A History of
Auto Racing in New England
- A Project of the North East
Motor Sports Museum
never been a book like this one, a carefully researched and written
biography of automobile racing in New England.
A History of Auto Racing in New England celebrates the
colorful past of racing cars in the six states on road courses, up
mountains, along the ocean’s beaches, around dirt and paved ovals,
and down strips of concrete and asphalt.
More than the cars, we
have focused on the people who drove them and those who created the
stages on which the drivers exhibited their courage and their skill.
The early races that make up much of the book were profoundly
dangerous; participation required abnormal courage. As we celebrate
the winners, we mourn with the families and friends of those who
paid racing’s ultimate price.
A few have become
wealthy beyond their wildest dreams through New England racing. The
majority have participated for the love of going fast, the joy of
turning wrenches while looking for more speed or better handling or
to hear the cheers of the crowd following a winning Saturday night
or Sunday afternoon.
Go inside this book’s
covers to discover how racing in New England has made so many lives
more thrilling and fulfilling – and in ways that could never happen
Proceeds benefit NEMSM.
Hard cover, 400+ B&W photos, 304 pages.
by Joyce Standridge
and Terry Young
For 40 years, between the first thaw and the final frost,
thousands converged at the corner of Clear Lake and Dirksen Parkway
in Springfield, Illinois, to bask in the throaty roar of racing
Springfield Speedway became legendary among racers
as the toughest, fastest little bullring imaginable.
a comprehensive photo journey through the years.
148 pages, 431 B&W photos.
RED CLAY AND DUST:
The Evolution of Southern Dirt Racing
Gary L Parker
A history of automobile racing on
dirt tracks in the southern United States.
The book focuses
on the first dirt cars of the late 1950s, the "Late Models," the
"Super Late Models," and on the dirt tracks and series.
Included are short biographies of 25 famous drivers, with 92
Soft cover, 182 pages.
GUIDE TO NORTHERN
& CENTRAL CALIFORNIA RACEWAYS
Dirt to Pavement: 38 Active
Ovals, Drag Strips
& Road Courses
Photography and text by Saroyan Humphrey
Foreword by Kyle Larson
visually striking guidebook featuring 38 active raceways in one of
the most diverse and competitive regions of the United States –
California, from north of the Grapevine Pass to the Oregon border.
The unique character of each track comes to life in over 250
color photographs. The text outlines each track’s current activities
with interesting facts, quotes and historical highlights.
timeline also gives a brief account of the history of motorsports in
Northern and Central California.
Soft cover, 430 pages.
Stock Car Racing in the
Pictures and Memories
From Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania
by Ford Easton
car racing truly came into its own in the 1950s. At the end of the
War, the economy rebounded, and junkyards were filling up with
worn-out cars as people started to invest in new ones to replace
A very competitive stock car
could be purchased at the junkyard for $25 and with another $75, a
clever builder could make it race ready. Teams of weekend warriors
could compete head to head against well-funded, highly trained teams
and have a real shot at winning.
It was a perfect
combination: knowledgeable mechanics and fearless drivers in cars
that the public recognized from their daily life. These men and
women entertained, awed, and inspired a generation of "motor heads"
and race fans.
This book, which includes 48 tracks in
Western New York and Northwest Pennsylvania, is a tribute to the
drivers and other figures who shaped stock car racing in that region
in the 1950s.
Soft cover, 230 pages, B&W photos.
Only a few copies left before permanently
out of print!
Retrospective Pictorial, Volume 2
Eddie Roche, ISC’s historian, put together an
incredible pictorial of Florida racing history from the 1930s to the
present day (2002). It includes over 825 drivers and 1350 photos on
good, glossy stock. There are images of every kind of race car
imaginable, still shots and action – coupes, late models, modifieds,
and the infamous “skeeter” cars. Also includes great shots of
drivers from the North who visited Florida tracks during the off
Soft Cover, 208 pages, b&w photography.
Going permanently out of print! When
these are gone there will be no more. Price: $39.95.
MEMORIES OF THE CALIFORNIA JALOPY ASSOCIATION
by Thomas D. Luce
MEMORIES is an extraordinary book covering the
West Coast jalopy era of the fifties and
early sixties. The
racing, featuring mostly 1932-’34 Ford coupes and coaches, was
national television from Gardena Stadium.
