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8/16/2014
Several announcements this past few weeks:

Gary Reddick passed August 6th, Gary was a well respected competitor at
Watertown, Can-Am, Fulton and several other New York Speedways. He was
deservedly  inducted into the DIRT HOF in 2011, and by all accounts a very good
guy. I'd like to offer my condolences to his family.

Bill Marsh celebrated his 88th birthday on August 2nd - Happy (belated) Birthday
Bill, see you soon.

Tom Leeson passed Aug. 13, Tom was another well respected competitor at
Lancaster and Spencer Speedways. Again I'd like to offer condolences to his family.

7/25/2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ron Hedger @ 518-885-7481 or rjhmedia@juno.com
DRIVING STAR REGGIE RUGGIERO ADDED TO PRESENTERS FOR SARATOGA AUTO
MUSEUM’S “LOST SPEEDWAYS 2014”
Saratoga Springs, NY             The 2014 edition of the extremely popular Lost Speedways
program, set for Saturday, November 29th at the Saratoga Automobile Museum, will
feature a mix of both familiar and new presenters. The most recent to sign on was
longtime NASCAR modified star Reggie Ruggiero, who will join fellow driver Brian Ross for
“NASCAR Modifieds – Heroes and Speedways.”
The duo will look back on careers that ran from the period when every race counted
towards the national modified championship into the current Tour format and saw them
compete against and beat such superstars as Richie Evans, Jimmy Spencer and Mike
Stefanik.
    “Our resident motorcycle expert, Mark Supley, has just published a book on Capital
District motorcycle racing and he will be speaking about both the book and gone but not
forgotten venues in the area,” said event organizer and Racing in New York gallery curator
Ron Hedger. “Two other familiar presenters, Bill Ladabouche and Ken Parrotte, will also
be on hand. Bill will recall the old Pico, VT. Speedway while Ken has been researching the
original dirt Oswego Speedway and the first version of the ‘Steel Palace’s’ asphalt
configuration. I obtained a variety of vintage photos from George Caruso, whose family ran
Oswego for decades, so it should be very interesting. Most people don’t even know that the
first track there was the Wine Creek dirt track.”
    Newcomers to the Lost Speedways lineup will include award-winning racing journalist
John Snyder and noted dirt modified builder Walt Schwinning.
    “John will touch on the remarkable racing he saw near his hometown in New Jersey,
close by the Flemington Fairgrounds and Harmony Speedway, both in New Jersey, and
the short track at Nazareth, PA. Many legends of the sport held forth there weekly, though
they also ventured to New York for big events, and he knew them all,” added Hedger. “And
Walt and I will be going through what we’re calling ‘Walt’s Dirty Dozen,’ a behind-the-
scenes look at such notables as Lou Lazzaro, Jack Johnson, Tommy Corellis, Don Van
Guilder and Tighe Scott, all of whom competed and won in Walt’s creations. But he’s only
kidding when he says a dozen, as we have photos ready of well over that number already.”
    Lost Speedway attendees are always encouraged to bring their scrapbooks and other
memorabilia to share prior to the start of the presentations and 2014 is no exception, with
ample display tables to be set up in the museum’s Golub Gallery. Memorabilia and movies
will commence at 11 am with the formal program set to go green at 12:30 pm.
    As always, the event is free to museum members, with others paying the normal
admission charge of $8.50 or, in the case of seniors, just $6. The Saratoga Automobile
Museum is located on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga Spa State Park, just off Exit
12N of I-87, the Adirondack Northway. More information is available online at www.
saratogaautomuseum.org.

7/17/2014 (3) Passings this past week:

Theda Litzenberger - Theda was a great help to us in the club when my father was
president. At that point in time, the club boasted nearly 100 cars and I remember
showing up at the tracks several times with an excess of 50 in the pits. Theda was
always willing to help out and lined up our races with an Army Sergeant's
authority and effeciency. If Theda said "Get Ready! We're going out next!" You
jumped and got ready - now. We all liked her very much and want to offer her
family our condolences on her passing Sunday July 13, 2014.

Sonny Stickles - Sonny was a former late model driver at both Midstate and Fonda.
He met my parents camping over at Crystal Lake and became interested in racing
again. Sonny took the Mouseville Monster to many car shows over the last  few
years and almost always came away with a trophy. He was a good friend and we're
also sorry for his passing. Sonny died Tuesday July 15, 2014.

Lastly - the Gater News has ceased operation, their printer closed shop a few weeks
ago with no warning and as a suitable replacement was unobtainable, they have
decide to close their doors as well. For nearly 50 years they provided racing fans
with excellent coverage of our local tracks, it was always a thrill to see your
picture, name, or an article you wrote in the Gater. I'd like to thank the Patrick's for
their help and generosity through the years I was permitted to contribute, and wish
them the best in their future endeavors.  

7/15/2014
Updated Book ordering information: Stock Car Racing in the '50s as it pertained to
Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.  48 tracks/230 pages with many
memories, stories and great photos.  The books are printed and in transit for its release
date of July 30th at the Cuba Lake Raceway reunion/luncheon.  The books will be
available at the reunion and at the Wellsville, NY library on the 31st of July 2-5 pm.  The
book(s) and "E" versions will be available for ordering after these dates several ways
starting August 1st.  The price of the book is the same at all locations $15.00 plus s/h and
$7.00 for the "E" versions.

Best way: check/money order to me at Florida address for shipment after I return to FL
the first part of August.  You may send these orders to me now.  I will also sign book(s) if
desired with list supplied "who to".  Price of book is $15.00 ea. plus s/h as follows, $4.00
for one, $6.00 for two and $8.00 for 3-10 books per each order.  Books are shipped media
mail.

Ford Easton
5200 28th St. N. # 651
St. Petersburg, FL 33714
(h)727-522-4042
(c)727-644-6722
fjeaston@aol.com


6/30/2014 “THE BOYS FROM SARANAC LAKE” - ROSS AND MOODY MODIFIEDS
ADDED TO SARATOGA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM’S “RACING IN NEW YORK” GALLERY
Saratoga Springs, NY     A pair of radically different modifieds wheeled by star drivers who
grew up together in, of all places, the tiny Adirondack mountain village of Saranac Lake,
NY are now on display at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.
  “Sometimes things come together perfectly,” offered “Racing in New York” curator Ron
Hedger. “I invited Wes Moody to speak at last fall’s ‘Lost Speedways’ program and he was
excited about his recently rebuilt #63 coupe, which he immediately offered for display
once he saw our racing gallery.
  “At the same time, Brian Ross, who grew up with Wes in Saranac Lake before moving to
the Saratoga area, had just found his famed #73 asphalt modified, which had been
converted to a dirt late model, and was in the process of restoring it to original condition.
The completed car was first shown at our Spring Invitational in May, where it was named
“Best Race Car.” Putting them together in our racing gallery seemed to be ordained by the
racing gods!”
  As good on asphalt as he was on dirt, Moody’s Chevrolet coupes were always fast, but he
still shocked the racing world when he was the first to qualify over the magic 100 mph
mark at the New York State Fairgrounds mile, an oval that is still known decades later as
the “Moody Mile.” And Ross’ homebuilt NASCAR modified was equally significant, winning
races and track titles on asphalt speedways throughout New York and New England
against fields full of factory-built cars.
  “The cars come from different eras and are great examples of how technology, fabrication
techniques and safety considerations changed markedly in a relatively short time,”
summed up Hedger. “That Wes and Brian are lifelong friends and competitors makes the
mini-exhibit even more relevant.”
  “The Boys from Saranac Lake” display joins an all-star lineup that includes the
legendary Judkins 2x modified parked in countless Victory Lanes by Eddie Flemke, Mark
Kinser’s Knoxville Nationals winning sprint car, the Bardahl Ferrari Indy car, the “Rand
Special” big car, the famed Maserati road race car affectionately christened “Poison Lil”
and a cutaway Miller Lite NASCAR Sprint Cup car donated to SAM by Penske Racing.
  SAM visitors with an interest in auto racing will also be fascinated by the new, wildly
popular Golub Gallery exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang,
which includes a pair on loan from the iconic Holman-Moody race shop in Charlotte, NC
as well as examples of Carroll Shelby’s legendary custom Mustangs.
  The Saratoga Automobile Museum, located on the scenic Avenue of the Pines in the
Saratoga Spa State Park, is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. More
information, including dates and themes for the popular summer Lawn Show series, is
available at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.

6/29/2014 Cuba Lake Raceway, 50's stock car racing, 12th annual reunion/luncheon
for 50s and 60s stock car racing interests, July 30th 2014

The 12th annual Cuba Lake Raceway(CLR) reunion/luncheon will be held on Wednesday
July 30th, 2014 at Moonwinks restaurant just north of the village of Cuba, NY on Rt. 305
and 1/2 mile from the site of the old CLR track(stay in listed speed limits in Cuba area as
police are very strict).  Allow alittle extra time if coming from the west along I-86 as road
work requires a slight detour near Salamanca.

