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The Acton Speedway

Ontario : Guelph
Location #5531

Location Owner:bigpaulsmall
Creation Date: 9/26/2012
Last Updated: 9/27/2012

Now silent, the racetrack was once the place to be on Sundays. In an abandoned farmer's field, you can find the remains of the old Acton Speedway. The quarter mile racetrack can still be seen, most of the buildings are gone and the deteriorating grandstands are soon to crumble into the field. But for four years from 1968 to 1972 those grandstands were filled with 1000 local racing fans.The air was filled with the sound of roaring engines, screeching tires, and the crash of metal on metal. And of course the start of the race featured the famous "Gentlemen, start your engines", over the loudspeakers. According to one attendee, This was the only track where the cars raced uphill due to the way the track was banked. Cars could hit 75 miles an hour on the long straightaway. But if the driver lost control he would fly out over the top and down a steep embankment. There was always a St.John's ambulance at the track.Not much is left but you can still feel the excitement in the air.

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Address: Actually in Wellington County near Hwy 124 and Wellington Rd 125, Ospringe Ontario
Province: Ontario

sdunphy33 says:
9/1/2019 8:36:09 PM

Im curious which path you decided to go with when walking to the actual site. are you able to tell me either 124 or 125?

seebest says:
12/10/2013 6:04:55 PM

This place looks awesome. Seems a lot like the Dragway here in Windsor, and almost the same years of operation (68-71). Definitely checking this out on my next road trip.

bigpaulsmall says:
9/28/2012 10:39:22 PM

Thanks photocbear, That's the best compliment I've ever got. That renews my drive to get out there and do more. I used to think that nobody understands me, but now I know there are fellow believers out there.

photocbear says:
9/28/2012 9:23:57 AM

My son and I walked through here a few years ago and was the most boring place I ever explored. You on the other hand took some amazing images and now I want to go back.

Mydea says:
9/27/2012 6:30:24 PM

Impressive pics BPS!

ground state says:
9/27/2012 3:18:16 PM

Not much may be left, but you evoked the feeling of history with a haunting set of images. I really like your treatment of the sky in these, but have to say that #21 (or rather 7b) is my personal fav.

timo explorer says:
9/27/2012 11:05:59 AM

Great photographs and description, well done.

mobileworks says:
9/27/2012 8:51:24 AM

lol, I like the Jackie Stewart line. good eye .

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On 9/27/2012 12:33:59 AM user bigpaulsmall uploaded photos : 1.jpg / 1a.jpg / 1b.jpg / 1c.jpg / 1d.jpg / 2.jpg / 2a.jpg / 3.jpg / 3b.jpg / 3c.jpg / 4.jpg / 4a.jpg / 5.jpg / 5a.jpg / 5b.jpg / 6.jpg / 6a.jpg / 6b.jpg / 7.jpg / 7a.jpg / 7b.jpg / 8.jpg / 9.jpg / 9a.jpg / 9b.jpg / to SID: 5531bigp303
On 9/27/2012 12:31:16 AM user bigpaulsmall created gallery : Great Day for a Motorcar Race
On 9/27/2012 12:29:49 AM user bigpaulsmall changed the following: latitude, longitude, description