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Speedbowl Documentary

'The Chronological History of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl' is a 6-part documentary series produced by Vault Productions – written & directed by Tom "Sid" DiMaggio and based on the research of the track here on speedbowlhistory.com.   Initial research for the project started back in 2005 when DiMaggio became the active track historian for the facility.  Starting in 2010, there have been over 55 people from all eras of the Speedbowl's history have now been interviewed to help tell the Speedbowl's story.   Check out our complete list of all the interviewees.  The first 2 parts of the series were released in late 2015 and available for rent or purchase via our youtube channel.  Parts 3 thru 6 will be released soon.  Check back for updates.

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PART ONE (1951-1961)

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including segments on the following topics:
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 * TOM FOX * FRED LUCHESI
BONES BOURCIER * MARK LAJEUNESSE * DICK BROOKS * BOB POTTER * JOE GOLAS
MIKE LOVETERE * DICK WILLIAMS * PEG GAUDREAU * SEABURY TRIPLER * ERIC WEBSTER

click here to rent or purchase Part 1 online now!

 

PART TWO (1961-1974)

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including segments on the following topics:
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
BIG MIKE DAIGNAULT * POWDER PUFF DERBIES * DEMOLITION DERBIES * A SPEEDBOWL WEDDING
THE MOTORCYCLE TRACK * THE LAST YEARS OF THE ORIGINAL OWNERSHIP GROUP

featuring stories told by:
JOHN BROUWER * DON BENVENUTI * PETE ZANARDI * JOE GOLAS * STEVE KENNEDY
BONES BOURCIER * MARK LAJEUNESSE * DICK BROOKS * BOB POTTER * BOB FREEMAN
MIKE LOVETERE * DICK WILLIAMS * PEG GAUDREAU * SEABURY TRIPLER * ERIC WEBSTER
MIKE DAIGNAULT * JOHN BROUWER JR * RON BOUCHARD * BRIAN MCCARTHY * TONY LECKEY
BOB GADA * BILL SWEET * PHIL SMITH * MARK GEER * TOM FOX * JEFF PEARL * WAYNE KORTEWEG

click here to rent or purchase Part 2 online now!

 


 

PARTS 3-6 CURRENTLY IN POST-PRODUCTION

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Documentary Extras

EARLIEST MEMORIES OF THE SPEEDBOWL
Each interviewee from our documentary project discusses their earliest memory of going to the shoreline oval.

 

THE CHECKERED FLAG ANNOUNCER
A tribute to Paul Trowbridge a.k.a. Paul Tremaine, a pioneer in the pre-internet era of getting out race results & news via several phone lines in the northeast.

 

SPEEDBOWL FAMILIES
Several interviewees from our documentary talk about some of the more accomplished families in Speedbowl history: Webster, Ceravolo, Gada, Potter, Lajeunesse and Bunnell.

 

20 YRS AFTER 'THE BIG FIRE'
A look back at one of the scariest wrecks in Speedbowl history on July 30, 1994 when an enormous fire broke out on the front stretch after an incident involving Larry Lamphear, Dennis Gada & Mark Lajeunesse.

 

TODAY SK MODIFIED STARS
Quick profiles during 2012 season on some of the more recent stars at the Speedbowl: Ted Christopher, Todd Ceravolo, Dennis Gada, Tom Fox, Ed Reed Jr, Jeff Pearl, Rob Janovic Jr, Ron Yuhas Jr, Tyler Chadwick and Keith Rocco.

 

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