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M-59 Speedway


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City: Pontiac State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Oakland
Notes: Dirt/Paved Ovals
Operating Dates: 1950-1956
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 11255
 
 

12/7/2015 - Ken Dixon
WoW This rely brings back the memories. I lived in the mobile home park, about12 homes on Cranberry lake. I would go to the races all the time. When they wernt racing I would play at the track. One day me & a friend found the concession stand was broken into we ate as much candy as poss.

I worked at the concession window at the bar that was part of bobs park. In the eve I would charge people to watch there parked car. I remember the dance pavilion, juke box & dancing. I would always have a load of pop&beer bottles to cash in.

The race track Bobs park& cranberry lake was a fun experience for a young boy.
12/30/2013 - Elvin Howland
To All: My dad Ephraim Howland was the original owner of the picnic park, band stand and beer garden on Mead Lake. He sold the land to the promoter who built M-59 speedway. My cousin Elmer Howland was a regular race car driver at the track. Since we sold the land for the track, our family had a life time pass to the races! When the promoter tried to build a drag strip next to the track, the neighbors squashed it. Because the promoter had spent so much money on the drag strip with no profit, he was bankrupted, which led to the demise of M-59 Speedway.

Yours, Elvin Howland.
7/25/2009 - June
does anyone know the location of Bob Baily ''s Family who ran the consession stand at the m-59 speedway it was called Bob Baily''s picnic Park , him & his wife ran it. It is now the 55 & over community mobile home Park ,where I live and we still have some residents living here , that attended the races any info. you could send me would be greatly appreciated Thank you June G.
7/25/2009 - June
the m-59 speedway is now a 55 & over mobil home park , it is located on M-59 & village drive , on the North side of the road, across from Dave & Amy''s Restaurant just west of Fisk Farm , hope this Helps June G.
2/17/2009 - Donna Swan Rundell
Just a little reminder-M-59 used to go all the way out what is now Highland Rd. to M-23. That''s why I had so much trouble locating it.
2/17/2009 - Donna Swan Rundell
I noticed one of the Posters for the Speedway says it was located three miles west of the airport. That''s a great clue Thanks.
2/17/2009 - Donna Swan Rundell
I have an advertisement of my dad''s band playing at Bob Bailey''s Picnic Park at the M-59 Speedway. The ad is from about 1955 when the newspaper was The Pontiac Press. My brother and I were only nine years ole then. I remember the picnics out there and the races but I have wondered for years where the old speedway was.

1/14/2009 - Tim Kelley
Roger Haworth,Drop me an email at tkelleypcs@chartermi. net, and I will forward the photos to you. The 010 raced mostly at Toiledo and Capitol City in Lansing, so I don''t think the website wouild want them posted on the M59 page.
1/10/2009 - Roger Haworth
For Mike kelly, can you post those pictures you have ? My son and I would really like to see them. Thank You.
3/29/2008 - Shar
This is the speedway where the trailer park/Home Depot is now. There was never a speedway at the corner of Elizabeth Lake Road and M-59, neither intersections in Waterford or White Lake Townships. This was called Bob''s Picnic Park at Cranberry Lake before is became M-59 Speedway. My Dad, Bob Arnold and George Chapel owned car ''76 for many years and their main driver was Doc Dewey and sometimes George Moore. The Richmond Brothers (Carlton and Don) also raced and did own a garage at Elizabeth Lake Road and Union Lake Road, which is now vacant.

Sad that this track is gone.
2/13/2008 - Gary Lindahl
just a quick note for anyone interested, this years racers reunion at the Toledo Speedway bar&grill is set for saturday, march 15th from noon til 6pm. all are welcome for a day of bench racing and looking at old pics, programs dvd''s etc. this is for all speedways. if you have old photo albums bring them. all you have to do is ask Tim Kelley what a great happening this is.

It led to his dad Rusty''s being inducted into the hall of fame. thanks to you Tim and your family for allowing me to be a part of your special day. See Ya!.
1/27/2008 - Tim Kelley
For Roger Haworth:I have photos of Rusty in several versions of the 010, and one of them uses a paint scheme with stitches. I even have one in color, courtesy of Brian Norton. I wasn''t aware that he ran the 010 at M-59, thought it was only at Toledo. Thanks for the info. Tim Kelley.

1/27/2008 - Roger Haworth
For Tim Kelly, Did you dad also race with the number -010- ? I thought I remembered as a kid that number on his car. I do remember seeing your dads car one time when he came out with a fresh paint job and it was painted to make it look the the doors were stiched shut. I was only 7or8 then but I do remember that. When M-59 went to drag racing and changed the track, that was their down fall. I remember going to the super Chief at Dixixe and Telegraph for hotdogs and fries and then onto the track that night to watch the race.

Its too bad that we can''t make video or pictures of the images we have in our minds. By the way the super Chief is up and running in Pontiac at Walton and Telegraph. Still Make the best Foot Long and Tandems there are around. My Son and I were just there last summer.

