Owner/driver Phil Salerno once taught the young Ed a hard lesson on the track. He and Ed subsequently became friends and Ed then drove the “Banana Boat” to a win at Riverside. Photo from Racingthroughitme.com.
This is the Suffield Auto Center #5. Although in this picture the driver is Benny Germano, Ed drove this car at Norwood in 1961. Image from Racingthroughtime.com.
According to owner Paul Deasey, Ed drove his #707 in at least one race. Although he provided no further details, my guess is that that would have been at either Wall or Vineland between 1961 and 1963.
1962 (approximately). The J-2 was usually driven by Red Foote. Noted racing historian Bruce Cohen was told that Ed bought and briefly owned the car. Although that has not been confirmed, it seems that Ed drove the car but did not like it, and either declined to buy it or, if he bought it, sold it soon afterward.
This was another Garuti car that Ed drove, as confirmed by Richie Garuti’s nephew Tony Daddabbo. Photo by John Grady, from Racingthroughtime.com.
During the winter of 1963-4, Ed built two cars for Ed Ackerman of New York. Ackerman numbered them #1 and #2. The Ackerman #2 was often driven by Sal Mauro, but Ed drove it to victory in the Southside 400 on September 4th, 1964.
The #1 was built by Ed for Ed Ackerman. It was first driven by Gene Gamache, shown here. After Gene was killed, the car was renumbered #3 and usually raced by Rene Charland. Ed drove the car as #3. I don’t know whether he ever drove it as #1.
Ed drove Rene Charland’s #3 at Utica-Rome on May 8th, 1966, less than 3 weeks before Ed pulled Rene from the same car as it was engulfed in flames at Albany-Saratoga. Robert Clock informs us that Ed himself built this car for owner Ed Ackerman, who ran it first for Gene Gamache as #1 in 1964 and then, after Gene’s premature death in early 1965, renumbered it as #3 and ran it for Rene.
The Center Auto Sales #10, built and run by Bob Oliver, is shown here being driven by Buddy Krebs, but Ed raced it at least once.
This car was originally run by “Black Jack” Dubrul, who sold it to Dooger Jones of Poultney VT. Don Miller Sr has said that he was told by the next owner, Stan Durrum, that Ed drove the car for Dooger at Malta. The driver in this photo is Russ Shaw.
Ken Shoemaker is shown here. Ed Zautner, son of the car’s co-owner, has said that they asked Ed to help them improve the car by driving it at Malta.
At Utica-Rome on June 19th, 1966, after he had qualified his own car in the first heat, Ed qualified the #38 of late-arriving Jerry Cook in the second heat.
At Utica-Rome on April 30, 1967, Ed drove both of Pete Corey’s coupes. In the feature he drove the #1, finishing 9th.
On April 30, 1967, Ed drove Pete Corey’s #1 to a 9th place finish at Utica-Rome. Photo by John Grady.
I don’t know if Ed ever actually raced Pete Hamilton’s 69 (although I suspect that he did), but certainly he drove it many times before races in order to help Pete get the car set up.
This is Pete Hamilton with the Rocky Hinton #5, in which Pete competed in NASCAR Grand National in 1968. On July 9th, 1968, Ed drove the car in practice and helped Pete to set it up prior to the Maine 300 Grand National race at Oxford Plains Speedway.
At Malta on May 1, 1970 Ed drove Joe Romano’s 97x. The car was normally driven by either Joe’s son Andy or by Ken Shoemaker (shown here). Photo from Catamountstadium.com.
Ed drove Joe Romano’s 97x at Malta on May 1, 1970. Photo from Catamountstadium.com.
On 07-15-1970, Ed drove the Cozze brothers’ #44 at the All-Star race at Orange County. Shown here is regular driver Al Tasnady, who drove the Cozze brothers’ other car, the #44 coach, at the same event.
The Cozze brothers’ coupe and coach, one of which Ed drove at the Orange County All-Star race on July 15, 1970.
The famous XL-1 (eXperimental Lincoln – 1) was owned by Don House of New Jersey. In this picture the driver is Red Farmer, although at other times it was driven by LeeRoy Yarbrough, Don MacTavish, Wally Dallenbach, Joe Kelly, and frequently by Tommie Elliott. David Bentley has written that Ed drove it in a race at Martinsville and Tommie Elliott Jr, whose father often drove the XL-1, has confirmed that Ed drove it. Photo by John Grady.
Here Ed is standing next to the Gene Dewitt-owned #7, normally driven so successfully by Dutch Hoag. I don’t know whether Ed actually ever drove this car, but the tape over the window suggests that on this occasion the car had a substitute driver, and who could have been better than Ed?
Ed drove Bill Henry’s #28 at Utica-Rome on May 30th, 1971. Car owner/regular driver Bill Henry is shown here in 1970. Photo from Gallant Collection.
On July 17, 1971, Ed drove John Rosati’s late model Fairlane in a 100-lap race at Catamount. He finished 2nd, but the winning car was protested by another entrant and ultimately Ed may have been awarded first place.
On 10-31-1971, Thompson held a 150 lap open-competition race for both Modifieds and Super-Modifieds. Ed drove the Mystic Missile to first place for Modifieds and third place overall. I believe that this was the car that Ed drove in that race. Photo from Vintagemodifieds.com
1973 – Ed Jr’s first racing car. Ed Sr drove it initially, before his son ever did, in order to make sure that it was set up properly, and again later that year at the Riverside All-Star show.
Ed drove one of the Clarence Steak House Gremlins, usually raced by Paul Radford, at the Martinsville 150 on September 29th, 1973.