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Old 07-16-2008, 04:24 PM   #1
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Default The Old Sanjose Speedway

Does any body remember the Old Sanjose speedway?
My father use to take me out there when I was a kid
and I was just on the Internet and came across a few pics
of some of the super modifieds of the 70's I still remember
how overwhelming I thought it was and still think about it to
this day.That was the best memories I have.My dad was in the
steel industry at a place called PSP Peninsula Steel Products,and
Several of the guys he worked with would bring there race cars in
to fix things to be ready for friday or Saturday He still to this day,
talks about how cool it was, so I was wondering if anybody else here
on the HAMB has memories of the speedway.
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:35 PM   #2
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Yeah, I remember it well. That place was cool! I wish I had gone there more often before they shut it down. I always had a blast whenever I went there, no matter what sort of cars they were racing that day.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:03 PM   #3
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Do you mean the paved track at Reid Hillview or the fairgrounds track? If your really old you would remember "Little Bonneville" a short lived (and short run off) drag strip near Reid Hillview. First drag strip I ever went to.
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The Super Modified circut in the central Cal area was Kearney Bowl, Friday night. Saturday nights was San Jose and back to Clovis for Sunday nights. The battles had warriors like Al Pombo, Marshall Sargent, George Snider, Bill Vukovich jr and lots more. I don't remember who the promoter at San Jose was but I can still see Black Geghian, the promoter at Clovis, driving the water truck. The racers ran 3 different length tracks, dirt and asphalt, in 3 days, with the same cars.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:49 PM   #5
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Back in the mid 70s I wrenched on a Late Model that we took out to Nor. Cal. (Roseville IIRC ?) for a open comp show and also on the card were the supers from that area. I was quite surprised to see that most were still using upright chassis with buggy springs on both ends as, by then, most supers around here were offset roadsters with T-bars and such. But even with the antique suspension they sure could hike em around the track. Of course those big ol 17" steam roller tires they ran didn't hurt any. Anyway, if you're not already aware, here's a site with a lot of pic's and such. http://public.fotki.com/nitram22/
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I remember Clovis, San Jose and Kearney Bowl. I was stationed at Alameda Naval Air Station for almost three years and went to alot of events at those tracks and I raced my drag bike at Fremont. Ah yes......those were the days.
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Old 07-17-2008, 10:26 AM   #7
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That is so Bitchen me and my dad still talk about it all the time, and by the way
I am referring to the asphault track, but I was pretty young and some of the,
memeories intertwine together with the fairgrounds. My dad worked with Ernie
Rose brother to Pat rose who might still be running sprints today I don't know
I don't live in Cali anymore but some of the guys I remember are Art McCarthy,
Nick Ringo Mike and Mark Sargent Nick Rescino, Johnny Brazil, and Rod Fertado,
Chuck Miller and a few more,but anyway those times were so great I wish racing
here in Spokane was as Memorable as those times, By the way what do you mean
by Buggie Suspension versus T bar and such.
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Old 07-17-2008, 10:44 AM   #8
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That is so Bitchen me and my dad still talk about it all the time, and by the way
I am referring to the asphault track, but I was pretty young and some of the,
memeories intertwine together with the fairgrounds. My dad worked with Ernie
Rose brother to Pat rose who might still be running sprints today I don't know
I don't live in Cali anymore but some of the guys I remember are Art McCarthy,
Nick Ringo Mike and Mark Sargent Nick Rescino, Johnny Brazil, and Rod Fertado,
Chuck Miller and a few more,but anyway those times were so great I wish racing
here in Spokane was as Memorable as those times, By the way what do you mean
by Buggie Suspension versus T bar and such.
Buggy spring is just another term for the old ford cross leaf springs that many hot rods use today. Nothing wrong with them, but there not very tune-able for racing and pretty heavy. T-bars is torsion bars, very adjustable and light weight, standard equipment on about all sprint cars today.
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Transverse leaf spring versus a torsion bar (or even a coil-over) set-up. The early modifieds ran transverse leafs for many years until the sprint car & midget suspension technology caught up with them.
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My uncle took me to the SJ Speedway (and to Fremont for the drags) just about every weekend during the late 60's and early 70's. What I remember most about the Speedway was seeing the fistfights in the pits, insane crashes and my uncle's beer always had a peppering of tire rubber in it....
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My uncle took me to the SJ Speedway (and to Fremont for the drags) just about every weekend during the late 60's and early 70's. What I remember most about the Speedway was seeing the fistfights in the pits, insane crashes and my uncle's beer always had a peppering of tire rubber in it....
Went to the fights and a race broke out!
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Old 07-17-2008, 11:32 AM   #12
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That is so Bitchen me and my dad still talk about it all the time, and by the way
I am referring to the asphault track, but I was pretty young and some of the,
memeories intertwine together with the fairgrounds. My dad worked with Ernie
Rose brother to Pat rose who might still be running sprints today I don't know
I don't live in Cali anymore but some of the guys I remember are Art McCarthy,
Nick Ringo Mike and Mark Sargent Nick Rescino, Johnny Brazil, and Rod Fertado,
Chuck Miller and a few more,but anyway those times were so great I wish racing
here in Spokane was as Memorable as those times, By the way what do you mean
by Buggie Suspension versus T bar and such.
...Clyde Palmer, Howard Keading, Bret Keading, Art Dijoni (spl) 'the carrot king' Donnie Eperson, and of course the perennial trophy sponsor Blossom Hill Florist, and before mike/mark sargent there was marshall. also robert yates,, think nascar . many sat nights on east tully road. actually the push trucks were always very entertaining as well . cars push started out of pits for qualifying etc. More than one weekend would be Sat. qualifying at Fremont drag strip, quick cleanup, and then down to SJ Speedway to watch qualifying and show then back to Fremont on Sunday morning.
As you said very memorable !
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...Clyde Palmer, Howard Keading, Bret Keading, Art Dijoni (spl) 'the carrot king' Donnie Eperson, and of course the perennial trophy sponsor Blossom Hill Florist, and before mike/mark sargent there was marshall. also robert yates,, think nascar . many sat nights on east tully road. actually the push trucks were always very entertaining as well . cars push started out of pits for qualifying etc. More than one weekend would be Sat. qualifying at Fremont drag strip, quick cleanup, and then down to SJ Speedway to watch qualifying and show then back to Fremont on Sunday morning.
As you said very memorable !

