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2019 Vermont Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Inductees
 

The who's who of Vermont's ski and snowboarding world will gather at The Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe on Saturday, November 2nd for a festive dinner and silent auction to celebrate the Induction of the class of 2019 into the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. The event, hosted by the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe, will also honor the recipients of the Paul Robbins Award and First Tracks Award. One of the highlights of the evening will be the showing of short biographical films created for each inductee.

This year's Hall of Fame inductees are Craftsbury's Nordic skiing pioneer John Brodhead, legendary snowboard innovator, J.G. Gerndt of Stowe, Jeff Hastings, Olympic ski jumper and TV commentator from Norwich, Olympic and World Cup alpine skier Doug Lewis, Ann "Nosedive Annie" Bonfoey Taylor, 1940 Olympic alpine team member and ski fashionista. The Paul Robbins award for journalism is going to ski writer and author, Peggy Shinn, of Rutland. The First Tracks Award will be presented to Tim Kelley, of Cochran's Ski Area.

Since 2002, the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame has recognized more than 70 people who have made history in snowsports in our state. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor athletes, special contributors, and pioneers of Vermont skiing who promoted and/or contributed to the sport of skiing and riding in Vermont; to document the histories of Inductees in the Museum's collection; and to recognize their accomplishments through the Induction ceremony and the Hall of Fame exhibit. The Hall of Fame committee looks at candidates in three categories: Athletes, Pioneers, and Special Contributors.

The Induction Ceremony is at The Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe on November 2nd and is open to the public and usually sells out. Tickets are $95 and are availablehere. For more information about the Vermont Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame, visit www.vtssm.org. Sponsors include A.W. Hastings, Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic and The Lodge at Spruce Peak.

John Brodhead
John Brodhead skied four events at Vermont Academy ('62) - slalom, downhill, cross country and jumping, and raced at Middlebury College. In 1979 he began directing Craftsbury Outdoor Center's ski program. There he developed an extensive trail system and started numerous ski programs for youth and adults including the Bill Koch and summer training programs. He founded and organized the Craftsbury Marathon, one of the most popular ski marathons in the country. Today, winners of the Marathon are awarded the John Brodhead Award. Brodhead founded the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club in 1997, modeled on the Scandinavian multi-generational ski training design. For 38 years as Director of the COC, John touched the lives of countless skiers.

John "JG" Gerndt
After thirty-plus years serving a key role on Burton's hardgoods development team, JG's passion and hard work have planted seeds of innovation that have changed the way people enjoy snowboards around the globe. After landing a spot on the 1983 Burton team he was among the first generations of riders in the region, and helped define the culture and customs of this new approach to sliding on snow. He helped guide the first Burton factories in Europe, and then all over the world with the Burton Team as a tester and designer. He played a preeminent role in designing revolutionary surf-inspired boards, and built boards for legendary riders like Terje Haakonsen, Kelly Clark, Danny Davis, Red Gerard, Chloe Kim, along with fellow hall-of-famers Jake and Donna Carpenter, Jeff Brushie, and Ross Powers (to name a few). JG lives in Stowe, and still plays a leading role in Burton's product development, rides an average of 100 boards a year, and does all he can to keep the fire burning for the younger generations.

Jeff Hastings
From Norwich, VT, Hastings first made the National Ski Jumping Team while at Williams College. After successful finishes at the 1983 World Cup in Lake Placid he qualified for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia where he placed fourth. A mere 1.7 points from bronze - his result has remained the best American Olympic ski jumping finish since Anders Haugen at the inaugural games, sixty years earlier. Hasting has served as a ski jumping TV analyst for every Winter Game since 1988. In 2009 he worked with other jumpers to found USA Ski Jumping, now USA Nordic Sports. He started the "Story Project" which solicits stories from jumpers past, present and future, which now archives 200 stories.

