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California Ghost Tracks

List of Ghost tracks in California currently documented in Open Historical Map.

Ingleside

Located in San Francisco, California.

[Ingleside]

Originally a horse track opened in 1895, Ingleside was used for auto racing from 1904 to 1911. The track was incorporated into the SF street grid as Urbano Drive.

Sources

Dates of operation and location from America's Speedways[1]. Traced from OSM Bing.

Lions Associated Drag Strip

Located in Wilmington, California.

[Lions Associated Drag Strip]

The highly regarded Lions Associated Drag Strip operated from 1955 to 1972; it's first manager was the noted motorsports figure Mickey Thompson.

Sources

Dates from America's Speedways[1], Lost Drag Strips[2]. Traced from 1962 aerial imagery.

Orange County International Raceway

Located in Irvine California.

[Orange County International Raceway]

Orange County International Raceway was a complex consisting of a well regarded 1/4 mile drag strip and a 2 mile road course which was only used for the first two years of operation of the facility. The drag strip operated from 1967 through 1983.

Sources

Dates from America's Speedways[1], Lost Drag Strips[2]. Traced from 1972 aerial imagery.

Riverside International Raceway

Located in Riverside, California.

[Riverside]

Riverside was a legendary multi purpose complex which was used for road racing, drag racing and oval racing during the course of its existence. It opened in 1957 and shut down in 1986. Among the more unique competitions held at Riverside were 1/2 mile drags, held for the land speed record crowd during the periods when the Utah salt flats were not usable for LSR attempts.

The oval, used during the 1960s, is not yet represented in OHM.

Sources

Dates from America's Speedways[1], Lost Drag Strips[2]. Traced from 1967 and 1978 aerial imagery.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The History of America's Speedways: Past and Present, Alan Brown, 2003
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lost Drag Strips: Ghosts of Quarter-Miles Past, Tommy Lee Byrd, 2013