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New York Ghost Tracks

List of Ghost tracks in New York currently documented in Open Historical Map.

Bridgehampton

Located near the Town of Bridgehampton, Long Island, New York.

[Bridgehampton Temporary Road Course]

[Bridgehampton Race Circuit]


The temporary road course operated from 1949 until 1953, when a death in practice brought its use to an end.

Bridgehampton Race Circuit was built in 1957 after racing was banned on public roads in NY State. It operated until the late 1990s; the last race was 1997 but there was sporadic use after that for private events.

Sources

For the temporary road course, the roads used still exist and were traced from OSM Bing. The old course map is reproduced in Lost Race Tracks[1]. Dates are from America's Speedways[2] (Note that Americas Speedways mis identifies this course as an airport circuit, which it is not.).

For the permanent circuit, dates are from America's Speedways[2]. Some portions of the track are still identifiable in current OSM Bing imagery. The remainder was located using 1996 Terraserver imagery from MSRMaps.

Burden Lake Speedway

Located south of West Sand Lake, New York.

[Burden Lake Speedway]

The track opened in 1948, and ran into the early 50s. The exact closing date is uncertain; America's Speedways gives 1956 but other local sources suggest 1952.

Sources

Dates are from America's Speedways[2]. Other information from Ken Gypson, Lecture, Saratoga Auto Museum, 2007-11-24, Greg Rickes, and Jack Hanifan. Track outline is visible in aerial imagery, traced from OSM Bing.

Pine Bowl Speedway

Located south of Troy, New York.

[Pine Bowl Speedway]

This oval operated from 1948 to 1966.

Sources

Dates are from America's Speedways[2]. Other information from Ken Gypson, Lecture, Saratoga Auto Museum, 2007-11-24, Greg Rickes, and Jack Hanifan. Track outline is visible in aerial imagery, traced from OSM Bing.

Route 66 Speedway

Located southeast of Troy, NY.

[Route 66 Speedway]

This track also operated under the name "Hollywood Bowl". It ran from 1952 through 1960.

Sources

Dates are from America's Speedways[2]. Other information from former owners.Track outline is visible in aerial imagery, traced from OSM Bing.

Watkins Glen (WGI)

Located west and southwest of Watkins Glen, New York.

[Watkins Glen Historic Circuits]

The first Road Race post WWII was held at Watkins Glen, New York in 1948. There would be two circuits using public roads, followed by a permanent circuit in the mid 1950s. Formula 1 races would be held here through the 1970s. In 1980 the modern circuit was built, which shares some sections with the third circuit.

The first three circuits are represented in OHM (the fourth circuit is very much in operation and is in OSM.) The first circuit used public roads, all of which still exist. The second circuit used public roads, most of which still exist (the third circuit was built in the same area as the second circuit and some of the second circuit roads are gone and have left no trace). The approximate locations of the missing roads are in OHM, and I am seeking older NY State aerials that should show more exact locations. A similar problem exists for the third circuit; the turn known as Big Bend is approximated in OHM at this time.

Sources

Maps of the first circuit's route are readily available in the Watkins Glen area for motor racing tourists to use following the course. The route of the second circuit is also readily available in the literature as are maps of the third circuit. The parts of the third circuit not in use by the fourth circuit are difficult to trace from modern imagery as the current track has largely eliminated all traces of its predecessor in OSM Bing imagery. Road Racing at Watkins Glen[3] describes the first three circuits and may be the original source of the standard maps of the first and second circuits.

White's Beach Speedway

AKA Raceway Park

Located on the west side of Ballston Lake, New York.

[White's Beach Speedway]

This 1/4 mile dirt oval operated from 1952 to 1961.

Sources

Dates are from America's Speedways[2]. Track outline is visible in aerial imagery, traced from OSM Bing.

References

  1. Lost Race Tracks: Treasures of Automobile Racing, Gordon Eliot White, Iconografix, 2002
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The History of America's Speedways: Past and Present, Alan Brown, 2003
  3. Road Racing at Watkins Glen, Henry Valent, Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce, 1958