Jay Mooney Submitted Photo's
These images have been contributed by fan Jay Mooney.
Included are photo's from Fred Smith as well as Gater News
and newspaper clippings and display the wide variety of
cars that competed at the fast half mile in Owego, NY.
Hi again Jeff,
I scanned a few photos from my personal collection of Gene Heath’s Hemi
(Numbered through the years as #2 and #22 with a couple of different paint jobs).
Joe Kelly drove the Hemi at Shangri-la’s 1970 All-Star League event. From the
story I heard, Gene wanted an All-Star League driver for that race who would be a
guaranteed starter. Before he selected Kelly as his driver, Gene initially contacted
Will Cagle to drive the car. Now, everyone knows Cagle was a “money racer” and
Gene fully expected Cagle to say he wanted 40% of the prize money which was the
universally accepted rate for “hired guns”. When Gene asked him what percentage
he wanted, Cagle said, “100% and $100”. To which Gene replied, “I know you’re
good, but you’re not THAT good!” and promptly hung up the phone!
Following the 1970 season, Gene sold the car to Red Harrington who raced it on
dirt. I’m pretty sure the photo of Red standing next to his #14 in the Twin Valley
section of your site is indeed the very same car. - Jay Mooney
Here's some more from Jay Mooney's personal collection.
Hi again Jeff,
I received a package from my parents today which included some old clippings
from the Binghamton Press I thought you may find interesting:
The first is a clipping from the Binghamton Press dated April 12, 1966 by Bill
Dowd on the “new, lighter car” being constructed for Don Diffendorf…the S/360
owned by Glen Scott. Interesting note, the car’s 1966 price tag of $4-$5000
translates to $25-$30,000 in today’s dollars. Righteous bucks!
The second clipping is from the Binghamton Sunday Press of John Manny driver
Bob Quick taken at Five Mile Point. I’m sorry I don’t have the date, but it’s
definitely the 1950’s. There were more photos in the spread, including a photo of
John Manny, his son and the #49 at speed at Five Mile Point but it was mostly
torn to pieces (sorry).
On the back of the Bob Quick clipping, on the next page, there’s an ad for Shangri-
la announcing a Sunday afternoon race sanctioned by the F.L.R.A. (Finger Lakes
Happy reading and Happy Holidays!
The F.L.R.A. was originally the
Finger Lakes Roadster
Association and tried to
emulate the roadster success of
the west coast. The
organization scheduled events
at Shangri-La, Glen Aubrey and
Ithaca-Dryden Speedways until
giving over to the stocks and
becomong the F.L.Racing
Association. Note that Quick's
car, most likely the Manny #49
had no front downbars to the
cage, truly a 'Stock Car''. As Jay
relates - the S/360 was no
small investment, the following
season they added the
aluminum headed 427...and
won the championship at
Shangri-La. Thanks Jay!