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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.

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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.

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1961 – Fredericksburg. This was taken after Ed won the 250-lap race on October 1st. The forays of the Eastern Bandits into the South were just beginning. Photo by Bob Williams, from the Larry Jendras Jr Collection.

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This was an open-competition race at Thompson in the spring of 1960. At the time, Ed had just changed from the United Racing Club to NASCAR. He is here on outside pole in the $. Just behind him can be seen the silver Zalinski M6 (often driven during this period by Gene Bergin), the white V8 usually driven by Bill Slater, and, near the back, the black, Benny Washburn-owned #15, which Ed occasionally raced. Photo courtesy of Lew Boyd and Coastal 181 Publishing.

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1961 – 10-01. Fredericksburg 250. According to the newspaper report, Ed’s car was decorated with a Confederate flag. During the race, Ed smoked a cigarette and for much of the race drove one-handed. He won.

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1961-07-03 – Norwood – That would be Ernie Gahan’s 15, and Bill Slater’s V8 behind it. Photo by Paul Conley, from R.A. Silvia collection.

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Islip. George Flemke is in the $, Ed is in the 21. The photo is from 1962 or ’63. Al DeAngelo is in the 18 and Rene Charland is in the 3. Photo is from Brad Charland. Thanks to Robert Clock, Bruce Cohen and Denny Zimmerman for help in identifying the drivers.