Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Thunder Road President Tom Curley Named 2004 RPM Auto Racing Promoter of the Year
Lake Mary, FL – Three times was the charm for fiery Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl President Tom Curley at the 2004 Racing Promotion Monthly (RPM) Auto Racing Promoter of the Year awards ceremony Thursday morning. In its 29th year, the Auto Racing Promoter of the Year award is considered the highest honor among short track stock car racing promoters.

RPM recently named Curley as the 2004 New England Regional Promoter of the Year, and entered his name into the final balloting for the national award for the third time in his career. Over one thousand voting RPM committee members chose Curley, one of eight regional finalists, to receive the award.

Thunder Road Welcomes Green Mountain Office Machines/Imagistics Back For Eighth Racing Season
Williston, VT – Green Mountain Office Machines General Managers Kevin Fisher and Rich Lowrey are pleased to announce that they have agreed to present the Thursday, June 16 “Green Mountain Office Machines/Imagistics Night” race event at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT. The 2005 season marks the eighth consecutive year of association for the two organizations.

ACTion News 2/07/05
We recently congratulated ACT alumnus Rollie MacDonald on his being named to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame. Turns out, he’s not the only one that deserves accolades. After fifty-plus years of driving, owning and building race cars, legendary underdog Gardiner Leavitt of Kezar Falls, ME (photo left with Bruce Elder (L); Steve LeClair photo) has been inducted into the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Leavitt, who celebrated his 74th birthday on Sunday, was the sentimental favorite on the former ACT Pro Stock Tour (shown right in 1982), and used a sort of “tortoise and the hare” approach on the race track. While he was by no means the proverbial tortoise, Leavitt earned just three Top 5 finishes in 231 starts on the Tour. Despite never carrying the checkered flag, however, Leavitt finished fourth overall in 1979, eighth in 1980, and later found great success with Kelly Moore, Brad Leighton, and Steve Knowlton steering his famous #1x machines. Today, Gardiner and wife June Leavitt are still a vibrant part of the Thunder Road and ACT scene, and make the eight-hour round trip to Barre, VT each Thursday with their much-visited and much-appreciated Action Racing parts trailer. It is our hope that the Leavitts remain a part of our lives for many years to come, and we humbly congratulate you, Gardiner, on your award.