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carguy123
carguy123 SuperDork
10/26/11 4:29 p.m.

Sunday! Sunday! SUNDAY @ Green Valley Raceway!!!

Those ads ran for years. I watched a couple of historic Trans Am races there.

One time I talked with Ol Shel' at what he said was the very first outing of the Cobra. It tore everything else up! I'm sure I'd heard of the Cobra by then so I don't know what he meant by first outing. First outing there? in the series?

I saw his twin turbo, or was it twin supercharged?, 427 Cobra around town too.

Now Green Valley Raceway a housing development in the middle of mid-cities DFW. They say there's a short stretch of the pavement left but I can't get close enough to see.

Interestingly the city it's located in has a 30 mph speed limit everywhere so instead of going fast there you have to really work at going that slow.

This is also the very first track I got seat time on. A bathtub Porsche and an XK120 Jag. I didn't have a clue they were more than just old cars.

monark192
monark192 Reader
10/26/11 5:30 p.m.
donalson wrote: there was a show with James may where he setup a slot car race on an old no longer complete track in england... was a good show... had old race footage and stuff for the back story

That was Brooklands. Parts still stand - parts are now houses. He re-created the entire track using Scalextric and then raced a lap.

Woody
Woody SuperDork
10/26/11 5:36 p.m.

Not really a ghost track, but the original plan for Lime Rock included a long course.

I have a book that shows aerial photos of the construction. You can't really see it in the current Google Maps photo, but I imagine that you might see the outline of it when the leaves fall off the trees.

The long course was a continuation of the straight that bypassed Big Bend and then rejoined the existing track just past the esses.

noddaz
noddaz New Reader
10/26/11 9:23 p.m.

Here is a good one...

Paramount Ranch

And another that you can still see the outline of... Vaca Valley http://g.co/maps/nbkrs

N Sperlo
N Sperlo SuperDork
10/26/11 9:35 p.m.
Maroon92 wrote:
N Sperlo wrote: In reply to Maroon92: I'll keep you in the loop. I plan on starting closer to home, but the wife just got a job as a flight attendant which means free flights
Who are you? Peter Griffin? ("I'm Winston Churchill. I like Tea and Crumpets")

No, I'm just a big ole'

Hal
Hal Dork
10/27/11 10:40 a.m.
aeronca65t wrote: I remember going to Marlboro as a high school kid. Penske and Donahue would run there.

I spent a lot of time at Marlboro in the late 60's crewing for a guy that ran a Mini in B Sedan. Very interesting track. The transitions in and out of the oval were interesting to say the least.

Keith
Keith SuperDork
10/27/11 11:45 a.m.

You know, "ghost tracks" would make a great regular feature in Classic Motorsports.

Javelin
Javelin SuperDork
10/27/11 12:00 p.m.
Keith wrote: You know, "ghost tracks" would make a great regular feature in Classic Motorsports.

Great enough to get me to subscribe, actually.

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA HalfDork
10/27/11 12:00 p.m.
noddaz wrote: Here is a good one... Paramount Ranch

Been there, walked it with my wife. Absolutely beautiful setting. A good friend of mine lived there as the ranger. His house was an actual part of the Doctor Quinn: Medicine Woman set not too far from the remains of the track.

ultraclyde
ultraclyde HalfDork
10/27/11 12:05 p.m.

Middle Georgia Raceway was a local paved banked oval track that hosted a lot of big races in the 60s / 70s - NASCAR, etc etc - and some memorable concerts. Last I heard there were trees growing up through the banks on turns 3&4 but in the satellite shot from the link you can see a few cars parked on it. I've never investigated, but I drive by it all the time and you can easily see the back of the banks from Hwy 41. In the last 5 years they've started hosting a Racer's Reunion car show and swap meet there with the plan of perhaps restoring or preserving the track. We rent one of our locations from the guy that owns the property - I should get permission to go take some pics.