Doug Lewis
Doug Lewis, encouraged by his mother who was a ski instructor at Middlebury Snow Bowl, was on skis by the age of three. By age ten he was hooked on ski racing and had already set his sights on the Olympics. He went on to become a two-time U.S. National Champion ('86), a two-time member the U.S. World Championship team and became the first American male ever to win a medal in the downhill at the World Championships, and a two-time Olympian ('84, '88). He has continued as a tireless advocate for skiing and ski racing and is actively involved in every level of the ski industry as a broadcaster, TV host, ski celebrity, motivational speaker, product consultant, spokesperson, journalist, coach and fitness trainer. For over 25 years, he has run ELITEAM camps and clinics, designed to inspire and educate young ski racers. He's a former Green Mountain Valley School ski academy student.

Ann "Nosedive Annie" Bonfoey Taylor (1910-2007)
Ever the sportswoman, Ann Bonfoey Taylor competed at Wimbledon before starting her ski racing career. While living and racing in Stowe, she acquired the nickname, "Nosedive Annie" and became an alternate to the 1940 Olympic Ski Team. She had a colorful and illustrious life in skiing and fashion. She designed ski apparel, which was featured in Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and Life and sold in her 'Ann Cooke' shop in Stowe and at Lord & Taylor in New York. She was married to ski pioneer J. Negley Cooke before marrying Vernon "Moose" Taylor in 1947. As one of the founders of Vail, the couple built one of the first ski chalets there. Her extensive couture clothing collection was donated to the Phoenix Museum of Art after she passed away.

Peggy Shinn - Paul Robbins Award
Peggy Shinn of Rutland, grew up and learned to ski in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom and began writing about the sport in 1997. She began by covering local skiing for the Rutland Herald and soon was contributing to just about every ski publication in North America, including Ski Racing, Skiing, SKI, and Ski Press, as well as several other newspapers and websites. In 2008, she became a founding writer for TeamUSA.org and since then, has covered five Olympic Games. In 2018, two weeks after Shinn's book, World Class: The Making of the U.S. Women's Cross-Country Ski Team, hit the shelves, Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins won the first U.S. Olympic gold medal in cross-country skiing. The book chronicles the history of women's Nordic skiing in the U.S. and how the women built a team that could compete on the world stage. The Paul Robbins Award is given in honor of ski journalist Paul Robbins for excellence in snow sports writing.

Tim Kelley - First Tracks Award
Despite an injury-riddled alpine racing career, former U.S. National Team member, and UVM collegiate racer, Tim Kelley has made the most of his skiing career. After being dropped from the National Team in 2010 and undergoing multiple surgeries, Kelley was determined to re-enter the international scene. With his brother Robby and others, he pioneered a path to continue competing at an elite level, despite not having National Team support, by founding "Redneck Racing". He was re-named to the National Team and had his best World Cup results in 2016 before retiring, undergoing another surgery, and finishing at UVM. He continues to inspire and motivate young skiers with his energy and competitive integrity, and by playing an active role at Cochran's Ski Area with the maintenance, grooming and mowing of the ski and mountain bike trail systems. As a member of the renowned Cochran ski racing family, he serves on the Board of Cochran's Ski Area and strives to promote the ski area's mission "to provide area youth and families with affordable skiing and snowboarding, lessons and race training, in the Cochran tradition." Kelley volunteers with Vermont Special Olympics and as the Pace Biker for the Hand Cyclists at the Burlington Marathon. The First Tracks Award is presented to a skier or snowboarder under 35 who is making a difference by contributing and enriching skiing or snowboarding in Vermont and/or beyond. Awardees will serve to provide models for future generations to emulate. It is given in honor of former VTSSM Board Member and lifelong skier Ian Graddock who passed away at 35. 


Thunder Road Announces 2019 Schedule of Events

Thunder Road will celebrate its 60th season of racing with a 19-event schedule that includes many fan favorites. (Alan Ward photo)>>

Barre, VT – Thunder Road has officially released the 2019 racing schedule for the 60th season of competition at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement”. The 19-event season includes many events the track is known for along with new additions that promise even more thrills.

As has been tradition for much of the past two decades, Thunder Road will open its season with the 21st Community Bank N.A. 150 on Sunday, April 28. The Downtown Barre Car Show will be held the day before on Saturday, April 27 followed by an open practice for all divisions.

The Community Bank N.A. 150 will once again be the first of two visits for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) as they take on Thunder Road’s weekly Maplewood/Irving Late Model stars. The ACT Late Model Tour returns on Sunday, September 1 for the 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200.

