I am trying very hard to get equal coverage for Maine on my website. However, I don't have much access to information on many of the photos I obtain, so there may be errors such as the wrong track involved - and there may be more unidentified drivers than i would prefer. I am doing everything I can to give the Pine Tree State a fair shake. If you see errors or you can help with who someone is please let me know at wladabou@comcast.net.     Thanks.

Click on the Track Page Name to go to That Section

The Tracks Oxford Through Spud Are On The Second Page [Just Click Here - Maine Race Tracks 2]

The Tracks Unity Through Wiscassett Are On This, the Third Page [Just Click Here - Maine Race Tracks 3]

The Tracks Andover Through Old Orchard Are This, The First Page [Click on the Track Name]

 

Andover
Fairgrounds 
Looking for help here.
Arundel Speedway Bass Park  Beech Ridge Speedway  Belfast Speedway


Biddeford Speedway  Brewer Speedway
Ellsworth Speedway
[Graham Lake Spdwy]
Exeter Raceway Kennebunk Fairgrounds
Lewiston Fairgrounds  New Gloucester Fairgrounds  Norridgewock Speedway
Norway
Fairgrounds
      Old Orchard Beach
Race Tracks
 
     

 

                                                       


ARUNDEL SPEEDWAY
Arundel, Maine


Lost Speedways Facebk Page

Arundel Speedway being cnstructed.


Source Unknown
This is what Arundel looked like right after it  closed.


Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Arundel made it into a few Cavalcade issues along with the other Oscar Ridlon tracks.


Maine's Lost Speedways Facebook Page
This Arundel poster shows a different promoter- has to the after Ridlon.


From Alan Gassett via Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page

Allan Gassett, in the pits.

From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page

A good - looking car 00.

From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page

Car 9.

From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page

An early 1970's - looking car 15.

From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page

Somebody losing it in a Falcon.

From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page

The flag man looks down from his stand.

 
From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page

Car V8 in front of the stands.
 
An early 1970's - looking Sean 69.

From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page
Via Allan Gassett

Jim Wedgewood in  Erland Getty's 20.

 
From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page

See the caption.
 
From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page
Via Allan Gassett

A support class winner.
 
From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page
Via Allan Gassett

Bobby Turner.
 
From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page

Restored cars on the track at a reunion.
 
From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page
Via Sandy and Carol MacKinnon

Lee Cluff [or maybe Clough]
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Dick McCabe
 
From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page

Homer Drew.
 
From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page

Russ Nutting in an
earlier 111
.
 
From the Maine
Lost Speedways Facebk Page

Russ Nutting in a more familar 111 vs Dana Young.


HAMB Photo

 Arundel action, in its heyday, was some of the best anywhere. Check out these names !


Courtesy of the Benny Myers Family
 Hold onto your Arundel stub !


Wicked Good Racing
Pete Salvatore picks up a support class victory at Arundel.
 

Dick Yemma Photo  MVRCA
Willie Anderson in another of those support cars.

Source Unknown
When they repaired the track and staged an Arundel reunion, they got this nice field of restored vintage cars from the local vintage clubs like MVRCA and Wicked Good Racing.

Source Unknown
A victory lap at the Arundel reunion.



Historic Aerials.Com Photo

This is what Arundel looked like by 2007. I am not quite sure of the direction we are looking in at.
It is likely in pre - reunion restoration condition here. US Rte 1 is probably just out of sight to the lower
right.

SOME CONTRIBUTIONS FROM JEFF MARTEL


Courtesy of Jeff Martel
A very early car for the Maine legend
Jeff Stevens of Kennebunk.

Courtesy of Jeff Martel
One driver did not have a very
good night at Arundel.
 
Courtesy of Jeff Martel
I always knew Saco star Willie Begin
as an Oxford driver, but apparently
began at Arundel.
 
Courtesy of Jeff Martel
Sally Evans of Kennebunk
is Miss Arundel Speedway
1968.

 
Courtesy of Jeff Martel
Ray Jansen wins a feature.
 
Courtesy of Jeff Martel
Arundel program page.

Courtesy of Jeff Martel
Arundel program page that
lists track officials.
 

Courtesy of Jeff Martel
Unity regular Bill Bailey really
got around with this car. Besides Unity and Arundel, he also was photographed with it at Wiscassett.
 
 
Courtesy of Jeff Martel
Support class cars said to be
sponsored by Warren Kimble.
  
 
Courtesy of Jeff Martel
Sanford's Sonny Murray,. who
might have gotten his start at the
early track in that town.
 
 
Maine's Lost Speedways Facebook Page
A results sheet.

 
Maine's Lost Speedways Facebook Page
Another results sheet.

