Former Speedbowl Car Owner Gaudreau Dies
WATERFORD, Conn. – Al Gaudrea, who owned one of the most successful race teams in the history of Waterford Speedbowl, died on Saturday at the age of 70.
Al, affectionately known as “Buddha” by the racing community, along with his wife Margaret “Peg” Gaudreau, owned modifieds during the 1970’s with Dick Dunn behind the wheel. Their No. 3 car became widely known across the northeast as “Buddha’s Bullet.” The combination won five consecutive modified division owner’s titles at the Speedbowl from 1972-1976 and more races than anyone during the decade.
In the 1990’s Gaudreau and his son Tommy competed in the late-model division. Tommy, along with drivers such as Tom Fox, piloted the car to numerous victories and championships. In recent years Gaudreau enjoyed his son’s drag racing efforts at the track on Friday nights.
Gaudreau made numerous lifelong friendships through racing with some of the sport’s biggest names such as Richie Evans and Ed Flemke, as well as many others. Gaudreau’s race teams were among the Speedbowl’s most well respected of all-time in addition to being extremely competitive.
“Our deepest sympathies are with Peg in addition to Al’s family and friends,” Speedbowl owner Terry Eames said. “Al was part of the fabric of the Speedbowl for decades and he will be sorely missed by us all.”