This year is very special as the book I have been working on the past 8 years will be
released the first time ever at the reunion.  The book is "Stock Car Racing in the '50s" as it
pertains to WNY and NWPA, 230 pages of great photos and memories including 48 tracks
from that era that I feel everyone will enjoy @ $15.00/book.  I will have my pen ready to
sign your book for all that want their's signed.  A book signing has also been confirmed at
the Wellsville, NY library on July 31st, 2-5 pm for any folks that can't make the reunion.

Many drivers from the 50s/60s era are planning on attending such as:  Stub Weigartz, Bill
Brainard, Tom Danialson, Mike Clark, Charles Duryea, Larry Dye, Jim Jones, Ray Jorden,
Imo Jean Layfield, Jim Scott, Al Skiver, Bill Tinque, Vic Whitney, Jimmy Worthington,
DeVere Bliss, Bucky Dew, Dick Ferraro, Otto Goodwin, Dolly Gosper, Jerry Gradl, Cal
Lane, Ted Renshaw, Sammy LaMancuso, Blinky Litzinger, Chuck McKeirnan, Doug
Pringle, Leon Reed, Billy Schroth, Ken See(the mystery man), Ron Williams, Sonnie
Wittmeyer, Dick Close, Herb Layfield, Ron Baker, Art Clark, Dick Hurd, Bill Rafter, Ed
Ortiz, Squirt Johns, Tom Dill, Harold Sager and Basil Shutt to name few.  Several 50's
track owner/builders are planning on attending too:  Paul Amidon(Hornell Raceway),
Howard Boyce(South Senaca Speedway), Don McNitt(Roll-O-Bowl Speedway) and Helen
Smith(Hunt Speedway). Past luncheon/reunions have had drivers and other notables of
that era of racing from 7 States and Canada attending.  The MC duties again this year will
be in the very capable hands of Larry Dye who raced at CLR and was the announcer at
many local tracks.

Registration starts at 10:30 with lunch at 12:15pm. Sit-down luncheon has an entree
choice of Scampi style Haddock or Roast Turkey with Stuffing & Gravy along with all the
trimmings.  Cost of $14.00/person includes full meal, beverage(alcohol drinks not
included but may be purchased if desired), tax and gratuity.

RSVP and payment of $14.00/person required and to be at Florida address by July 19th
along with name(s) of person(s) attending and choice of entree for each.  Also advise if a
driver and car number(s).  Check or money order made payable to: Ford Easton, 5200
28th St. N. # 651, St. Petersburg, FL 33714. No tickets will be sent back to you. You will
be on master list so just go to registration.

Program:
I am pleased to announce that Larry Dye will be putting on a great video and audio
program recapping the previous 11 reunion/luncheons we have had. Great pictures and
stories of those that have attended over the years.  Some have left us but this will give
them a way of revisiting with everyone on the screen. I will be doing the book signings
before our sit-down dinner and after the program.

Price is the same as last 11 years, $14 for an unbeatable sit-down meal and a great
program unequaled anywhere along with being able to visit with the greats that attend
that were our heroes 50-60 some years ago.  Dress code is casual so come early for
registration, grab a coffee or tea, courtesy of Moonwinks, and visit with all the other 200 or
so that are attending with you.  Many drivers and fans bring pictures and related
memorabilia that is available for viewing in the room just off the main dining room.
                                         
Any questions contact Ford Easton at fjeaston@aol.com or 727-522-4042. Special note:  
remember RSVP and payment must be at my Florida address on or before July 19th. No
day of event registration or payment allowed. Payments are non refundable because of
restaurant requirements. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone. Going to be a
very busy day but we all will have fun.

4/5/2014 Eddie Robbins passed along this sad news:

Harold S. Karcher, 85, of Starlight, PA, died on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at
Wilson Medical Center, Johnson City, NY. He was born on August 10, 1928 in Hale
Eddy, NY, the son of Harold O. and Ruth (Shanly) Karcher. Harold married Dawne
Foley on August 1, 1952 in Deposit, NY, and she predeceased him on August 31,
1996. Surviving are two daughters, Kamille Karcher and Karla and husband John
Hesse; daughter-in-law, Claudia; four grandchildren, four great grandchildren; and
his best friend, Iva Bowen. He is also survived by two brothers, Vaughn and wife
Sandra, and Ronald; one sister, Ruth Ann Geer; several nieces and nephews, and
many dear friends. Harold was predeceased by a son, Kris in 2011. Visitation will
be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 12-1PM with a memorial service following
at 1PM all at the Emory United Methodist Church, Hancock, NY. Burial will be later
in Balls Eddy Cemetery, Starlight, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be
made in Harold's memory to the Emory United Methodist Church, 89 E Main St.,
Hancock, NY 13783. Arrangements by Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel,
Hancock, NY.
Harold “Hal” Karcher, Starlight, Pa. for many years raced at Southern Tier Stock
Car Club at Five Mile Point.  He first drove the #69 owned by Bill Vernold.  He also
drove Shakelton’s #101 at Five Mile Point and Middletown.  He drove for George
Chalker’s #0 at many northeast Penna. as well as tracks in New York. Chalker’s car
was Buick powered. He also ran under the assumed name of “Chet Chester” at times.
He owned and operated a go-cart track on the Penna. side of Hancock and
promoted go-cart races in the early 1960’s. He was a retired truck driver with the
Teamsters local in Binghamton, NY, operated a small farm on the Delaware River
(Winterdale Rd.) and owned and operated school buses.




















12/31/2013 Our friend Janet Marsh passed away on Sunday, the 29th. Janet was
married to long time racer and friend Bill Marsh for 48 years and we liked her very
much. I'd like to offer my condolences to their family. Calling hours will be on
Thursday, January 2nd from 5 to 7 Pm with a Funeral Service following at the New
Comer Funeral Home - North Syracuse Chapel, 705 North Main Street, Syracuse, NY  
13212 Ph 315-214-0400. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CNY
SPCA, 5878 East Molloy Road, Syracuse, NY 13211 Telephone: (315) 454-4479
http://www.cnyspca.org/

12/29/2013 More passings since my last updates: Chick Stockwell July 29th, Bob
Malzahn August 27th, Rene Charland October 1st and Stuart Hilborn December
16th. All great racers, my condolences to all families. Jeff

11/22/2013 Hello,

I wanted to see if anyone could help me with contact information for Richard "Dick" Hurd.  
He is my great Uncle. His sister's name was Dorothy Hurd, my father's mother.  She
passed away when my father was a boy, and the Hurd brother's took him under their
wings in the early fifties... Dick, Donald, and Floyd.
My name is Kurt Keller, my father's name was Donald Keller, named after Donald Hurd. It
would be such a wonderful thing to be able to say hello to him. He is the last living person
in my immediate family. My father passed away from lung cancer on September 27, 2004.
The last time I saw him was in the early 70's in Vestal NY... I have a trophy of his from
Buffalo Speedway.

My contact info is below:

Kurt Keller
2308 Dana
Irvine, CA 92618

kellerdev@yahoo.com
949-381-8357

7/11/13 Cuba Lake Raceway, 50's stock car racing, 11th annual reunion/luncheon for
50s and 60s stock car racing interests, July 31st 2013

The 11th annual Cuba Lake Raceway(CLR) reunion/lucheon will be held on Wednesday
July 31st, 2013 at Moonwinks restaurant just north of the village of Cuba, NY on Rt. 305
and 1/2 mile from the site of the old CLR track.  The great Don Yochum now 88 years
young of the three-some Yochum brothers is traveling all the way from his home in Florida
with his daughter to attend this years reunion. Many other drivers from the 50s/60s era are
also planning on attending such as:  DeVere Bliss, Bucky Dew, Dick Ferraro, Otto Goodwin,
Dolly Gosper, Jerry Gradl, Cal Lane, Ted Renshaw, Sammy LaMancuso, Blinky Litzinger,
Chuck McKeirnan, Doug Pringle, Leon Reed, Billy Schroth, Jim Scott, Ken See(the mystery
man), Al Skiver, Ron Williams, Peter Hurtubise, Fred Hurst,  Sonnie Wittmeyer, Dick Close,
Herb Layfield, Ron Baker, Bill Tingue, Art Clark, Dick Hurd, Bill Rafter, Ed Ortiz, Squirt
Johns, Tom Dill, Harold Sager, Bill Higby, Basil Shutt to name few.  Several 50's track
owner/builders are planning on attending too:  Paul Amidon(Hornell Raceway), Howard
Boyce(South Senaca Speedway), Don McNitt(Roll - O - Bowl Speedway) and last but not
least Helen Smith(Hunt Speedway).    Past luncheon/reunions have had drivers and other
notables of that era of racing from 7 States and Canada attending.  The MC duties again
this year will be in the very capable hands of Larry Dye who raced at CLR and was the
announcer at many local tracks along with being the chief camera spotter for the NASCAR
races until his retirement from that duty a few years ago.