11/13/2007 - Randy
GREAT Pictures Tim Kelly. awesome to see your dad''s car.
6/10/2007 - Chuck Dewey
Boy, trying to get the ol brain kick started hasn''t been easy. My uncle Dick drove for the Richmond Bros. not Richardson. They had a station near the corner of Elizabeth Lk. and Union Lk.

Rds. Sorry for the confusion.
6/9/2007 - Chuck Dewey
Forgive the oversite, but I think they used to call this Bob''s Picnic Park ? ?.
6/9/2007 - Chuck Dewey
Just found this site. Lived so close to the speedway as kids we could sit in the back yard and listen to them race. My uncle raced there for I believe the Richardson brothers - Dick (not Doc) Dewey. I ended up working for Joy Fair right out of high school. Sorry - don''t have any pics, but sure have a lot of good memories.

6/6/2007 - Marty Blume
Tim Kelly, PLEASE contact me asap. I have some info for you You can email me at martyb@acd. net.
1/30/2007 - Gary Lindahl
THIS IS FOR JOHN KEYES. JOHN,THE RACERS REUNION AT TOLEDO IS SET FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 17TH 2007 FROM NOON TO 6PM. LAST YEAR AROUND 8000 PHOTO'S ALONE WERE ON DISPLAY,PLUS PAPERS,PROGRAMS,MAGS,AND OLD RACING TAPES PLAYING. jOY FAIR,WAYNE LANDON,JIM YOUNG MIGHT BE SOME DRIVERS YOU REMEMBER WHO WERE THERE LAST YEAR. BRING YOUR STUFF TO DISPLAY.

WE GET TO THE BAR AND GRILL AROUND 10:30 AM TO SET UP.
12/29/2006 - John Keyes
Sorry guys I have been to this track location on here in awhile! It was nice to see that someone liked and thought of my grandfather as one of their favorites! Anyways if they have something coming up again at Toledo let me know, I would love to bring down some of my memories, and something for all to see. I have lots of photos, programs, helmets, Toledo Raceway jackets (his and my grandmothers), and trophies. It would be nice to hear some stories and maybe just maybe light a fire under my butt to get into a car and go around in a circle instead of going fast in a straight line!!! If anyone wants to contact me please email me at jkeyes@dartheads, and jckeyes@hotmail. com Tim I would love to see some stuff and share some history with you feel free to email me anytime.

John Keyes.
2/4/2006 - Tim Kelley
Note to John Keyes: I have photos from my fathers scrapbook of your grandfathers car along with some of the others they raced with back in the late 50s. Contact me if you want copies.
12/19/2005 - Gary Lindahl
Interesting to hear about Johnny Wallace,whos was one of my favorite drivers back in the day along with Rusty Kelly, Jack Conley Joy Fair, Irish Jim Mccune, Harold Apel and Rollie Beale. The Toledo Speedway bar and grill hosts a racers reunuin march 18th 2006 from noon to six. Oever 7000 plus photos were on display last year from private collections. Its a great day for racing history buffs. We encourage anyone who has a photo display, old programs etc to bring them on this date.

You get to meet a lot of people that enjoy our sport. For the info on the location dial up www. arcaracing. com.

Never made it to M59 but sure watched a bunch of the drivers who raced there at different tracks. See Ya!.
9/7/2005 - Tim Kelley
My Father, Rusty Kelley raced there in the late 50s, trading paint with drivers like Joy Fair, Mickey Catlin, Johnny Wallace, and Chuck Partello, driving a fuel injected Buick built by my Grandfather, Ben Rohrer.
8/29/2005 - John Keyes
My grandfather raced here and is actually listed on one of the program covers here. His name was John Wallace, also went by Johnnie, Johnny, and Junior. He raced at Motor City, Mt. Clemens, Toledo, Flat Rock, M-59 and I am sure plenty more. I have hundreds of pictures and lots of programs, I am going to have to get some scanned and will add to your every growing collection.

GREAT SITE!!!!.
1/13/2004 - Steve Allen
The property is now a mobilehome park. It was torn down in the early 70's and was on the north side of M-59.
M-59 Speedway - UNCLE JIM FROM RANDY
UNCLE JIM FROM RANDY
M-59 Speedway - NOW A TRAILER PARK
NOW A TRAILER PARK
M-59 Speedway - JOIE CHITWOOD AT M-59
JOIE CHITWOOD AT M-59
M-59 Speedway - JOIE CHITWOOD AT M-59
JOIE CHITWOOD AT M-59
M-59 Speedway - MIDGET RACING
MIDGET RACING
M-59 Speedway - 4TH OF JULY
4TH OF JULY
M-59 Speedway - FROM TIM KELLEY
FROM TIM KELLEY
M-59 Speedway - KELLEY FAIR BENNET FROM TIM KELLEY
KELLEY FAIR BENNET FROM TIM KELLEY
M-59 Speedway - FROM TIM KELLEY
FROM TIM KELLEY
M-59 Speedway - AERIAL PHOTO
AERIAL PHOTO
M-59 Speedway - OLD AERIAL
OLD AERIAL

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