If someone is doing magazine stories and wants to get a look, let me know. I might be able to set something up

Track History from RacersReunion.com

a401cj
a401cj Reader
10/27/11 12:33 p.m.

well, VIR was a ghost track. Fortunately now it isn't

Rusted_Busted_Spit
Rusted_Busted_Spit SuperDork
10/27/11 2:30 p.m.
Javelin wrote:
Keith wrote: You know, "ghost tracks" would make a great regular feature in Classic Motorsports.
Great enough to get me to subscribe, actually.

Yes Yes Yes.

donalson
donalson SuperDork
10/27/11 3:01 p.m.
Keith wrote: You know, "ghost tracks" would make a great regular feature in Classic Motorsports.

prob could make for a nice "reader submitted photo" type of thing...

pstrbrc
pstrbrc New Reader
10/27/11 3:18 p.m.

Oh, golly. Continental Divide Raceway. Colorado Springs, Colorado. The drag strip kept it operational, but the track was Awesome! I remember when it closed, I was, what? late 20's? Sad. Nothing left. It was bought for development, still mostly empty, but somewhere along the line an owner "plowed it up" so it could never be reopened as a race track. Damn libtards!

nderwater
nderwater SuperDork
10/27/11 3:29 p.m.

I found out recently that there was a ghost track in Augusta, Georgia, the town I grew up in. Not only were NASCAR races held there, but Jim Hall and Don Yenko raced USRRC races there. I had no idea!

http://www.historicmustang.com/augustainternational.html
http://www.augustainternationalraceway.org

fasted58
fasted58 SuperDork
10/27/11 3:34 p.m.

SCCA Sportscar magazine did a monthly series on ghost tracks some years ago (5+ yrs IIRC). Lotta old tracks, pics and history... thorough as they usually are.

redstack
redstack New Reader
10/27/11 3:36 p.m.

A friend lent me a copy of the Nov 1959 Road & Track. In it was a listing for most of the tracks in America. Included were tons of old airport tracks. I just scanned a pdf of the one that contained our local (Pensacola) Navy airfield track. Corry field. Our retired RA for Gulf Coast region SCCA talked about how he ran races and such there in the 60's. I will see if I can somehow post that pdf. Umm anyone have any thoughts on copyright rules?

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA HalfDork
10/29/11 4:24 p.m.
nderwater wrote: I found out recently that there was a ghost track in Augusta, Georgia, the town I grew up in. Not only were NASCAR races held there, but Jim Hall and Don Yenko raced USRRC races there. I had no idea! http://www.historicmustang.com/augustainternational.html http://www.augustainternationalraceway.org

This one is fun to find on Google Earth. The whole track is still there as well as the dragstrip. Orient yourself by finding the hairpin turn in the upper left near the baseball / softball complex.

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA HalfDork
10/29/11 4:26 p.m.
pstrbrc wrote: Oh, golly. Continental Divide Raceway. Colorado Springs, Colorado. The drag strip kept it operational, but the track was Awesome! I remember when it closed, I was, what? late 20's? Sad. Nothing left. It was bought for development, still mostly empty, but somewhere along the line an owner "plowed it up" so it could never be reopened as a race track. Damn libtards!

More likely a real estate speculator trying to pick up the land for a song.

iceracer
iceracer SuperDork
10/29/11 7:06 p.m.

The Saratoga Auto Museum holds a get together every fall to have people talk about dead race tracks mostly in upstate NY. Interesting speakers, some who had raced at these tracks. Pictures and videos abound.

gamby
gamby SuperDork
10/29/11 10:25 p.m.
Lof8 wrote: What a cool topic!

Indeed. Good stuff here.

I'd love to putt around hte track int he OP on my mountainbike for the helluvit.

mr2peak
mr2peak Reader
10/30/11 6:49 a.m.
redstack wrote: A friend lent me a copy of the Nov 1959 Road & Track. I will see if I can somehow post that pdf. Umm anyone have any thoughts on copyright rules?

As long as you post it for our enjoyment and list a source, you're fine, nobody is benefitting from it more than Road & Track. Unless you can still buy a back copy..

If the magazine (GRM) were to run that story, things would be different.

DeadSkunk
DeadSkunk Dork
10/30/11 7:38 a.m.

Harewood Acres (http://www.canadianracer.com/harewood.asp) ran in the 50s,and 60s in southern Ontario.

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