Registration starts at 10:30 with lunch at 12:15pm. Sit-down luncheon has an entree choice
of Scampi style Haddock or Roast Turkey with Stuffing & Gravy along with all the
trimmings.  Cost of $14.00/person includes full meal, beverage(alcohol drinks not included
but may be purchased if desired), tax and gratuity.

RSVP and payment of $14.00/person required and to be at Florida address by July 15th
along with name(s) of person(s) attending and choice of entree for each. Check or money
order made payable to: Ford Easton, 5200 28th St. N. # 651, St. Petersburg, FL 33714.

Program:
I am pleased to announce that our guest speaker will be Stub Weigartz a very well known
driver in the NE as he raced from 1954 - 1964 at many tracks in the Southern Tier of NYS
and across the border in Western PA along with special races at the Syracuse mile,
Daytona beach coarse and the PA State championship in 1955.  Stub won over 100 feature
races and a number of championships during his racing career.  He started his racing
career driving a Hudson Terraplain in 54 then with a Cadillac in 55 and on to a Dodge in
56.  The balance of his racing career found him behind the wheels of many Oldsmobiles.  I
have talked with Stub many times and he is very articulated so I know everyone will enjoy
his stories of racing and behind the scenes at the tracks many of us attended in the 50's
and 60's.

Stub will be using a screen presentation of early racing photos while doing the vocal
presentation in time with the pictures on the screen.  I am really looking forward to it as I
have heard a couple of Stub's stories in the past so if you loved 50's and 60's stock car
racing or have been told about it, you will be in 7th heaven on July 31st.

How is that for a great speaker program this year. As noted above the price for the
reunion/luncheon will be the same as it has been for the last 10 year, $14 for an
unbeatable sit-down meal and a great speaker program unequaled anywhere along with
being able to visit with the greats that attend that were our heroes 50-60 some years ago.  
Dress code is casual so come early for registration, grab a coffee or tea, courtesy of
Moonwinks, and visit with all the other 180 or so that are attending with you.  Many drivers
and fans bring pictures and related memorabilia that is available for viewing in the room
just off the main dining room too.
                                   
Any questions contact Ford Easton at fjeaston@aol.com or 727-522-4042. Special note:
RSVP and payment must be at my Florida address on or before July 15th. No day of event
registration or payment allowed.    Payments are non refundable because of restaurant
requirements.

6/16/2103 More passings this Spring. Former modified and Super modified driver,
ISMA officer and all around great guy Irish Jack Murphy passed on May 2, 2013.
Former Late Model driver Harold McGrath (Stroker McGurk) passed on May 6, 2013.
Former Modifed Driver George Chalker passed on April 28, 2013. My condolences to
all families.

4/14/2013 There have been many passings over this past winter that I have not
previously reported. I would like to offer condolences to all families for their recent
losses;
Modified Driver and Promoter Doug Hoffman passed on 12/24/2012.
Pioneer Driver and Speed Shop Owner Milt Johnson passed on 12/26/2012.
Irene Wust raised 5 strong boys, and used to break in full race flathead engines
while getting them groceries driving around Edmeston, NY - she passed on 1/5/2013.
Shirley Zacharias put up with similar shenanigans here in the Southern Tier, she
passed on 1/12/2013.
Utica Dragster driver and Speed Shop Owner Phil Burkhart passed on 1/24/2013.
Pioneer Driver and Mechanic
Suicide Al Sanders passed on 2/3/2013.
Driver, Mechanic and all around good guy Larry Dilello passed on 3/29/2013.
Through the years I met and talked with all of them, all good people involved in the
sport they loved, they made it richer for being involved. They will all be missed.

I need to do some catching up on e-mails and news, here goes...

4/4/2013 I AM TRYING TO FIND ANYTHING I CAN ON JIMMY FOX OUT OF ROCHESTER,
NY DURING THE 50'S AND 60'S. HE USE TO DO WHAT HE CALLED THE SLIDE FOR
LIFE, THEY WOULD POUR A CIRCLE OF GAS AT A DIRT TRACK OR FAIRGROUNDS,
THEN LIGHT IT. JIMMY WOULD THEN BE TOWED THRU IT AS HE SAT ON A LEATHER
SKID PAD. I WOULD LIKE ANY NEWSPAPER ARTICLES OR PICTURES. HE LIVE ACROSS
THE STREET FROM MY DAD AND THEY WERE FRIENDS IN ROCHESTER, NY. I WAS
YOUNG BACK THEN AND ONLY REMEMBER HIM COMING OVER AND TELLING
STORIES. MY INTERESTED WAS SPARKED BY THIS WHEN I MET HIS GRANDSON
DOING ROAD CONSTRUCTION WHERE I NOW LIVE IN PALM BEACH CO, FL. I WOULD
BE THANKFUL FOR ANY HELP FINDING INFO.
GORDON DIBATTISTO JR.
EMAIL, OLD56KID@aol.com
CELL 561-635-4516

1/27/2013 Doug Yocum passes. Sorry to report sad news but it happens and I feel
everyone getting this would like to know.  Doug's daughter Denise e-mailed me today that
her Dad passed last night.  Both Denise and her brother Darryl were with Doug when he
passed.  I have been in touch with Denise over the last few months and knew Doug was in
failing health.
Doug was a member of the great racing brother team made up of Del, Don and Doug with
Doug being the youngest.  Del passed about 9 years ago and Don lives here in Fl on the
east coast.  I can remember watching Doug and his brothers running at Cuba Lake raceway
in the 50's and how impressed I was back then with his cars and driving ability.  I never got
to know him until I organized the Cuba Lake Raceway banquet/reunion in 2003.  We
talked many times in the last 10 years and I enjoyed my friendship with Doug very much
with conversations on racing naturally but also on thing in life too.  Great Guy and driver.  I
will miss my conversations with him from time to time.  Drive on Doug drive on.  Below are
some photos of Doug and the way I will remember him.  I don't have an arrangement
information.  I suggest you watch the Buffalo area newspapers.
                                                           Ford



























12/30/2012 Kudos on your Site: Hi, my name is Robert Brandt and my dad was John W.
Brandt (8/8/18 - 10/26/85) who owned and operated LaFayette Speedway ('48-'55) in
LaFayette, New York. My dad was a mortorcyle guy and he built the track for motorcycles.
He also worked as the referree at the NYS Labor Day race for numerous years during the
Kotary/ Yanni wins. Those were great years.

Bob Brandt

3/6/2013 I received this e-mail from Val Nagel this past Sunday night (3/3/13):

Carl Nagel , DIRT Inductee , was taken to Wilson Hospital, Johnson City, NY on Saturday
March 2nd. He was having chest pains, as it turned out, he was having a heart attack, he
had emergency surgery for a blood clot in the main artery, and they put in a stent. he was
told in about 3-4 weeks he would have to return for more surgery, as there was a small
blockage on the opposite side of the heart. They thought he was doing ok, then later in the
evening, he went into cardiac arrest, they did CPR and defibrillation. The Dr. was going to
do heart surgery right away, (go ahead and do the other side) but because he had just been
through it, the decision was to try blood thinners for now, and see how he responds to that,
as doing heart surgery twice in less than 24 hrs. is risky. So far, so good. Today ( Sunday)
he is feeling a little better, just tired, and sore.

Carl is 73 years old, and has been racing (up untill now) for the past 53 years.

Please keep him in your prayers

I visited with Carl yesterday and he related "I feel great." He is home now,
recuperating and looks as good he feels. He related it was touch and go there for a
while, and that he was fortunate to have been at the hospital. He will have an
additional stent placed within a few weeks. Other than that we talked racing and
he hopes to make it out a few times this coming year. It was great to talk with Carl
again, and I'm glad he's feeling better.  

12/24/12 I'm sad to report more passings of former racers since my last update:
Ed Hitchcock of Oneonta passed on 12/9/12, Ed raced Flatheads at Midstate &
Lebanon Valley.
Stan Freisen of St. Catherines, Ont., passed on 12/23/12. Stan was very well known
and respected in the racing community as both a driver and promoter.
I'd like to wish my Condolences to both families.

