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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajax View Post
    Meadowdale in Illinois is a conservation park now. Some of the track exists and a newly paved bike path basically covers the entire track - or what use to be there. You can get the feel of just how long it was by biking it.

    The old silo is still in place as is the main straight. The tower crossing bridge was taken down 4-5 years ago but if you look closely you can see bits of the track all over.

    A real beauty IMO - we're far luckier than the folks who loved Riverside to still have this place around in it's current state. Many volunteers - many of which were and still are "crappies" helped to clean this place up and push for public funds to make it as nice as it is today.

    There is a large car show every summer - hosted by a crappy himself.

    But everyone is invited
    Yeah, I went last summer with the kids. Rode around on our bikes.

    Then that "crappy" pushed my kids off their bikes and stole my soda.

    They get like that you know.



    There were some nice cars there. Great people. Hope to go this year.
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    This thread is so fascinating. Does anyone know more about the board tracks that were in California? I read on one of the websites about the Beverly Hills board track that there were 6 board tracks in California. After doing some research I found that there was also one in Playa Del Rey (which looks to be the first board track maybe?) and that the Beverly Hills one was moved to Culver City. So that is 2-3 depending on if the Beverly Hills one was counted twice.

    The Playa Del Rey one looks like it was a circle, and seems pretty cool, you can read an article on it here http://www.examiner.com/article/the-...alifornia-1910 I know it's not totally the original topic but it has piqued my interest quite a bit. Any help would be much appreciated. 

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    Not to derail thing again but here is a video from 1921 I found of the Beverly Hills board track if anyone wants to see it. http://www.filmpreservation.org/pres...ck-racing-1921

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    Very cool video!

    Here's the Fulford, Florida boardtrack (in what is currently Aventura, near North Miami Beach.





    Sadly, the great hurricane of 1926 knocked it down, never to be rebuilt. The lumber was used to rebuild the city.


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    Quote Originally Posted by speedgeek View Post
    Yeah, I went last summer with the kids. Rode around on our bikes.

    Then that "crappy" pushed my kids off their bikes and stole my soda.

    They get like that you know.



    There were some nice cars there. Great people. Hope to go this year.


    I'll be out there for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indyknut View Post
    Here's what's left of the Old Lakehill Speedway in Valley Park, MO.

    http://binged.it/LCQnQc


    The race track that Rusty, Mike and Kenny Wallace got their starts on as well as Kenny Schraeder.

    A group got together a few years ago and cleaned up the track. A few cars did a couple honorary laps around the place during a little celebration day they had there. Yes, they had to pump a LOT of water out of the infield.
    MAn, talk about a lousy location! took me a minute to find the tunnel. That looks a lot like a location I saw a rescue video of during some floods out that was a few years back.

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    In the above picture, my house had just been built I think. Upper right corner.

    Wish I could walk to the Fairgrounds today.

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    Readville Trotting Park in the Hyde Park section of Boston held auto races until 1937. This is what the area would look like today: http://goo.gl/maps/3zar


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    Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown PA. The track is a 0.522-mile. I spent a many weekends there. Sadly the track has been closed since 2009 and is for sale.







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    Yeah, Jennerstown is doubly sad because it has one of the best grandstands at a short track anywhere AND they had just resurfaced the place. It was awesome for supermodifeds and modifieds. I made the trip from Reading numerous times for those type of special shows. Was always hoping USAC would get a date there for the Sprints and Silver Crown.

    Sadly, that area of PA just doesn't seem to support anything other than Lernerville, which frankly was a bit of a dump.

    Looks like Motordrome is still open at least.

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    What about the road course at Michigan Speedway, which was used up until the 80's. Part of it went outside the track. The roads are still there, you can see them on Google earth.

    http://www.silhouet.com/motorsport/tracks/michigan.html

    http://goo.gl/maps/sM8S

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACCP View Post

    I love the crispness and the balance of that photo......black and white in the hands of a master is a beautiful thing.....the rule of thirds, contrast, perspective, balance.....so well done.......I'm guessing you could keep someone from breathing down your neck by parking within a foot of the fence, then stand there......love the parked cars....a lot going on in that pic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidM View Post
    Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown PA. The track is a 0.522-mile. I spent a many weekends there. Sadly the track has been closed since 2009 and is for sale.

    I love watching the Whelen Modified cars, with there was more coverage of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamski View Post
    I was up in Lousiville a few weeks ago...sad to see what was once the most vibrant short track in the county (and if you were ever there, you'd likely agree) plowed under in favor of an industrial park after only 14 years of existence. I was going to take pictures, but I didn't have the heart.

    I feel much the same way about Riverside. I spent a lot of quality time there...even still have the last W2 I got from them and I can't seem to get rid of it.
    Louisville Motor Speedway got swallowed up due to the growth of Nascar. The original builders of Kentucky Speedway bought the LMS track just to steal the Craftsman truck Series Race date. He then closed it immediately and sold it to industrial developers for a distribution warehouse.

    I became a racing fan at the original Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville. If your familiar with I-65 thru Louisville, it used to be right there between the old baseball stadium and the Hilton Garden Inn, right behind Freedom Hall.

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    Wow, Jennerstown is closed too?

    In terms of extinct infield courses, you could add Phoenix to that list as well. The road course, which had two paths across turn 2 and out onto the exterior, was ceased I think when ISC bought the track.



    Lots of photos from the 60's here.
    http://www.davemacdonald.net/gallery...perphoenix.htm
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    That looks like it could have been a really cool road racing circuit.

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    http://www.the-fastlane.co.uk/racingcircuits/

    Here is a list of tracks up to about 2006, Click on circuit types, then ovals and then board ovals, it has a list of board ovals.