Maine's Lost Speedways Facebook Page
Wife's pass punch ticket
for a season.

Maine's Lost Speedways Facebook Page
Arundel Newspaper Adv.

Maine's Lost Speedways Facebook Page
Another newspaper adv.

Maine's Lost Speedways Facebook Page
Yet another.

Maine's Lost Speedways Facebook Page
An "Adult Admission"
ticket stub.
  
 
Maine's Lost Speedways Facebook Page
A "Junior Admission"
ticket stub.
 
 
Maine's Lost Speedways Facebook Page
An ad for a different
sanctioning body
.
 
     
 

BILL HOFFNAGEL PHOTOS OF TRACK VESTIGES
 


Beginning of
Front stretch,
with barriers.
 


Front stretch,
looking down
to One.

Getting into
One.

Top of Turn 2.

Down the back
stretch towards 3.

On back stretch
looking over to
front stretch.
 

In three looking
back to turn 2.

In three looking
over to the
front stretch.

 The beginning of
the front stretch.

 The walkway
behind the stands
on front stretch.
 
 Base for the
flag stand
 
Remnants of an
old Coke machine
by the pits.
 

                                                       


BASS PARK
Bangor, Maine


Historic Aerials. Com
A 1983 view of the multi - purpose venue in the Bangor area.

Some Early Big Car Racing in 1915


mainememory. Com
A dusty 1915 race.

mainememory. Com
More dusty 1915 race.


Bangor Daily News
The only photo of a confirmed Bass Park car. 1950.

The track would have a tough time with the city council of Bangor in 1951. This series of clippings shows how that played out.


Bangor Daily News
The opener came and
went without too much fanfare.


Bangor Daily News
Before the opener came, one councilor was already complaining about the races. Part 1


Bangor Daily News
Before the opener came, one councilor was already complaining about the races. Part 2



Bangor Daily News
Before the opener came, one councilor was already complaining about the races. Part 3

 
Bangor Daily News
Next came city
claims for damage to the grounds in Sept.
of 1950. Part 1
 
 
Bangor Daily News
Next came city
claims for damage to the grounds in Sept.
of 1950. Part 2
 
 
Bangor Daily News
Next came city
claims for damage to the grounds in Sept.
of 1950. Part 3
 
 
Bangor Daily News
Next came city
claims for damage to the grounds in Sept.
of 1950. Part 4
 
 
Bangor Daily News
The city claims for damage to the grounds were followed by this council meeting. Part 1
 
Bangor Daily News
The city claims for damage to the grounds were followed by this council meeting. Part 2
 
Bangor Daily News
The city claims for damage to the grounds were followed by this council meeting. Part 3
  
Bangor Daily News
The city claims for damage to the grounds were followed by this council meeting. Part 4

 
Bangor Daily News
The city claims for damage to the grounds were followed by this council meeting. Part 5
 
Bangor Daily News
The city claims for damage to the grounds were followed by this council meeting. Part 6
 
Bangor Daily News
The city claims for damage to the grounds were followed by this council meeting. Part 7

 
Bangor Daily News
The city claims for damage to the grounds were followed by this council meeting. Part 8
 
Bangor Daily News
Sep 1950. Repairs promised. Part 1 
 
Bangor Daily News
Sep 1950. Repairs promised. Part 2
   
Bangor Daily News
Sep 1950. Despite the flap, crowds kept coming. Part 1 
 
Bangor Daily News
Sep 1950. Despite the flap, crowds kept coming. Part 2

  
Bangor Daily News
Racing apparently went on with a new operator. This is Oct,7.  
 
Bangor Daily News
Racing apparetnly went on with that operation or a new one. This is Oct,14. 
 
Bangor Daily News
1951 started out with
deciding again who - if anyone - would run the track.
 
 
Bangor Daily News
May 1951 Then the nonsense began again. Part 1 
 
Bangor Daily News
May 1951 Then the nonsense began again. Part 2 
 
Bangor Daily News
May 1951 Then the nonsense began again. Part 3 
   

                                                       


BEECH RIDGE SPEEDWAY
Scarborough, Maine


Historic Aerials. Com
A 1956 view of Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, then in its eighth season.


MVRCA Photo
James B. "JB" McConnell, founder of Beech Ridge.


MVRCA Photo
Early action in
1949.

MVRCA Photo
Early action in
1949.

MVRCA Photo
An early competitive team at the Ridge

MVRCA Photo
A big pileup in
1949.

MVRCA Photo
1949: The Boo Boo Spl
finds trouble.

MVRCA Photo
The fans get a good look at this early mess.

