Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Thunder Road Drivers Volunteer for Autism Benefit

Fourteen of the northeast’s top stock car drivers have pledged their support for the Autism Puzzle Foundation’s 3rd Annual Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 12 at 5:00pm.  Racers from the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl will serve as dealers at the Autism Puzzle Foundation’s “Casino Night” fundraiser at the Barre Auditorium.  The event will benefit both the Autism Speaks and the Autism Puzzle Foundation charities, as proceeds will go directly to national scientific research and local education and assistance.

“We are getting busy preparing for our event, and we’re excited about having ACT join us the year,” said Randy Lamberti of the Autism Puzzle Foundation.  “The drivers will be dealing at each of the games during the evening.  We have ten blackjack tables as well as craps, roulette, and a wheel of fortune.”

Thunder Road’s “Frozen Logger” Passes Away

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.

Toyota Enters Short Track Racing With Thunder Road

Leading auto maker Toyota will begin its entry into grassroots short track stock car racing through its Courtesy Toyota dealership in Berlin, VT with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model Championship series and at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT in 2008.  Toyota is now the Official Vehicle of ACT and Thunder Road.

The new ACT Toyota Tundra and Toyota Tacoma Official Safety Trucks and the new ACT Toyota Camry Official Pace Car will be unveiled at the season’s first event at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire on Sun., April 20.  The Tundra, Tacoma, and Camry vehicles will also be on display at Courtesy Toyota’s home opener on Merchants Bank 150 weekend in downtown Barre City, VT and at Thunder Road.  The new vehicles will be on display in the annual Merchants Bank Car Show in Barre City on Sat., May 3, and in action at the Merchants Bank 150 on Sun., May 4.  Toyota and Pepsi will also sponsor the Thunder Road scoreboard throughout the 2008 season.

“Toyota is excited about teaming with one of the great American short track organizations in ACT, and one of the crown jewels of the industry in Thunder Road,” said John Henning of Courtesy Toyota.  “Toyota has made great efforts in targeting American race fans as its prime customers, and realizes that racing at the local and regional levels is just as important as NASCAR’s top three series.  It’s a great partnership for everyone.”