That was my weekend life with my uncle Mike Ireton. He and his buddies raced Fremont and Half Moon Bay on a regular basis. Uncle Mike ran a C/G Chevy coupe...
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That was my weekend life with my uncle Mike Ireton. He and his buddies raced Fremont and Half Moon Bay on a regular basis. Uncle Mike ran a C/G Chevy coupe...
not to hijack thread, I'm currently approx 1 mi south of old hmb dragstip and its foggy. friend had C/G '57 chev. ran fremont.68-70 +- hmb was closed by then but San jose was great backstraight outside at exit of turn 2 or entrance to turn 3 for hi speed stuff
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Transverse leaf spring versus a torsion bar (or even a coil-over) set-up. The early modifieds ran transverse leafs for many years until the sprint car & midget suspension technology caught up with them.
The "Hard-tops" as they were called had rule meetings every year and as I remember it, the car owners voted on the rules. NASCAR sanctioned the thing and I had to join NASCAR to even be on the pit crew list so I could buy a pit pass. The rules back in the 60's required production axles front and rear. That meant beam axles front and early Ford housings with adapters and Champ quick change rear. Stock type suspension meant buggy springs unless you had more than around 340 cubes. Coil spring independant front suspencion on big motors as staight axles were quicker back then. Remember these rules were set by the owners and it was carburetors only for years.
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I think that the Madera Speedway was supposed to have been a copy of sorts of the old San Jose track. In the later years the only rule there was , was 'there are no rules"
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Hey thanks guys for all the replies I was only like 5 or 6 years old and all the fights,
and crashes as well are probably why it seemed so exciting to me. So I decided to
Post a thread and see if anyone else had experianced it as well.
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Hey by the way is all that suspension relativley close to traditional rods for
instance I know most people would not build a rod around a modified suspension
that came from an early supr mod but as crazy as it might seem I would love to find
some of that stuff and incorporate it in to a speedster or something like that.
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not to hijack thread, I'm currently approx 1 mi south of old hmb dragstip and its foggy. friend had C/G '57 chev. ran fremont.68-70 +- hmb was closed by then but San jose was great backstraight outside at exit of turn 2 or entrance to turn 3 for hi speed stuff




Pretty good chance your friend and my uncle know each other........Mike's last race car was an orange '56 chev that he ran at Fremont during the early 80's; small block, B/M, spool, and wrinkle walls. I have a pic of that car pulling the fronts up, very cool stuff! I also have a few pics stored away somewhere of SJS .....
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What do you mean remember? Isn't it still there at the fair grounds? I haven't been there since 1992 but I thought that it still exists...

I lived in San Jose for 18 years, my mother was married to a super modified racer by the name of Fred Brown.... He and some friends built one and ran it a few times... I remember the opening race they hit the track late (race already in progress) and for giggles someone thought....

"We'll call the car the Purple people Eater, and we will duck tape some purple smoke grenades to the back of the car and make our entrance late with two laps remaining"....

They got a heavy fine but it was funny as hell to see.
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I grew up in San Jose. I remember going to a couple different circle tracks . In the 70s- -early 80s. My Dads paint n body shop had one directly behind it. Umberger rd ? My Uncle (Jimmy Trillo) drag raced all up and down the west coast for years with his brothers. Racing and car shows... (waxing dads rides) good times.
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Hey by the way is all that suspension relativley close to traditional rods for
instance I know most people would not build a rod around a modified suspension
that came from an early supr mod but as crazy as it might seem I would love to find
some of that stuff and incorporate it in to a speedster or something like that.
Many early modifieds/supers were built with early Ford based suspensions. About the only modification was to incorperate weight jacker bolts in the spring perches and bend the axle for more right front camber. I got this pic off Marty K's. site mentioned in my earlier post and it shows that, for all intents and purposes', it is basicaly a T bucket on steriods. Rectangular tube frame, transverse leaf sprgs. drag link steering, and hairpin radius rods etc. and rolling on some serious meats.
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[quote=SpadezTX13;2967680]What do you mean remember? Isn't it still there at the fair grounds? I haven't been there since 1992 but I thought that it still exists...

It's been gone for a few years now. The County(Santa Clara) wants to build an amphitheater on that spot.They were in court with the city of San Jose over the whole mess.
Everything that was around that spot was leveled. The Animal area,the Grandstands (remember the Demo Derby the last day of the fair?)and the Horse area are all gone.
All that's there is a small track for dirt bikes and a paintball area close to Monterey Rd.
Ever since the Fair attendance dropped,went to 4 days and they tore out the racetrack...I haven't been back.
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I dug out the worst photo I own. It's of Baylands(Fremont) after it was closed.
I have to warn you,this is NOT for the "faint of heart"...