Drivers included the likes of
Parnelli Jones, “Lover Boy” Bob Hogle, and Art Atkinson.
This soft-cover, glossy volume
has lots of history and is crammed with over 1,550 incredible period
Soft cover, 288 pages, black and white
Bristol Motor Speedway
by David McGee
known as the "World's Fastest Half-Mile."
For fifty years
and counting, Bristol Motor Speedway has been home to some of the
most exciting moments in NASCAR, and the track's history is nearly
as exciting as the legendary races it has held.
beginnings, Bristol Motor Speedway grew to become one of the largest
sporting coliseums in the world, with seating for 160,000.
Join author and veteran speedway insider David McGee as he goes
behind the scenes to offer a collection of stories that will
surprise even the most dedicated fans.
never-before-published photos from the entire history of the track,
Tales of Bristol Motor Speedway is a book no racing fan
should be without.
Soft cover, 16-page color photo insert,
England's Golden Years of Racing: Their History
and a Glimpse into the Future
by W. Gauvin Barber
Can you imagine driving a 1,200-horsepower, 900-pound winged
World of Outlaws Sprint Car, most of the time up on three wheels,
kicking up dirt on every turn?
In New England's Golden
Years of Racing, Barber brings the history of short-track
racing to life even as he highlights the exciting future of this
adrenaline-fueled sport. The book offers a detailed focus on
Thompson Speedway, which has attracted many of racing's biggest
names in the northeast to race on the 5/8 mile track including two
of the greatest all-time NASCAR drivers, Richard Petty and David
Barber also provides in-depth analysis of female
race car drivers, past and present. Read about pioneer Louise Smith
who couldn’t make it as a nurse, a beautician or a pilot but finally
found her calling as a race car driver from 1949 through 1956.
Become a fan of Shelly Perry, a modern race car driver who became
Thompson Speedway s first female winner and the first female Weekly
Track Champion. Barber shares these stories with the hope of
inspiring just one more lady to join the ranks of short track racing
at any level and to provide recognition to the fearless drivers and
sponsors that make it all possible for future generations to enjoy
and be a part of short track racing history.
Listen for the
cheering from the stands, the soundtrack of dirt track New England
stock car racing in its finest surroundings.
Soft cover, 200
pages, B&W and color photos.
by Tracy L. Berger-Carmen
history of the half-mile and 1 and 1/8th mile ovals that once
pulsated in a tiny town in Pennsylvania with some of the finest
oval-track cars in the East.
The book presents approximately
250 captioned images, moving from the days of horse racing and
gambling in the early 1900s to the more upscale days a century later
when Roger Penske presented USAC events on pavement.
concentration certainly is on the dirt modifieds that ran on the
gritty former horse track Sunday nights for promoter Jerry Fried for
over 30 years.
Soft cover, 128 pages, B&W photos.
by Bill Poindexter
It began as a rodeo
arena with bucking broncos entertaining an annual gathering for the
Placer County Fair in Roseville, California, about 10 miles east of
Sacramento. The rodeo grounds eventually gave way to a different
kind of horsepower in 1955, when a dirt track was built.
original Roseville Speedway later became All American Speedway. The
surface was paved in 1972, and three years later, its signature
race, the Rose Classic, was born.
Future NASCAR drivers
Ernie Irvan, Mike Skinner and more visited the track. The Rose
Classic went away in the early 1990s, but NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series action lives on each year.
Soft cover, 128 pages.
Holland International Speedway
by Tim Bennett and
With its rural farmlands, rolling
landscape, locally owned businesses, and tranquil setting, Holland
embodies small-town charm. Yet for 54 summers, since 1960, the quiet
splendor is interrupted on many Saturday nights by a particular type
of roar. It is Holland’s racing heritage, known to locals as
“Thunder in the Hills.”
Over the track’s long history, many
Holland area residents have worked or raced there or enjoyed the
racing action as spectators. Holland International Speedway
showcases the many cars, stars, officials, and other developments
that make up the history of this beloved local track.
