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  • #8734
    dino
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    THIS IS why I like what this Website has evolved to ,Got this e-mail from Ron’s Daughter :

    Hi Dino,
    I am the daughter of Ron Dollinger (who passed in 1980). He owned Speed Parts Center and Bob LaRegina drove for him. I remember the Dover drag strip well for a little kid, I experienced it all standing right there next to the car as they smoked the tires, racing down the strip after the car to bring it back and walking around the pits. I am looking for photos or video clips of my dad or his AA Altered or of his friend, Ralph Feola, who raced a corvette.

    I love what you did with the dover web site and was very glad to find it.


    Sincerely,
    Diane (Dollinger) Paone

    [Diane asked me to post her E-Mail address , If you Knew Ron .
    Seems she’s quite the accomplished creative person….judging by her website:
    http://www.dianepaone.com AND she’s on the forum. Click on ‘dpaone’ user name to e-mail or private message !]….Any photo help here Guys?..I’ll hit the ODF gallery for some………edit-dino

    diane@dianepaone.com


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    #12453
    dpaone
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    Thanks for posting this Dino!

    It is a wonderful feeling you get when you help others. You are sowing something wonderful here with this website and I hope you continue to reap great rewards.

    I am planning a tribute web site for my father which is why I am reaching out to collect photos, video and other memories. I welcome hearing from anyone who has a connection to Ronnie. The web address is SpeedPartsCenter.com or RonDollinger.com. There is nothing there yet (as of 9-7-08) but I will have something there soon if only a photo and short blurb until I can obtain a substantial amount of information to do something really nice.

    I can’t tell from this size photo you posted, but I think that is Bob LaRegina driving.

    -Diane

    #13152
    dino
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    Thought Diane would appreciate this Great Terry O’Shea shot from the ODF Gallery……………………


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    #13982
    cullyflower
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    Here is a photo that I have I think it was taken at Maple Grove Dragway in Pa. Who is the guy standing
    behind the car in the first picture here and in my photo?

    Edit-Dino: Resized Your photo ..you got the whole scanner bed With the photo AND THAT GUY STANDING (behind car) IN YOUR PHOTO IS Bobby LaRegina…in the first color shot …who knows ?…maybe Al the Starter?


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    #14002
    cullyflower
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    Hi Dino Thanks for fixing this up for me. This was my first attempt at sending a photo. This is just
    the start though and I have enough photos to become a real pro at doing this or else being a real pain
    to you if you have to fix them all. Thanks Charlie

    #14016
    dino
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    Always looking for More Dover Photos…helps us “piece” together” history. IF you want -pack em’ up -send them ..we can scan -edit and send right back.

    #14069
    anthony-terenzio
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    quote cullyflower:

    Here is a photo that I have I think it was taken at Maple Grove Dragway in Pa. Who is the guy standing
    behind the car in the first picture here and in my photo?

    Edit-Dino: Resized Your photo ..you got the whole scanner bed With the photo AND THAT GUY STANDING (behind car) IN YOUR PHOTO IS Bobby LaRegina…in the first color shot …who knows ?…maybe Al the Starter?

    reply for 1st quote / from the profile it looks like my brother Gene on the starting line at dover

    #14070
    dino
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    Your’e RIGHT ….look at that nose !

    #14085
    masracingtd1167
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    HI Billy Masiello here. I knew Ron very well spent a lot of late nights working on my motors at speed parts center Bob Laragina and Billy Casey were always there sure learned a lot from those guys .there are some pictures of Ron in the Terry O shea collection. they were taken at the Berkshire Lodge at end of year party.Bobby L was a partner with Ron for a long time he knew Ron better than anybody .

    #36636
    yonkersbrad
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    anyone remember a guy named GARY PIERCE who used to lend a hand around ronnie’s shop….?? he worked the night shift over at AT&T in white plains and hand out during the day at ronnies place…i worked the day shift at he phone company and we used to cross paths…..

    #36640
    paul-ceasrine
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    Yonkersbrad,

    Gary Pierce………..Hatch’s All American……….Washingston Street, Peekskill, New York

    Gary ran his brown 1957 ‘Handyman Special’ 283/220 HP in N/SA and O/SA.

    #36669
    yonkersbrad
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    thanks…..remember gary being a good guy and dedicated racer…………..

    #36670
    yonkersbrad
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    wonder if hatch’s is now rons service station @ 120 washington st in peekskill..??

    #36672
    dino
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    Bobby S. might know.

    #36675
    paul-ceasrine
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    Yonkersbrad,

    Hatch’s All-Amercan was originally an Amoco Gas Station/Service Center, at 120 Washington Street.

    Photo of Gary Pierce’s 1957 Sedan Delivery……… in the Speed Shops From Dover’s Past thread.

    Check out Speed Parts Center (on Page 1)

    Gary ran in N/SA in 1968, and O/SA in 1969, and P/SA in 1970.

    14.80’s. A very nice 283/220 HP ‘Handyman Special’.

    A good article about Gary and his car, in either Super/Stock and Drag Illustrated or Hi Performance Car.
    About how he put it together on a budget of $2500 for the 1968 season.

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