12/12/12
Hi to all my stock car racing friends,
Hope everyone is keeping between the white lines and off the walls. I am pleased to
announce that the dates and locations have been finalized for the two Cuba Lake Raceway
(CLR) North and South luncheon/reunions to be held in 2013.
CLR South - will be held on February 6th at our same location, Golden Corral, that we have
been at for the last 5 years in Brandon, FL(just east of Tampa and at a I-75 exit). The price
of the luncheon including tax and tip will be the same as the last 5 years too at $11.00 per
person thanks to the manager that works with us each year. I will be sending out all the
particulars the first part of January for you to send in your reservation and payment. Last
year we had a record turnout of 54 folks including 50's race car drivers, owners, builders
and fans of that great era of stock car racing. Mark your calendar now for Feb. 6th 2013
and see you in Brandon at the Golden Corral.
CLR North - will be held on July 31st at the home of all our luncheon/reunions
"Moonwinks" since 2003 just north of Cuba, NY and 1/4 mile from the famous Cuba Lake
Raceway high above beautiful Cuba Lake. The date is set and I will be sending you all the
invite info. you will need about the first of June 2013. This will be our 11th anniversary
and some very special things are happening behind the scenes for the luncheon/reunion
this year. Mark your calendars now for July 31st and one of the largest gathering of 50s
stock car racing people in the USA and Canada.
                           Ford Easton
PS any questions etc. e-mail or give me a call fjeaston@aol.com 727-522-4042


12/9/12 Ran across you web site thought you might give me some help.
I'm  an old Flathead Ford racer from the late 50's/ 60's in central Mo.(CMRA). I built a 1953
Mercury in 08, in garage built 29 roadster. It is stroked, bored, cam the works (286cu).  My
question: What is the history on my cam. it is a Weber E2 (stamped on the end) as well as
info. on my 2-carb Thickstun intake manifold and Thickstun aluminum heads.
I have done a lot of research on them but I would like your thoughts, if possible.

Thanks, Charlie Wadleigh

12/24/12 Charlie - That's great equipment and highly sought after. Thickstun was a
pioneer in the field of high compression heads and his PM-7 intake is very
collectible - the original high rise dual. Weber cams are also excellent, I've used an
F7 radius with much success. I do not know the E2 grind, however I would not be
afraid to use anything stamped 'Weber'. A good book to check out is "Merchants of
Speed" - both manufacturers are mentioned in their own chapters. Best of luck. Jeff


11/22/2012 Since my last update many racers and friends have passed, I'd like to
off our condolences to all families:
Bill Slater passed on 7/15/2012, Bill drove the Connecticut Valley V8 in New
England and is a member of the NEAR HoF.
Bill Schultz passed on 7/21/2012, Bill raced at Midstate in the 1050's and 1960's.
Barb Witter passed on 9/30/2012, she was the wife of Midstate member Larry
Witter and a very nice person, she was well liked by all.
Bob Pickell passed on 10/8/2012, he raced at Flemington and the Tri-State area.
Phil Wagner passed on 10/29/2012 Phil was a personal friend and wrenched on
Midstate Late Models in the 60's.
MVSCC Member Paul Vassello passed on 11/3/2012, Paul was well respected in the
club and a nice guy.
Cal Arthur passed on 11/11/12, Cal was the voice of Penn Can in the 1960's and
70's, another great guy who will be greatly missed.

11/16/2012 DIVERSE GROUP ELECTED TO NYSSCA HALL OF FAME
Clifton Park, NY       The New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame committee’s
recent election produced a slate of inductees for January, 2013 that covers the broad
spectrum of auto racing in the region.
Leading the group was legendary DIRT organizer/promoter Glenn Donnelly. He was
joined by a trio of outstanding drivers: Don Diffendorf, a driving ace on both dirt and
asphalt, asphalt modified superstar George Kent and Bob Devine, who topped a great
driving career in modifieds and late models by fielding cars for others, a task he continues
well into his 80’s. The final two inductees will be highly respected engine builder Walt
Markert and longtime racing journalist Ron Hedger.
Donnelly, who is also a member of the Eastern Motorsport Press Association Hall of Fame
and the Syracuse Hall of Fame, left General Electric in 1970, when he bought the
rundown Weedsport Speedway, and from there his career went straight up. He took over
racing at the Syracuse mile in 1972 and expanded the annual State Fair program to
include races on July 4th and the industry leading Super DIRT Week, all the time using
the Syracuse draw to build DIRT member tracks to a high of 27 speedways throughout the
Northeast.  
Offshoots included network TV coverage of Syracuse and the highly acclaimed “This Week
on DIRT” TV show that made stars of his weekly and tour racers. Donnelly, who was voted
national Promoter of the Year in 1986, sold his empire to what would become World
Racing Group in 2004 and took an advisory role in the sport, though he is currently
working on a new track in the Syracuse suburbs that may well put him back on the local
scene once again.
Diffendorf, a driver who was equally at home on dirt or asphalt, is known to most fans for
his fleet S-360 coupes and unique coach numbered in honor of the IBM computer that
supported both racers and fans in the Southern Tier.
He started at the area dirt bullrings, wheeled super-modifieds for a while and was a big
asphalt winner at Shangri-La, Fulton and Lancaster. But he was just as fast at Reading,
where he ran second to Stan Ploski in the Daniel Boone 200, Lebanon Valley, where he
won multiple 100-lap “Opens,” and Syracuse, where he was a two-time winner of the State
Fair classic. In short, Diff could drive anything and was a winner everywhere he went.
Kent was another product of the Southern Tier who became a factor everywhere he raced,
though unlike Diffendorf he spent his entire career on asphalt. An eight-time Shangri-La
champion, Kent won the prestigious Race of Champions five times and recorded a dozen
wins on the NASCAR Whelan Modified Tour. But equally impressive was his performance
in the 200-lap modified races on Classic Weekend at Oswego. Everyone there knew he
would pit early, get the lead when others pitted and sit on it, daring anyone to go around
him for the win. But though they knew his strategy ahead of time, more often than not
they couldn’t beat him, as he was always blazing fast along with being crafty.
Kent was an extremely talented driver, rated by most observers as one of the few as
talented as the late Richie Evans, and Evans had indicated before his tragic passing that
when he retired, Kent was his choice to replace him.
Connecticut resident Bob Devine had great success as a driver, starting with the ARDC
midgets in 1948 and moving to stock cars in the early 50’s, running five nights a week at
such far-flung tracks as Rhinebeck and Menands in New York and West Haven , CT. while
working full-time as a carpenter. He also raced his stock car indoors at the Kingsbridge
Armory in the Bronx during the winter.
As good a mechanic as a driver, Devine built a ’37 Ford that he won a dozen races with
before selling it to Cliff Wright and Donnie Zautner, who put Howie Westervelt in the seat.
Their 1959 Lebanon Valley season was arguably the best ever as they scored 17 wins,
three seconds and a third in a 21-race season. Devine spent many years fielding cars at
Lebanon Valley for son Steve, Guy Sheldon and Kyle Sheldon and is still there every
Saturday night, overseeing the younger mechanics and conversing with other oldtimers.
While best known for his powerful stock car motors, Markert came to oval track racing
from the drag world, where his hemi-powered “Berkshire Beetle” carried him to three
NHRA national championships and was undefeated over a five-year span. In 1970 he built
a motor for Austin Dickerman’s #357, then wheeled by Eddie Delmolino, and his
powerplants were soon a standard in pit areas across the region.
Markert’s resume is broad and includes Jack Johnson’s win in the Flemington 200, 9
wins at Lebanon Valley for Delmolino in a single season, 30 wins in one year for Dave
Lape during his legendary run in the #44 modified, 25 wins by CD Coville in Cliff Barcomb’
s modified, Eastern States wins with Lape and Lou Lazzaro, a track record at Syracuse by
Sammy Swindell in the Barcomb car and untold victories by the Mike Budka #64 with
Johnson, Coville, Bob Savoie or Joe Budka at the wheel.
Best known as a columnist and reporter for National Speed Sport News and its successor,
the new Speed Sport magazine, for some 35 years, Hedger also wrote dozens of stories as
a contributing editor to Stock Car Racing and Open Wheel Magazines along with
numerous articles for Speedway Illustrated and Autoweek. He was also the motorsports
writer for the Schenectady Daily Gazette for a number of seasons and still writes a weekly
column for the Gazette on behalf of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. He is a trustee of
the auto museum, where he curates the auto racing exhibits and organizes the popular
Lost Speedways program each November.
Hedger is also active in the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcaster’s Association
and the Eastern Motorsport Press Association, where he currently serves as a board
member and President of the association. He is well known for his winning record in the
writing contests of both associations. He was also chairman of NYSSCA’s Hall of Fame
committee for a decade and brought the Hall of Fame exhibit to the Saratoga Automobile
Museum, its permanent home.
The induction ceremony will be held at the Saratoga Automobile Museum at 11 am on
Saturday, January 26th, with the inductees to also be recognized that evening at NYSSCA’
s annual awards banquet in Albany. More information on all events is available at the
NYSSCA website, www.nyssca.co, or by contacting John Keegan at keeganj66@yahoo.com.