                                     
MVRCA Photos via Dick Hamlin
"Doc" Christopher, the MD who kept a special watch over Beech Ridge and Sanford Speedway for J.B.


MVRCA Photos via Kevin Knowlton
A 1974 rule manual.


Courtesy of Walter Newell
An early program cover.


Source: Jerry Seavey Collection via Steve Pellerin
Dick runs the track in a Cord, in an extremely early photo.

DICK GARRETT PHOTO SECTION
Several Shots From a Very Legendary Career 

 
Courtesy of David Topham
An earlier Garrett car.
  
Courtesy of David Topham
Dick dropped the longer
number in favor of
being #1.

  
Courtesy of David Topham
A Garrett Class A car.
 
Courtesy of Bryce Mitchell
Another Garrett 1.
 
Courtesy of David Topham.
Perhaps for a different
owner.
 
Courtesy of Roger Plummer
Earlier ride in the Charlie Thurston 60.
 
Courtesy of Steve Pellerin
With pioneering promoter J.B. McConnell.

 
Courtesy of David Topham
The Deuce.
 
Courtesy of Steve Pellerin
Early car at Sanford Speedway.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
More of the Deuce.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
With this late model, UNK track.
 
Courtesy of Vic RIchards
With a super.
 
Courtesy of Bryce Mitchell
Dick with the General Tire#1 and Bob Bushley.

Courtesy of Bryce Mitchell
#1 supermod.

Courtesy of Bryce Mitchell
Class A car 0.
   


 
Courtesy of Steve Libby
Come one, come All !


Photos via Walter Newell
The Beech Ridge program cover captures those two publishing/driving wild men, Berggren and Boyd.

MORE EARLIER PHOTOS


MVRCA Photo
Around 1951,
this car, which looks remarkably like a team out of Utica, NY. Whoever was driving almost made it into the stands. It was NOT a NY team.

Cal Reynolds Photo
The Crash Moreau
Coffin of Death show
at Beech Ridge. This shot is not a thumbnail.

MVRCA Photo
The Beech Ridge Concessioners truck was operated by Bob Bellevue. It worked at Sanford Speedway, too.

MVRCA Photo
An unidentified team
pits next to the above - mentioned Boo Boo car. Maybe they put him out in the weeds
.


MVRCA Photo
The driver of car 31 [is it Carl Rogers?] poses as Beech Ridge cars line up for another race.

MVRCA Photo
Down we come to take the green Could be Cusack in the 2.
 
Jame3s Libby Collection
via Bryce Mitchell

The McGary cars lined
up in an early pits
scene.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

A look at the Judges' Stand.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

A support class race in action. This might have been called B Class.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

All hell breaks loose support class car  action.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

More hell.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Moving in to clean it all up.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

A good look at a couple of the cars in the pileup.
 
John Daniels Photo
A Class coupe 0- possibly McCabe

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

A behemoth support class car  heads for the fence.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

The cars are getting more sophisticated looking. A good look at the oiled dirt track.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Car 4 may well be Bob Babb..

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

The lead clas was
developing into
a field of homemade
super mods.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Wild Bill Carleton leads Ralph Cusack in lead division action.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Wild Bill Carleton leads Ralph Cusack in lead division action.
 
John Daniels Photo
Charlie Irish wrecks Bud Hall's car in spectacular fashion.

.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

A good look at Ralph Cusack in a lead division car.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Ralph Cusack a few
seasons later.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Action that includes Dick McCabe and possibly Dick Wolstenhume.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

A good look at
the McCabe coupe.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Dick Wolstenhume in the sedan.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

1967 NASCAR National Modified Champion Ernie Gahan, at Beech Ridge. He ran there often in the early '50's

Source: Steve Pellerin
The Libby brothers
going at it.
 

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Red Sequin in the Tewksbury, MA - based Flying 5 cutdown super.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Russ Nutting in a stock car chases one of the supermods which ran there at the time.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Modified #4 on the hook.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Modified #4 during happier times before he lost what looks like his rear  end.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

Tanguay loops the V8.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

One of the best frame captures I managed from this footage.

Source: Bryce Mitchell
More Buzzy Stack. 

Source: Steve Pellerin
Dave Darveau's Class A car outside of George Babb's.

MVRCA Photo
Ray Snell's cutdown
Class A.

MVRCA Photo
Ralph Cusack's deuce.

MCConnell Family
8MM Film Frame

A winged super at speed.

Source: James Young
The Bomber division
team of Earl Young and Jeff Stevens.

 
Source: James Young
The Bomber division
entry of Bob Babb.


Source: David Topham
Carl Rogers bites it in a turn. 

Source: Alan Gassett
An early Bob Babb
entry.

