
below.

 


Courtesy of Glen Gadapee
An original track stock certificate belonging to Johnny Gammell.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
John Gammell, A
at T Road with a
CJ Richards - owned
32.

Ladabouche Photo
A Gammell trophy
from the  track.

McIver Photo
Courtesy of Cho Lee
St. Johnsbury Center, Vermont's Dick Gammell

From the Northeastern Site
Dick Gammell did not have a ton of fun at N'Eastern with this car.

 

Courtesy of Ken Paulsen
Johnny Gammell leads
Dick Gammell and
Ray Stygles at
Northeastern.

McIver Photo
NE Speedway Site
Freddy Mills,
Groveton, NH
Freddy_Mills_Crew_Waterford.JPG (50303 bytes) Courtesy of Cho Lee
Freddy Mills, Groveton, 
NH with his crew.
 

 


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Freddy Mills drove
this odd - looking
B Class car at
Northeastern in 1963 or 1964.


Paul Belfeuille Photo
Freddy Mills, in Victory Lane at
Northeastern. That
is an Ingerson seen in the background, directly above the roof of the car.
 

McIver Photo
NE Speedway Site
Tony Colicchio


176 Racing.Com
Tony, with a big win.

 


Courtesy of Ken Paulsen
A hustling Archie
awards the
 flag to Tony,
the driver of the car 0.

McIver Photo
Courtesy of Cho Lee
Henry Montandon,
The Frozen Logger Waits River, VT
 

Courtesy of Ken Paulsen
Henry Montandon,
The Frozen Logger Waits River, VT
The Lloyd Hutchins
76

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Henry Montandon,
with a B class
Ford.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Henry Montandon,
with the same B class Ford
at Barre.
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Courtesy of Cho Lee
Bobby Hood

Fred Daniells' car,
St. Johnsbury, VT
Both Photos Courtesy
of  Mrs. Fred Daniels via Pete Racine

 

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Courtesy of Cho Lee
Future Hall
-of-Famer
Beaver Dragon wins
one in his first late model - around 1964.
 
Beaver_7a_Waterford.jpg (115458 bytes) Courtesy of Cho Lee
Same shot,
better angle.

NE Speedway Site
Al Corey

Courtesy of Mike Gilbert
Al Corey was one of several drivers who drove for George Hay, of Harwick, VT.

Courtesy of Cathy Martell
Paul Martell,
Rochester, NH
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Courtesy of Cho Lee
Paul Martell in a different ride 
than  his later-to-be-familiar 93. 

 


Scott Haskell Photo
The original 3J
car that ran at N'eastern, as it sat
at O'Connell's
Auto Body.

 

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Courtesy of Cho Lee
Paul Martell and Dwayne
Remick [left] come
together on the frontstretch
at Waterford.

 


NE Speedway Site
Dwayne Remick,
St. Johnsbury, VT

Courtesy of Mark Austin
Dwayne's R1
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Courtesy of Cho Lee
Starter Archie Blackadar hands off the checkers to winner Dwayne Remick.

From the Northeastern Site
Perley Densmore,

From the Northeastern Site
Perley Densmore, actually at Riverside in Groveton.

Courtesy of Scott Haskell
Northeastern
regular Perley Densmore.

From the Northeastern Site
An early Perley

 
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Courtesy of Cho Lee
A less happy
day for Perley's
best car.

From the Northeastern Site
Perley Densmore, as he
is today.

From the Northeastern Site
George Whitney

 

From the Northeastern Site
Geo. Whitney,
in an Elms car.


NE Speedway Site
Jackie Coolbeth


Courtesy of Scott Haskell
Jackie Coolbeth
and the gang.

Courtesy of Scott Haskell
Harold Flanders
at Northeastern.
 

Courtesy of P.Zampieri
Rollo "Ripper" Lowe, shown here at Webster Flats, ended up running N'eastern
for a brief spell.

 


Courtesy of P.Zampieri
Ken Fenoff's car
was numbered after a cigar brand.


Courtesy of P.Zampieri
Ted Rivers
The Sad Sack 2.

 


From the Northeastern Site
Harold Flanders

From the MVRCA Site
Glenn Andrews,
Oxford, ME


Courtesy of Scott Haskell
Glenn Andrews used this same car and crew at N'eastern: Bernard Perkins, Gene Remick, Glenn, and Harold Bates.
 