11/16/2012 FIRST THE TURKEY, THEN LOST SPEEDWAYS
Saratoga Springs, NY     Preparations are nearly complete for this year’s Lost Speedways
program at the Saratoga Automobile Speedway. As soon as the mashed potatoes and gravy
are finished and the leftover turkey consigned to the refrigerator, museum volunteers will
begin assembling the video equipment, setting up chairs and getting out memorabilia for
the Saturday, November 24th event that, like Thanksgiving, has become a fall tradition.
“NASCAR hero Jim Reed has confirmed that he will be here to talk about winning the
Southern 500 in 1959, Andy Fusco is honing his talk on the history of Fonda Speedway
and Brian Ross has given me some great photos to illustrate his talk on his short but
interesting Winston Cup career,” said event organizer and museum racing curator Ron
Hedger. “I’ll be talking about NASCAR’s Speedway Division and car owner Alan Wiltsie has
confirmed that he will attend to talk with visitors about his Wally Campbell driven ‘big car’
we have on display. And fans can also get ‘up close and personal’ with Bill Wimble’s
Carnegie Medal, which I will also discuss.”
When you add in the cars from the “MOONSHINE TO MILLIONAIRES – NASCAR’S History,
Heroes and Technology” exhibit, including the Richie Evans Pinto, a slide presentation
using vintage photos donated by PJ West that includes such varied topics as the Lebanon
200 and the Pocono Race of Champions and tables of memorabilia, you have the makings
of another great day at the museum.
The slide and memorabilia displays begin at 11:30 am with the presentations set for 1 pm.
Mid-way through the program, the first of two drawings for the auto museum’s M and M
sponsored NASCAR Experience raffle will be held, with the winner receiving four tickets to
the 2013 Sprint Cup race of their choice, $250 travel money, pit passes and a ‘meet and
greet’ with driver Kyle Busch. Tickets, at $5 each, can be purchased online at www.
saratogaautomuseum.org or in person at Lost Speedways.

9/9/2012 Hi, my name is Scott Chapman. I’m looking for any information, photos, etc.
that anyone can direct me to regarding Don, Dell, and Doug Yochum of Alleghany County.
Don is my father and I’m very interested in anything you can provide about this era of his
and his brothers lives.
Please let me know at:  tscottchapman@hotmail.com
Thanks, and love your site.

11/22/2012 Scott - Check with Ford Easton - Thanks -Jeff

9/2/2012 I just graduated from Haverling in Bath, NY and was working for Ronnie
Neilson at his Atlantic Station in Bath. A guy named "Jack" came in the station and we
started talking stock cars. I told him I was from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl and had helped a couple
of drivers at Florida's Hollywood Speedway. Jack was from Dundee and said there was
someone he wanted me to meet. He introduced me to his friend Cal "Swivel" Lane. Cal
showed me his Stock car. I recall it had a Chrysler Spitfire Six engine and think it may
have been a 30's something Plymouth. Cal was real friendly and showed me a lot about
engines. Cal, Jack, and I went for rides in his rumble seat Ford convertible roadster with a
53 Olds engine. For noise it had Ford tractor mufflers on it. Made glass packs sound quiet.
Cal showed everyone what good driving was at the Dundee dirt track. I left Bath and went
into the Air Force for the next 22 years. One of my AF coworkers had a street stock car
and I became its chief mechanic. We raced at the dirt track in Rapid City, SD in 1972. The
month I left for a new assignment the driver did several barrel rolls and ended the #152's
winning reign. The AF was my career but Hollywood speedway let me meet, Bobby Allison,
Red Farmer, Bobby Johns and others that became racing favorites. Thanks for letting me
sound off. Again, thanks Cal Lane for your interest in an 18 year old kid in 1960.

11/22/2012 Thanks Bill!

8/22/2012 My name is Scott Walter Owen and I'd like to thank whoever posted the 5 Mile
Point Speedway website pictures by Steve Bronson and other photographers especially a
photo by J. Ralph Jones of my father Walt Owen in the 96 car taken back in 1958 on page
3. It was a total shock to find it. Unfortunately, my father passed away in April of 2001 at
the age of 73. He only raced another year or two before giving it up after a real bad crash
at Glen Aubrey race track. I still have this picture in his old scrapbook. If you have any
others that I might not have, please let me know as I am putting together a portfolio to
turn into the Nascar Hall of Fame here where I live in Charlotte NC.
Thank you again for remembering!
Scott Owen

11/22/2012 If anyone has any more pictures of Walt Owen, please let Scott know. -
Jeff

8/20/2012 Hi, I am Rick VanDeBogart and I grew up at the local tracks in NY and PA in
the -50's. And '60's. Our driver was Bucky Buchanan who drove our car number 104. We
also ran a second car number 103 for a couple years with Chuck Kent. Dale your website
is very inspiring to those who still have racing in the blood and in the hearts. I have a few
photos that I can send you of our cars, Jackie Soper, and of the woman's racing auxiliary.
My father and my brothers and I raced for several years but never did what you and others
have to entertain and inspire so many young want-a-be's like myself. My e-mail is on this
posting and let me know. I live in the Charlotte area and drove Legends Pro series up until
2008. Thanks, again.

11/22/2012 Thanks Rick, I'll post any pictures you want to send. Check out Bob
Hunter's photo's this week, I think you'll like them..- Jeff

8/19/2012 Good Sunday evening to all,
Great to be back home in St. Petersburg after a really enjoyable visit to the land of our
roots.  I grew up in Friendship, NY and attended my first ever stock car race at Cuba Lake
Raceway in 1954.  After that first race I would have walked through a field of broken glass
to get to the track on the next Sundays.  I hitchhiked many time to make sure I saw all of
those great races every Sunday.
For those of you that have never heard Larry Dye do his race introduction simulation at
the luncheon have really missed something.  Larry gets all the car #s of the drivers and
goes through all the drivers in attendance along with track owners/operators and other
notables that attend from the 50s era.
The food was great again as usual and the friendship between everyone that attends is so
rewarding to me as that is what I enjoy each year.  What super people racing people are
especially from the 40s, 50s and 60s.
Squirt Johns did a great testimony to Wayne Bullers who was the first ever promoter in
the NE for sure to have an "all" late model race at Smethport, PA in 1955.
Bill Green, our guest speaker, then really entertained us all with his stories both with
local racing and world wide that he has attended during his racing life.  We all left at the
end of the day with good feelings and the memories that we will carry forward.  Thanks to
all that came for attending and all the volunteer helpers that make this enjoyable event
possible.
I have had both the Olean Times Hearld and Cuba Patroit news paper articles reduced so I
could include them here for you to read if outside the local area.  The two reporters did a
super job and I think you will agree.  The print is very small because of the size reduction
but you can increase the size so it is very readable in your computer program.  Attached
are additional photos from the reunion.
                                  Ford Easton
























Group 1 of CLR drivers: front row L-R Sammy LaMancuso, Herb Layfield, Otto Goodwin,
Dolly Gosper, Harold Sager.  back row L-R Larry Dye, Bill Higby, DeVere Bliss, Squirt
Johns and Billy Schroth
























Group 2 of CLR drivers:  front row L-R Imojean Layfield, Mike Clark, Ed Ortiz, Leon Reed,
Dick Hurd. rear row L-R Al Skiver, Stub Weigartz, Ron Baker and Art Clark

8/13/2012 Hi Jeff, Another racer passed away today.
Mark Newton of East Pembroke ( Batavia NY area) passed away today.
Only 57.  He had to battle cancer.  He drove the orange 55. Way too young.
God speed Mark 55. Pat Hanley

11/22/12 Pat - I'm sorry to hear of yours and Mark's family's loss. Sincerely - Jeff

7/13/2012 It's a Retired 1950's race car (Bobby Myers Tribute Car) he ran this type
car in the NASCAR Sportsman Division in 1952-1954 (he was killed in racing a
accident in 1957)....I am trying to keep it as it...as original as
possible..Rough and Ready to run!  It will be street legal soon...has a title!
Go Fast ... Turn Left! Bill Bossa















7/12/2012 I am looking for any information on a stock car racer and the number of his
car, Bruce Havens he would have raced in the 50's at Brookfield, Madison county New
York. Bruce is dead now and I went to school with him. I would like this is for a class
reunion, I am sure a lot of us never new this about Bruce. He lived in Oriskany Falls, NY
Thank you for any answer you can send me.
Agnes Winn E-Mail agwinn@tds.net

7/5/2012 Hi to all,
Many of you have sent in your reservation/payment and it appears we are going to have
another bumper crop as they say at the reunion this year that we all look forward to each
July.  A special talk is going to be made by Squit Johns from "far away Brockway" along
with our guest speaker Bill Green's presentation about a gentleman named Wayne
Bullers that was the very first promoter in our area of the world to have stock car races in
the mid 50s that the race cars were made up of only late models.  I am old enough to
remember going to Smethport on those Thur. nights in 1955 to watch those great races.
Going to be a fun and enjoyable day for all of us attending.  I have been advised that a
newspaper reporter is attending too so be advised of a request for a possible interview.  I
must receive your reservation/payment by next Wed. July 11 as we will be heading out for
WNY on the 16th.
        Sincerely your, Ford


Cuba Lake Raceway, 50s stock car racing, 10th anniversary annual luncheon/reunion
for 50s and 60s stock car racing interests, July 25th 2012

The 10th annual Cuba Lake Raceway(CLR) luncheon/reunion will be held on Wednesday
July 25, 2012 at Moonwinks restaurant just north of the village of Cuba, NY on Rt. 305
and 1/2 mile from the site of the old CLR track. Many drivers from the 50s era such as
Herb Layfield, Ron Baker, Bill Tingue, Art Clark, Dick Hurd, Bill Rafter, Ed Ortiz, Squirt
Johns and Tom Dill to name few along with NASCAR current sensation from Cuba, NY
Brandon Glover and his upcoming driver brother Corey are all planning on attending. Past
luncheon/reunions have had drivers and other notables of that era of racing from 7 States
and Canada attending. Registration starts at 10:30 with lunch at 12:15pm. Sit-down
luncheon has a choice of Scampi style Haddock or Roast Turkey with Stuffing & Gravy
entree along with all the trimmings.  Cost of $14.00/person includes full meal, beverage
(alcohol drinks not included but may be purchased if desired), tax and gratuity.