Source: Alan Gassett
Damn ! Was that my
heat ?!.
 
Source: Alan Gassett
A Bomber is experiencing an "Oops" moment.
 
Source: Alan Gassett
Another  Bomber is experiencing an
"Oops" moment.


Source: Bryce Mitchell
The highly - successful Libby brothers.

Source: Bryce Mitchell
Buzzy Stack.
 
Photo via Charlie Sheehan
Beech Ridge figure Bill Carleton, this time at Unity.
     
Source: Randy Emoons
Kenny Lund. 
 
Source: Steve Pellerin
A good looking Beech
Ridge car.
 
 
Source: Bryce Mitchell
Phil Libby.
   


 


Supplied by the Starrin Family of Johnstown, NY
Beech Ridge made some national papers thanks to Bertram Lord. Must have been a helluva radiator guard.
This must have been a specialty at the Ridge. There is another similar wreck shown above at right.


MVRCA Photo
Flagman Lefty Ellis takes a
good vantage point off one of the cars.

MVRCA Photo
A race lineup from one of the first seasons.

MVRCA Site
Bob Bushley,
reknowned car owner of the Homer Drew P38's.


MVRCA Site
Larry Chandler

MVRCA Site
Ken B. supermod.

MVRCA Site
Dr. Dick Berggren, slinging his supermod around.

Lost Me Speedways Site
A good job of wrecking
car 111

From Walter Newell
 Bob Tanguay.
 
From Rich Benway
 Homer with Bushley's super.

 
From Walter Newell
 More Homer.

From Walter Newell
 A very young Jeffrey Stevens.
 
From Walter Newell
 Larry Reno.
 
From Walter Newell
Matt Graffam.
 
From Chas. Sheehan
 Roger Bickford with Canny Mullen's 44.

From Walter Newell
Bob Nason,
Yarmouth, ME

From Walter Newell
via Lew Boyd
Dick Wolstenhume and his typical hauler for that era.

Source: Steve Pellerin
Al Davis, one of
his cars.
 
 
Source: Steve Pellerin
Bill Leudke. Looks like annother Al Davis - connected car. 

Courtesy of Jay Fitzgibbon
 
Bud Hall, with
the FItzgibbon - wrenched 62.
 
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
 More familiar on these pages with
a white '55 Chevy, Bill Bailey did drive this LMS at the
Ridge.
 
 
Source: Walter Newell
Andrew McDermott,
B Class.
 
 
Source: Steve Pellerin
A six cylinder B class car. 
 
Source: Walter Newell
Art Jones, C Class.  
 
John Daniels Photo
A Class coupe
with someone named George.
 
         


Bushley Family Photo
Famed car owner Bob Bushley donated this one for the cause.


Lost Maine Speedways Site
An early field lined up for Lefty Ellis.


Source: Steve Reynolds
The late model division, later on in the track's history.

BENNY MYERS PHOTO SECTION
His Family Has Kept HIs Memory Alive
 

 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

Benny strikes a casual pose.
 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

Benny strikes a pose with what looks like a different car.
 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

The lightly - financed
Myers team prepares
to head for Beech Ridge.
 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

One that has earned its rest.
 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

Ready for another night at Beech Ridge.
 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

Benny strikes an unsual pose made more so by a bent photo.
   
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

Benny with the 1961 entry.
 
Vic Richards Photo
via
Cavalcade of Auto Racing

Benny and the Jets.
 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

A good look at the motor.
 
Courtesy of Myrna Myers
via Benjamin Muers, Jr.

Another motor photo.
 

 


From Walter Newell
 Dave Scott.


From Walter Newell
George Babb.


From Walter Newell
 Ho - mah Drew.


Source: Walter Newell
Program cover with Bob Babb.


Source: Walter Newell
Program cover with a driver with a 31 helmet driving a car 43. Go figger
.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
The Nason family entry.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Ray Leach and Bob
Babb chew at each other.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
More Nason cars.
 
Courtesy of Bryce Mitchell
Familiar Beech Ridge figure Bob Tanguay.
 
Courtesy of Bryce Mitchell
Bob Timmons.
 
Courtesy of Frank Lamb
Bruce Elder.

Courtesy of Alan Gassett
Dick Wolstenhume. What class of car DIDN'T he drive in ? 
 
Courtesy of Steve Pellerin
Dick Wolstenhume. [Like I said] 
 
Flckr Photo
Buster Hameland with Artie Young. The site said
"A Class" so I assumed
they ran here.
 
Courtesy of Steve Bortell
Another Buzzy Stack car.
 
Courtesy of Steve Pellerin
Calvin Varney has both
A and B Classes covered.
  