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when i was a kid in the '70's my grandpa used to take me to the pavement track in san jose to watch the super mods. in later years used to go to the dirt track for the dirt track nationals. i remeber the first time in the pits at the dirt track. looking around and still being able to see the mile.
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yup , great times when i was a kid at the paved track, tires flying over the fences and bouncing off cars in the parking lot haha
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yeah ,there was some cool push trucks too,i remeber a nice 60's dodge truck there every week
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We used to go to the old track on saterday nites too.Clyde Palmers wife "Bunny" used to watch us when we were little,so there was always some cool
shit to play on & in. Cliff yiskis,Donnie Epperson & Lester dearnellis also lived
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theres every thing from guys getting to the bar after the races & the car had fell of the trailer somewhere inbetween to Marshall sargent handcuffing a hiway patrol officer around a tree on the altamont pass.

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Not only San Jose but Alviso and Belmont Speedway too. In the late fifties Pop would pile us in our 55 Ford Station wagon and off we'd go. Al Pombo was a favorite, but anyone remember George Rogge? Everyone must remember Mel Kenyon. They were the "hardtops" then, all flathead powered. A few times we went up to the Cow Palace to watch the midgets. The place was so full of exhaust smoke and carbon monoxide it's a wonder we didn't all croak on the spot. At these places demolition derbys were new and as kids we loved them. The 50 and 51 Buicks were my favorites. Indestructable.
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This is how I remember it. My dad and I made the trip a few times in the 70s. I even got to race one of my bike there once.
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[quote=Hemi325;2968317]Not only San Jose but Alviso and Belmont Speedway too. In the late fifties Pop would pile us in our 55 Ford Station wagon and off we'd go. Al Pombo was a favorite, but anyone remember George Rogge? Everyone must remember Mel Kenyon. They were the "hardtops" then, all flathead powered. A few times we went up to the Cow Palace to watch the midgets. The place was so full of exhaust smoke and carbon monoxide it's a wonder we didn't all croak on the spot. At these places demolition derbys were new and as kids we loved them. The 50 and 51 Buicks were my favorites. Indestructable.[/quote

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I grew up in Belmont. Summer nights I'd be in bed with the window open and could hear the hardtops running. Loved it.
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I dug out the worst photo I own. It's of Baylands(Fremont) after it was closed.
I have to warn you,this is NOT for the "faint of heart"...



I went to the last race before it closed even tho' I lived in Sacramento Fremont was a special place, there were some great Nostalgia events got to see some of the most memorable Legends in Drag Racing.
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Back in the mid 70s I wrenched on a Late Model that we took out to Nor. Cal. (Roseville IIRC ?) for a open comp show and also on the card were the supers from that area. I was quite surprised to see that most were still using upright chassis with buggy springs on both ends as, by then, most supers around here were offset roadsters with T-bars and such. But even with the antique suspension they sure could hike em around the track. Of course those big ol 17" steam roller tires they ran didn't hurt any. Anyway, if you're not already aware, here's a site with a lot of pic's and such. http://public.fotki.com/nitram22/
Thanks for the memories in pics,I worked for M&M Speed Engineering in Sacramento in the mid 70's,Bailey Bros,Tognottis', Herberts' and Rex Hutchinsons were all in the area then.Do you remember a car that ran at San Jose sponsored by Cal Cams out of San Leandro?
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Hey guys I have to tell you that all yours storys are excellent I have really
enjoyed all of of your post's and the pics as well thank you! The flat track
bike pic is amazing that must of been the mile track I would assume.I don't
remember what year it was but one time they brought out the little midgets,
to Sanjose and the carts didn't have enough power to go up the high banks
and would slide down the corner to the inside of track. I only went to one
Mile race that was in the mid 80's I beleive eithr Bubba Sobert or Chris Carr
won that race on a Honda.
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Thanks for the memories. I remember San Jose Speedway and Baylands well. My dad took me to baylands to see my first drag race. The hilite for me was when the jet car blew down the fence.
San Jose Speedway is where I spent one night a week for a long time. I was 16 and had to have my parents sign a slip so I could join nascar and pit for my best friends big brother. Thats right, I was in the pit crew. I was somebody!! I wouldnt miss that for nothing. This is in the late 60's, no mufflers, the noise, the smell, I loved it. My friends big brother was only about 19 or 20. He had the only single carb car at the track, finished last in the C race every single week. "Next week we're gonna do better" he would tell us. His name is Ken Boman. He raced for years and years and never got to the same level as Keading, Marshel, Ricino, and the other real fast guys. Man I loved that.
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In the pits a radio on and advertising Marshal Sargents Last Lap restarant.
On the track within 5 seconds Marshal goes into the wall, I never saw
him race again and don't think he did.
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As a kid I also went to a Stock car race at Bay Medows horse race track in San Mateo. And here is a picture taken at the San Carlos mile and a quarter board track. I used to have a picture of a Big car going out the top, but sent it to the Speedway museum. Track ran in 20 and 21. No I wasn't there. I belive I do remember being at $99 claimer races in Alviso around '58 or '59 with my buddy Larry Climbe and his '49 Ford claimer.
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As a kid I also went to a Stock car race at Bay Medows horse race track in San Mateo. And here is a picture taken at the San Carlos mile and a quarter board track. I used to have a picture of a Big car going out the top, but sent it to the Speedway museum. Track ran in 20 and 21. No I wasn't there. I belive I do remember being at $99 claimer races in Alviso around '58 or '59 with my buddy Larry Climbe and his '49 Ford claimer.
A friend, Tom Razovich, who has passed away, used to talk about running on the board tracks in and around the bay area. He said that flying hunks of splintered wood really got your attention !! here comes a 2 x4 !! yikes
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I went to the last race before it closed even tho' I lived in Sacramento Fremont was a special place, there were some great Nostalgia events got to see some of the most memorable Legends in Drag Racing.
That picture sure is sad! Yeah, I was there at Fremont the last race too. A jet car roasted the KOME (or was it KSJO?) sign at the back of the dragstrip and everybody cheered. I also raced there a few times in a few different cars. What a waste! Lots of great memories at that track. I have a bunch of old pictures I took there in the '70s and '80s with a big telephoto lens buried in a box somewhere.

