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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Track-T, May 3, 2012.
Thanks for posting, lots of board tracks in the '20s, and unfortunately lots of fatalities...wonder what sits at the board track today?
Cool - where pics from - web site or ?
I heard there was a track there so I went to yahoo photos and typed in beverly hills
If I remember my history correctly, the next building on the sight was the Pan Pacific auditorium.
I even found a film made back then...
And the whole thing burned to the ground a couple years later....
Board tracks were fairly popular in the 1920's. And they attracted huge crowds... a heavy ghoul factor for certain. Wipeouts were often fatal. Check the link below, they were far more popular than I thought. I had read a book about them years ago, would love to find it again.
can only describe that with one word. Balls!!!
When I think of board tracks I don't think as Wikipedia does and talk about all of the fatalities. After spending 30 years researching early auto racing I can point to numerous fatalities on all sorts of tracks.
Board tracks were very fast and when you go fast things happen, but if I could find a way back machine I would gladly go back and be one of the railbirds. The sounds,smell and visuals had to have been incredible. Imagine 2 mile tracks at average speeds of 115mph in the teens, let alone with the superchargers and other go-fast goodies of the twenties.
Here are a couple of pics of the 2 mile board track at Sheepshead Bay, not far from Coney Island in NY.-Jim
Death racing! Crazy old bastards lol
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