Thursday, May 6, 2010

American Board Tracks -- "Glory Roads"












Jack Prince, designer of Playa del Ray, Elmhurst, Des Moines, Omaha,Uniontown, Cotati, Charlotte, Laurel; co-designer with Arthur Pilsbury Fresno, San Carlos, Kansas City, Altoona, Culver City, Salem, and Amatol.



Hi folks -- I am just starting my next project -- a cultural history of automobile racing in America to 1941. So I am starting from near scratch, so to speak, and my first major source is Griff Borgeson's The Golden Age of the American Racing Car. Board tracks have always fascinated me -- see reference in my Automoible and American Life. Taken from Borgeson, p. 323, 2nd edition, here is a list of Board Tracks and length of operation:










Playa del Rey, CA 1.0 mi 1910-1913





Elmhurst, CA 0.5 mi 1911-1913





Chicago (Maywood) 2.0mi 1915-1917





Des Moines, IA 1.0 mi 1915-1917





Omaha, NE 1.25 1915-1917





Brooklyn,NY (Sheepshead Bay) 2.0 1915-1919





Uniontwon, PA 1.125 1916-1922





Cincinnati, OH 2.0 1916-1919





Tacoma, WA 2.0 1915-1921





BeverlyHills, CA 1.25 1920-1924





Fresno, CA 1.0 1920-1927





San Carlos, CA 1.25 1921-1922





Cotati, CA 1.25 1921-1922





Kansas City, MO 1.25 1922-1924





Altoona, PA 1.25 1923-1931





Charlotte, NC 1.25 1924-1926





Culver City CA 1.25 1924-1927





Salem, NH (Rockingham) 1.25 1925-1927





Laurel, MD 1.125 1925-1926





Miami, Fl (Fulford-by-the-Sea) 1.25 1926-1927





Amatol, NJ (Atlantic City) 1.5 1926-1928

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