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Ed is a racer that never quite made it behind the wheel, but has excelled for more than 30 years under the hood and in the garage.  Ed has been on several championship-winning teams, including that of Brian Hoar, a multi-time ACT Late Model Tour champion, and Ron Barcomb, a former Catamount Stadium, Oxford Open, and Vermont Milk Bowl champion.
 
Ed drove in the Hurricane division in the early 1970s against the likes of Dave Whitcomb, Norm Andrews, Richard Buzzi, Larry Caron, and many of Vermont's greatest drivers.  After a few years, he gave the Hurricanes a rest and focused his attention on Barcomb's team, winning the 1976 Milk Bowl at Thunder Road and the 1981 Open Competition title at Maine's Oxford Plains Speedway against some of the toughest racers on the eastern seaboard.
 
Ed worked with Brett Wheeler in the late 1980s and early 1990s before moving to the Doug and Brian Hoar team.  Ed also decided to give racing another try in 1992, and built a car for the new Late Model division at Thunder Road and Airborne Speedway.  Running on a part-time basis with a shoestring budget, Ed gabbed a few Top 15 finishes in 1992 and 1993 before selling the car.  During that time, Doug Hoar won 6 Airborne events, Brian won over 20 features across New England, New York and Canada, and took the ACT championships in 1993 and 1997 with Ed turning the wrenches.
 
He stepped aside from the Hoar team in 1998 to help build his son Eddy's career, and was behind Eddy every step of the way up through their great 2003 season.  Ed tried racing a third time in 2001-02 at Airborne, and earned the only win of his career in a heat race driving Eddy's car in 2001.
 
Ed also worked with Jacob McGrath on the ACT Late Model Tour for two years, and returned to the Brett Wheeler team in 2004.  Ed now serves as the spotter for ACT rookie Scott Payea, and the pair have earned Top 5 finishes in each of their first two races together.

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Ron Barcomb at Devil's Bowl in 1972

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Barcomb at Devil's Bowl, 1972

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Brett Wheeler's Flying Tiger at Thunder Road in 1990

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Jacob McGrath at Airborne in 2003

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Brett Wheeler in 2004

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Ron Barcomb at Catamount in 1974

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Barcomb in 1982

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Brian Hoar won the 1997 ACT title in this car

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Eddy at Thunder Road in 2003

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Ed and Scott Payea have already made a big impact in 2005

DISCLAIMER: Many of the photos on this website have been used without prior permission, and for that, we're sorry.  For the ones we did ask to use, thanks a ton!  Proper credit is due every photographer, but since tagging every single shot would take a really long time, and we've forgotten a lot of who took what, let's just thank everyone who has "helped" out now: Alan Ward, Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com, Gene Gagne/OutsideGroove.com, Leif Tillotson, Brian McCullough (RACEGOD), the late David Heath, Dave Brown, Cindy Weed, John Sullivan, Norm Marx, Bethany Bell, vintagemodifieds.com, the late Bob Doyle, Ron Pittsley, David Paris, Jim DuPont, Tom Herzig, and myriad others.  A huge thanks goes out to contributors Andy Boright, the late Cho Lee, and Christian "Ti Gaz" Genest, all treasurers of racing history.  You're all awesome and very much appreciated!!!
 
--- Website updated and maintained in memory of Cho Lee ---