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Posted 25 October 2017 - 08:31 AM

I'd never even heard of the town of Ronkonkoma, NY, until "world-famous Port Jefferson Raceway" relocated to that burg and became PJ Raceway.

 

Here's an interesting item that showed up in the Hemmings Daily newsletter. Thought Doug Bauer and the other Lawn Guyland guys might find it interesting.

 

Yeah, a tenuous connection to slot racing...

 

Ronkonkoma: the never-was speedway that could have brought Indianapolis-scale racing to Long Island

 

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 12:44 PM

Here is a replica 117' version of Bridgehampton now in Chula Vista, CA.

 

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 12:52 PM

Thanks for the link, Greg.

 

Alas, had it been built it would be long gone by now.

 

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 02:45 PM

Bill is right. The property values on Long Island would have been the main factor in its demise.
 
Like the song says, "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."
 
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Posted 25 October 2017 - 03:29 PM

Yeah, I know, but I didn't know if you guys were aware of this snippet of early racing history. I sure wasn't...


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 03:59 PM

I was  not aware of this but was aware of the Vanderbilt Cup races and the Vanderbilt motor parkway (pieces still left in spots).
 
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Posted 25 October 2017 - 05:08 PM

Cheater,
 
Did you know that the Atlanta airport site was once a big raceway?
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Posted 25 October 2017 - 05:57 PM

You bet I did, Edie.

Lakewood Speedway was a very important track in the US racing landscape from 1919 until 1979.

Lakewood Speedway Wikipedia entry

 

Two great factoids about Lakewood...

 

"A first automobile race was held at the track later that year; it featured Barney Oldfield in a match race against Ralph DePalma which attracted 15,000 spectators."

 

"Richard Petty took the checkered flag to win his first NASCAR Grand National race at the track in 1959. Second place finisher Lee Petty (Richard's father and car owner) protested the result, asking for a recount of the race's scorecards. NASCAR official recounted the scorecards and awarded the win to Lee Petty."


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 06:10 PM

I actually went to races at Lakewood with my father in the '50s and '60s, but that is not the track I am talking about. If memory serves the site where the airport was built was a large Indy style four cornered track. It was only used for a short time in the early 1900s. 

 

Copied from Wikipedia and so far the only reference I have been able to find related to the track "Hartsfield-Jackson had its beginnings with a five-year, rent-free lease on 287 acres that was an abandoned auto racetrack named The Atlanta Speedway."


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 06:45 PM

Here you go, Eddie:
 
Atlanta Candler Field: from Racetrack to Airport
 
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Posted 25 October 2017 - 06:51 PM

Try this one:
 
Atlanta Motordrome: South's First Superspeedway


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Posted 26 October 2017 - 03:09 PM

Very few of the people living around Chicago know that a major dragstrip operation had been planned for the DuPage county fairgrounds.

 

It lost out in the competition for funding when the money was diverted into a mental health facility nearby. Just another dream that didn't come true.  







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