#TC9 JOHN MASON, GILBERTSVILLE, NY
Heath Memorial 2005 @ Five Mile Point, Jim Calkins Photo courtesy of John Mason
THIS 1935 FORD TUDOR SEDAN HAS SEEN MANY A LAP A SCUFFED PAINT WITH
THE BEST. BUILT IN THE MID-60'S BY TED C. WRENCH IT CARRIES THE 'Tc9'
NUMBER IN REFERENCE TO TED'S INITIALS AND THE FACT THAT HE FATHERED
9 CHILDREN. 'DIRTY JOE', 'JOLTIN' JOE' OR 'IRISH JOE', DIDN'T MATTER TO JOE
DONAHUE WHAT THEY CALLED HIM AS LONG AS THEY DIDN'T CALL HIM LATE
TO THE PAY WINDOW AND HE WRESTLED THIS CAR TO MANY A GOOD VISITS TO
THE BANK. HE CAPTURED HIS LAST OF NINE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THIS
CAR AT MIDSTATE SPEEDWAY IN 1967. HIS BATTLES WITH MOOSE CARY IN
THE WUST 88 AT THE TRACK ARE THE STUFF OF LEGEND, TWO HARD NOSED
DRIVERS BEATING EACH UP AT THE TRACK AND CONTINUING THE BATTLE
LATER AT THE MORRIS INN AS THEY WET THEIR DUSTY AND PARCHED
THROATS. THE CAR WAS ORIGINALLY RESTORED BY MIDSTATER TIM MAYNE
AND NOW RESIDES IN GILBERTSVILLE IN THE JOHN MASON STABLE. AND YES,
IT'S STILL CRUDE AND STILL RUGGED AS MANY OF OUR MEMBERS, INCLUDING
ME, CAN ATTEST.
Joe @ Shangri-La, 1967. Fred Smith Photo
Joe @ Waterloo.
Joe Donahue and the Tc9 were well known and well traveled in the late 1960's.
 A tee sirt sufficed in the 60's, Joe at Weedsport. Gater News 1968
Photo Courtesy of Carl Carpenter
Photo courtesy of Carl Carpenter
Tim Mayne didn't mind rubbing paint with
the car either. He now races a sportsman
Modified at Utica-Rome and has a Fonda
feature win to his credit, pretty darned
impressive
.
As found and originally raced with the Midstate
Club.