The thing I remember the most was standing at the corner of the wire fence about 20 feet away from the cars at the starting line while jet cars and nitro cars lined up to race, and feeling the power of their engines hitting me in the chest. That was awesome. I can almost smell the nitro and feel it burning my eyes just thinking about it. And I can remember every race when I was going down the track. There was a nice looking girl in the booth that would hand me my time-slip after I made the turnaround. One time she was laughing at me because my brakes were so lousy that I had to pass the first turnaround and turn around way down at the turnaround the top fuel guys use at the very end of the track.
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I realy remember the San Jose speedway, i was in grammer school the firdt time i went there with a friend. Al Silveiras dad took us there for a
open track roaster,and big car event. about 1950 i guess, i won 3 championships with Bill Scott driving my blue goose cars from about 1967-1971. and 1 as an engine builder after Fred Ede bought the car and had Bill still drive the car.
Fred still has the car.a track like that today would be great if there was some control on the rules to keep the cars affordable.

Keep the stories going as i,m sure whatever ones are left do truly enjoy the stories. A.C.
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Marshall Sargent was always my favorite, even though I was really too young to know anything. I remember laying on the steps up in the bleachers and falling through. fortunately a guy happened to see me start to roll and reached down and caught me. He held me suspended there until my Dad got someone from the track to unlock and let him to get me.

We have a track up here in Skagit County that brings some of those memories back.
They run Sportsman, 360, 410, and a class called Outlaw Hornets (street cars in really bad shape) Lots of dirt and speed and very down to earth. Kasey Kahne holds the track record and usually comes back at least once a year.
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My folks would go to San Jose. We lived in Merced so I grew up watching the Sportsmen cars at Merced Speedway. But on occasion went to Madera and saw the Supers there. I love those old cars, and helped start a nostalgic Sportsman class at Merced, and now am revamping a low budget open wheel class at Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon Nevada, to resemble the Sportsman/Modified cars of the 60s and 70s.
The car I grew up around...my dad painted it circ. 1972.

My "California Sportsman" at Merced Speedway in 1999

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Yeah, I was there at Fremont the last race too. A jet car roasted the KOME (or was it KSJO?) sign at the back of the dragstrip and everybody cheered.
I was there for the "Last Race" as well. I'd just checked in at NAS Moffett Field. Interestingly, they opened up the strip for some racing the following Saturday as well, but it wasn't advertised (intentionally?) and just a handful of people showed up.

I usta watch the bike races- The San Jose Mile- at the Speedway as well.

Bubba Shobert ruled!!!
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I'm an "east coast refugee", we've been in the Bay Area about 10 years. When the names of the racing venues from the bygone era come up I wonder where these places actually were. I live quite close to the speedway in Watsonville, we've been there a few times. Can anyone "put dots on maps" for the Bay Area places that were? I'm just curious...
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My family made many trips from Sacramento to San Jose back in the '70's. We loved to see those 150 lap "Johnny Key Classic" races.

My favorites at San Jose were Howard Kaeding (won 16 straight and 22 mains overall in 1973), and "Quick" Nick Rescino.


Baylands info: http://www.na-motorsports.com/Tracks/CA/Baylands.html
The outline of the oval and dragstrip used to be visible on Google Earth, the buildings there now must be fairly new.

San Jose info: http://www.na-motorsports.com/Tracks/CA/SanJose.html
(Info is about the Fairgrounds track), the paved speedway was also on Tully Road, across the street from the Eastridge Mall, next to the airport. Nothing left of it now.

Here's some pictures of old San Jose Supers at the All American Vintage Classic:


A good shot of the transverse leaf rear:

A panorama of some of the other cars at the Classic:


A bunch more stuff at my Fotki site.

P.S. I'm looking for stuff on the old Clovis Speedway, if anyone has pictures/info from there, I'd appreciate it, thanks!!
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I was there for the "Last Race" as well. I'd just checked in at NAS Moffett Field. Interestingly, they opened up the strip for some racing the following Saturday as well, but it wasn't advertised (intentionally?) and just a handful of people showed up.

I usta watch the bike races- The San Jose Mile- at the Speedway as well.

Bubba Shobert ruled!!!
The "burndown" with the Jets was out of this world! Too bad some one doesn't have it on film to post on Youtube. I ran a route for a linen company and passed by there a lot after it closed,and it sat,and sat,and sat empty for a long time,too bad!
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All American Vintage Classic....
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That blue circle three was the greatest. Al Pombo.
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All American Vintage Classic....
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In the late fifties we'd pile in the station wagon and Pop would take us to Belmont, Alviso and SanJose Speedways......and even the Cow Palace in South City, where the midgets ran. Turdytoo is right, they were called 'hardtops" in the day. Al Pombo was a biggie, as was Joe Leonard. I was a fan of George Rogge, a Palo Alto junkyard owner. After I had my drivers license, we went up to Belmont one night and some prick stole the 32 grille off my roadster. I was pissed because the replacement I found cost me 5 bucks! In 1959 that was a lot of money to me.
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Nitram22....AWESOME PICS!!!!!!, Thanks
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Any of you remember when the Baylands speedway site was a boat race facility?
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This is the famous Blue Goose refered to in the post above by ACsidetrack in post #42
Driven by Bill Scott they were virtualy unbeatable almost every sat night out there for a couple of years.