Northeastern Site
Joe Bijolie

Courtesy of Scott Haskell
Joe Bijolie,
 car 14
 

From the Northeastern Site
Ned Lemieux

From the Northeastern Site
Ned Lemieux
wins one at
Waterford.

From the Northeastern Site
Ned Lemieux

 

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Ned Lemieux's
T Road wreck.

From the Northeastern Site
Chester T.
Wood

From the Northeastern Site
Chester T.
Wood with a rare number change. He would have run this car at N'estern.

 

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Courtesy of Cho Lee
Northern Vermont's famed underdog, Chester T. Wood, from Orange, VT with  his first "gorgeous" car.

From the Northeastern Site
Bobby Waugh

From the Northeastern Site
Bobby Waugh [left] wins the Memorial Day race.

From the Northeastern Site
A  win at
T Road.

Courtesy of Mark Austin
A  N'Eastern
car of Waugh's.

From the Northeastern Site
Ken Robinson's sedan.

From the Northeastern Site
Ken Robinson's B class car.

 


NE Speedway Site
Pete Racine
then.

Courtesy of Paul Bellefeuille
Racine now [left] with Johnny Gammell and Satch Hunt.

 


From the Northeastern Site
Pete Racine
arriving at
Northeastern

From the Northeastern Site
Maybe an earlier
Racine car.

From the Northeastern Site
Colicchio steals one from Racine.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Pete is headed
in the wrong direction. Good look at the old announcer's stand.
 

From the Northeastern Site
Pete Racine passes on the inside.

From the Northeastern Site
Ernie Racine

From the Northeastern Site
Both Pete and Ernie drove this car 69.

From the Northeastern Site
Merlin Bean

From the Northeastern Site
Merlin Bean,
with Dick Blake's coupe.

From the Northeastern Site
Satch Hunt

 

From the Northeastern Site
Satch Hunt

176 Racing.Com
Ronnie Satch Hunt, with his
best - known car.

From the Northeastern Site
A Thunder Road 1960 wreck of Satch Hunt's 46, a car from N'Eastern

 


From the Northeastern Site
Clyde Andrews

From the Northeastern Site
Clyde Andrews'
coupe.

From the Northeastern Site
Clyde Andrews'
sedan.

From the Northeastern Site
Wayne True

From the Northeastern Site
Archie Beland

Courtesy of Paul Zampieri
Unidentified car at
Northeastern
or Lyndonville.

From the Northeastern Site
Dick Johnston's
well - used OK.

From the Northeastern Site
Dick Johnston,
with a partially - restored OK
35_waterford.JPG (74263 bytes) Courtesy of Cho Lee
Unidentified driver wins one at Northeastern.

From the Northeastern Site
Henry Whipple,
father of writer and historian Phil.

From the Northeastern Site
Dale Gilbert
 

From the Northeastern Site
Dale Gilbert's
Northeastern car.

 


From the Northeastern Site
Emilio Girelli

From the Northeastern Site
Emilio Girelli's
sedan before the
fateful T Road
wreck.

NEAR HOF Portrait
George Barber,
Bradford VT
His legendary 46 was driven at N'Eastern by three different drivers.

Ladabouche Photo
The Barber 46 Coupe, in a
restored state. [Below] The earlier version driven by Stub Piper.

Courtesy of Cho Lee

 


From the Northeastern Site
Stub Piper, the first Barber
driver.

 


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Roy "Pappy" Forsyth, the 2nd and most famous driver of the Barber 46.

NE Site Photo
Ray "Junior" Coffin, the car's 3rd driver.
Coffin? That's a bad name for a race driver !

 

 


Courtesy of Ken Paulsen
The  Barber team car, as it looked when it was running at Northeastern
with Lee Ingerson.


From the Northeastern Site
The former Barber team car, as it looked when it ended up with Alan Whipple.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Henry Montandon,
Waits River, VT
The Frozen Logger


 

Courtesy of 176 Racing.Com
The Lloyd Hutchins 76
that Henry drove.

Courtesy of 176 Racing.Com
Lloyd Hutchins [right] and
Henry with the restored 76.

Courtesy of 176 Racing.Com
Lloyd, Lee Ingerson, Henry, maybe Bobby Waugh, and Freddy Mills.