Courtesy of Rich Benway
Hugely important Beech Ridge figure Cal Reynolds.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Jim Chambers.

 
Courtesy of Alan Gassett
Gardiner Leavitt.
 
Courtesy of Frank Lamb
Frank Lamb.
 
Courtesy of Frank Lamb
More Lamb.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
George Babb with one of his later cars.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Jim McClure.
 
Courtesy of Steve Pellerin
Ken Ham.
 
Courtesy of Steve Pellerin
Jon Gilma with a nice looking ride.

Courtesy of Bryce Mitchell
More Jim McClure.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
Even more McClure.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Ken Fogg.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Ken Lund.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Larry Currit.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Marty Vachon.

Courtesy of David Topham
Marty Vachon - up a class. 
 
Courtesy of David Topham
Marty Vachon - up a class.
Unloading the Dick McGary super.

 
Courtesy of Bryce Mitchell
Paul Tardiff.
 
Courtesy of Bryce Mitchell
A win for Pete Peterson. Pete really short or was that a tall flagger ?
 
Courtesy of Frank Lamb
Raymond Fogg.

 
Courtesy of Bryce Mitchell
Phil Libby in A Class action.
 
Courtesy of Bryce Mitchell
Pete Peterson wins again.
 
Courtesy of Steve Pellerin
Phil Frennette and his
B Class car.
 
Courtesy of Bryce Mitchell
Ralph Cusack. That Deuce had some serious drivers !
 
Courtesy of David Topham
More Ralph, more Deuce
           

A FEW OLD BEECH RIDGE NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

 
Portland Press Herald
May 17, 1949.
 Debut of track planned.
Part 1
.
 
 
Portland Press Herald
May 17, 1949.
 Debut of track planned.
Part 2
.
 
 
Portland Press Herald
May 17, 1949.
 Debut of track planned.
Part 3
.
 
 
Portland Press Herald
May 22, 1949.
 Construction progresses.
  
Portland Press Herald
Aug.7, 1949.
 Ready to go. 
 
Portland Press Herald
Jan.7, 1950.
 J. B. McConnell group takes over officially.  

 
Portland Press Herald
August, 1950.
Spectator injured.
 
Portland Press Herald
Oct, 1950.
 Race results.

Portland Press Herald
Oct, 1950.
 Races planned.

Portland Press Herald
Oct, 1950.
 Race advertisement.

Portland Press Herald
Oct. 11, 1950.
 Ladies' night, etc.

Portland Press Herald
Oct. 12, 1950.
 More results. It's
a coincidence but NY
also had a star driver named George Welch at this time.
 

 

                                                       


BELFAST SPEEDWAY
Belfast, Maine


Historic Aerials. Com
The only thing I have on this venue is that races were held at the old Belfast fairgrounds in the early 1950's.


Lost Maine Speedways Site
Belfast fairgrounds track, back in the day.

 


Bangor Daily News
The first mention of Belfast in the paper associates it
with Unity. 1951
 


Bangor Daily News
The 1951 opener of Belfast
is May 13.

Bangor Daily News
More 1951 ads.
May 18.

Bangor Daily News
May 21, 1951.
Tweedie winner.

Bangor Daily News
May 29, 1951.
Webber winner.

Bangor Daily News
June 9, 1951 adv.

Bangor Daily News
April 18, 1952 - Plans for
improvements

Bangor Daily News
May, 1952 - adv.

Bangor Daily News
August 11, 1952 - Plans for
racing.

Bangor Daily News
August 11, 1952 - Plans for
racing.

Bangor Daily News
August 11, 1952 - Fanning injured.

Bangor Daily News
New owner.

 


Zeke Trask Collection Fan Speedway Maine.com
This could possibly be the Fannng mentioned in the clipping above on Aug 11, 1951.


Bangor Daily News
September 4, 1950 - The boom days of racing.
racing.

                                                       


BIDDEFORD SPEEDWAY
Biddeford, Maine


Historic Aerials.com
An Aerial View of
the track during its somewhat brief lifespan.

                  The MVRCA site states that there was a track in Biddeford, but I never saw much about it until the Lost Maine Speedways page showed up. I suspected I had found the
vestiges on an aerial photo of the town, and this aerial above just verified that. I can't discuss it much further because I haven't seen any info on the place. It appears to have been running in the late 1960's or early 1970's. The article below suggest they planned on using it as a winter racing facility. Photod of activities there do not really bear that out.


Lost Maine Speedways Page
Article on plans to build, etc.


Lost Maine Speedways Page
Article on plans to build, etc.