The biggest change to the 2019 schedule is when and how the champions are decided. A special Championship Night on Saturday, September 14 will crown champions for the Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks. The event also features the “Rumble in the Quarry 125” for tour-type Modifieds and the “Rumble in the Quarry 35” for the U.S. Legend Cars. More details on both races will be announced at a later date.

Between Opening Day and Championship Night, a slew of events will showcase the best short track racers in the region. The 57th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 26 kicks off the championship season for the Thunder Road Late Models. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models will also be on hand for 150 laps in their first of two visits in 2019.

Weekly racing will once again open with a special Friday night event on June 7. Capitol City Auto Mart Night includes the opener of the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series for the Flying Tigers along with the annual Kids Rides. Rounds two and three of the Triple Crown will be Thursday, July 11 on Consolidated Communications Night and Thursday, August 8 on Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night.

The Thursday night racing season begins June 13 with Casella Waste Management Night and the New England Antique Racers. The summer will feature many events familiar to Thunder Road fans, including the Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular on Thursday, July 4; the VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup on Thursday, July 18; the Mid-Season Championships on Thursday, July 25; and the Bolduc Metal Recycling Enduro 200 and Street Stock Special on Sunday, August 4. Thursday racing concludes with Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night on Thursday, August 23 featuring the annual Run-What-U-Brung spectator races.

After Championship Night, attention turns to Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend. The season finale returns to a two-day racing format in 2019. Saturday, September 28 is Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day along with the 150-lap PASS Super Late Model event that was held on Friday in 2018. The Thunder Road racing season wraps up on Sunday, September 29 with the 57th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank.

The Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors will return to Thunder Road in 2019 with a 10-event schedule. These dates will be available at https://www.thunderroadvt.com/schedule/.

Thunder Road has also released the Late Models along with license application forms, team registration forms, and season pass order forms. These forms are all available at www.thunderroadvt.com and at the Thunder Road offices in Waterbury. The rules for the Flying Tigers, Street Stocks, and Road Warriors are expected to be finalized by the end of November.

For more information on the 2019 racing season, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2019 Thunder Road Schedule of Events

# DAY DATE TIME EVENT

-- Sat Apr 27 9:00am Downtown Barre Car Show & Practice Session

1 Sun Apr 28 1:30pm 21st Community Bank N.A. 150 – ACT Late Model Tour

2 Sun May 6 1:30pm 57th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 – PASS 150

3 Fri Jun 7 7:00pm Capital City Auto Mart Night – Flying Tiger Triple Crown #1 and Kid’s Rides

4 Thu Jun 13 7:00pm Casella Waste Management Night – New England Antique Racers

5 Thu Jun 20 7:00pm North Country Federal Credit Union – Scout Night

6 Thu Jun 27 7:00pm Community College of Vermont Night – Vermont Brewer’s Cup

7 Thu Jul 4 7:00pm Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular/Fireworks

8 Thu Jul 11 7:00pm Consolidated Communications Night – Flying Tiger Triple Crown #2

9 Thu Jul 18 6:30pm 40th VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup 150

10 Thu Jul 25 7:00pm Mid-Season Championships – Driver Autographs

11 Thu Aug 1 7:00pm WDEV Radio/Calkins Portable Toilets

12 Sun Aug 4 6:00pm 35th Bolduc Metal Recycling Enduro 200 & Street Stock Special

13 Thu Aug 8 7:00pm Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night – Flying Tiger Triple Crown #3

14 Thu Aug 15 7:00pm Vermont Tire & Service Night

15 Thu Aug 22 7:00pm Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night – Run What-U-Brung

16 Sun Sep 1 1:00pm 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200 – ACT Late Model Tour

17 Sat Sep 14 4:00pm Championship Night – all track champions crowned

plus Rumble at the Quarry 125 for tour-type Modifieds

& Rumble in the Quarry 35 for U.S. Legend Cars – details TBA

18 Sat Sep 28 1:00pm Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day & PASS 150

19 Sun Sep 29 1:00pm 57th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank

Schedule subject to change

 
ACT Releases 10-Race Schedule for 2019 Season

American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have announced the 2019 schedule for the ACT Late Model Tour. The 10-race series with be held at six tracks throughout the northeastern United States and the Canadian province of Quebec.

