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    Abandoned race tracks?

    I'm sure there have been threads like this before, but I'm very curious. There was a recent thread about Red Bull taking an Audi R8 around the Sitges Terramar oval in Spain. This track has fascinated me and I think it'd be cool if we could get a list of all these together. What other tracks are there like Terramar? Preferably just tracks that remain intact in some way. I.E. Riverside is gone, so no.

    Only significant one that comes to mind right now is Meadowdale Raceway in Illinois. Great looking road course that was used in the late 50s-late 60s before it was shut down. At one point it had a Monza Wall that served as the last corner. Wish it was still around. If I am correct, I believe the property was recently turned into a park, with a bike path paved where the track had eroded completely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will O'Hargan View Post
    Nazareth, PA
    With a search, there is an old thread. Somewhere with photos of the place as it currently stands....or did when the photos were taken.

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    Just remembered Chicago Motor Speedway. Nice little oval, I remember going to several CART races there, and when Bruno Junquiera skipped the podium in 2002 because of heat exhaustion after finishing second. It has been or is being built over, but half the track is still somewhat visible in the satellite view



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    Aerial view, 1961, and basically today.

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    Chicago Motor Speedway, the turns were way to tight. The only ones who put on a decent show were the stock cars and midgets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will O'Hargan View Post
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    Yeah, I can't look at those pics ever again, pi**es me off, AND makes me sad all at the same time!

    I miss Nazareth.

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    That's really cool that they left it as a park and didn't develop over it. Sadly, my area is the home of dead race tracks.



    One is the old Atlantic City board track, also called Amotol Raceway, which ceased to be used 80-something years ago. The outline of the oval still exists today in the forest.

    A little closer to me there's the old Paterson, NJ, Hinchliffe Stadium which hosted some of the earliest midget racing. Ted Horn raced there frequently, in fact he had his garage located in "Gasoline Alley" in Paterson as well. The stadium still exists, though in disrepair. It was designed by the Olmsted's, who designed Central Park and just about every other major park in that era.



    And of course there's Trenton Speedway, gone 30+ years now. Grounds now half housing and half botanical gardens. The man made infield pond still exists.



    Eastern PA's Langhorne Speedway is now a mall, with a sign I think that commemorates its location.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchbr View Post
    I'm sure there have been threads like this before, but I'm very curious. There was a recent thread about Red Bull taking an Audi R8 around the Sitges Terramar oval in Spain. This track has fascinated me and I think it'd be cool if we could get a list of all these together. What other tracks are there like Terramar? Preferably just tracks that remain intact in some way. I.E. Riverside is gone, so no.

    Only significant one that comes to mind right now is Meadowdale Raceway in Illinois. Great looking road course that was used in the late 50s-late 60s before it was shut down. At one point it had a Monza Wall that served as the last corner. Wish it was still around. If I am correct, I believe the property was recently turned into a park, with a bike path paved where the track had eroded completely.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=%2B+4...ed=0CAsQ8gEwAA


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajax View Post
    I was just there 2 weeks ago - new washout bridge and scenery is just absolutely wonderful.
    Same here. It's too bad the preserve is governed by two different bodies that don't see eye to eye on the upkeep though.

    Meadowdale was planning on running an oval race and had USAC come to inspect the track at one point. It never happened though. It would have been the only track with only one end banked.

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    Meadowdale was one of the greats - far better than any modern day road course less SPA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchbr View Post
    kinda reminds me of IRP


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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzlor View Post
    One is the old Atlantic City board track, also called Amotol Raceway, which ceased to be used 80-something years ago. The outline of the oval still exists today in the forest.
    Wow. Now that's very cool - in a melancholy way.
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    you can still see the outline of the Armscamp Speedway off SR28 in my home town of Alexandria, IN

    then there's the never completed Eldora Mile

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchbr View Post
    I'm sure there have been threads like this before, but I'm very curious. There was a recent thread about Red Bull taking an Audi R8 around the Sitges Terramar oval in Spain. This track has fascinated me and I think it'd be cool if we could get a list of all these together. What other tracks are there like Terramar? Preferably just tracks that remain intact in some way. I.E. Riverside is gone, so no.

    Only significant one that comes to mind right now is Meadowdale Raceway in Illinois. Great looking road course that was used in the late 50s-late 60s before it was shut down. At one point it had a Monza Wall that served as the last corner. Wish it was still around. If I am correct, I believe the property was recently turned into a park, with a bike path paved where the track had eroded completely.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=%2B+4...ed=0CAsQ8gEwAA

    Go to the Satellite view in this link and take a look at the bridge they built on the long straight. Now, I know this was probably added later and was not part of the original course, but can you imagine, we'd have a true version of the movie Driven if the cars used that steep bridge!

