Northeastern Speedway (restored)

This 1/5 mile oval race track opened on July 18, 1959. Races were held here until 1966. The track had a dirt surface for the first two seasons and was paved in 1961. It is credited as the first organized racing facility in the state of Vermont.

The races were announced by Ken Squier, who would go on to be a national television motorsports commentator. The track's original flagman, Archie Blackadar, would eventually work for 30 years with NASCAR as a steward.

The speedway was tremendously successful in the first 3-4 years, but with the introduction of other race tracks in the area, fewer race cars participated, and attendance declined.

Over time, the property was grown over with trees and brush, but the track surface and front stretch wall remained hidden within the woods. This is visible in historical satellite views in Google Earth.

A restoration project began in 2008. Since then, a reunion was held here with many of the old cars and drivers from that era. The speedway was added to the state's historical registry in 2012.
796 views
Views by date
UnratedRate as 1Rate as 2Rate as 3Rate as 4Rate as 5Rate as 6Rate as 7Rate as 8Rate as 9Rate as 10

Categories

Comments

Policies

Please log in if you don't want to post anonymously (anonymous users cannot post links).

Note: VirtualGlobetrotting is an entertainment website is and is not associated with this post, location or person.

Please enable images and enter code to post
Reload

Around the World Mailing List

Share:

Comments

Policies

Please log in if you don't want to post anonymously (anonymous users cannot post links).

Note: VirtualGlobetrotting is an entertainment website is and is not associated with this post, location or person.

Please enable images and enter code to post
Reload