Of all the cars in which Ed drove and won over the years, he was most renowned for probably the $ and the 2x. The $ was owned by Donald Ponticelli and John Stygar. In the summer of 1961, it was in the $ that Ed started his weekly routine which took him from home in Connecticut to races in New Jersey, then in Virginia, then across to races in Maryland and back to New Jersey, racing 5-6 times every week. This got him, and his traveling and racing companions Denny Zimmerman and Rene Charland, the nickname “The Eastern Bandits”. Co-owner John Stygar normally went with Ed on the Bandits’ weekly circuit and handled the primary mechanical duties for the $ and the second car (such as Ed’s own 21x or 21) that they often would bring with them.

2x Pinto

1971 – 10-17 – Langhorne – Original 2x Pinto at one of last races in which it was driven by Gene Bergin. Early in the 1972 season, Frank Vigliarolo bought it, repainted it as 34 and had Ed drive it. Image from Lynchmobracingimages.com.


1964. Photo from “The Home of Heroes” by Bones Bourcier, courtesy of the Alan Weaver Collection. The photograph was probably taken by John Grady at Utica-Rome.

2x coupe

Plainville. This was the first Bob Judkins 2x coupe, a Ford that was raced in early-mid ’60s by Ed, Gene Bergin, Fats Caruso, Billy Harman, Tony Mordino, and Jerry Wheeler (who had introduced Bob to Ed in the early ’50s). Photo by Faust, from the R.A. Silvia archives, via Racingthroughtime.com


In 1970, Richie Evans was banned from NASCAR events because he had been running in some non-NASCAR events. Ed was going to drive Richie’s car in the New Yorker 400 at Utica-Rome but, because Richie was in the crew, officials would not allow the team to enter the pits. The team’s response was to set up operations in the public parking lot, from which they ran the car during practice, qualifying, and the race itself. Whenever he drove the car onto the track, Ed was required to show his own, valid NASCAR driver’s card. Despite this handicap, Ed won the race. Photo by John Grady, from Racingthroughtime.com.


Owned by Tony Ferrante Sr and normally driven by Jim Hendrickson, the x3 was built by Ed and Ed Jr. Ed Sr raced it at Stafford Springs and Pocono.

2x Pinto

Martinsville Dogwood 500 lap 120 of 250. The leader indicated on the scoreboard was car #42. That was a temporary “Martinsville” number given to the original 2x Pinto which Ed was driving. In this race he led for 60 laps, and was still leading until his engine blew on L129, shortly after this photo was taken.