AC Is Arnold Chaves I believe. They won more than their share with this car. I was there for most of them. I knew Bill and was tired of seeing Him have virtualy no competition. But they worked very hard to get it so? One thing about it back then at SJ the more you won the farther back you had to start the main event My guess He started last place in most of those main event wins. The record 16 Fast times in row!! Just going for it every sat night.
I was wondering My brother worked with a guy who had a Buick powered Hard Top Bill drove it a few times, I think burt Foland Did also. His shop was out on the Sunnyvale end of the old Highway 9 close to the Brass Rail. I ended up with one of those buicks in a 51 GMC pu My brother left Me in his will. anybody know of Him?

By the way there is a book out on the San Jose areas auto racing. The title is History of San Jose Auto racing 1903-2007. raceing was held on no less that 14 tracks in that area.
go to www.openwheelracers3.com or just www.historyofsanjose racing.com You will not find a better boook on racing from that area anywhere.
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I raced Street Stocks at San Jose, Watsonville, and Antioch.
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From the message #57 above.
The name of that car owner just came to me, It was Phil Bettencourt, anyone know or remember Him?
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This is the famous Blue Goose refered to in the post above by ACsidetrack in post #42
Driven by Bill Scott they were virtualy unbeatable almost every sat night out there for a couple of years.



AC Is Arnold Chaves I believe. They won more than their share with this car. I was there for most of them. I knew Bill and was tired of seeing Him have virtualy no competition. But they worked very hard to get it so? One thing about it back then at SJ the more you won the farther back you had to start the main event My guess He started last place in most of those main event wins. The record 16 Fast times in row!! Just going for it every sat night.
I was wondering My brother worked with a guy who had a Buick powered Hard Top Bill drove it a few times, I think burt Foland Did also. His shop was out on the Sunnyvale end of the old Highway 9 close to the Brass Rail. I ended up with one of those buicks in a 51 GMC pu My brother left Me in his will. anybody know of Him?

By the way there is a book out on the San Jose areas auto racing. The title is History of San Jose Auto racing 1903-2007. raceing was held on no less that 14 tracks in that area.
go to www.openwheelracers3.com or just www.historyofsanjose racing.com You will not find a better boook on racing from that area anywhere.
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Wow...that brings back some memories. I spent many Saturday nights at the old SJ Speedway Hardtops, not the fairgrounds. Marshall Sargent in his Ford Vicky was the D. Earnhardt of the time and later his sons Mike and Mark, Al Pombo, the Kaeding's . Lots of fisticuffs in the pits. The food was frickin' terrible. This is back when folks raced 40 Ford Coupes, Model A's, etc. If you rolled over and finished the race you got a cash prize. Destruction Derbys. Loved the asphalt track. I never attended a dirt track race until Amarillo Speedway in Texas while was in the USAF there. I had completely forgotten the short-lived drag strip at Reid Hillview. Went there a few times also. Half Moon Bay, where Garlits broke 150 MPH for the first time if I remember correctly in one of the Swamp Rats. I live near Watsonville Speedway and never go anymore. It ain't the same. I like banked asphalt and a longer track.

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My grandfather raced at San Jose speedway in I believe late 40's and early 50's. His name was Earl Smith. From what I am told he had the last track record for a Flathead. But I am wondering if anyone might have any pictures of him and or his cars. He raced roadsters and hardtops.

I found these links of someones paper clipping talking about him but that is about it

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I was looking through some old San Jose spdwy pictures and came across this one, I am not sure how i got it and cant indentify any one in it, Can you help? It says 1962 on the back.
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My father used to take me to see the figure 8 races in San Jose (mid to late 60's). Too many 55-57 Chevy sedans to count.

One of my favorite San Jose speedway stories came from Jack English (deceased) who in the 50's, used to use his '39 Dodge (hand crank) tow truck at the Speedway to clear the track after accidents. One night he picked up a modified from the front, but the ignition was still on and it was in gear. The motor fired and he had to go around the track as fast as he could (with the car still in tow) till it ran out of gas. He received a standing ovation.

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Wow...that brings back some memories. I spent many Saturday nights at the old SJ Speedway Hardtops, not the fairgrounds. Marshall Sargent in his Ford Vicky was the D. Earnhardt of the time and later his sons Mike and Mark, Al Pombo, the Kaeding's . Lots of fisticuffs in the pits. The food was frickin' terrible. This is back when folks raced 40 Ford Coupes, Model A's, etc. If you rolled over and finished the race you got a cash prize. Destruction Derbys. Loved the asphalt track. I never attended a dirt track race until Amarillo Speedway in Texas while was in the USAF there. I had completely forgotten the short-lived drag strip at Reid Hillview. Went there a few times also. Half Moon Bay, where Garlits broke 150 MPH for the first time if I remember correctly in one of the Swamp Rats. I live near Watsonville Speedway and never go anymore. It ain't the same. I like banked asphalt and a longer track.

