Vault Productions press release (May 15, 2017) – The long-awaited next chapter in the Vault Productions documentary series ‘A Chronological History of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl’ is now available exclusively online. This 3rd installment covers the years 1975-1984 and profiles new owner Harvey Tattersall Jr and the last years of his once prominant United Stock Car Racing Club. Also prominently featured is promoter Dick Williams & his Coastal Racing Association which leased the track from Harvey during 5 seasons in this decade span.
Stars on the track who are profiled include Bob Potter, George ‘Moose’ Hewitt, Rick Donnelly, Brian McCarthy, Don Fowler, Harry Rice, Rae Ann Williams (the first female competitor to qualify for a feature) and the championship battle in 1984 between C.J. Frye and Mike Lovetere. Interviewees who help tell the stories include racing biographer & CT native Mark ‘Bones’ Bourcier, olongtime racing photographer & artist Steve Kennedy, 1981 NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year Ron Bouchard, former Speedbowl competitors like Mark Lajeunesse, Mark Geer, Phil Rondeau, Tom Fox and former car-owners Peg Gaudreau, Jay Stuart and ‘Flash’ Gordon Rodgers.
Vault Productions began producing this series in 2010 with Part 1 released in late summer 2015 and Part 2 released around Christmas that same year. Part 3 comes at an unfortunate time during 2017 when the Speedbowl has yet to open due to non-racing related legal issues involving current owner Bruce Bemer. Executive Producer & Vault Productions founder Tom ‘Sid’ DiMaggio continues the editing & post-production of the remainder of the series. Watch the preview trailer for Part 3 below.
Fans of the series are encouraged to follow the Sid’s Vault Productions Facebook fan page for the latest updates on the documentary series. Nostalgic racing projects by Vault Productions can also be seen on their network of websites: speedbowldocumentary.com, speedbowlhistory.com and sidsview.com