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Historic racing presentation at the Saratoga Auto Museum


I just spoke with Ken Gypson and he has informed me that he will be one of the presenters at the Saratoga Auto Museum on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24th.

The subject will be LOST SPEEDWAYS DAYS

A variety of speakers and former participants set to relive the glory days of area speedways that are no longer active. Such hallowed sites as White's Beach, the Pine Bowl, Empire Raceway, State Line, Victoria, Cairo and Mid-State Speedway, among others, will be remembered. Those with photos, programs and other memorabilia from these speedways are urged to bring them to the program to help bring memories to life once again.

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that sounds intereting. I'll put it on my calender.
I was looking at the entry list for Pine Bowl and I remember a lot of these drivers.
speaking of dirt and paved track. Drivers often ran the same car on both, just changing tires. try that now.

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That sounds great Richard. I was contacted this morning by Greg Rickes and was informed that Ron Hedger is the organizing director for the panel discussion at the Saratoga Auto Museum on this subject. There will be recollections by the folks who raced at these tracks as well as displays of memorabilia.

This will not be the first discussion at the museum on this subject however. There was an earlier presentation regarding "Lost Speedway Days" this past April. It was on the same day that we had that spring snow storm.
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While at work today, I noticed an older gent out back who's business it was to take away our old motorcycle tires. Just for the heck of it, I asked him if he ever raced stock cars on any of our local ovals years ago. His eyes lit up. It was like hitting the jackpot. His name is Rodney Krzykowski and he ran at Pine Bowl, Albany Saratoga, Victoria, all over the place in the 50's and early 60's. I enoyed hearing some of his stories from the old days, and he enjoyed telling them just as much. I wish I had more time to chat with him, but we were both at work and had to get back to doing so.

Boy it sure is nice meeting people like this. I hope to meet more of them soon. Once they're gone, so is all of their historical data and stories. If you see an older gent, ask them if they ever raced. You might be surprised what they have to say. emoticon
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Way to go Mike, it is so neat to hear the guys speak about the past. Things have changed so much. If we don't ask the we will never know.
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It looks like Dave Burnham had quite a few tracks in his area years ago. Victoria Speedway was in nearby Duanesburg, NY and then there was the 1/4 mile track in Sharon Springs, NY. I did some reading about the former Sharon Raceway tonight and two familiar names came up. The track opened in 1952 and at that time the pit steward was none other than former New York State Ice Racing Association President, Harold Cameron.

"The first organization to promote the track was TRAC (The Racing Action Club) with headquarters in Albany. Starter was Don Shaver of Albany, assistant Bill Hamilton of New Baltimore, and Harold Cameron of Albany was Pit Steward."

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I found another name in the list of drivers from this track in the early fifties: car #400, Huck Spalding.

By the end of 1957 , Sharon Raceway was run by the Schoharie Valley Racing Association. Unfortunately, for unkown reasons had folded up, which left the track dead and about washed up forcing them to close.
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Victoria speeday is still there on route 20 between Duanesburg and Guilderland. Infact I think the land that the track is on is for sale right now. It is only about 50 feet from the road (route 20). It was part of a horse farm in the last 20 or so years and I think it was used to run the horses and sulkies or somthing like that. Every time I drive by I think wouldn't it be neat for AMEC to get that track but it's probably way expensive and the town there is much to uppity to allow future racing I am sure..... But maybe if we put up a huge wall....
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I just spoke with Dick Vedder. He is going to go through his old photographs and pick out race track photos from back in the day. He informed me that he and Bruce Dostal used to be teamed up in some way for many years. I think Dick crewed for him. Dick also crewed for other friends that owned cars as well. They ran at White's Beach and Victoria. He even drove at Albany Saratoga one night back when it was paved. The driver of the car he was crewing for, did not show. He qualified and ran in the feature too!

Dick's photos will be at this Monday night's monthly meeting. I asked him to bring them to the Saratoga Auto Museum on November 24th as well.

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I seem to have put away too succesfully the few photos I have but I'll keep searching.
Bruce Dostal has some photos also.
I'm also looking into movies I had taken.

I had forgotten about the Sharon track.

Here is a little trivia: Who is the driver who raced at the Altamont fairgrounds and won the 1951 Indianapolis 500 ?
          

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is it Lee Wallard,
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