before has a national publication featured a collection of photos of
the Northeast’s favorite stock car racing’s division – the modifieds.
The author brings together photos and text of the region’s
best-loved drivers and their cars, as well as the “also-rans,”
during the ‘60s and ‘70s when modifieds were built in backyards by
local mechanics utilizing junkyard parts, no two cars looked alike,
and there were so many tracks to race at. See them now as they were!
The author, Steven Kennedy, grew up in Plainville, CT, in the 1960s.
Plainville was home to the Plainville Stadium, a quarter mile flat
asphalt track that featured modifieds as the main division.
Kennedy began attending races with his dad in 1970, and began
shooting photos later that year with a Kodak Brownie instamatic box
camera. He also began the habit of collecting photos the same year,
buying photos from the track photographer Phil Hoyt. Kennedy
eventually got his first 35 mm camera in 1973, and began traveling
to other Connecticut race tracks that featured the modifieds, like
Thompson and Stafford Speedways.
He began writing for the magazine Prospeed Revue during that time,
then took a job at the Waterford Speedbowl as the track
photographer, a position he held until 1982, when he began a career
as a professional artist.
He still shoots at the Waterford Speedbowl for Racedog photography’s
Keith Cyr and the track, and also contributes to the NJ based weekly
racing paper Area Auto Racing News. Over the years he’s freelanced
to many racing publications such as Trackside, Shorttrack and New
England Speedway Scene.
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