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Laurel Speedway: 1925

Laurel Speedway: 1925

July 11, 1925. Our third look at the lineup on Laurel Speedway's board track. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
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Splinters!

In his book "500 Miles to Go" racing legend Wilbur Shaw talked about racing on board tracks like this. He said that splinters of varying sizes flew into his arms around where his elbows stuck out and that kids would sneak under the track and poke their heads up through the track where the boards weren't "in the groove." He didn't like racing on board tracks but a paycheck was a paycheck. Can't imagine many drivers wanting to race in those conditions today.

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Jaw Dropping

I just cannot get over a track made entirely from wooden planks. The fact the corners are so steeply banked too...

Wow, just, wow...

 
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