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Terrible food? Evidently You didnt have a Silva Linguica sandwich?
drag strip at Reid Hillview? It wasnt there but at an airport a little further north they called it Little Bonneville I think? He has all the records just about in the book that were set there.
You have to have this book for all the old tracks information listed in the San Jose area from about 1900 to 2000?
http://www.historysanjoseautoracing.com/
Dennis covers that drag strip with picturs ALSO.
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Funny, my memory is that they had the best french fries on earth. Of course, that was 1960 and I was 6. Clyde/Bernice/Scotty Palmer were our next door neighbors and my parents could not keep me out of his garage when his car was there. Used to love the watch the 7 and 10 battle it out - Palmer and Sargent.
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Not exactly San Jose, but Im sure they will do....Recent photos from Tulare and Madera Speedways
http://www.bakerracingpix.com/vintag...s__tulare.html

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there is a reunion coming up for the Tully rd spdwy, 50s & 60s racing there and other places, I guess anyone interested in going back with stories or bringing thier vintage cars would be welcome.
any one here want the information for it?
It is being held in Morgan Hill and I hear it may b e the last one?
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Just for fun, thought I would share this.
I am building this out of a bunch of stuff I have managed to scrounge over the years,
figured if I couldnt ever have a real super, I could build one for the grand kids to play on.
Hope to have it done in a month for the grandsons visit


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Neat project.
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My dad used to pit for delong years ago out there. I grew up going to the races on saturday nights. Glad to see I'm not the only one still thinkin bout those days...
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Got more done on the lil back yard modified today. Squared up cage and got motor in. This had been too much fun.




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My dad used to pit for delong years ago out there. I grew up going to the races on saturday nights. Glad to see I'm not the only one still thinkin bout those days...
is that the delong that used to grind cams? i have an old reverse rotation that he ground.
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Dennis (The Menace ) Arnold set up this picturte on old drivers from San Jose his picture is at the bottom of the page of pictures.

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also go to http://www.openwheelracers3.com/Photos.php then scroll down for the rest of the pictures. Did you recognize any of those guys?
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First pictures on My site were Paul "RED" Bender Starter at SJ And Kearny Bowl, KennyTakaucih the announcer for several years at SJ Kearny bowl And Clovis, Al Mambo Pombo at the tool box, then Big guy next to the #3 car is Howard Kaeding and the guy with the ten car is the old Villian Clyde Palmer.
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How she looked not to long after closeing.
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One of the old San Jose MASTERS Al Mombo Pombo Who recently passed away.
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yes AC would be Arnold Chaves
If any of you guys are interested in seeing Pombo's, Sargent's, Nick's and about 20 other old supers from that era still run. The Ledgends of Kearney bowl just sent me the 2011 schedule, They will be running at Madera April 2nd, Tulare april 16th, Tulare April 30th after the Jim Perry Kearney Bowl reunion, this will be a good show! May 7th Madera, May 14th Tulare Pombo/Sargent Classic, Madera June 11th Vukovich classic, July 1st and 2nd Howard kaeding Classic in Watsonville, Santa Maria July 23rd, Johnny Key Classic Aug 27th in Watsonville, Sept. 23, 24, at Roseville, Oct. 15th Hanford Cotton Classic, and the Walt James Classic Nov. 26th, 27th I restored a 1969 Super driven by Bob Bennifield, he won the track Championship in 1971 at Chico Silver Dollar Speedway and Shasta Speedway, you can check out pics of it on my profile, injected chevy, Ton of fun on dirt!
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thanks paddybuilt,heres a few pic's of Bob Zwemke early 70's
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Great pictures! Do you know who drove the yellow 100 super? was it a pickup?
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San Jose style Supermodifieds (ledgends of Kearney Bowl) will be running before the World Of Outlaw main event rain delay race Thursday March 31st at Kings Speedway in Hanford. Work, and weather permiting we will try to run that one.
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I remember San Jose Speedway well. They always had a great race.... Anybody remeber Bill Hill or Joe Bailey Brooks?? Those guys were always just crazy out there. But sorry to say, nothing was more exciting that watching the figure eight races on Friday night at Watsonville speedway!!!!
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Cool pics ! Check out my new wec site: www.legendsofsanjosespeedway.com. Let me know what you think.
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Check out my web site - www.legendsofsanjosespeedway.com. Let me know what you think.
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Great site Jburns! thanks!
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If you like the old supermodifieds the Howard Kaeding Classic will be running Friday and Saturday nights July 1st and 2nd. The Kearney Bowl ledgend will be running along with Golden State King of the West sprint cars and Ocean Sprints at Watsonville Speedway, Santa Cruz, Should be a bad ass show! fireworks included! and some good looking old supermodifieds
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An old Howard Kaeding ride
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I was told this is one of the real Blue Goose's ? of Arnold Chaves driven to many wins and a couple of SJ spdwy track championships
The last 2 photos taken at Roseville West Capitol vintage meet on sept 23

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Excellent site.

Was loaned a disc of many (not all) early issues of Racing Wheels (1962-64). Attached is a letter from Kenny T., which seems to pinpoint the beginning correspondence from the San Jose area to the newspaper.

I'll send stuff to you as I come across it. Other things will probably end up on the blog listed as my signature.
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the 100 was the first Nelson Santos Chevy, formerly driven by Johnny Brazil, here it was driven by Charlie Correia from Tracy, CA
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Do you mean this car? This was taken at

All American spdwy for the West Capitol vintage Gathering

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I used to live a couple of blocks away from the track befor eastridge shoping center. We used to walk over there and see all those people you were talking about. I think i was in the 6th grade when I started going there. I went to school with a Silva and his pareent owned the Silva sauges and they used to sell them there. You guys brought back some memories. Thanks
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i used to live a couple of blocks away from the track befor eastridge shoping center. We used to walk over there and see all those people you were talking about. I think i was in the 6th grade when i started going there. I went to school with a silva and his pareent owned the silva sauges and they used to sell them there. You guys brought back some memories. Thanks
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NO I cant, but I can say LINGUICA If You went there to that LINGUICA stand You probably heard them shout "One SILVA Special, Linguica sandwich? I was the one that was created for. It called for two links in one sandwich as far as I know they didn't do it for anyone else?
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The Legends of Kearney Bowl is a group of guys bringing back the old supermodifieds. Last Sat. they had 18! old Supers that ran Hanford at the Cotton Classic, They will be running Tulare Thunderbowl on Nov. 12, some great old supers. Al Pombo's #3, Sargents #7, Everett Edlunds #1, Brazil #1 car to name a few, come check em out!
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Here is a link to a web album of some San Jose Supers I took in Watsonville, Ca this past August.

