Speedbowl Documentary Series
‘A Chronological History of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl’ is a documentary series produced by Vault Productions. The series covers the track’s entire history from its initial construction, which began in the summer of 1950, to its survival through a foreclosure auction in October 2014. Written & directed by Tom ‘Sid’ DiMaggio, a Waterford, CT native who has been a Speedbowl historian since 2005, the series is based on his research of the track found at speebowlhistory.com. We are always looking for more contributions of Speedbowl nostalgia to use. Check out How You Can Help page to see if you can contribute to our project.
Starting in 2010, there have been over 50 people from all eras of the Speedbowl’s history have now been interviewed to help tell the Speedbowl’s story. Read more on each episode of this series below and browse our menu for more nostalgic videos on the ‘shoreline oval’.
PART ONE (1951-1961)
Part 1 profiles the track’s first decade under the 6-member Board of Directors who owned & operated the facility as New London Waterford Speedbowl Inc. Includes rare footage of the track being built and race events from the early 1950’s.
includes segments about:
TRACK CONSTRUCTION * THE DIRT TRACK * ‘MONEY BAGS’ MOE GHERZI * DAVE HUMPHREY * AAA MIDGETS * THE NON-FORD DIVISION * R.I.P. JACK GRIFFIN * FRED LUCHESI * RED FOOTE * DIRTY DICK BEAUREGARD * DON COLLINS * BILL SLATER & THE CONNECTICUT VALLEY ROCKET * UNITED STOCK CAR RACING CLUB * CHARLIE WEBSTER * TED STACK
featuring stories told by:
JOHN BROUWER * DON BENVENUTI * PETE ZANARDI * DAVE HUMPHREY * BOB GADA * BILL SWEET * PHIL SMITH * MARK GEER * FRED LUCHESI * BONES BOURCIER * MARK LAJEUNESSE * DICK BROOKS * BOB POTTER * JOE GOLAS * MIKE LOVETERE * TOM FOX * DICK WILLIAMS * PEG GAUDREAU * SEABURY TRIPLER * ERIC WEBSTER
PART TWO (1961-1974)
Part 2 profiles the remaining years of New London Waterford Speedbowl Inc.’s reign as track owners until they sold the track after the 1974 season plus the evolution of the modified cars from coupe bodies into the Pinto revolution of the early 1970’s and the incarnation of the early Late Model divisions.
includes segments about:
DON COLLINS * CHARLIE WEBSTER * NEWT PALM * DICK DUNN * DICK CASO * CHECKERBOARD 716 * L&M COUPE * M PINTO * BUDDA’S BULLET * OLLIE SILVA * SPORTSMEN MODIFIEDS * BOMBERS * DAREDEVILS * BILL SWEET * GADA RACING * MIKE DAIGNAULT * POWDER PUFFS * DEMOLITION DERBIES * SPEEDBOWL WEDDING * THE MOTORCYCLE TRACK * THE LAST YEARS OF THE ORIGINAL OWNERSHIP GROUP
featuring stories told by:
JOHN BROUWER * DON BENVENUTI * PETE ZANARDI * STEVE KENNEDY * MARK ‘BONES’ BOURCIER * MARK LAJEUNESSE * DICK BROOKS * BOB POTTER * MIKE LOVETERE * DICK WILLIAMS * PEG GAUDREAU * SEABURY TRIPLER * MIKE DAIGNAULT * JOHN BROUWER JR * RON BOUCHARD * BRIAN MCCARTHY * BOB GADA * BILL SWEET * PHIL SMITH * MARK GEER * TOM FOX * JEFF PEARL * BOB FREEMAN * ERIC WEBSTER * TONY LECKEY * WAYNE KORTEWEG * JOE GOLAS
**** PARTS 3-6 CURRENTLY IN POST-PRODUCTION ***
PART THREE (1975-1984)
Part 3 profiles new owner Harvey Tattersall’s purchase of the track & the Speedbowl as the last sanctioned track of the once prominent United Club, Dick Williams years leasing the track as Coastal Racing Association, the demise of the Grand American Late Models and the birth of the original Street Stock division. Drivers & personalities profiled include Bob Potter, Moose Hewitt, Don Bunnell, Rick Donnelly, Ed Flemke, Fred ‘Fuzzy’ Baer, Don Fowler, Rae Williams, John Janisaitis and Randy Lajoie.
PART FOUR (1985-1994)
Part 4 profiles Arute family lease of the Speedbowl for 3 years as 7A Productions, which included a NASCAR weekly sanction and conversion to SK Modifieds plus the Korteweg family operational reign as the K Corporation into the mid-1990’s. Also the hey-day of the ultra-competitive Late Model division, the return of a Strictly Stock division and a contentious battle with town residents over the local noise ordinance. Drivers & personalities profiled include Dick Ceravolo, Bob Potter, Phil Rondeau, Jay Stuart, Johnny Cambino, Tom Fox and Ed Yerrington.
PART FIVE (1995-2005)
Part 5 profiles the arrival of new operator Terry Eames, including his purchase of the track in 2000, 4-cylinder Mini Stocks, the return of the NASCAR sanction, creation of the Wild N’ Wacky Wednesday series and a talented group of 2nd generation Speedbowl champions. Drivers & personalities profiled include Eric Berndt, Dennis Gada, Ed Reed Jr, Allen Coates, John Brouwer Jr and Pete Zanardi.
PART SIX (2006-2014)
Part 6 profiles the 2nd half of Terry Eames operational control of the track, including a 2-year operational lease to Jerry Robinson, the conversion to the ACT Late Models and the miraculous survival of the track through a foreclosure auction in late 2014. Drivers & personalities profiled include Keith Rocco, Bruce Thomas Jr, Timmy Jordan, Al Stone III, Ken Cassidy Jr and Jerry Robinson.
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