P.D.L. is rich in history around my area of Binghamton NY. We had 1/4 mile drags at the local air strip, Tri-cities Airport, so alot of local racers traveled the northeast racing, and Pocono was a must, according to the stories the grey beards tell today.
This car, an early 30's
Chevy, was a local racer, still owned today by the same guy who raced it in the early 60's at PDL, Anthony Pasquale, and driven by his brother Tom. They bought a brand new 327, and all the hottest Vette engine parts for the time from the local Chevy dealer, added a T-10 4 gear, Olds rear with 4.88 spool, and hit the track. As the story went, they were the car to beat at PDL one night, winning the Lil' Eliminator, then going on to beat a front engine dragster in the Big Eliminator. The trophy barely fit in their Mom's station wagon, which was their tow rig.
Ant got the car back on the road a few years back, and now drives the snot out of it weekly, also driving it the 200+ miles from home to the reunion last year.
Anthony(blue shirt) getting an award at last years reunion at PDL
Jeremy George in Windsor NY
Pocono was my home track back in the 1960's. I also worked there as stock class inspector. I have done a series of videos covering the history of PDL. Below is a link to a promo for the most recent video which we will be releasing on Saturday at the Reunion. The video show All Things Racing in NE PA. Drag Racing, Oval Track, Road Races and Hill Climb Races.
Bee On Video
Your videos rule, I have a couple of them. Thanks for dropping in and sharing that link, it is another nice piece of work!
That which you manifest is before you.
Thanks for the video Jim. I grew up in Port Jervis, NY and had the opportunity to make a number of passes at the Lodge in 1970 and 71. I wheeled a C Altered 23 T Bucket that was owned by Bobby Heller. I loved the track layout with a portion of the pits in and among the trees. I live in Missouri now but was just back in Port Jervis a week and a half ago for my Mom's funeral. While driving through the Poconos I sure was doing a lot of reminiscing. Two guys that I know that should attend the reunion are Edmund Ardler and Ray Stillwell. Those two guys are still alive and well. They raced at the lodge from 63 until it closed. They both still have the cars that they raced there. Ray is one of the many featured figures in the book Hot Rod Pioneers. Ray and my uncle Ed taught me a lot about hot rodding and racing when I was a pup.
Jim & Maureen
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