Holland International Speedway general manager Tim Bennett and the
Buffalo News auto-racing columnist Larry Ott present a pictorial
journey of Holland International Speedway. Bennett’s family owns the
speedway, where he served in many capacities before becoming general
manager at the age of 24. Ott has covered the speedway for the
Buffalo News since 1985, after attending many races there in his
Soft cover, 128 pages.
by Scott Keepfer
As the second-oldest NASCAR track still running weekly
races, Greenville-Pickens has earned a unique niche in racing
In 1959, local driver David Pearson sped to a
record 15 victories in one season, jump-starting a Hall of Fame
career. As a young boy, Dale Earnhardt played in the infield while
his father, Ralph, raced to the track championship in 1965.
In 1971, ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” televised the first live,
start-to-finish NASCAR race at Greenville-Pickens.
names have competed here, but for every David Pearson and Richard
Petty, there have been dozens of Donnie Bishops and Toby Porters:
local favorites providing weekly thrills for a loyal fan base.
Soft cover, 128 pages.
Stockton 99 Speedway
NASCAR Library Edition
by Bill Poindexter
have seen it all in 64 years of racing at Stockton 99 Speedway. The
quarter-mile bullring on the east side of this rowdy port city in
Northern California has been the site for 44 divisions of racing,
from the Jalopy division of the 1950s to the all-time quickest lap
in speedway history, which was wheeled by Johnny Brazil, a legendary
local lead foot whose hot laps in a Super Modified fire breather on
the night of June 1, 1985, left a normally boisterous gathering
hypnotized in jaw-dropping silence as the scoreboard logged quick
time after quick time, finally dipping under 12 seconds before
bottoming out at 11.899.
Stockton 99 has served as a stepping
stone for future Daytona 500 champions (Ernie Irvan) and as a
Saturday-night getaway for local hot shoes who saved their pennies
just to keep their rods running for the one thing they loved to do
on a Saturday night: race.
The old track flat-lined in
2006—at the age of 60, stricken by development—but was shocked back
to life in 2009 and again is hosting races in the NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
cover, 128 pages.
Portland International Raceway
by Jeff Zurschmeide
In the months following Pearl Harbor, an area of swampy land
north of Portland, Oregon, was transformed into shipyard housing,
and within six months, Vanport became the fifth-largest city in
Oregon. But in 1948, the Columbia River levees burst, and the entire
town was washed away.
When the waters receded, only the
streets of the town remained. Throughout the 1950s, these streets
were known for clandestine racing. In the spring of 1961, the
Portland Rose Festival Association and Cascade Sports Car Club
decided to hold a sports car race on the old blacktop. The Rose Cup
races established the viability of West Delta Park as a road racing
Over time, the track was improved and extended by
the local racing community, and its name soon changed to Portland
International Raceway (PIR). What followed was the development of
the only major road racing circuit located inside the borders of a
major American city.
Trans-Am, IMSA, CART, Champ Car, ALMS,
and, of course, NASCAR have all raced at PIR, and the Rose Cup is
going strong into its sixth decade.
Soft cover, 128 pages.
Long Ride on a Short Track
By Ken Spooner
A revised and updated
version of THE book on the rich history of stock car
racing on Long Island, NY, at Riverhead, Freeport and
Packed with interviews with
drivers and their families, the book captures the glory
days of competition among legends like Axel Anderson,
Mousey Kempster, Fred Harbach, the Bruhnhoelzls, and
Soft cover, new and larger
photos, 176 pages
Bowman Gray Stadium
by Richard Miller
With the sounds
of engines roaring since 1949, Bowman Gray Stadium is NASCAR's
oldest weekly race track. Named in honor of the former R.J. Reynolds
CEO Bowman Gray, this quarter-mile track has been the host to many
exciting racing moments. Bowman Gray Stadium showcases the rich
history of many of the major racing dynasties, including members of
the Petty, Earnhardt, and Allison families, and celebrates the races
and traditions that have kept spectators and race fans coming week
after week for over 50 years. Today, Bowman Gray Stadium's weekly
racing tradition continues as part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American
Richard Miller has been the chief scorer at Bowman Gray Stadium for
over 10 years. He also acts as the official track historian for the
"Madhouse" TV Series. Images for Bowman Gray Stadium have been
culled from the archives of former stadium publicist Hank
Schoolfield, various racing photographers, Forsyth County's public
library, and track photographer Eric Hylton. Part of the official
NASCAR Library Collection, this nostalgic volume brings race track
history to life through extraordinary vintage images. From races run
on dirt and clay to the paved speedways of today, discover the
historic events, colorful characters, and memorable moments from
America's legendary racing venues.
