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Closed for the war-years, it reopened in 1946 as a fifth-mile, being paved shortly thereafter.A hotbed of action for the Midgets, it also hosted the then-new stock cars.The Northeastern racing community lost a real treasure when the great Ernie Gahan passed-away at age-82 on Thanksgiving evening.

The late Pete Corey (aka “The Crescent Hillbilly”), was simply one of the best racers of his generation.We open this week with a shot of a pioneering figure in the history of what was then-known as the “New London-Waterford” Speedbowl, John “Cannonball” Baker.This hulking “Coach” entry was but-one in a succession of #314 creations that Baker campaigned at Waterford from the 1950’s until his final drive in 1974.A unique ride in that it was campaigned during a time when coupes and coaches remained standard-fare at New England’s Modified racing haunts, the full-bodied Chevy II tin was “different” to say the least.Historically-astute readers will recognize the name of the car’s owner; it was none-other than one “Moneybags” Moe Gherzi, a star-performer in the early days of our sport, and also the long-time Race Director at Plainville Stadium.

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