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Vintage supermodifieds, sprints, midgets, and track roadsters will be running at the Walt James Classic Willow Springs the Friday and Sat. After Thanksgiving, they also have a speed part swap meet, if you have a car bring it out, lots of track time
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I took this picture in 1959. Was a sad day as short of operating monies We had some new parts in a rebuilt engine and it didnt last very long, Seems the rod bearings were stock rod throw size but the crank had a .010 under throws on it. Well with those clearances it didnt take long for it to start rattling on every throw!
Marshall Sargent in the sedan and Shiner Watkins in the midget owned by chet Taylor of Santa Clara ca. owner of Taylors Safety Service of SC and Jack Hughes of Morgn Hill Ca.owner of Morgan Hill auto parts. Funny but Shiner never did get to race that midget

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No the one pictured below by PaddyBuilt coming out of turn two at SJ. Nice pic here though of the 100 in the pits, Thanks. One of my all time favorite cars from that time. Oh how I miss those days. Got to see it on the track at Roseville 09/11.

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interested in San Jose and most other modified and hardtop tracks in norcal go to this face book page there are over 1,000 photos there already

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No the one pictured below by PaddyBuilt coming out of turn two at SJ. Nice pic here though of the 100 in the pits, Thanks. One of my all time favorite cars from that time. Oh how I miss those days. Got to see it on the track at Roseville 09/11.

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Definitely Charlie C. at the wheel of the same #100 (no fuel injection) in that photo, along with Bob Z., Earle Stanton, Kirk Edison (in the former #91 Roland Wlodyka car) and it looks like Lloyd Beard's red #1 car sneaking into the picture. Recall Charlie badly wrecking his #26 ride earlier in the season. His big back yard in Tracy, CA was visible from an overpass along 580.

This is how someone remembers the same car on another night:

http://www.hoseheadforums.com/forumD...ThreadID=40989

Were you there the night Stockton Modified driver Tony Querillo (#100) won the main event at the old San Jose Speedway (Tully Road) in his first ever appearance at the track? I remember Fred Ede was highly agitated at the Stockton 99 Speedway champion, who's chief mechanic had dropped a super modified engine in the #100 car. It was amazing that he won the main against some of the best open wheel asphalt drivers on the west coast - in his first appearance. The car was owned by Nelson Santos of Tracy, who later became the car owner of a new #100 for former great Johnny Brazil of Manteca. That was a night to remember and I think several of the super drivers were not very happy.



Tony Queriolo (with Michelle Davis) - first career San Jose Speedway Main Event win (7/6/74)

I was there. It may have been one of those nights when the Main Event ran almost non-stop and he started near the front of the field. It may also have been one of the four or five Key race qualifying nights, when car counts were up, and the crowds and purses were bigger than normal too. Fred Ede in his circle 4 car from Clovis/Fresno area may have missed out on a Key race qualifying spot.

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First race there ever for sure He had to start up front due to the handicaping system in play there. All the quick timers would start in back plus if you were up in points or had won in the previous weeks you would also start out back. I am not for sure on their handicaping system but if you started up front you either had not ever raced there before or werent very good there.
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aXe33 Thanks for the info on facebook supermodified pictures, there was some questions on my #97 super in there. The questions on two different names on the car. Bob Benifield's name is on the grandstand side of the car. Bob drove the car from 1970 - 1974, Bob won track Championships at both Chico Silver Dollar Speedway and Anderson Shasta Speedway in 1971. The other question was were the car was running in a picture taken in 2009. That picture was taken by Art Spaulding at the Walt James Classic at Willow Springs Thanks Giving weekend. The Jim Perry Reunion is April 28th with most of the Supers running Tulare that night.
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i look at this everyday
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Nice image of Pombo....Bob McCoy is the best.
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Great picture TommyV!!! I get to look at this every day....(from the kitchen window, so the wifey gets to as well)....LOL
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San Jose Supermodified (Ledgends of Kearney Bowl) schedule for 2012 March 31st Madera, Gerhart Classic
April 14th Tulare Thunderbowl
April 28th Jim Perry Reunion and Tulare
May 5th Hanford
May 12th Tulare Sargent Pombo Classic
May 19th Stockton
June 2nd Tulare
June 9th Madera Pombo Classic
July 7th Watsonville Howard Kaeding Classic!
July 14th Hanford
Aug 8th Madera
Aug 18th Stockton Johnny Brazil Tribute
Aug 25th Watsonville Johnie Key classic
Sept. 14, 15 Roseville
Sept. 29th Santa Maria
Oct. 13th Hanford Cotton Classic
Oct. 27th Chowchilla

Come on out and watch the Supermodifieds run, Guys have up to 20 of these old supers restored and running, Sargent and Pombos cars will be on track, Also take in some sprint cars racing on dirt tracks. If you liked the Supermodifieds of the 60s thru 80s here's an opportunity to see them run again.
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First race there ever for sure He had to start up front due to the handicaping system in play there. All the quick timers would start in back plus if you were up in points or had won in the previous weeks you would also start out back. I am not for sure on their handicaping system but if you started up front you either had not ever raced there before or werent very good there.
Starting up front in the Main still meant that you were among the 18 fastest qualifiers, as originally there were no transfers from the Semi, and the 20 or 40 lap (double-points) Main was a fully inverted start, as were all of the Heat Races, the Semi Main (Semi points), the Final Heat and the Trophy Dash, plus like you mentioned there was the handicap list, based on a driver's two most recent Main Event appearances/finishes. Sand-bagging or problems during qualifying didn't pay more than once.