Soft cover, 128 pages.
Bristol Motor Speedway
by David M.
McGee and Sonya A. Haskins
When Bristol’s race
track opened in 1961, tickets were often given away to fill the
18,000 seats. Over the years, Bristol Motor Speedway has grown to
160,000 seats and legendary status among race fans. There is a
fascination with the unforgettable moments that take place at the
track, including rivalries that are hard to miss when fans can watch
all the action around the half-mile track no matter where they are
Sonya A. Haskins, author of Images of America books Johnson
City, Jonesborough, Bristol, and Soddy-Daisy, teams up
with veteran journalist David M. McGee to produce the most complete
pictorial history ever compiled about the Bristol Motor Speedway.
McGee began writing about auto racing as a teenager and has been
involved in different levels of the sport for 35 years. In addition
to working as a reporter for the Bristol Herald Courier, McGee has
served as a member of Bristol Motor Speedway’s public address team
Soft cover, 128 pages.
Milwaukee Modified Era 1959-1973
by Fr. Dale Grubba
In the late 1950s and
throughout the ‘60s, the greatest short track auto racing in
Wisconsin was to be found in the Milwaukee area on quarter-mile dirt
bullrings. Drivers like Miles “the Mouse” Melius, Kenny “Tweety
Bird” Tlougan, Billy “the Cat” Johnson, Jr., Aaron “Snagglepuss”
Solsrud, Etchie “The Flying Grandpa” Biertzer, Don “The Duck”
Schuppel, and Fuzzy “the Hound” Fassbender matched wits throughout
the summer at Hales Corners, Cedarburg, Slinger, Beaver Dam, and
State Fair Park.
Father Dale Grubba has covered Wisconsin
racing as fan, writer, photographer and spiritual advisor since
1963. An award-winning author of numerous books and articles on
racing, his latest, The Milwaukee Modified Era 1959 – 1973,
chronicles the era of Milwaukee modified racing and the Milwaukee
Stock Car Club at its peak.
Soft cover, 472 pages, 210 B&W
100 YEARS OF
THE HIGH BANKS
Souvenir Edition Racing Program – 1910- 2010
Features 84 pages of the history of the Belleville High Banks
speedway in Kansas, recorded in the words of the drivers, car
owners, officials, photographers, writers, and families who have
experienced the aura of Belleville. Plus, you'll see the memories
from big cars, midgets, sprints, stocks, mods, late models,
tractors, and horses!
Soft cover, 84 pages.
Eldora Speedway: The History of the Most Famous
Dirt Short Track in America, 1954-2013
by Bill Holder
book covers the exciting six-decade history of Eldora Speedway, a
national leader in both stock cars and open wheel machines. With the
stock cars, the track has hosted ARCA, ALMS, UMP, USAC, STARS, and
FASTRAK series. For open wheel cars, it's been USAC, WoO, All-Stars,
ASCS, NRA, and CRA.
Longtime owner Earl Baltes headed the track for a half-century, and
his promotion skills made the track first class. Eldora was the
first Dirt Late Model big track to run the World 100 and later the
Dream. Baltes also promoted the unforgettable Eldora Million race.
Baltes did the same for sprint cars with the Kings Royal, USAC Four
Crown Nationals and Historical Big one. He did things that other
promoters wouldn't have dared to undertake.
mid-2000s, Tony Stewart took the reins and big things continued. His
Prelude event invited NASCAR drivers to come and compete at his
track and proved a huge success.
book includes remembrances of Eldora by such notables as Donnie
Moran, Johnny Rutherford, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Jack Hewitt,
Jeff Gordon, Larry Moore, Parnelli Jones, and of course, Tony
Stewart and Earl Baltes.
Soft cover, 128 pages, 400+ B&W
photos, appendix of race winners.