Courtesy of James Libby, via
Lost Maine Speedways Page

A press pass for the Bob Libby's.
 
Courtesy of Myers Family, via
Lost Maine Speedways Page

A membership car for Beech Ridge regular Benny Meyers.
 
Courtesy of Myers Family, via
Lost Maine Speedways Page

A shot of Benny Myers
on the track at Biddeford.

 
Lost Maine Speedways Page

Problems on the track.
 
Lost Maine Speedways Page
A blurry photo of cars on the track.
 
Lost Maine Speedways Page
An article on the track.


Courtesy of Steve Pellerin
A shot of the apparently crude
cars that ran at Biddeford.

Courtesy of Steve Pellerin
A shot of a feature lineup
 at Biddeford.

Courtesy of Jeff Martel
One the better quality
shots taken at Biddeford.
 
Frank Dorrie Photo
Courtesy of Steve Pellerin

What is left of Biddeford.


Historic Aerials.com
Looking at this and the aerial above, I think my suspician as to where the track was is correct .

                                                       


BREWER SPEEDWAY
Brewer, Maine


Fantasy Speedway.me Photo
A 1967 Aerial View of Track Vestiges.


Bangor Daily News
A
September, 1950 editorial. The Bangor Daily News was a very supportive paper to racing.


Bangor Daily News
A
September 4, 1950 article.


FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Turn 4 Action
 
FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
An early Lineup

Wicked Good Racing
Site Photo
Colin Shields in
the pits at Brewer
in 1948, sporting
an exterior cage.

Wicked Good Racing
Site Photo
Colin Shields'
1935
Ford coupe at
Brewer in its
first season.


Wicked Good Racing
Site Photo
Colin Shields in
the pits at Brewer
beside a car 184.

 
         

 

                                                       


ELLSWORTH RACEWAY
[GRAHAM LAKE SPEEDWAY
]
Ellsworth, Maine


Google Maps
 Aerial Views of Track Vestiges. The purple is actually a working cranberry bog in the infield.


Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Charlie says this is Ellsworth being built.

THESES ARE BELIEVED TO BE PHOTOS OF THE TRACK WHEN IN OPERATION

 
Courtesy of Maine Lost Speedways .
Late Model X11, apparently before track was paved.

Courtesy of Maine Lost Speedways .
Ellsworth car at a local
garage.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Donnie Lavertu off the track.
 
Courtesy of  Charlie Sheehan.
This could be different than the Wild Bill Carlton from Beech Ridge. Same number though.

 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
This sure looks like Unity cars.. Not sure.
 
Courtesy of  Charlie Sheehan
Maine has some of the more fascinating race cars in its history.

Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
This sure looks like a Unity car.. Not sure.

Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
The pride of Main
Street AMOCO.

Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Looks like Dick Wolstenhume was also at  Ellsworth that day.

 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
This sure looks like a Beech Ridge.. Not sure.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Car 8 haulin' in.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Car 30 arrives.
   
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Car V8 gets the oncew over at Ellsworth.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Beech Ridge fixture Bob Libby, on the track at
Ellsworth.

Frank Oaks Photo
via Charlie Sheehan
 Ye Olde basic stock car. 
   


USGS Terraserver Maps

TRACK REMNANTS

 
Ron and Tom Clark Photos
Via MVRCA Site
Into turn one.

Ron and Tom Clark Photos
Via MVRCA Site
Towards turn two.

Ron and Tom Clark Photos
Via MVRCA Site
Towards turn three.

Ron and Tom Clark Photos
Via MVRCA Site
Backstretch.

Ron and Tom Clark Photos
Via MVRCA Site
Out of turn four.

                                                       


EXETER RACEWAY
Former Exeter Fairgrounds
Exeter, Maine


Fantasy Speedway.me Photo
A nice color aerial view.


FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Action
 
FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Alvin Thayer
 Wilcox 106
 
FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Alvin Thayer
 Wilcox 106
With Daughter
 
FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Alvin Thayer
106Jr Sedan

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Someone lost sight of
the track.
 
Lost Me. Speedways
Site Photo via Charlie Sheehan
A lineup on the track.

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Bernie Thayer's
#66 Hudson driven
by Harold Wilcox

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Another Thayer Car


FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
BernieThayer
109 Sedan

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
A Blurry Rol
l Photo

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Bernie Thayer
108 Coupe
With Driver

Ron Clark Photo
Another big Exeter lineup.
 

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Cars speed by the
stands.

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Photo described as Nelson, Jr with Thayer's
107.

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Car 111, in mid flip
by some fair building.

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Ron Clark's 106,
probably a Thayer car.

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
The V8 plows
into a rival.

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
A Harold Wilcox Hudson.
 