RSVP and payment of $14.00/person required and to be at Florida address by July 11th
along with name(s) of person(s) attending and choice of entree for each. Check or money
order made payable to: Ford Easton, 5200 28th St. N. # 651, St. Petersburg, FL 33714.

Program: Guest speaker for this years very special 10th anniversary will be Bill Green the
historian for the International Motor Racing Research Center, headquartered at Watkins
Glen, NY. The Research Center and Museum is the world center for all forms of motor
sports racing and contains one of the largest archives of documents on the subject in the
world. Mr. Green will be sharing his vast knowledge of experience and stories on local 50s
stock car racing at many tracks that operated in WNY, NWPA and Ontario. He will also be
entertaining us with details from his extensive travels world wide including contacts etc.
afforded him during his years in automobile racing.

Any questions contact Ford Easton at fjeaston@aol.com or 727-522-4042. Special note:
RSVP and payment must be at Florida address on or before July 11th. No day of event
registration or payment allowed.  Dress code is casual.  Payments are non refundable
because of restaurant requirements.

7/1/2012 Well folks another of the highly respected stock car drivers from the western
southern tier of WNY, Allegany,NY has passed.  Bud Oakley Phearsdorf had been in failing
health for some time now and during my last conversation with him several months ago he
shared with me that the pain was constant and really hard to deal with.  I really feel his
passing is as they say a God send.  Bud was so enjoyable to talk with and I had many
talks with him at the CLR luncheon/reunions and on the phone over the years.  He really
had a love for 50s stock car racing and those that were involved in it with him.  His wife
Donna passed just a few short months ago too.  I will miss my talks with Bud and the void
it leaves in those that were so involved with racing from those great 50s.  Drive on Bud
drive on.  See the Olean Times Herald for obit.  It wasn't in the electonic version today,
Sunday.
                                  Ford















6/23/2012 DeForest Chalker was my #1 racing driver back in the 60's and 70's !  Back
when he won the Southern Tier 100 in his potent #35 coupe and then he blew me away
when he brought out the White #1 Bug with the Buick powerplant and won right off the
bat.  He and his crew were always very pleasant to us kids in the neighborhood when we
rode up on our bikes to check out the cars before the races on a Saturday night at 5MP.  
Often times they would let us borrow tools to make adjustments on our bikes when we
were there, he had a fan for good.  Had several opportunities to speak with him on Heath
Memorial night, he never disappointed, always very pleasant to speak with.  A True
Champion and one of The 50 Greatest Driver's at Five Mile Point Speedway, DeForest
Chalker will be missed.

Mal Harpell

6/14/2012
Cuba Lake Raceway, 50s stock car racing, 10th anniversary annual
luncheon/reunion for 50s and 60s stock car racing interests, July 25th 2012

The 10th annual Cuba Lake Raceway(CLR) luncheon/reunion will be held on Wednesday
July 25, 2012 at Moonwinks restaurant just north of the village of Cuba, NY on Rt. 305
and 1/2 mile from the site of the old CLR track. Many drivers from the 50s era such as
Herb Layfield, Ron Baker, Bill Tingue, Art Clark, Dick Hurd, Bill Rafter, Ed Ortiz, Squirt
Johns and Tom Dill to name few along with NASCAR current sensation from Cuba, NY
Brandon Glover and his upcoming driver brother Corey are all planning on attending. Past
luncheon/reunions have had drivers and other notables of that era of racing from 7 States
and Canada attending. Registration starts at 10:30 with lunch at 12:15pm. Sit-down
luncheon has a choice of Scampi style Haddock or Roast Turkey with Stuffing & Gravy
entree along with all the trimmings.  Cost of $14.00/person includes full meal, beverage
(alcohol drinks not included but may be purchased if desired), tax and gratuity.

RSVP and payment of $14.00/person required and to be at Florida address by July 11th
along with name(s) of person(s) attending and choice of entree for each. Check or money
order made payable to: Ford Easton, 5200 28th St. N. # 651, St. Petersburg, FL 33714.

Program: Guest speaker for this years very special 10th anniversary will be Bill Green the
historian for the International Motor Racing Research Center, headquartered at Watkins
Glen, NY. The Research Center and Museum is the world center for all forms of motor
sports racing and contains one of the largest archives of documents on the subject in the
world. Mr. Green will be sharing his vast knowledge of experience and stories on local 50s
stock car racing at many tracks that operated in WNY, NWPA and Ontario. He will also be
entertaining us with details from his extensive travels world wide including contacts etc.
afforded him during his years in automobile racing.

Any questions contact Ford Easton at fjeaston@aol.com or 727-522-4042. Special note:
RSVP and payment must be at Florida address on or before July 11th. No day of event
registration or payment allowed.  Dress code is casual.  Payments are non refundable
because of restaurant requirements.

6/14/2012 All, Pics from last night and last I'll have to show until after July.  Hopefully,
it'll look the same after those 4 races! Bill Fitzsimmons



























6/13/2012 Pat Hanley informed me that Deforest Chalker passed on June 3. DeForest
was one of the heavy hitters at 5MP in the 1960's, and a nice guy to boot. I'd like to wish
condolences to his family. - Jeff


























5/22/2012 I’m Bob Cameron’s son Roy Cameron and here’s some stuff you might like to
see.  The round silver  plaque in the back in the trophy from the 50 lap championship at
Vernon!   I have a lot more things if you are interested. Roy Cameron



























5/28/2012 Roy - I would certainly be interested in anything you want to share, and
post it accordingly. Thanks - Jeff

5/21/2012 OPENING FOR “MOONSHINE TO MILLIONAIRES” FINALLY HERE
Saratoga Springs, NY   The green flag will be thrown for the public opening of the highly
anticipated “MOONSHINE TO MILLIONAIRES – NASCAR’s History, Heroes and
Technology” exhibit at the Saratoga Automobile Museum on Sunday, June 3 at 10 am.
Along with extensive storyboards, graphics and memorabilia displays, the exhibit will
feature a dozen historic race cars, ranging from Herb Thomas’ all-powerful 1952 Hudson
Hornet to the black #3 Goodwrench Chevrolet that carried NASCAR superstar Dale
Earnhardt to his final Talladega win. A pair of cars driven by defending Sprint Cup
champion Tony Stewart, Ron Hornaday’s Camping World Truck Series championship ride,
Kevin Harvick’s Nationwide championship winning Chevrolet, a 1959 Thunderbird
“zippertop” and a cutaway Penske Miller Lite Dodge will join cars wheeled by such
NASCAR luminaries as Curtis Turner, Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon and Bobby Allison to
offer a comprehensive look at NASCAR racing through the decades.
Technical displays developed with the assistance of Aero Tec Labs, Holley Performance
Products, Goodyear, Hendrick Motorsports and Brian Ross Fabrication will also be
featured as part of SAM’s ongoing educational program, letting visitors get “up close and
personal” with items seen and discussed during televised races.
Sunday’s opening will follow a Saturday night preview for the museum’s Silver Arrow
organization at 5 pm and the “members only” opening at 6pm hosted by exhibit curator
Ron Hedger. A number of car owners and enthusiasts who have assisted in developing the
wide ranging exhibit will also be on hand to interact with members and celebrate the
opening of yet another Saratoga Automobile Museum Golub Gallery exhibit.
Museum memberships will be available at the door for interested parties who have yet to
join the museum family.
The Saratoga Automobile Museum is located on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga
Spa State Park. More information on museum activities, including “Meet and Greet”
programs featuring NASCAR celebritites, the museum’s wide-spread Lawn Show series
and a variety of educational programs, is available online at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.