100 YEARS OF SPEED: The Centennial History of Winchester
By Bill Holder
race drivers over the decades, Winchester Speedway has stood for
high speeds and danger, its awesome high banks decimating fields of
race cars and taking many lives. Most of the great drivers of the
20th and into the 21st century have raced at the Hoosier State
facility in a variety of classes of cars. There are the open-wheel
legends like Roger McCluskey, Jeff Gordon, Tom Bigelow, Tony
Stewart, Duane Carter Sr., Duke Nalon, Mike Nazaruk, Sonny Ates, Ted
Horn, Troy Ruttman, Rollie Beale, Eddie Sachs, Don Branson, Jud
Larson, Johnny Rutherford, A.J. Foyt, Red Renner, Tom Bigelow, Pat
O’Connor, Troy Ruttman, Pancho Carter, Mel Kenyon, Gary
Bettenhausen, Mauri Rose, Spider Web, Wilbur Shaw, Mel Kenyon, and
so many others.
stock car racing has also seen its stars at the venerable track:
Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, Allen Kulwicki, Larry Moore, Dick
Trickle, Kyle Busch, Frank Kimmel, Jack Bowsher, Butch Miller, Mike
Cope, Harry Gant, Ted Musgrave, Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison,
Kenny Wallace, Terry Labonte, Bob Senneker, Randy Sweet, Ken
Schrader, and on and on.
Winchester Speedway will celebrate its hundredth anniversary in
2013. Still the holy grail of short tracks, this is the definitive
story of Winchester and the racers who made it a legend.
Soft cover, 128 pp, 500+ B&W images.
Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix
by Larry Upton, Judy
McDonald, The Stock Car Racing Association
Phoenix’s Manzanita Speedway, the last of the big dirt tracks
located near the central corridor of a major metropolitan area, is
now gone. The track opened in the early 1950s when Jack Holloway,
president of the Arizona Jalopy Racing Association, along with Avery
Doyle and Gene Gunn, set about convincing Rudy Everett and Larry
Meskimen to convert their unprofitable dog-racing operation into a
quarter-mile dirt track.
On August 25, 1951, Everett and
Meskimen beamed with excitement as Manzy opened to an overflowing
crowd. They had tapped into America’s post–World War II craze for
automobiles and found their own Lost Dutchman Gold Mine in the
Manzanita Speedway dominated dirt-track racing in
Phoenix and was heralded as one of the top five dirt tracks in the
United States. Manzy became an integral part of the racing culture
in Phoenix, and its sale and closure in 2009 created a sense of
Soft cover, 128 pages.
by Chad Culver and Wayne Culver
The First State of Delaware
has a legendary history of automobile racing. Since the first racers
roared down the dusty Delaware State Fairgrounds track in 1915 at
Wawaset Park, Wilmington, Delaware, auto racing has thrilled
capacity crowds all over the state. “Delaware Auto Racing” documents
and explores the tracks, cars, and people that made racing what it
The history of racing can be seen in historic
photographs from the legendary dirt tracks, like Delmar and
Georgetown Speedways, to the high-banked turns of Delaware’s NASCAR
track—Dover Downs. Rare images have been collected from drivers, car
owners, fans, and historians to provide an insightful look into auto
racing in Delaware. Many of the historic photographs have never been
Father-and-son team Wayne and Chad Culver are
lifelong racing enthusiasts and collectors. Wayne Culver is a
retired Delaware native whose love of racing began as a child
growing up in the shadow of the many dirt tracks in Sussex County.
His enthusiasm has been passed down to his son. Chad Culver is a
teacher and collector of vintage race cars and memorabilia.
Soft cover, 128 pages.
Race Car Association: Tenth Anniversary 2002-2011
of Preserving and Reliving Motorsports History in Maine
the 10th anniversary of the founding of the MVRCA, this pictorial is
a fascinating history of auto racing in Maine. The books includes
articles by members tracing the development and growth of the Club
and its racing legacy.
Among many photos, the book includes
a special 10-page color section, “Presenting the Vintage Race Cars
of the MVRCA,” that shows 80 cars in a range of classes that raced
at tracks across the state over the years.
Soft Cover, 92 pages.
Fifty Years of Racing at Utica-Rome Speedway
by Bones Bourcier
short tracks in the Northeast – or anywhere, for that matter – can
lay claim to having hosted as many top-level drivers as New York’s
Utica-Rome Speedway. Because it operated as a high-profile NASCAR
asphalt oval before becoming one of the region’s premier dirt
tracks, Utica-Rome has welcomed, at one time or another, just about
every racer of significance in the eastern United States, no matter
their surface of preference.
all competed here … from Rene Charland, champion in the track’s
first season, to Stewart Friesen, champion in its 50th … from Lou
Lazzaro to Pat Ward … from Steady Eddie Flemke to Dave Lape … from
Geoff Bodine to Jack Johnson … from Jerry Cook to Paul Jensen … from
Richie Evans to Dale Planck … Utica-Rome Speedway has truly been the
home of heroes.
track’s history has not been a long, smooth patch of road. Between
Joe Lesik, who opened Utica-Rome in 1961, and Gene Cole, under whose
current reign the speedway has flourished, came a number of
ownership and management teams. Some prospered, others slipped and
hit the wall. But through it all, the speedway along Route 5 in
Vernon has survived, and racing is better for that.
