Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Four Decades Later, Modifieds Return to Thunder Road

Vermont’s Jarvis brothers will try to win for the “home” crowd

The True Value Modified Racing Series will make its first appearance at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday, May 25, at the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic.

It has been forty-three years since a fire-breathing, open-wheeled modified stock car last roared around the high banks at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.”  Forty-three years ago, those same cars created quite a bit of controversy.

May 30, 1965: The annual 30-lap Memorial Day Classic has come to Thunder Road.  For the first time in the track’s six-year history, powerful overhead V8 Modifieds are allowed to race weekly against the older flathead-powered coupes of Thunder Road.  Outsiders Ernie Reid and André Manny have captured the first two events of the year, dominating over Thunder Road favorites Harold “Hard Luck” Hanaford, Chester T. Woods, Tony Colicchio, Ronnie Marvin, and the famous Ingerson brothers of North Haverhill, NH.

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.