Although these photos are not Modifieds, these cars and drivers were a big part of North East Racing History. Many drivers who started in the Open Wheelers were also Modified Stars, such as Dave Humphreys the 1st Waterford Speedbowl Modified Champion and Ted Tappet the 1st Riverside Park Speedway Modified Champion. Some Modified Drivers would drive both when the opportunity arose, such as Gene Bergin. Some of the early Modified Drivers ended up leaving a big mark on in the open wheelers such as Joe Csiki and Denny Zimmerman, an Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.
I'm sure most will remember some of these names when they made the yearly visits to you local track in the 50's and 60's.
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