Raymond “Hully” Bunn of Bristol, CT,
built his first racecar, a ’37 Ford Coupe, in 1949. Beginning at the
Plainville Stadium, he soon was competing all over New England.
While he drove his own equipment in the early part of his career, he
later drove for many owners, including Johnny Ross, John Melnick,
and Steve Danish.
He began to compete outside New
England, traveling to Tampa, Florida and Bainbridge, Ohio, as well
as down the East coast into Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where he
continued to be a frequent winner.
“Those were fun days”, says Hully.
“You could build a car for $1000, and most features paid at least
$300 or $400 to win. Langhorne paid $1000, so you could really make
a living at it back then.”
In 1951, driving the #X coupe,
Bunn beat out over 100 cars to win the Inaugural Race of Champions,
a 100 mile race at Langhorne, PA. He returned to Langhorne in the
spring of’51, when he took the same car to victory lane, after
battling a field of 60 modifieds. Hully also has the distinction of
winning the inaugural race at Lebanon Valley.
Hully retired in 1965, following a
crash at Lebanon Valley, in a 100 lap Sunday Night Open Competition
race. “A kid went into the turn with no brakes, rolled me over”,
remembers Hully. “It hurt my shoulder….It still bothers me today. I
had a machine shop to run, and kids at home, so I decided it was
time to retire.”