Image supposedly from 1961.
In front of an early version of the “Woodchopper Special”.
Fats Caruso in the #69 is on the outside.
1961 – Yankee 500 Grand National race, Norwood.
Photo by Bob Farley via David Bentley.
1961 – Yankee 500 race for NASCAR Grand Nationals at Norwood Arena. Ernie drove the #55 at the left of the photo and finished 11th.
Driver Ernie is holding one trophy, car owner Sonny Koszela in the center is holding the other,
Photo from Racingthroughtime.com.
Photo by Paul Conley, from the R. A. Silvia Collection.
In 1963 at Daytona, Marvin Panch was driving a Maserati and shooting for a new speed record. He lost control of the car, which crashed and burst into flames.
Five men who saw this ran to the blaze and pulled Panch out before he was killed by the smoke and flames. Four of them are in the picture. L-R: Jerry Raborn, Panch, Steve Petrasek (standing), Ernie Gahan and Bill Wimble. The fifth, not in this picture, was Tiny Lund.
Bill (second from left) and Ernie (third from left, next to Bill), along with Tiny Lund (far right) are receiving the Bud Shuman Award for pulling Marvin Panch (far left) from a burning car at Daytona.
Airborne Speedway, mid-’60s. Ernie Gahan is in the Woodchopper Special #15 at the head of the pack. Directly behind him is JP Cabana, then Rene Charland in the #3, Bill Wimble in the Dave McCredy #33, Bob Bruno in the #66 and Ernie Reid in the #88a.
1967 – when Ernie was reigning NASCAR Modified Champion.
Riverside Park. Driver in the 2x does not appear to be Ed.
1967 – Trenton. Photo by Howie Hodge.