Northeastern Site
Ray Stygles.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
A photo of the car Ray usually drove, the Geo. Hay 68. This shot is actually Doug Ingerson.

Courtesy of Steve McKnight
Russ Ingerson

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Doug Ingerson

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Doug Ingerson,
in the other Geo. Hay car.

Northeastern Site
Norm Chaloux,
Barre, VT

An unbelievably muscular granite cutter.

 


176 Racing.Com
Norm, with a restored version of one of his cars.

176 Racing.Com
Norm, with a win at T Road.

176 Racing.Com
Norm, with the Northeastern car.

176 Racing.Com
Bill White and his B Class Studebaker.

176 Racing.Com
Dickie Southworth and a Ford B Class entry.

Ladabouche Photo
Restored.
 

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Archie oversees the lining up of a feature.

Source Unknown
An unknown B Class car with a win - maybe Ralph Stygles.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
A
Bob Doyle - sponsored N'eastern car.

From the Northeastern Site
2 1959 views of  N'Eastern when it was dirt.

From the Northeastern Site
A  N'Eastern peek into the infield.
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July 4th festivities at Northeast Speedway around 1960.
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Courtesy of Cho Lee
Finding the Waterford
pit entrance.
 
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Courtesy of Cho Lee
A photo finish, with Russ Ingerson in the George Hay #68 - winning by a hair.

From the Northeastern Site
Pete Racine and another car get a bird's eye view of this roll.

From the Northeastern Site
A backstretch tangle that includes the Ely 88 of Gammell and Peter Bryant's 97.

From the Northeastern Site
A  N'Eastern
tangle by the
flagstand.

 


From the Northeastern Site
Colicchio [0] and others in a mixup.

From the Northeastern Site
Dwayne Remick,
Ron Marvin, and
Tony Colicchio.

Courtesy of Ken Paulsen
Johnny Gammell [rt]
and others at a
Northeastern banquet.
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Courtesy of Cho Lee
An unidentified Ford driver wins at Northeastern.

From the Northeastern Site
Northeastern Victory Lane shot that includes Bob Doyle.
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Courtesy of Cho Lee
Larry Granger, at Waterford

Libero Buzzi's
93 car.

From the Northeastern Site
Sonja Struthers, apparently a trophy girl.
Late_Model_Lineup_Waterford.JPG (37591 bytes) Courtesy of Cho Lee
The late model division lines up for the feature in a night race at Waterford.

Courtesy of Scott Haskell
Article about the
opening of the track.

From the Northeastern Site
Denny Dearborn or maybe Harold Hanford
in trouble with the 7.


From the Thunder Road History Courtesy of John Casey and Others.
Part of  the Thunder Road history program that discusses Northeastern as a predecessor.


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Archie Blackadar
and Bob Doyle,
two very important
figures at the track.

Ladabouche Photo
A jacket somebody
bought from Bob Doyle.

Courtesy of Marty Harty
Jim Travers in a
Marty Harty entry
that might have
raced at Waterford.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Silvio Bilodeau


Ladabouche Photo
George Silsby has
restored the Bilodeau
car.
 

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Unknown car 6
circling the track.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Should know this
one but I don't.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Drivers wanting to pit
would look for an arrow on the wall to find the
partially - hidden pit entrance.

 

Ladabouche Photo
Arrow shown above
in 2008 photo.

Courtesy of Scott Haskell
1963 aerial view.

Image Shack. Com
A Google Photo
Much later aerial.

Historic Aerials.COm
1964 view.

Northeastern Site Photo
Clyde Andrews [20]
and others in action.
     
Northeastern Site Photo
Dennie Dearborn leaves
 the chaos behind him.
   

For a really good closeup satellite photo of present day Northeastern Speedway, click on this link to Google Map.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Lower+Waterford,+VT&ie=UTF8&z=18&ll=44.409474,-71.927447&spn=0.001161,0.003331&t=k&om=0


Terraserver Satellite Photo

This Terraserver shot is not as distinct, as the Google shot;  but, it shows the track's remnants in the middle of the lower portion.


ACT Archives Courtesy of Cho Lee. McIver Photo
A marching band and color guard at what appears to be
opening ceremonies at the track.


Courtesy of Glen Andrews
Some people think this might be the first feature at Northeastern Speedway / Waterford Motordrome.