Beautifully written and heavily illustrated, this
Limited Edition is a collector’s item!
Hard cover, 400 pp, 500
B&W and color photos.
Southern Supermodifieds, Volume II
Southern Supermodifieds, Volume II is a follow-up to the highly
successful Volume I. It features chapters on some of the
hardest-racing drivers that ever sat behind the wheel of a
supermodified or early race car, including Jan Opperman; Chuck
Amati; Johnny Benson Sr.; Bobby Ward, “The Arkansas Traveler;”
Charlie Mincey; Eddie McDonald Sr.; Tommy Noblin; and Victor Oliver
Geisen. There are special chapters on Rex White, the 1960 NASCAR
Champion; Raymond Parks, “The Godfather of Racing;” and Smokey
Yunick, along with an in-depth history of Gulf Coast racing,
including “Fats” Harvison, “The Dean of Southern Racing Announcers.”
history from the 1950s,’60s, and ’70s is brought back to life in the
304 pages and 207 photographs, some of which have never been
published before. It also includes an index of 394 names. Gerald
Hodges/the Racing Reporter draws from taped interviews, photographs
from his own collection, plus others from private collections, and
his personal experiences as a supermodified owner to help the reader
relive the emotions and excitement of this golden period.
Other Early Racers
by Gerald Hodges
Veteran syndicated racing journalist and former supermodified owner
Gerald Hodges refers to his book as the “reference bible for early
Southern racers.” Stories from tracks such as Mobile, Five Flags,
Gulf Coast, Speedbowl, Lakeview and Boyd’s – and of hot shoes like
Armond Holley, Rat Lane, Wayne Niedecken, Red Farmer, Rod Perry, and
Hooker Hood fill the book.
A must read for any supermodified enthusiast. Cool period
Soft cover, 320 pp, 309 B&W photos.
Bowling Green Stock Car
by Larry Upton & Jonathan Jeffrey
Bowling Green became the
city of speed immediately after World War II, as America began its
love affair with the automobile. Stock car racing took the city by
storm in its inaugural season of 1951, drawing crowds of up to 7,000
in a city of only 18,000.
Soon thereafter, the
city attracted the Chevrolet Corvette assembly plant followed by the
National Corvette Museum.
Images of Sports: Bowling Green Stock Car Racing
documents the history of stock car racing in Bowling Green and the
emergence of the raceway at Beech Bend Park.
Soft cover, 128
Echoes of Valley Thunder:
Remembering Debo Park Motor Speedway
by Rick Yocum
Relives the history of a
quarter-mile dirt oval that was tucked along the Ohio River near the
small village of Rayland, Ohio. From 1950 through 1965 race fans
from a three-state area made the trek to Debo Speedway on Saturday
nights to watch their favorite drivers compete in a variety of
racing machines, from pre-war coupes referred to as “jalopies” or
“sportsman” cars, to ground-shaking fuel-injected supermodifieds.
Meet the men who piloted these machines and
hear, in their own words, what it was like to participate “back in
the day.” Several of the competitors, like Larry Dickson and Bobby
Adamson, went on to long and highly successful racing careers.
Author Rick Yocum captures the character – and characters – of this
long-ago era throughout 188 pages, highlighted by more than 90
photos and illustrations, many from never-before-shared family
Soft cover, 188 pages, 90 photos and
by Stan Kawalsinski and Samuel Beck
On September 24, 1938, Raceway Park officially opened its doors, and
the track remained open for over 60 years. The first race was won by
Harry McQuinn, who went on to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and
become the chief pit steward of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In 1948, Raceway Park added stock car races to its regular program,
and the track became a popular entertainment venue throughout the
1950s, 1960s, and 1970s as thousands of Chicagoans filled the
The track held its last race in 2000 and was torn down the following
year. Although Raceway Park is now a part of history, the "World's
Busiest Track" is still in the hearts and minds of many Chicagoland
Soft cover, 128 pages.
