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Detroit


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City: Detroit State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Wayne
Notes: Dirt Oval
Operating Dates: 1934
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 8917
 
 

6/23/2012 - John Sanderson
I misspelled supported instead writing support. The name of the tracks were the Detroit Driving Club (the 1 mile dirt track) and the other was the Detroit Motordrome, a 1/6th mile wooden board track, the only board track ever built for motorsports in Michigan. The thread should be labeled Detroit Motordrome. As a reminder, I resent a more complete article to you by email on 6/16 that might be better to use, plus it had 3 photos that really told the story of the board track. THANKS! John.

6/15/2012 - John Sanderson
Detroit support 8 horse racing tracks at the turn of the 20th century. At least 2 of these had autombile races on them. The most important one was of course, the Detroit Driving Club at Algonquin and Jefferson, a 1 mile dirt track with 1 degree banked turns, built in 1894. This was where Henry Ford beat Alexanderr Winton with the Sweepstakes car he designed and borrowed for his 1st and only race. Subsequently, this jump started the modern Ford Motor Company by 1903.

This track also had a 1/6 mile motorcycle board track on the property, and was the first automobile test track in the country (& world?) used by the Chalmers Motor Co. , which became Maxwell, and later Chrysler.
12/3/2010 - Gary Laster
The 1934 Detroit track was supposed to be @ Adair & E. Jefferson. a 1/5 mile oval.
2/26/2010 - w hermance
The only race track Det. ever had was the old horse racing track at the Fair Grounds at Woodward and Eight mile rd. In 1950 and 51 NASCAR then called Grand National Cars race there,which I attened both times. There was other types of racing there while the State Fair was going on. Maybe someone was refering to Motor City Speed Way on the Warren side of Eight Mile rd at Schonerr.

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