Ghost Tracks

Discussion in 'Other Racing' started by Digger, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. Digger
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    Let's try something new here at the racing forums.

    Post some pictures and stories about abandoned, demolished and shut down tracks near you.

    I'll start.

    I went out to Aquasco Speedway, the old dragstrip in the heart of Southern Maryland, earlier this year and snapped these photos:

    http://photos.somd.com/showgallery.php/ppuser/6302/cat/500
  2. VaDirt
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    VaDirt Dirt Track Fanatic

    I don't have any yet, but I'm stopping by Southampton Motor Speedway on the way to NC next week, I'll take some pictures.
  3. SST55
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    Charlestown Dragway, Charlestown RI. Many a Sunday morning I'd ride my bike there. That's where Tasca Ford got started with Billy Lawton driving the classic 777 Thunderbolt Fairlane. Pioneers in the A/FX class that morphed then split into the Pro Stock and Funny car classes. I got to know Billy later in life, he passed away around 10 years ago. The Dragway used the runway of the old Charlestown Naval station which is now a "open space" park.

    Kingstown fairgrounds (dirt), Norwood arena, Lonsdale are all gone, houses built there. Riverside park in Mass went belly up 8-10 years ago. A Six Flags is there now.

    I did find this site, never knew it was here.

    http://www.norwoodarena.com/Museum/Museum-Home.html

    Check out the links on this page!!!

    http://www.norwoodarena.com/Home/Home.html
  4. VaDirt
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    VaDirt Dirt Track Fanatic


    Neat stuff, thanks! Dick Bergren's name on the 181 car. Co-driver?
  5. SST55
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    The #3 Ol' Blue was a Lenny Boehler car. It was driven by Bugsy Stevens who was in the Navy at the time. His real name was Carl Berghman and the Navy took a dim view of him racing. Rumor is he was ordered not too, dunno if it's true or not. So, being the resourceful racer he was he simply made up a name to race under, Bugsy Stevens was born.
    I remember Fred DeSarro's accident, he lived 10 miles from me, nice guy.

    http://www.breracing.com/lb-article-oct05.htm

    I live here and I'm finding so much stuff, the memories, good and bad coming back.
  6. VaDirt
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    VaDirt Dirt Track Fanatic

    Memories. That's what happens every time I visit the web site. Vallejo Speedway was my very first track until it closed in 79. This track means more to me than any other anywhere.

    http://vallejospeedwayhardtops.homestead.com/
  7. tkj24
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    NORTH WILKSBORO SPEEDWAY

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  8. Digger
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    This is a neat site about North Wilkesboro.​


    Another old track our way is Marlboro Motor Raceway. It's where Roger Penske got his start. I'm going to go there this winter and do a story.​

    It was an oval turned road course.​


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    There are no ground level pictures of what is left (mine will be the first) - but it's viewable from Windows Live Local. Just south of Route 4 (Pennsylvania Ave.) and where it intersects with 301 in Upper Marlboro, MD. They have Bird's Eye imagery.
  9. VaDirt
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    OK, on my way to Charlotte this weekend, I stopped by the old (or not so old) Southampton Motor Speedway. I really don't know the story behind this track being closed, nor do I know how long it's been closed or even when it opened. The only thing I know for sure is that it was a dirt track at one time, as I saw a dirt late model race there in 92 or 93. Not sure when they paved it though.

    I can tell you that it has to have been sometime after 2001 when it closed though, since they had "freedom fries" at the concession stand. This track really doesn't look like it would take a whole lot of work to get it up and running again.

    Got to www.luvracin.com, and it's the first link on the Virgnia Racing Photos page.

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