Setting Fast Time (points) got you to the back of one of two fast Heats (even and odd number qualifiers), and the Trophy Dash and the Final Heat (points), if you were good enough to do well in your Heat Race (no points).

The cars were supposed to be self-starting too, and those needing to be push-started for the start of a race would go to the back of the field. Starts and all restarts were double-file, with racing to the yellow, but not to the red, and red flagged and subsequent yellow flag laps didn't count. No curfew and grease sweep could make for a very long/late night.

If one or more of the original 18 fastest qualifiers didn't make it out for the Main for one reason or another, the next quickest guys moved up, and sometimes a car/driver could be persuaded to sit out the Main, to move the right guy up, who was running for points. A few times the entire Main Event field qualified in the 13 second bracket at the 1/3 mile banked oval.

You got to see a really hot driver in multiple Hot Lap sessions, Qualifyng, run his Heat (six laps), run the Trophy Dash (3 laps), run the Final Heat (10 laps and sometimes the best race of the night) and run the Main (20 or 40 laps), and all for $3.50 on a Saturday night. Real racin'!
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Starting up front in the Main still meant that you were among the 18 fastest qualifiers, as originally there were no transfers from the Semi, and the 20 or 40 lap (double-points) Main was a fully inverted start, as were all of the Heat Races, the Semi Main (Semi points), the Final Heat and the Trophy Dash, plus like you mentioned there was the handicap list, based on a driver's two most recent Main Event appearances/finishes. Sand-bagging or problems during qualifying didn't pay more than once.

Setting Fast Time (points) got you to the back of one of two fast Heats (even and odd number qualifiers), and the Trophy Dash and the Final Heat (points), if you were good enough to do well in your Heat Race (no points).

The cars were supposed to be self-starting too, and those needing to be push-started for the start of a race would go to the back of the field. Starts and all restarts were double-file, with racing to the yellow, but not to the red, and red flagged and subsequent yellow flag laps didn't count. No curfew and grease sweep could make for a very long/late night.

If one or more of the original 18 fastest qualifiers didn't make it out for the Main for one reason or another, the next quickest guys moved up, and sometimes a car/driver could be persuaded to sit out the Main, to move the right guy up, who was running for points. A few times the entire Main Event field qualified in the 13 second bracket at the 1/3 mile banked oval.

You got to see a really hot driver in multiple Hot Lap sessions, Qualifyng, run his Heat (six laps), run the Trophy Dash (3 laps), run the Final Heat (10 laps and sometimes the best race of the night) and run the Main (20 or 40 laps), and all for $3.50 on a Saturday night. Real racin'!


I remember whan it was only a $1.25 to get in there, But as a kid I usualy just followed a group in for free. Ticket taker knew Me and let it pass.
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Sorry for resurrecting an old post but, I think I might have found something that belonged to the San Jose Speedway. At least the Craigslist ad says it came from there.

It's a 1938 Dodge Brothers Tow Truck.

Does anyone recall ever seeing this truck in action or possibly have action pictures of it?

I've been pondering buying it and restoring it to look like a working tow truck. I'd like to get any decal work that might have been on it replaced, perhaps from the San Jose Speedway?

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Sorry for resurrecting an old post but, I think I might have found something that belonged to the San Jose Speedway. At least the Craigslist ad says it came from there.

It's a 1938 Dodge Brothers Tow Truck.

Does anyone recall ever seeing this truck in action or possibly have action pictures of it?

I've been pondering buying it and restoring it to look like a working tow truck. I'd like to get any decal work that might have been on it replaced, perhaps from the San Jose Speedway?

Anyway, here's a couple of pictures. Any help is greatly appreciated. Drop me a note if you can.
That truck looks vaguely familiar and I don't know if I have any photos of it from the early '70s, but I do recall it looking exactly the same, way back when.
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This was the car I pitted for, it was a great time but-
this happened all to often.

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Old 02-24-2013, 12:57 AM   #118
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Have to say, we moved to a home that was right across the street from the north enterance of the old speedway. I spent many Saturday nights watching, then working, at the speedway for 3 years. The subdivision was new, the airport was half the size it is now, and Eastridge Mall was a golf course. Before that my Father and my uncles raced hard tops in the late 50's, early 60's there. I remember he won one race! On the last lap the two cars in front of him (half a lap ahead) took each other out and he passed them to win the race. He used to let me ride in the car to the racetrack as they pulled it with a towbar. LOL.... can you imagine doing that today? Silva's was the best, and the fries were great, too. Oh, and my Father was banned from the track after he and my Mom sperated. He got drunk and crashed his car in front of the main stands. His number, 502. The same the police used for drunk driving code. LOL
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:39 PM   #119
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anybody remember the old alviso speedway?
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:04 AM   #120
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Oh yeah. My buddy and later race car partner Larry Climbie ran a claimer there. Lots of fun. little success.
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:51 PM   #121
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Anyone able to "date" this photo? I have a copy of a few pages from the San Jose Speedway Poor Man's 500 program from '52 (given to me by Bob Barkheimer in '75), listing Bud Olson as the driver of a #17 car for that particular event.

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Old 02-24-2014, 09:22 AM   #122
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I think some of my dad's pictures are either SJ or Belmont. Www.fredsslides.com
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