Top Photo: 1969?
Second Photo: 1969?
Third Photo: 1969 or so.
Fourth Photo: 1974
Fifth Photo: 1972
Sixth Photo: 196?
Seventh Photo: 1972
Eighth Photo: Mid 70's
Nineth Photo: Early 70’s
|Driver: Dave “Zeke” Pelczar #54 and #24P|
Top: Bobby Ely
Photo Two: Anonymous
Photo Three: Terry Pelczar
Photo Four: Terry Pelczar
Photo Five: Terry Pelczar
Photo Six Terry Pelczar
Photo Seven: Terry Pelczar
Photo Eight: Hotrod
Photo Nine: Arnie Ainsworth
Top: Chuck Ely
Photo Two: Unknown
Photo Three: Wishes he knew
Photo Four: Ely Photo
Photo Five: Ely Photo
Photo Six: Unknown
Photo Seven: Unknown
Photo Eight: Ely Photo
Photo Nine: Unknown
The Back Story:
Top Photo was Mystery Drivers #6 and #7 with Dave driving the #54
The cars 24P and 24J driven by Pelczar &
Jelley were team cars owned by Bahre that ran together thru the mid
seventies starting in 73. The 24P was originally built by Gerald
Chamberlain who sold it to Will Cagle. Shortly after the car was
then sold to Henry Bahre along with the 24J which was supposed to
have been a copy built by Cagle of the original Chamberlain car
except for the second side window. Henry even hired Chamberlain to
come up and help tweak the 24P back to it's original state as Cagle
had made a few changes. They went so far as to even rent Lebanon for
a few days during the work week so both Dave and Gerald could work
together on setting the car up. Chamberlain won the Valley 200 in 72
with the car as # 76. The following year Dave Pelczar ran it as 24A
and came very close to winning the 200 himself in 74. Dave was
running second with the late Dick Tobias third with just a handful
of laps left when the engine expired. Tobias blew up a couple of
laps later and after catching up with Dave the following week at
Middletown would push the point that he knew if neither of them had
blown up that they would have finished first and second respectably
knowing they were both holding back in an attempt to save their
engines for the last couple of laps. Tobias was pretty confident and
felt that even thou He couldn't get around Dave at the same time
felt that the both of them could get around the leader. I think they
were chasing Rene Charland who held on to win.
There is nothing more than we appreciate here at LVC, than having a family member, or actual former Valley competitor, submit and share photos and information regarding their time spent on the hollowed grounds we call the High Banks.
After having Zeke Pelczar in the background of one of our Mystery drivers of the week, Dave Pelczar’s son Terry piped in about the pictures we had of his father, correcting a few fine details. After some prodding, Terry supplied us with a bevy of fantastic personal pictures and info from the glory days of his Dad’s tenure at LV , Fonda and Syracuse.
This is his first installment of many more to come, personal, fantastic pictures from the old days that will make you say, “oh wow, I forgot about that car/paint scheme, with a little background of each car.
The car pictured here Terry said this car was his all time favorite, as quoted below:
I'm not sure who took the shot from Middletown of #54 but it is one of my personal favorites. You can't beat the James Dean look from the day. I think it was around 69 or so. Notice the extra large fuel tank needed when they were running injection for the open shows
Dave’s boy Terry added this great photo of the Bahre owned 24 with the proud crew posing in front before the evening festivities get into full swing. Terry noted a young crew member in Barry Cone pictured in the photo (to the left), wrenching for fellow CT runner Pelczar before embarking own his own successful Modified career.
No one guessed Dave in the Mystery Driver game.
Eric Johnson found errors with the info provided to us and it was corrected. Thanks Eric.
And thank you Terry. Good stuff.
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