1948 – Cherry Park. Sparky’s real name was Michael Belmonte. In 1968 at Plainville, after winning a 100-lap race, he got into his road car but while still in the track parking lot he had a fatal heart attack.
This is said to have been Rene’s first racing car. Photo from Brad Charland.
Photo courtesy of Fran Lawlor.
1949 – Kingsbridge Armory in NYC. Photo by Doug Post.
Photo from Rachel Shiflet.
1950 – Draper Speedway. Carl is in the #0.