    If you click on the United States link There is a listing of most of the tracks that have been in the US. They do not have a lot of local small dirt tracks

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    The track is still in use, but only for cycling races. It was built 100 years ago.

    http://goo.gl/maps/Jfv1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neshaminy View Post
    I love the crispness and the balance of that photo......black and white in the hands of a master is a beautiful thing.....the rule of thirds, contrast, perspective, balance.....so well done.......I'm guessing you could keep someone from breathing down your neck by parking within a foot of the fence, then stand there......love the parked cars....a lot going on in that pic.
    Agree. That photo is so good it looks fake. (That's my way of complimenting)

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    Marlboro Motor Raceway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Track closed after the 1969 season. Track started as a dirt oval in 1952. Before the srart of the 1954 season, a road course (which was later expanded) was added and the track was paved. The facility also featured a karting track in the infield of the oval.



    Mario raced there with URC in 1963

    http://autoracingmemories.com/forums...read.php?t=620

    http://www.thevintageracer.com/tracks/marlboro.htm

    Jackie Stewart ran his first race in the USA there.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...022101633.html

    Some really great photos here:

    http://www.barcboys.com/MarlboroHome.htm

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    If we're going to go with unused portions of tracks, then Thompson Speedway's defunct roadcourse is still plenty visible: http://goo.gl/maps/pD6u

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    Longhorn Speedway.

    Not too far from our house, just down the road from Circuit of the Americas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tb View Post
    http://www.the-fastlane.co.uk/racingcircuits/

    Here is a list of tracks up to about 2006, Click on circuit types, then ovals and then board ovals, it has a list of board ovals.

    If you click on the United States link There is a listing of most of the tracks that have been in the US. They do not have a lot of local small dirt tracks
    Thank you, this answered a few of the questions I had earlier about board tracks in California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzlor View Post
    In terms of extinct infield courses, you could add Phoenix to that list as well. The road course, which had two paths across turn 2 and out onto the exterior, was ceased I think when ISC bought the track.
    Though the exterior portion of the Phoenix road course was long gone, the infield course was still being used for track days and vintage events up until they reconfigured the oval last year. When they tore it all up to do that, they took out the infield road course as well.

    It was a shame - I got to drive it once (and it was fun - the dive down into T1 was rather entertaining, even in a bone stock, street driven BMW M3) and photographed events there a couple times and the sightlines for photogs were pretty awesome.



    Alas, in the name of "progress," this is all we'll be seeing there in the near future, unless the Indycar folks get a deal done:



    *sigh*

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajslideways View Post
    Though the exterior portion of the Phoenix road course was long gone, the infield course was still being used for track days and vintage events up until they reconfigured the oval last year. When they tore it all up to do that, they took out the infield road course as well.

    It was a shame - I got to drive it once (and it was fun - the dive down into T1 was rather entertaining, even in a bone stock, street driven BMW M3) and photographed events there a couple times and the sightlines for photogs were pretty awesome.



    Alas, in the name of "progress," this is all we'll be seeing there in the near future, unless the Indycar folks get a deal done:



    *sigh*
    I got to drive the old road course on the outside of the oval back about 25 years ago in a Solo 2 event. Very cool track, but if you lost it, you were out in the bushes! I hadn't heard that the infield road course was no more. I thought it was still there.

    EDIT: I just went to googlemaps.com and the infield road course is still there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I got to drive the old road course on the outside of the oval back about 25 years ago in a Solo 2 event. Very cool track, but if you lost it, you were out in the bushes! I hadn't heard that the infield road course was no more. I thought it was still there.

    EDIT: I just went to googlemaps.com and the infield road course is still there.
    Aerial views can be out of date on Google Maps. See here: http://www.racingonthecheap.com/nasc...s-road-course/

    NASA AZ was annoyed that they lost one of their favorite venues

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajslideways View Post
    Aerial views can be out of date on Google Maps. See here: http://www.racingonthecheap.com/nasc...s-road-course/

    NASA AZ was annoyed that they lost one of their favorite venues
    Interesting. You are right about google maps being out of date. But I did look at the back straight wall and it's continuous so the photo is after the redo of the track. It looks like it wouldn't take a lot of work to get the infield course back up and running, the track is still there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzlor View Post
    Wow, Jennerstown is closed too?

    In terms of extinct infield courses, you could add Phoenix to that list as well. The road course, which had two paths across turn 2 and out onto the exterior, was ceased I think when ISC bought the track.



    Lots of photos from the 60's here.
    http://www.davemacdonald.net/gallery...perphoenix.htm
    From what I saw on google maps the road course still exists and is now road course road in the parking lot. If I'm not mistaken you could race that track in one of the Nascar thunder games and I remember it being lots of fun, on a related note I hope indycars return to Phoenix, I didn't know the first grand prix was in 1915 and the cars raced at Phoenix from the 50's ti'll 2005. It's a traditional Indycar venue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Interesting. You are right about google maps being out of date. But I did look at the back straight wall and it's continuous so the photo is after the redo of the track. It looks like it wouldn't take a lot of work to get the infield course back up and running, the track is still there.
    I think the google maps view is still pre-reconfig. I haven't been able to find a decent post-reconfig aerial photo, but looks at where the apex of the dogleg is compared to the reconfiguration plans, seen here:



    Also, zooming in on the google maps image shows the pavement is cracked and the pit stalls still appear to be asphalt in the google imagery, rather than the concrete of the new ones.

    Either way, unfortunately, I think the road course there is dead and not coming back. At least we've still got Firebird. For now.

    Also, I guess I'm just down the road from you a piece, since I'm over in Gilbert. Small world.

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