Contributed by: ACT Staff
Montandon “made Thunder Road what it is today”
Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl mourns the passing of one of its legendary stock car racing pioneers, Henry “The Frozen Logger” Montandon of Waits River, VT. Driving a flathead-powered #76 Ford coupe owned by Lloyd Hutchins, the popular Montandon scored the biggest victory of his career at the Barre, VT track in the 1963 Labor Day Classic.
“That victory was a bit of an upset, and it still means a great deal to me,” said Hutchins. “Henry was a sweet man with a good sense of humor. He was full of one-liners, and everyone loved him.”
A woodsman by trade, Montandon was successful in both the open-wheeled coupes and the full-bodied Flying Tiger cars that brought Thunder Road to national prominence in the 1960s. During the formative years of Thunder Road, he often out-dueled high-profile racers including Johnny Gammell, Ronnie Marvin, Harold Hanaford, the Ingerson brothers, and National Champion Rene Charland.