Grew up in Philly and saw my first Langhorne race in 1958. Champ cars on the big oval. Don Freeland in the Bob Estes spl sat on the pole at a speed of 115 plus. Pretty fantastic for the times when you consider 255 ci and really skinny tires. Don Branson on the outside pole in the Hoover Motor express. Johnny Thomson had won this race the year before averaging over 100mph including a pit stop to change a rt rear tire, started third. A collision right after the green flag caused thomson to pit for a new lf front tire and on his haste to make up for lost time spun into the infield basically existing the pits. Eddie Sachs in the Pete Schmidt spl took command early on and won going away, Branson falling back after 60 laps as he was prone to do before the advent of power steering. (He was what everybody suspected of low blood pressure and just couldn't follow through in the long haul, don't know for a fact but seemed that way. Always fast in qualifying and early, maybe just coincidence...) Eddie became known as the King of Puke Hollow" after this win. (that was the name of the rough section around turn 2). Even then most of the big names avoided Langhorne,fearful of its treachery. Ward, Rathman, Amick would not run that year evn though the points race was tight. Fields tended to be light.
If you didn't see it you really missed something, cars sideways for the entire lap, and a post race look of the spectators appearing like coal miners with oiled dirt on their faces.
Wish it was still an operative venue!!!