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    Whip City Speedway, a 1/4 mile dirt track in Westfield, MA, just closed down last year and already looks like a relic on Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/mJMv

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACCP View Post
    Whip City Speedway, a 1/4 mile dirt track in Westfield, MA, just closed down last year and already looks like a relic on Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/mJMv
    makes you appreciate how much work it takes to just maintain a race track

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    And for the full "Earth After People" effect, Lakeside Speedway in Colorado: http://goo.gl/maps/X8Gz

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    Abandoned? Or abandoned and obliterated

    Abandoned (at least as professional racecourses)

    Nazareth
    Pikes Peak
    Texas World Speedway

    Obliterated

    Riverside, CA
    Castle Rock, CO
    Trenton, NJ
    Langhorne, PA

    All the 1920s Board Tracks - just look it up in wikipedia

    Others could add many more I am sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ACCP View Post
    And for the full "Earth After People" effect, Lakeside Speedway in Colorado: http://goo.gl/maps/X8Gz
    That was one cool racetrack! I like the covered grandstands. How long is it? 1/2 mile paved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Since83 View Post
    Abandoned? Or abandoned and obliterated

    Abandoned (at least as professional racecourses)

    Pikes Peak
    Texas World Speedway
    Both of these are still in operation, though more on a club level.

    http://www.texasworldspeedway.com
    http://www.ppir.com

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    There are remnants of several previous street courses....

    The Miami Bicentennial Park semi-permanent street course is still visible...at least most of it. The American Airlines Arena was built on one leg of it...but the other two 'legs' are still there.

    The Tamiami Park circuit is still sort of there...even the racing curbs with Marlboro painted logos were still visible until at least recently. But they built a new football stadium on a segment of it, so you can't recreate it.

    Columbus OH tore up the old hairpin from the IMSA race...i hated when they did that.

    North Wilkesboro was closed, but I guess not 'abandoned.' They still do some up keep (grass cutting, etc.) The most recent photos I saw made the place look pretty worn out, but there wasn't weeds growing through the cracks in the pavement like Nazareth.

    Bridgehampton is now a golf course, but a keen eye can still make out the race course layout from google earth.

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    Green Valley Race City - A Slow Death

    Attended my very first motorsport event here, an SCCA National event. The Polar Prix I believe it was. Green Valley was known mainly as a drag racing venue. I did attend numerous drag racing event there as well as Green Valley Racing Association (GVRA) events and a Can Am/Trans Am event in '84.

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    Cool

    Mainly stock and drag cars, I found some interesting pics in this thread...

    Fading Thunder...Abandoned Racetracks in Virginia and the Carolinas

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    I found this one time. Vineland Speedway in NJ. Had a road course, oval and dragstrip. You can still see a good portion of it on the mapquest. It is actually a couple miles from New Jersey Motorsports Park.

    http://www.njrn.com/vinelandphotos.html

    I hate every time Nazareth Speedway gets brought up. Of course it is worse driving by it every week. That fact that it hasn't been developed either makes it more frustrating that it closed down.

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    If you go to http://historicaerials.com/ and in my case just type in "langhorne speedway" the old track can be seen in old aerial photos from the National Geologic Survey......then click on the different years.....in Langhorne's case when it was round it was dirt, when it was paved it looked like a D with a short back straight......now Trenton Speedway can be seen going from 1/2 to 1 to 1.5 miles over the year.....Flemington can be seen going from Square to wallyworld.......I've even found Sanatoga which was the one Marshman's father owned (hope I got that right) so if you know of an are you can poke around in older photos and look for the tell tale footprint of a racetrack from eons ago.....but the amount of this country covered is limited
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzlor View Post
    One is the old Atlantic City board track, also called Amotol Raceway, which ceased to be used 80-something years ago. The outline of the oval still exists today in the forest..
    Theres some cool pics of Amatol and some good info too here at this link http://www.3widespicturevault.com/FR...s__copy(1).htm

    Must have been a hoot to see the Big Cars on a board track.

    Quote Originally Posted by PhillyIRL View Post
    I found this one time. Vineland Speedway in NJ. Had a road course, oval and dragstrip. You can still see a good portion of it on the mapquest. It is actually a couple miles from New Jersey Motorsports Park.

    http://www.njrn.com/vinelandphotos.html.
    I have a piece of apshalt from Vineland Speedways front straight upstairs in my attic. I was in Vineland from time to time when I lived in NJ. took me a couple attempts to find it but parts of the track can still be seen. I wanted a souvenir so I pulled up a small piece of the track

    Turn 1 more or less disappears into buildings now
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    That was one cool racetrack! I like the covered grandstands. How long is it? 1/2 mile paved?
    1/5 mi. short, paved.
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