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
A sedan in action.

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Someone got a little
warm despite huge
radiator guards.

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
A sedan thinking he's
Lucky Teeter.

FantasySpeedway.me

Site Photo
A considerable
cluster #%&*!!


FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
A wrecked coupe
braced up like a
modern sprint car.

Ron Clark Photo
Blackie Hilliard [98]
 
and others in lineup.

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Unloading off the
Frontstretch.
 
Lost Me. Speedwayse
Site Photo
Unmarked sedan.
       
           

SOME OLD NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS ABOUT EXETER
So far, only 1951, 1952, 1955, and 1956 have been found. Lack of 1953 and 54 may mean the track didn't run
or, possibly it had relationship with the Daily News those two years.

 
Bangor Daily News
 June 13, 1951. Typical of most of that Summer.
 

Bangor Daily News
Sept. 15, 1951. Typical of most of that Fall.
 
 
Bangor Daily News
July 12, 1952. More modest advertising  most of that Summer.
 

Bangor Daily News
 June 6, 1955.
First ad of season.
   
 
Bangor Daily News
 1955. More typical ad of season.
 
 
Bangor Daily News
 June 291955. They throw the Blue Laws at
Exeter to try and stop Sunday racing.
 
 
Bangor Daily News
 1956. Very typical ad of season.
 
 


Photos: Lost Me. Speedwayse Site Presentation by Steve Pellerin
Exeter's iconic judges' stand before and after [below].


Historic Aerials.Com Photo
A 2007 aerial view. It looks like the track had a longer configuration once. Below - Another aerial view makes that very obvious.

USGS Aerial Photo

 

                                                       


KENNEBUNK FAIRGROUNDS
Kennebunk, Maine



Historic Aerials.Com Photo
An aerial view
shows traces of the Kennebunk fairground track that was still, at that toime
visible among the access ramps of whatever interstate road goes through there now.


Via the MVRCA Site|
The only item I have on the Kennebunk facility.

                                                       
 

LEWISTON FAIRGROUNDS
Lewiston, Maine


Historic Aerials.com
This aerial photo shows the fairgrounds track, as it was being swallowed up by development around it.

               The MVRCA site explains: "Lewiston Fairgrounds, also known as Maine State Fairgrounds, was one of the premier thoroughbred and harness tracks in the state. Like most fairgrounds in the country, motorsports events of various types were held on the Lewiston half-mile dirt track. The Bay State Motor racing Association, Inc. promoted midget races on Friday nights in 1949. Beech Ridge Speedway promoter Jim McConnell soon followed, promoting Maine State Stock car racing Association races at the Lewiston Fairgrounds. As best as can be determined, Lewiston Fairgrounds stopped holding auto races at the end of 1951.
               
Previous to the comments mentioned by the MVRCA, the Fonda Speedway history book [and authors Lew Boyd, Andy Fusco, and Jim Rigney] claims that the Lewiston Fairgrounds were part of a grand scheme hatched by New York - based promoter Jack Kochman [of Jack Kochman's Hell Drivers fame] to take the up and coming NASCAR modified series and have it run an ambitious schedule under the promotion of the Speed Corporation of America [SCOA]. The modifieds, which were fully intact pre WWII coupes and sedans with modifieds engines, was the only show in NASCAR in 1948.
           Kochman's unrealistic scheme called for these modifieds, from the Southeast, New York, and New Jersey mostly, to run a ridiculous weekly schedule that included Allentown, PA; Kingston, RI; Fonda, NY; Palmyra, NY; Dover, NJ; and the Lewiston Fairgrounds - ALL IN ONE WEEK, EVERY WEEK ! With no interstates, no nice haulers, and the grind allowing only minimal crews, you can pretty much figure how that went. It lasted about a month or two. Lewiston was to get Thursday nights. The writeup does mention "Maine standout" Ken Littlefield, but little else about Lewiston.
            When the scheme collapsed in a cloud of exhauted men and worn out equipment, different tracks reacted in different ways: DFOnda didn't hold another race for five years; Kingston developed its own local following and went on; and it looks like the Lewiston Fairgounds tried different promotions that didn't show any results. But, the Maine State Fairgrounds COULD have turned out to be the premier racing venue in Maine had the Kochman scheme panned out.

 
Via MVRCA Site
A late 40's midget race program cover, maybe from the Bay State promotion.

Via Lost Maine Speedways Page
Local driver Ken Littlefield
excelled against the mighty NASCAR modifieds during the brief tenure of the SCOA.

Via MVRCA Site
Mac Moore, at Lewiston,
during the 1951 McConnell
era there.

