This is probably the oldest known image of Ed driving a racing car.
Original car, before Ed raced it as 34
The “Jake” of Jake’s Garage was Ed’s father, Jacob Flemke.
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) that they often would bring with them.
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.
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
1963. Photo by John Grady.
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.
Photo by John Grady.
1972 – Martinsville Dogwood 500 start – L-R: Fred DeSarro, Jimmy Hensley, Richie Evans, Gene Bergin, Lou Lazzaro, Ed, Jerry Cook. Ed led this race for 60 laps but retired with a blown engine while in the lead on L136.
1975 – First #10 Pinto, owned by Bill Thornton
Plainville – after winning an open competition show. Photo from Vintagemodifieds.com.
1963 (approx) – Car owner Richie Garuti is on the right. Photo from Jojo Farone via Racingthroughtime.com
1963 (approx) – Utica-Rome, Ed is in white shirt, car owner Richie Garuti in front of him looking into engine bay.
1963 photo (approx).
1963 – Thompson. Denny Zimmerman is in the black 4 just behind Ed in the red 14. Photo by Howie Hodge, from Thechromehorn.com.
1970. Photo from the Tom Ormsby Collection, via Racingthroughtime.com.
Photo by John Grady.
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.
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.
1972 – Martinsville Dogwood 500, in order: Ed, Ron Bouchard (35), Bob Santos (09), Satch Worley (45), Richie Evans (61), Gene Bergin (1), Bugsy Stevens (15).
1972 – Martinsville – Max Berrier (12), Paul Radford (26), Ed in 2(x). A poster wrote that this photo was from the March 1972 Dogwood 500. However, the car in this image is the second 2x Pinto, which did not exist until a few months after that race had taken place. This image is probably from the 1972 Cardinal 500, which took place after the second 2x Pinto pictured here had been built. In the ’72 Cardinal 500, Ed finished 3rd.