Some of the men I remember are John "Bud" Van Wyen, His Father John of West Sayville.
Bud Van Wyen, the unofficial "Mayor of West Sayville," stands in front of his service station in West Sayville. The station was located where the West Sayville firehouse parking lot is. After Bud's death, the building was moved to the northeast corner of Lincoln Avenue and Montauk Highway, in the shopping center parking lot, where it is used as the Chamber of Commerce Information Center. Undated photograph from the collection of Sayville Library.
Walt Worthington from Riverhead and I am definitely prejudice when I say Bob Doucett from Greenport who gave his all for 27 years on the Department before his passing in 1961
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Mike St.Louis - Northern New York Pres., driver, butter, Thrower Lpfd Panthers Lorance Torrance - Nozzleman Lpfd panthers Roger Davis- Official, Drill team Member Norfolk Snails Sandy Roberts -Northern New York Pres., Driver Louisville Turtles Jim Henry - Norther New York Pres. , State pres., Area Rep. Driver Copenhagan Cubs Angelo " Monk " Massago Northern New York Area Rep, Deerfield Hosebusters Member Tony D.- Driver , Deerfiled Hosebusters
Just a few of the guys that i looked up to over the years and always made this sport i love fun and always gave 100% to make it better each time we are on the track!
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" If i have to explain it to you .... you wouldn't understand "
Beaver, some of those guys definately belong in a NNY hall o fame, however there are a few I cant agree with, while they are great guys, I'm not sure what some of them on the list have really done above and beyond just "being around" for a long time.
Who are some of our best climbers, nozzlemen, hydrant men etc...? Jay, Stevie and Lyle, but who else?
Who are the guys from Deerfield that brought the first B-truck to Northern?
Who are the guys on some of the other multiple NNY championship teams that helped win all those times? Dexter, copenhagen, Louisville, Clayton etc...
Who are some of the record holders or teams that took points at states?
This could be a cool thread, lets get some northern history on here.
Post by Mean Willy on Aug 29, 2008 19:20:25 GMT -5
How about Jake and Robin Parris from Patchoque, Staney Thuma, Warren Horst, Kenny VanEssendelft, Gary Schaum. Bob and Mike Marra from West Sayville, Howie Reeve and Bob Vidal from Sayville, Ray Reilly from Bayport, BoBo from Bohemia. Just a few from eastern/central Suffolk County.
1976 Illion, 4th (tie) 3-man (already mentioned in earlier post)
From this State history alone it seems clear that the NNY HofF needs to be expanded beyond the 90-00's and back a few decades when northern teams really competed!! Several of the guys from Holland Patent certainly deserve mention! Many of the guys from the 60-70's ran for broke, practiced a couple times a week, lived and sweat racing!!
Post by formercubbie on Aug 18, 2009 11:19:27 GMT -5
Good catch NNYfan - reinforces my opinion that Holland Patent deserves some props!! I think we need some input from some of the 'older' guys from the north - most of what has been said is the new generation stuff. Like you point out, Lyle Sr. was an institution in Louisville. Bill Lortie was a LONG term hydrant man in Copenhagen. Guys from those days didn't just come and go, they were around and running year after year!