Courtesy of Gadapee Family
Glen Gadapee, in an early coupe of his, in a blanket finish with the George Hay 68 of Al Corey and another car.

From the Northeastern History Program
It is a wonder Mabel Densmore wasn't killed when she was dumped by Mrs. Jerry Bigelow in a powder puff race.

 

PHOTOS FROM JUSTIN ST. LOUIS
Taken in 2007


Courtesy of Ken Paulsen
Johnny Gammell, the day he led the 2007 walk around Northeastern prior to Paul Bellefeuille's restoring the grounds.


J. St. Louis Photo
Turn 4

J. St. Louis Photo
Coming out of 2

J. St. Louis Photo
Looking at wall


J. St. Louis Photo
Looking toward 2


J. St. Louis Photo
Looking at wall
from 1
 

J. St. Louis Photo
Turn 3 banking

J. St. Louis Photo
Looking into 2
from backstretch

J. St. Louis Photo
Junk on the
front stretch
 


PHOTOS FROM Bill Ladabouche
Taken in 1980


Bill Ladabouche Photo
Front wall and broken
fence mounts

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Front wall and wreckage
of stands and tower
 

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Backstretch from 2

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Backstretch to 3

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Out of 4, down
the chute

Bill Ladabouche Photo
From backstretch
to front, across infield
 


Bill Ladabouche Photo
Close up of track
surface


Bill Ladabouche Photo
A look perhaps
at parking lot ?
 

Bill Ladabouche Photo
Not sure of this view
 
Bill Ladabouche Photo
The backstretch
 

PHOTOS FROM Paul Belfray of improvements made in 2008


Paul Belfeuille Photo
The surface still
looks good.

Paul Belfeuille Photo

Paul Belfeuille Photo
The front stretch
wall, too.
 
Paul Belfeuille Photo
The house is
kind of close, eh ?
 


Courtesy of Glenn Andrews
Judging from the pace car, this is a 1963 lineup at Northeastern. The C6 belonged to CV Elms and could be Stub Fadden.

 

RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS SENT BY PAUL BELFEUILLE


Paul Belfeuille Photo
The uniform of a
Northeastern cop.
 

Paul Belfeuille Photos
One of Glen Gadapee's
trophies.


 

Paul Belfeuille Photo
Glenn and Helen Andrews
1960 Pts Champion

Paul Belfeuille Photo
Paul, with a uniform worn
by one of the sheriffs working at Northeastern.

Paul Belfeuille Photo
Merle Fitzgerald & John Gammell,
with the 32.

Paul Belfeuille Photo
A typical Northeastern
jacket patch.

 

Paul Belfeuille Photo
The Gordon Fitzgerald 32
of John Gammell, on Ed Mackay's
lawn - back in the day.

Paul Belfeuille Photo
The Gordon Fitzgerald 32
of John Gammell, on Ed Mackay's
lawn - back in the day.
 

Paul Belfeuille Photo
At one of the track
restoration meetings, a
participant examines a
model of a Northeastern
car - likely Ely's 88.
 

Paul Belfeuille Photo
A track trophy -
probably of Glen
Gadapee - at
a restoration meeting.

Paul Belfeuille Photo
Paul Bellefeuille, [foreground]
the force behind the track
watches Johnny Gammell
examine albums.

Paul Belfeuille Photo
The Gadapee trophy.
           

Phil Whipple Photo
Glenn Andrews, at
one of the meetings,
with one of his many
N'east'n trophies.

 

Paul Belfeuille Photo
Glenn and Helen
Andrews, at home.

Mike Fournier Photo
via Paul Belfeuille

The new property owners, Simon
and Brown demolished the standsin 1971 upon buying
the property.

 
Mike Fournier Photo
via Paul Belfeuille

Bleacher remnants are seen,
as well as dirt piled in turn 1
to discourage local hellions.
 
Mike Fournier Photo
via Paul Belfeuille

A better shot of the
turn one dirt pile.
 
Mike Fournier Photo
via Paul Belfeuille

Turn One across to
the backstretch
.

Mike Fournier Photo
via Paul Belfeuille

From the bleacher area
across to tthe backstretch.
 

Mike Fournier Photo
via Paul Belfeuille

From turn 2 over
to turn 4.

Mike Fournier Photo
via Paul Belfeuille

From the turn 4 area
over to the RR ties by
the entrance walkway.

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