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    A club I'm a member of has a couple pictures up, and I'm scratching my head trying to figure it out. The grandstand looks like IMS maybe? Are these even the same track?
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  • #2
    Looks like a board track. Wasn't there a big one out in the LA area back in the '20's?
    It's a Hoosier thing, you wouldn't understand...

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    • #3
      Baltimore-Washington is the one on the right. Straight from Wikipedia .

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Board_track_racing
      It's a Hoosier thing, you wouldn't understand...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by midtown View Post
        Baltimore-Washington is the one on the right. Straight from Wikipedia .

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Board_track_racing
        Thank you!

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        • #5
          I was gonna say it looks alot like Amatol Speedway which was near Atlantic City
          Live like Dave

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          • #6
            The board track comment got me looking them up. Is the first one Tacoma Speedway?

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            • #7
              The one on the left would appear to be Kansas City:
              http://www.racinboys.com/news/?i=82087
              https://tomstrongman.com/a-made-in-k...fe-once-again/
              http://www.realracinusa.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=27036
              "He went into a tire barrier, which is certainly the nicest of all the barriers." -Bobby Unser, Denver '90

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              • #8
                I've been looking at pics, and I believe you're right

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                • #9
                  Its not Amatol but heres some pictures cuz anyone following along here would probably like to see them anyhow.

                  https://www.3widespicturevault.com/F...opy%281%29.htm
                  Live like Dave

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                  • #10
                    The left picture is 1922, judging by Jimmy Murphy's #35 car.

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                    • #11
                      It sure looks like the KC track.
                      There were plenty of half mile dirt tracks throughout the mid-west that looked the same.
                      I fell in love with open wheel in the early sixties at the Topeka fairgrounds track. Same grandstand.
                      "We are all speeding toward our deaths at 60 minutes an hour." Sid Collins on Race Day, 1964

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                      • #12
                        "The velodrome at Nutley, New Jersey, a 1/8 mile oval banked at 45 degrees (generating lap times of 8 seconds or less) and built from 1 in × 12 in lumber on edge, was 'unquestionably the deadliest'."

                        I worked down the street from the site of the track, and before that my father had a auto dealership around the corner. Never knew about the track until I saw a newspaper article about 10 years ago.

                        It was built for bicycles, but when the popularity of bicycle racing waned, they started running midget cars. The track was eventually shut down by the State Police because there were too many fatalities.

                        Regarding board tracks in general, I'm amazed that someone would build a 1.5 mile (or longer) track out of wood. That's crazier than building a track out of bricks!

                        EDIT: There's a book about the Nutley track - https://www.amazon.com/Fabulous-Nutl...dp/0915088703/
                        Last edited by Bobcat00; 04-09-2021, 06:49 AM.

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