Price Was: $50.00
Years: Oswego Speedway
George Caruso Jr.,
with Carol D. Haynes
This 400-page hard bound book relives all 50 Oswego Speedway
International Classics, including Sept. 3 2006, the oldest, most
prestigious supermodified race in the country.
Hundreds and hundreds of black and white photos plus 32 pages of
full color Classic memories.
A must for any collector!
SACRAMENTO – Dirt Capital of the West
by Tom Motter
Here at last is the long-awaited volume on the history of
Sacramento-area race tracks, including West Capital Speedway, Hughes
Stadium, Lazy J Speedway, Old Sacramento Fairgrounds, Cal-Expo
Fairgrounds, and Sportsman K-9 Park. The book is a photographic
lesson in why “dirt is beautiful,” from a 1913 auto road race to the
Silver Crown 100 in 2000 and covers midgets, sprints, super-modifieds,
dirt Indy cars and Silver Crown cars.
Hard cover with dust jacket, 203 pages, over 175 B&W photos.
by Lew Boyd
Old Bridge Stadium in New Jersey and Nazareth
Raceway in Pennsylvania were gritty but dramatic
tracks that hosted the finest drivers from all over
the Eastern Seaboard.
Amazing tales of Schneider, Flemke, Tasnady, the
Reutimanns, Kelly, Frazee, Hildreth and many more.
Hundreds of pictures, most never before published.
The latest in our track book series.
Soft cover, 8 1/2" by 11",
220 pages, over 200 photos.
Silent Speedways of the Carolinas:
The Grand National Histories of 29 Former Tracks
by Perry Allen Wood
This is the story of every racetrack in North and South Carolina
that held at least one big time race through 1971, but is no longer
used for auto racing. Seven are one-race wonders, while others are
as much racing legends as the sport’s past champions.
Chapters cover each track’s big time history, from early background
through its racing years to its current status. Included are the
thrilling tales of the personalities and machines that shaped
NASCAR’s early days. Statistics chart every track’s past winners,
records, and wins by make.
Nearly 150 photographs give the reader a virtual tour of speedways
that are often inaccessible or nonexistent.
Soft cover, 7”x 10”, 398 pages, 140 photos.
By Lew Boyd
Hot Cars Cool
Drivers is the story of three great Massachusetts speedways,
Norwood, Westboro, and The Pines. With four hundred
photographs and scores of interviews with the Northeast’s
most colorful competitors, the book chronicles the amazing
rise and fall of the midgets and then the stock cars.
If you ever attended a race in Massachusetts or if you
are serious about understanding the evolution of racing,
this book is an absolute must!
Soft cover, 240
400+ black & white photos.
Price Was: $29.95
Now Reduced: $15.00
A History of Oakland Stadium
By Tom Motter
Tom Mottor has written a captivating book replete with rare photos
that bring Oakland Stadium’s rich history back to life. The
chapters record the Stadium’s events featuring Big Cars, Sprints,
Midgets, Roadsters, and Hardtops.
Soft cover, Smythe-sewn binding, with over 200 black and
Also available in hard cover.
Price Was: $44.95
Now Reduced: $24.50
A History of the
Oakland Speedway - 1931-1941
By Tom Motter
The book covers
the history of the Oakland Speedway, a one-mile, banked
dirt track built in Oakland California in 1931. The track
was the site of AAA National Championship races (Indy
cars and stars) from 1931 until 1936 when the AAA pulled
out of the West Coast. It was known as the "fastest
dirt track in the Nation".
Chapters cover all races
at the Speedway including Indy Cars, Big Cars, Stock Cars,
Midgets, Roadsters and Motorcycles.
More than 200 beautiful
black and white photos, most in full 8" x 10"
size, many never before published!
Saugus Speedway Scrapbook
Later Years: 1979-1995
By Harold Osmer & Lyn Pherigo
This book will
stir the memories and stories of all who ever raced the
place. Whether a fan, driver, or race official, the hundreds
of photos and comprehensive stats in this book will take
you back to “The Super Track” and “LA’s
Place to Race.” All divisions shown. All main event
winners listed. Season standings for each division listed.
Hard cover, 288 pages