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 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?


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

¢ (modern version)

This car was built by Art Barry as the #09, which Ed (and also Bob Santos) drove to a number of important wins. Art sold it to Dave Spence, who repainted the car as #206 and campaigned it primarily at New London-Waterford.
In 1974 Ed and Rocky Germani (who with Ed had co-owned the original ¢) bought the car from Dave Spence and renumbered it as the #06. Ed drove it once or twice in that form in 1974 or ’75. Then Rocky took over the car himself and repainted it as the ¢ seen here. His main driver was Richie Galullo, shown in this picture. Photo by Phil Hoyt via Racingthroughtime.com.


In the 1974 Stafford 200, while driving the Garbarino Mystic Missile #4, Ed had a huge crash. When it came to rest, the car was on its roof, which was crushed flat. After being helped out of the destroyed car, Ed went to the pits where he climbed into the Armstrong #1 Pinto, in which he intended to return to the race. Before he had got the car out of the pits, however, Ed felt sufficient pain in his back that he realized that he should get medical attention rather than immediately resume racing. Ed went to the hospital later that night, where he was told that he had broken his back in a way that usually resulted in the victim’s being paralyzed for life.
This was as close as Ed ever came to racing the Armstrong Pintos, which enjoyed a very big budget and, in Hop Harrington, one of the finest chief mechanics in the sport. One has to believe that if Ed, rather than Geoff Bodine and Ray Hendrick, had been the regular driver of the Armstrong Pintos, the combination would have been devastating. In this photo, from Racingthroughtime.com, Gene Bergin is at the wheel.


Bob Simons informs us that on at least one occasion Ed drove one of the Simons Brothers “Excavator Special” #9 cars. We have no record of which of the many Simons cars Ed drove, but I have chosen this photo because it includes both car owner Bill Simons (R) and Ed’s long-time friend and crew member Clyde MacLeod (L). Photo from Speedwaylinereport.com.


The Sherri-Cup #12 Vega was owned by Billy Corazzo, who had owned the #9x Corvair that Ed drove at Langhorne in 1970. Although Ed is not in the car in this image, he drove the Sherri-Cup #12 for Billy at Seekonk. (Driver in this picture is Ken Bouchard, at the 1978 Stafford Spring Sizler.) Photo by Steve Kennedy. Thanks to Susan Brown Anderson for the information.