George Weaver, owner of Thompson
thanks to www.coldplugs.com
THOMPSON SPEEDWAY 1954
Spankey Smith's historic photos of the very early days at Thompson, CT.
Big Jake Bucher is there with his Jag along with Vic Forno and Bill Dukerich
in Jags and Ed Licht in his mean modified TC.  Lots of famous names you
can find who will appear in later years racing at Thompson







photo credits: Spankey Smith, results from Terry O'Neil
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Thompson Speedway in the early
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M. Weinman's White #53 OSCA sits in the grass with a gaggle of MG's behind  R. Merril's Bandini #32 ialongside the #91 race winning OSCA of G Moffett Hank Rudkin's #46 Bandini ran
away and won the HM race
Bob Buchers Jag #60 next to his
buddy from Endicott, Vic Forno.  Bucher won the event for "M" Jaguars
Number 85 modified MG-TC
of Ed Licht was good enough for
6th in FMod
MG's & Jags get ready for racing.  The
paddock was inside the oval in '54.  The grandstands are getting full
Bill Spear's 375MM Ferrari won the big modified race.  Look at the
great Cadillac grille just behind
Movie star Jackie Cooper was a regular
on the SCCA circuit and very fast. Finishing 2nd in DModified
Preston Gray's Allard leads
Paul Timmon's Jag Special past the grandstand
Paddock lineup alongside the road
leading to the track.  The crowd is
around Cooper's Austin-Healey
     
  Results of 1st 4 races results of races 5-9