ACT will be part of the season-opener for three different race tracks, helping all them bring on the new year with a bang. Other highlights include a number of big-money races and the return of one of ACT’s most historic events.

The 28th ACT Late Model Tour season begins at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, April 14. The 150-lap event is the first on the Oxford racing calendar and will be a doubleheader with the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models. ACT then heads to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl on Sunday, April 28 to open the Vermont racing season with the 21st Community Bank N.A. 150. Both events will include an optional practice day the Saturday before the event.

A third track gets the season-opening treatment when ACT travels to N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park for the Spring Green 119 on Saturday, May 11. The 44th running of the Spring Green marks its comeback after a one-year absence.

The month of June will be the busiest one for ACT with the three races on tap. The trio of events includes two tracks returning to the ACT schedule and one that will play an expanded role in 2019.

For the first event in June, ACT goes north of the border to Vallée-Jct., QC’s Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, June 1. The Chaudiere 150 will be the second point-counting ACT Late Model Tour event ever held at the ¼-mile oval and first since 2015.

The middle leg of the month is a 75-lapper at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway on Saturday, June 15, which is the first of two events scheduled at the track. It also marks the official halfway point of the season. The final event in June is the Star 150 at Epping, NH’s Star Speedway on Saturday, June 29. It is the first visit by ACT to Star since 2013.

After taking the month of July off, ACT will be back in a big way on Saturday, August 3 with the $10,000-to-win Midsummer 250 at White Mountain Motorsports Park. The event made its debut this past September as part of the track’s 25th anniversary celebration. It has now been moved to early August and added to the ACT schedule. Later in the month, ACT will return to Oxford Plains Speedway with a 150-lap event on Saturday, August 24 as part of Oxford 250 Weekend.

The final two events of the season have become ACT staples in recent years. The Tour makes its second visit to Thunder Road on Sunday, September 1 for the 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200. ACT will once again crown its champion in the World Series 75 at Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 12 as part of the World Series of Speedway racing.

In addition to 10 point-counting races, there will also be two non-point events sanctioned by ACT: the Bacon Bowl 200 at Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, August 17 and the 57th Vermont Milk Bowl on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. The Bacon Bowl will pay $10,000 CAD to win while the Milk Bowl winner will receive a minimum of $10,000 USD.

“We’re very happy with the schedule we were able to put together,” ACT co-owner Cris Michaud said. “We think 10 point-counting races is about right at this time, and we’ve given teams some options if they want to do more than that. There are also three $10,000-to-win events we’re sanctioning, which rewards teams for the time and effort they put into supporting us. We’re looking forward to getting the season underway next April.”

ACT rules, license applications, and team registration forms for the 2019 season are also now available at www.acttour.com. For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2019 ACT Late Model Tour Schedule of Events

# DAY DATE EVENT TRACK LOCATION

1 Sun Apr 14 Oxford Plains 150 Oxford Plains Speedway Oxford, ME

2 Sun Apr 28 Community Bank N.A. 150 Thunder Road Speedbowl Barre, VT

3 Sat May 11 Spring Green 119 White Mtn. Motorsports Park N. Woodstock, NH

4 Sat Jun 1 Chaudiere 150 Autodrome Chaudiere Vallée-Jct., QC

5 Sat Jun 15 Thompson 75 Thompson Speedway Thompson, CT

6 Sat Jun 29 Star 150 Star Speedway Epping, NH

7 Sat Aug 3 Midsummer 250 White Mtn Motorsports Park N. Woodstock, NH

*** Sat Aug 17 Bacon Bowl 200 Autodrome Chaudiere Vallée-Jct., QC

8 Sat Aug 24 Oxford Plains 150 Oxford Plains Speedway Oxford, ME

9 Sun Sep 1 Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200 Thunder Road Speedbowl Barre, VT

*** Sat/Sun Sep 28/29 57th Vermont Milk Bowl Thunder Road Speedbowl Barre, VT

10 Sat Oct 12 World Series 75 Thompson Speedway Thompson, CT

Schedule subject to change

 
 
 
 
 
 

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