5/12 - 5-17/2012 I received e-mails from Chuck Brownell and Pat Hanley notifying
me of the passings of three former drivers. Sonny Wolfanger on May 12th, Sonny
drove at Waterloo and Weedsport Speedways. Norm Norton on May 13, Norm was
one of the Clark Summit contingent that came along with Dave Kneisel to race at 5
Mile Point and Penn Can - he was always a threat to win at both. Bobby Cain on May
17th from complications during knee surgery in Florida. The 'Quaker Shaker' was a
mover at many tracks and a track champion at Waterloo. My condolences to all
families for their losses.














4/20/2012 Hi, My name is Paul Landeraaen and I live in the northeast "boonies" of
Montana! I am working on a 1952 F1 pickup and will run the 8RT flathead. I want to build
a healthy driving engine. I have been pouring over your articles and really enjoy them.
The one about lightening and polishing the flathead crank really caught my attention. I
should also add that being on limited budget I do most things myself, what I can and
much that I have to learn how. I prefer whats now called the "old school" method and
approach. Buying all this slick and way too expensive stuff off someone's shelf is ********! A
flathead motor shouldn't have to cost five grand to rebuild! With that said I am seriously
thinking of reworking the crankshaft in my flathead. My question: I don't want to try and
cut off as much as the article states using a Band saw!! I am wondering if you could
achieve some weight loss(Hah!) by grinding down evenly all around the outside edges of all
the counterweights, removing some weight but maintaining the basic dimension/ balance
of the crank? Then polishing and having crankshaft re-balanced by machine shop, which
finding one here in Montana will be challenge!! Appreciate any help or suggestions!
Thank You! P.L

4/22/12 Paul - I agree with your thoughts of doing it yourself, we do as much of our
own work as we can, it's enjoyable and we like to save a buck too. When I cut down
the crank for my project we started in an engine lathe and machined down all the
counterbalances to the same outside dimension. You could achieve some minor
reciprocating weight loss that way without affecting balance too much I suspect -
however I don't know for sure as I don't have a balance machine. I would absolutely
recommend that you get the crank balanced after any modification. As you see in
the article, the most material is taken out nearest the centerline of the crank - they
left more material on the further out from the centerline that you get - in order to
leave enough material for balance. For the street I wouldn't go too crazy... the guys
grinding several lbs. off their cranks were trying to get off the line or out of the
corner as quick as possible, and weren't going from red light to red light... Best of
luck - Jeff

4/15/2012 Well another driver many of us all knew passed away yesterday, Fran 'Pezz'
Pezzimenti.  That is two in the last two weeks with Lee Bliss and now Pezz from Allegany,
NY, but as they say dying is a part of living.  I talked with Pezz several months ago and he
wasn't in the best of spirits and felt quite lonely.  I learned several weeks ago from another
friend that he had been diagnosed with cancer and that the prognosis of a recovery wasn't
that good.
Pezz attended everyone of the CLR reunions from 2003 on and I always enjoyed seeing
and talking with him each July.  The friend that informed me this afternoon of his passing
said he had a coffee with him earlier in the week and he was looking forward to attending
again this year.  Well Pezz you will be there in spirit.
I can remember how much we all enjoyed seeing him run at many tracks but for me it was
Angelica and Olean in his "Ace" or 1.  Below I am sharing some photos of him and his race
cars from those golden years of racing.  I don't have any obit info. but will pass it on when
it becomes available.  Drive on Pezz drive on.
                                                Ford Easton













4/22/12 Our condolences to the Pezzimenti Family. Jeff

4/13/2012 I received this e-mail from Warren Johnson of New Berlin, NY with the subject:
'Number 35 Pictures form the 1950's - Hermi Strain - Strains Garage was the owner.'
Fred Wright Sr.  Driver of the wrecked car.
Smokey Joe Norton in 2 photos.
Jerry Pittsley at Five Mile Point.



























4/22/12 Thanks for sharing Warren. Jeff


4/9/2012 Jeff just got home from FLA  all you guys said the weather was warm  ??  not
warm to me  just got these pic for your guest book  mert is in 5 hall of fames  also we lost
Lee Bliss this week I never saw him race but of all the north drivers that went south to
race on the beach, he had many good finishes. Will sent more pic later.  doug fetterly

















4/8/2012 As I have said in the past this is the part for me that never gets easier as I have
become friends with just about everyone of the drivers, track owners, car owners, track
personnel and the great fans from what I consider the golden age of stock car racing in the
late 40s, 50s and 60s in the WNY, Ontario and NWPA area.
Lee Bliss and I developed a great talking relationship and friendship on the phone 11 or
12 years ago now.  As many of you know Lee made the trip down to the CLR reunion at
Cuba, NY each July from his home in Rochester.  At the 2008 reunion I could tell Lee
wasn't the Lee I was use to visiting with.  Lee shared with me then that he had been
diagnosed with dementia.  The last time I saw Lee was at the 2009 CLR reunion and his
Brother-in-law had driven him down for it.  Had a great conversation with Lee that day as
it was all about the old days of racing and all the great people that were in attendance that
day and he knew many of them by name.  Lee loved attending the CLR reunions and
shared with me how he looked forward to it each July.
I talked with Lee several times after that at his home and I could tell the dementia was
worsening.  The last time Lee shared with me that he now had Alzheimer disease.  Lee
was moved to a home for people with that disease and I wasn't allowed to talk with him
ever again because of privacy laws.  His sister-in-law did take photos and e-mails to Lee for
me.  She shared with me it was best not to visit or talk with him on the phone and it
wouldn't be a conversation that would be good for either of us and I can appreciate that.  
Alzheimer's is a horrible disease as all of us are aware.
Below is the e-mail I received this morning from his sister-in-law.  I am also attaching
several of the great photos I have of Lee and his race cars from those great 50s.  The last
attached photo was a photo I took of Lee at the 2009 CLR north reunion.  Sadly enough
Doug Yochum on Lee's left in the picture, another great driver from that era has also been
diagnosed with dementia.  Drive on my friend drive on!!!  I will catch up with you one of
these days.
                                        Ford Easton















4/22/12 Our condolences to the Bliss Family -Jeff

4/2/2012 The EMMR held it's Grand (Re-) Opening introducing their new wing to the
facility. This is, in my opinion, the most impressive racing Museum in the
NorthEast - Check it out this year. Thanks to Stan Lobitz for sharing.

















3/30/2012 Ford Easton passed this article along to me in relation to Delbert
Spencer's passing:

Delbert Spencer – “A racing dynasty has finally come to an end”
On March 29, at 2 p.m., Delbert Spencer, co-founder of Spencer Speedway passed away at
age 86, following complications after heart surgery. Two years ago his brother Walter
Spencer, 91, passed away following a short illness. Walter was the oldest of the three
brothers who founded Spencer Speedway in 1955. Finally on March 4, 2010 brother
Merle Spencer, the youngest brother, passed away at age 80. There was only seven
months between the passing of Merle and Walter. Delbert was also predeceased by his son
Gary.
The Spencer family remained at the helm of their namesake speedway until 1994, when
they apparently sold the speedway. The family abruptly returned as the management of
the track when the proposed purchase fell apart. It was not until 2007 when the track was
finally sold to the current owner, John White.
“This is a great loss to auto racing and our speedway,” stated John White, the promoter at
both Spencer and Chemung Speedways. “Del was here when we repaved the track and
made staying in touch with happenings at the track part of his life. He truly loved auto
racing.”
Delbert was in charge of the racing operations at Spencer Speedway, while brothers Merle
and Walter handled the books, accounting and track crews.
Delbert is survived by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn Spencer; 2 sisters, Marvel (Larry)
Morrow and Catherine Zornow; daughters Rebecca Cappellino and husband Joe and
daughter-in-law Ruth Spencer; sisters-in-laws, Ella and Betty Spencer; grandchildren
Christina Rossi and husband Jim, and Kim Fallon and husband Andy; four great
grandchildren Nicolas, Reece, Colin and Taylor.
There are no calling hours. A special Memorial Service will be held at the Chapel at White
Haven Park, 210 Marsh Road, Pittsford, NY 14534, on Sunday, April 1, starting at 2 p.m.
Donations can be made in Delbert’s name to the American Heart Association, 3500
Winton Place, Rochester, NY 14623.

4/22/12 Our condolences to the Spencer Family - Jeff

3/27/2012 Alan Weaver sent along these photos of Eric Leeson's Hemi Cuda getting
painted... Looks Great! Thanks for sharing Alan.














