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Compiling the Speedbowl's History

When I first started my own research of the Speedbowl in 2005, I personally spent over 1,500 hours of research over the next 3years to compile the statistics found in this site (originally called sids-vault.com) – primarily focusing on feature winners & track champions.  Other statistics compiled were point standings, time trial records and season-ending award recipients.   During the research, I realized there were certain exhibition events that have been around for a long time, demolition derbies & powder puff derbies and those stats were also compiled (although these event results are incomplete).  Additionally, when we started video work towards a documentary series on the track's history in 2010, we also started logging the tenure of track owners, operators, race directors, flagman, announcers, program publishers and others.   This data is all categorized by season in our Almanac, which we update at the end of every Speedbowl season.  We then update the Record Book accordingly with the new data.

The statistics within our site were compiled from a variety of resources.  Here's a brief overview to show the primary resources by decade for the statistical data in the Almanac:

  • 1950's – The New London Day archives
  • 1960's – The New London Day archives; Speedbowl track programs
  • 1970's – The New London Day archives; Speedbowl track programs, Speedway Scene trade papers
  • 1980's – The New London Day archives; Speedbowl track programs, Speedway Scene trade papers
  • 1990's – The New London Day archives; Speedbowl track programs, Speedway Scene trade papers
  • 2000's – Speedbowl track programs, track press releases, Speedway Scene & Area Auto News trade papers
  • 2010's – SpeedNet Direct archives, track press releases,

Other print sources for information over the years include archives from the Norwich Bulletin, Hartford Courant, Hartford Times, New Haven Register, Westerly Sun, Norwalk Hour, Stock Car Racing Magazine, Speedway Illustrated, Area Auto Racing News, ProSpeed Revue and Calvacade of Racing.  We've also referenced many websites to verify information including hometracks.nascar.com, near1.com, speedbowl.com, yankee-racer.com, racing-reference.com, mylaps.com, speednetdirect.com and racedayct.com.

We've been fortunate to have tons of photos, programs, scrapbooks & other memorabilia donated to our archives.  We've also built up a continually growing media archive including The Checkered Flag Announcer recordings, various incarnations of the 1990's Speedbowl recap show broadcast on local WTWS Channel 26 in New London, sports segments from WTNH and WFSB in Hartford, archives from The Speedway Line Report and Overdrive radio shows, plus the Waterford Speedbowl's own video archives from various videographers over the years.  Some of the generous people who've made contributions are:

  • John Brouwer
  • John Brouwer Jr
  • Bubby Brouwer
  • Frank Burdick
  • Don Caddick
  • Cassidy Family
  • Steve Cembruch
  • Floyd Chesbro
  • Bob Darling
  • Pat Doherty
  • Pat Donnellan
  • Dave Dykes
  • Tom Fox
  • Bob Freeman
  • Bob & Betty Gada
  • Al & Peg Gaudreau
  • Kyle Gero
  • Ed Gertsch Jr
  • Jesse Gleason
  • Joe Golas
  • Scott Gregory
  • Bud Hartson
  • Howie Hodge
  • Chris Ignazio
  • Rob Janovic Jr
  • Steve Johnston
  • Steve Kennedy
  • Korteweg family
  • Bud Kuehne
  • Fran Lawlor
  • Ric Mariscal
  • Ken Meisenhelder
  • Cliff Nelson
  • Tom Ormsby
  • Josh Paradis
  • Jen & Jeff Pearl
  • Bob Potter
  • Gordon Rodgers
  • Dave Roode
  • R.A. Silvia
  • Al Stone Jr
  • Nicholas Teto
  • Gale Winter
  • Bonnie Yerrington
  • Pete Zanardi

This project has always been a group effort and there are literally hundreds of people who have contributed in some way to provide us information, statistics, photos and/or memorabilia.  Without everyone's contributions, our efforts to preserve the Waterford Speedbowl would not be possible.

Please contact us with any questions and we hope you enjoy this comprehensive trip down the Waterford Speedbowl's memory lane.

Tom "Sid" DiMaggio
Vault Productions

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