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Old photos at Austin Speed-O-Rama

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rayj53, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. These are some old photos of my Father Raymond Johnson and the cars he raced over the years. Most of these are from the Fifties and sixties at the Austin Speed-O-Rome race track. If any of you have photos from the Speed-O-Rama post them. I'd love to see them.

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  2. TexasHardcore
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    Cool photos Ray, looks like your dad was a real contender out there. The Speed-O-Rama is still there, in all its abandoned and glory. The East First Auto Supply building is still in it's same location on E. 1st (now known as Cesar Chavez St.), but has been abandoned and is now being converted to what looks like a hipster clothing store.
     
  3. Thanks, He was track champ many times. Too bad someone doesn't fix the old track up. It's a real part of Austin's history.
     
  4. This isn't at the Spee-O-Rama but this is another car that my Father had.

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  5. LANCE-SPEED
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    I would like to see the remains, I tried a Google Map but didnt know where to look?
     
  6. Beebeebobby
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    I worked at Bebrick's Auto...Boy, these pics bring back memories...How about a shot of Waldo's tow truck...? My cousin raced out there ...took a few of my girlfriends there...I think Donnie Finger raced there...yep, nice old track....lot's of fun....Heck, I might even be in one of those pics...LOL.
     
  7. TexasHardcore
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    Lance, look at the intersection of 183/FM812, just south of the airport for the Speed-o-Rama.
     
  8. PUMPKINHEAD
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    Great pictures Ray. Thanks for sharing.

    Anyone have more info. on the Speed-O-Rama? I see the Bud logo on the track. When did it close?
     
  9. Marcy
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  10. chicken coupe cook
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    It's located south of Austin on US Hwy 183, Southeast of Austin-Bergstrom Int'l Airport.
    (Formerly Bergstrom AFB).

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  11. Wheelie
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    Super cool! I love seeing Texas race history. I never hear a whole lot about it , much less see pics unfortunately.
     
  12. gripelec
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    Man, that track is so overgrown with weeds now you can barely see it.
     
  13. Just got this off Bing.com
     

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  14. Yes, I knew Waldo Harper. My Mother may have some more photos of those days. I'll check with her and post them if she does. And wasn't there a Jimmy Finger as well?
    Do you know Luther New (South Side Wrecker)? My father loved him like a brother.
     
  15. peddlr
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    sure brings back memories. I was Lugnut the track clown when it was Longhorn Speedway from 86 till it closed in I believe 98 or 99. Had a lot of fun and saw a lot of good racing. Lot of old timers are still around the area. Was sad to see it close down.
     
  16. lawman
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    Neat !!!! Tom (Tired Old Man)
     
  17. Beebeebobby
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    Some relatives of Luther lived across the street....Yes, Jimmy and Donnie Finger lived down the street...I posted some pics on the Old Stock Car thread...here ya go... Austin Auto Rama.jpg

    George Cox.jpg

    Lee Machen and Bill Burt.jpg

    Schwabe Automotive And Ronnies Auto Parts.jpg

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    Waldo Harper Wrecker.jpg
     
  18. redlinetoys
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    Cool stuff!!!!!
     
  19. Dzus
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    Holy cow! Look at the unobstructed view of the the capitol:
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    When was this taken?
     
  20. Here is the 37 car changed to 87

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  21. jsprcn
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    Rayj 53;

    I have been looking at the photos of your Dads race cars. They are great!
    Do you know who owned the number 10 sprint car with your Dad
    standing beside? I now have that car in my garage and I am looking for its
    history.

    Thanks for any help you maybe able to give me,
    JSPRCN
     
  22. It's actually 77 not 10. He and Luther New owned it together.
     
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