3/26/2012 Hello, I'm trying to find pictures of "Punk" Hall that used to race at Penn-Can
Speedway and Five Mile Point...in the 1950s.
He used to come to my parent's (Lana & Gus Fabrizi) house in Susquehanna, PA. He had
a car horn that played about three different sounds.
He drove for my Uncle Clarence Beavan in stock car number 62.
Bobby Lewis also drove for my Uncle. "Punk" was a cool guy.
I'm not sure if his wife, Marilyn, would have any pictures of number 62.
Thank you, Rick Fabrizi

4/22/2012 If anyone can help Rick out then let me know and I'll pass along the
photos to him. Thanks - Jeff

3/15/2012 Painted the blue (it's actually a little bluer than the pics show) last night.  
Kinda a new paint scheme for me, but should look good with the green Shamrock 3x on
the door & roof.  Not quite done painting yet (still have the hood & interior tin to paint),
but getting closer.  I am so trying to get ready for Spring & Spencer practice, but I'm still
way behind. I'm pedalling as fast as I can! Bill















3/18/2012 Looks great Bill, see you this summer. - Jeff

3/5/2012 Pictures came from a mechanic/driver named Shorty Hobbs and he wanted
them shared with everyone that would appreciate seeing them.  Photos actually came to
me from a friend in the Wellsville area, Bill Greene.  That is Shorty himself in the forth
photo.  What a great time this era was in stock car racing for so many of us that remember
it.  These are great color photos too and I can remember all I took back then were black
and white.  Third photo is the announcer and scoring stand at Cuba Lake Raceway(CLR).  
I can remember a Sunday afternoon in 54 or 55 when Don Wood from Bolivar had a run-
in with Al Basen the announcer and chased him around and around the stand but never
caught him.  I can't remember what happened yesterday but can remember that like it
"was" yesterday.
     enjoy the photos, Ford









































3/18/2012 Great photos Ford, thanks for sharing. - Jeff

2/27/2012 Hi, Do you have any information on Arc in/out boxes, installation, tricks or
manuals. Thanks - Jim Kennedy

3/18/2012 Hi Jim - No we don't but if anyone has one to share let me know and I'll
pass along to Jim. - Jeff

2/27/2012 I stumbled onto your website and i have to say it is SO cool!I remember the
names from years ago......thanks for your efforts, I would love to be a part of your efforts

dan k

3/18/2012 Thanks Dan - Jeff

2/7/2012 The driver in the second picture in this link http:
//midstateantiquestockcarclub.com/cawley75.html  is my Dad, Ralph Barnard.  Also
known as Barney or Myron.  He raced a lot of John Winn cars the D/A 99 being his last.  
When dad retired from racing Bill Northrup drove for John in the D/A 66  Dad then was
president of the speedway for a few years.  I believe Bill had number 66 because at dads
next to last race he rolled the 99 in between 3 & 4  one of my early memories, I was with
mom and the Winns at the beginning of the front straight.

Regards, Doug Barnard

2/12/2012 Thanks for sharing Doug, many other of your Dads rides are displayed
on the site as well. Jeff

1/25/2012 Ann took this of Joe and Mary at the flea market today 1/25/12, temperature
high 70's. Joe sitting on the stool collecting money and Mary doing the work as usual.

Eddie Robbins



















1/23/2012 I have been thinking about the days when Glenn Hawley and I, along with
others, worked late nights getting the car ready for that weeks races. As we get older we
tend to gravitate towards our youth, I would have been in my teens in the 60's, what a cool
time to grow up. I miss the guys and races.
The reason I searched for Morris is I watched a NASCAR Special on Ritchie Evans so I
looked up Utica-Rome, been there, and that's a nice site. One thing led to another and
shazzam, I found my old stomping grounds.
Hey, is Duda-Bug still around?
Anyway, I was hoping I could download a old flyer from the old days to add to my
collection of memories.
Keep up the good work and maybe someone will find some old late model pictures to
share, who knows, I might even find one with me and Glenn in it, but not too likely.
Still love them old hot rods. I see some of the old sportsman and late model cars at car
shows lately.

Tim Heath, formerly from Cooperstown Junction, now in Middlebury Indiana.

2/12/2012 Pleased to hear you enjoy the site Tim. I don't know about Duda-Bug,
possibly you could enlighten us all. Check your e-mail for a flyer... Thanks - Jeff

1/15/2012  check this out.
Stan...............
http://www.hoseheads.com/dino.html


















2/12/2012 Congratulations to Stan Lobitz on his award, their aren't many in Stans
league as far as contributions to the preservation of the sport of Auto Racing. He
gives back in a big way and it's nice to see his generosity rewarded. Jeff

1/4/2012 Cuba Lake Raceway South 6th annual Florida luncheon, February 22nd, 2012
at Brandon, FL (just east of Tampa)

This year we have decided to move the date up to coincide with Daytona speed weeks at
the request of many 50s and 60s racing folks that come to Florida then and have wanted
to attend the CLR south event in the past.  This Wed. date allows a quick trip over on I-4
for 11-3 or so and then back to the Daytona area for Volusia County races in the evening.

Cuba Lake Raceway south, Florida luncheon for all stock car, midget and sprint drivers,
mechanics, car owners, track personnel and fans that were involved in and enjoyed racing
in WNY, Ontario and NWPA during the 40s, 5Os and 60s and their companion(s). A special
invite is also open to any 40s, 50s and 60s racing drivers and fans from around the
Country or Province that will be on vacation or are full time or part time residents here in
Florida too. Any guests that would enjoy our event are also welcome to attend with you.
Note: CLR north luncheon/reunion our 10th anniversary annual, the big one(200 plus),
will be at Moonwinks in Cuba, NY again this year on July 25th 2012.

When: February 22nd, 2012 (wed)

Where: Golden Corral restaurant, Brandon FL, exit 257 off I-75 at sr 60. Go east on sr 60
after exiting I-75 from the north or south about 1/2 mile and make right turn(south) on S.
Lakewood. It is well marked with overhead sign at light. Go south on Lakewood for three
lights then watch for Golden Corral on left between Applebees and Carrabbas. Actual
address is 815 Providence Rd. Plenty of parking room. Best to follow these instructions as
new roads in area will mess up GPS devices.

Time: Registration starts at 11:00 am with lunch starting about noon or whenever
everyone is registered and seated for the great buffet luncheon in our private room.
Golden Corral restaurants are noted for their great buffets, if you haven't been at one, I
guarantee no one will leave hungry. Luncheon will be "Dutch treat" for all attending and a
RSVP is required along with a payment of $11.00 for each person attending (covers
everything, food, drink, tax and tip). I must receive your RSVP and payment by February
13th 2012 at the latest as no day of luncheon payments will be allowed. When you arrive
at restaurant go through the line and tell cashier you are with the Cuba Lake Raceway
group(don't pay any money) and you will be directed to the left and will see our room on
the far end to the rear.  We have our own waitress for the day and she or he will fix you up
with a soda(pop for us northeners) or a coffee as soon as you arrive. We will all hit the
chow lines about noon after everyone has arrived.

Program: This year I have arranged for an extreamly interesting speaker that worked in
engineering at the GM proving grounds in Detroit in 1968.  His work was in the auto
safety division and some of the stories he shared with me recently had me on the edge of
my seat.  Many of the stories you will hear tie directly to racing at the time and from
previous years.  Our speaker will entertain questions after his very educational talk that I
know everyone in attendance will enjoy. The luncheon will end about 3pm so everyone
can return home during daylight hours or get to the east coast for races at Volusia in the
evening or just south of our event the 360 sprints are running at East Bay Raceway Park
that evening too.(www.eastbayracewaypark.com )

This e-mail is an invitation via your computer or a copy in the usps mail. The banquet
room we will be using can only handle 50 people. I suggest you send your names and
money as soon as you get this notice as this annual event is gaining in popularity and
very well may sell out again this year.  Last year we did max. out and I had to turn 10 folks
down that sent their RSVP in late. Dress code is casual.

RSVP: Send payment, $11.00 per person, along with your name and each companion(s)
name to: Ford Easton, 5200 28th St. N. # 651, St. Petersburg, FL 33714. Make check or M.
O. payable to: Ford Easton. If you wish to contact me phone is 727-522-4042 and e-mail is
fjeaston@aol.com. Tickets will not be sent to you as your name and those attending with
you must be on the master list at registration to gain entry to the luncheon in our private
room at the restaurant. The $11.00 per person includes the great buffet, coffee, hot tea,
iced tea and pop, free refills, tax and gratuity. Remember deadline for me to receive your
RSVP and payment in the mail is February 13th 2012.

I look forward to seeing all the drivers from CLR now living or visiting in Florida along with
other drivers from the North East that drove in the 40s, 50s and 60s and your
companions. I also look forward to seeing all the great fans from these years too. Going to
be a great day of friendship among old and new friends from our racing world and a great
speaker/program to top the day off.


Ford Easton, St. Petersburg, FL
Doug Wolfgang and Lynn Paxton @ EMMR.
Mert Socks Hulbert 78.
1953.
Frank Wright crash at Midstate.
Smokey Joe Norton.
Jerry Pittsley @ 5MP.
Bobby Cain - Bob Hunter Photo
Norm Norton - Fred Smith Photo