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Phil Scott’s Wheels for Warmth Gives Used Tires a New Spin

(NOTE: Three-time Thunder Road Late Model Champion and Washington County (VT) Senator Phil Scott has organized the third annual Wheels for Warmth campaign, running Thursday through Saturday at DuBois Construction in Montpelier.  Tires of all shapes and sizes are needed to make this great community program a success.  Racers, fans, and everyone else, bring your used tires to be recycled, and help heat the homes of your neighbors this winter!  Race tires - and all others - will be accepted by Casella Waste Management at a reduced fee of $4.00 per tire.  Thank you for helping this great Vermont cause!  The following story was written by Michelle Hughes.)

Come recycle your used tires and help a neighbor in need at Wheels for Warmth, Thurs.-Sat.!

Tucked away in the back corner of my garage sit two perfectly good Hakkapeliitta snow tires, still neatly wrapped in the plastic Nokian covers they were placed in four years ago – the last time they were used. They don’t fit my current car, so they serve no purpose other than to occupy space designated for bikes and sleds. But that’s about to change. Soon they’re going on a journey to help someone stay warm this winter – a journey known as Wheels for Warmth.

Wheels for Warmth evolved from the Vermont tradition of neighbor helping neighbor.  In 2005, Phil Scott had an idea: Wasn’t there some way that used tires could serve a better purpose than just taking up garage space?  Scott had tires he no longer used, and he knew many others did too.  Listening to “The Trading Post” on WDEV every morning, he was overwhelmed by the number of tires on the program. His idea became the vision that used tires could be the currency to buy emergency heating fuel for central Vermonters.  All used tires could play a role, not just quality tires, but worn tires too. Safe tires could be re-sold at very affordable prices, and unsafe tires recycled for a fee.  The proceeds would then be used to buy the heating fuel. One neighbor donates tires, another neighbor buys them, and another neighbor’s home is heated. Unusable tires head for recycling instead of the river.  Scott felt pretty confident the plan would work, so he contacted Hal Cohen, Executive Director of the Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) – the local organization that assists people who cannot afford heating fuel.


Modified Memories - Winners in Vermont
Date Winner Hometown Track
5/16/65 Ernie Reid Malone, NY Thunder Road
5/23/65 André Manny Montréal, QC Thunder Road
5/30/65 Jean-Paul Cabana Beloeil, QC Thunder Road
6/06/65 Jean-Paul Cabana Beloeil, QC Thunder Road
6/17/65 Jean-Paul Cabana Beloeil, QC Thunder Road
6/24/65 Dick Nephew Mooers Forks, NY Thunder Road
5/21/67 Jean-Guy Chartrand Montréal, QC Catamount Stadium
5/28/67 Charlie Trombley Mooers Forks, NY Catamount Stadium
6/04/67 * Beaver Dragon Milton, VT Catamount Stadium
6/15/67 Dick Nephew Mooers Forks, NY Catamount Stadium
6/29/67 Bugs Stevens Rehoboth, MA Catamount Stadium
7/13/67 Dick Nephew Mooers Forks, NY Catamount Stadium
7/20/67 Bob Bruno Schuyler Falls, NY Catamount Stadium
7/27/67 André Manny Montréal, QC Catamount Stadium
8/03/67 Marcel Goddard Montréal, QC Catamount Stadium
8/10/67 Bugs Stevens Rehoboth, MA Catamount Stadium
8/17/67 Bugs Stevens Rehoboth, MA Catamount Stadium
8/24/67 Don MacTavish Dover, MA Catamount Stadium
8/31/67 Don MacTavish Dover, MA Catamount Stadium
10/01/67 Ed Flemke, Sr. New Britain, CT Catamount Stadium
5/26/68 Ed Flemke, Sr. New Britain, CT Catamount Stadium
7/11/68 Bugs Stevens Rehoboth, MA Catamount Stadium
7/25/68 Bugs Stevens Rehoboth, MA Catamount Stadium
8/22/68 Bugs Stevens Rehoboth, MA Catamount Stadium
7/24/69 Bugs Stevens Rehoboth, MA Catamount Stadium
10/04/70 Richie Evans Rome, NY Catamount Stadium
10/03/71 Fred DeSarro Hope Valley, RI Catamount Stadium
10/01/72 Fred DeSarro Hope Valley, RI Catamount Stadium
9/30/73 Jerry Cook Rome, NY Catamount Stadium
7/11/75 ** Donnie Miller Windsor, VT Thunder Road
9/23/78 John Rosati Agawam, MA Catamount Stadium
9/16/79 Jerry Cook Rome, NY Catamount Stadium
9/25/85 Jimmy Spencer Berwick, PA Catamount Stadium

* - Beaver Dragon won in a Sportsman car against the Modifieds at Catamount in 1967

** - Donnie Miller won in a "match race" against Dave Dion's Late Model at Thunder Road in 1975


Modified Memories - 1965

June 1965:  A mixed field of flathead Sportsman Coupes and overhead Modifieds rolls down through Turn 4 for a start.  #93 Tony Colicchio (Coupe), #5A Jean-Paul Cabana (Modified), #03 Paul Martel (Coupe), #6 Dick Nephew (Modified), #70 Ernie Reid (Modified)