“Hardluck” Hanaford began racing on the ice in 1947. He went on to
compete in flathead powered fords throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. A
staunch supporter of the ’32 Ford, Hanaford switched to a Dodge to race at
the Plymouth Fairgrounds, a track 5 miles from his home, where they plowed
the track and raced right through the winter.
In 1966, as a Thunder Road champion, he took a 59 Pontiac, with an engine he’d built himself, to Daytona. “Being a track champion, they paid me ten cents a mile to tow down, and $300 to take the green”, Harold recalls. “I think the total check was about $800.”
Hardluck Hanaford can still be found wheeling his familiar purple #30, a 1932 Ford flathead powered coupe, when NEAR rolls into Thunder Road every June.