Via MVRCA Site
Maine legend Phil Libby says this happened to one of his early cars because "some promoter" decided they should race counter clockwise at Lewiston one
day.

 
Via Lost Maine Speedways Page
Local driver Mac Moore would graduate into the supermods
by the 1960's.
 
Via Lost Maine Speedways Page
A McConnell era program from Lewiston, autographed by JB himself.
 
Via Lost Maine Speedways Page
Mac Moore sits by as the
Ed Gardner car sits in a heap .
 

Via Lost Maine Speedways Page
Local driver Mac Moore would
win, as well.
 
 
Via Lost Maine Speedways Page
Local driver Mac Moore would
wreck his own car, as well.
 
 
Via Lost Maine Speedways Page
What the Lewiston track might have looked like when the cars were racing.
 
Via Lost Maine Speedways Page
Beech Ridge legend Ralph Cusack poses at Lewiston as a 16 yr - old.driver. 
 
Via Lost Maine Speedways Page
This Lewiston shot shows what can happen to a 16 yr - old driver. 
 
Via Walter Newell
Beech Ridge legend Ralph Cusack, way later in his career at the Ridge. 
 


                                                       

 

 

NEW GLOUCESTER FAIRGROUNDS
 New Gloucester, Maine



Historic Aerials.com
This aerial photo shows the fairgrounds track, as it todays known as Trotters' Park.


Historic Aerials.com
This aerial photo shows the fairgrounds track, as it may have looked back when
the were holding auto racing up to 1951.

 
Maine Lost Speedways Site
As the caption says,
Chuck Cunningham's stock car entry for the short - lived
races at New Gloucester.

MVRCA Site
Another aerial view of the
venue from an unknown
year.

Source Unknown
Quaint entrance to the venue today.
 

                                                         

NORRIDGEWOCK SPEEDWAY
Norridgewock, Maine


Fantasy Speedway.me Photo
An Aerial View of Track Vestiges


FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
A well - dressed flagger
works the track.
 

MVRCA Site
A view of the opening day crowd. 

FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
The flagger surveys a field of cars. 
 
FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
Armand Sirois
A good shot of the
judges' stand.
 

Source Unknown
1997 view of vestiges. 

Lost Maine Speedways Page
A decent crowd in the stands. 



Lost Maine Speedways Page
Said to be the Norridgewock track, closer to when it was operating. 


Lost Maine Speedways Page
A modest crowd in the Norridgewock bleachers.


Bangor Daily News
The Norridgewock ad
for September of 1951.
 
Bangor Daily News
Brief Norridgewock article
for May of 1951.

Lost Maine Speedways Page
The Norridgewock brain trust: Tom Farrin, Razor Crossman, Lea Smith,
and Lyman Farrin.
 

FantasySpeedway.me Site Photo 
2000 Aerial View of Vestiges
 
Bangor Daily Newse
Brief Norridgewock article
lists Phil Gove as winner.
 
Bangor Daily News
The Norridgewock ad
for earlier in 1951.


 
COurtesy of Lester Griffeth
A very blurry photo of Norridgewock
driver Frank Tuttle..

                                                      

 

NORWAY FAIRGROUNDS
Norway, Maine


Courtesy of Historic Aerials.com
The Oxford County fairgrounds are seen in this 1953 aerial photo.

     

                      Norway Fairgrounds was a half-mile dirt track located in Norway, Maine. The fairgrounds track was one of several fairgrounds facilities in Maine where Jim McConnell and the Main State Stock Car Racing Association promoted racing events. From all accounts, 1949 was the only year Norway Fairgrounds hosted auto racing events. Norway Fairgrounds was later known as Oxford County Fairgrounds. The Oxford Regional High School now sits on the old fairgrounds site.   -From MVRCA Site

 


Courtesy of Wayne Perkins
Some sort of ticket or pass used legendary NH driver Roy Pappy Forsyth at Norway. He trveled extensively to race.

Maine Memory.com
Harness racing came before, and well after,
the stock cars.

Lost Maine Speedways Page
This shot of Jackie Knight is the only one we have that is actually at the Norway venue.

MVRCA Page
It is very likely that Charlie McKay raced at the Norway venue.


MVRCA Page
It is very likely that Glenn Andrews raced at the Norway venue.



 

                                                     


THE OLD ORCHARD BEACH RACE TRACKS
Old Orchard Beach, Maine


Courtesy of Historic Aerials.com
The Big track sits, clearly seen, in this 1956 aerial photo. It had - by this time - already been idle for 15 years. They call it the kite track
but I think it reminds me more of a hot air balloon.

               The MVRCA site explains that there were at least two racing venues at Old Orchard Beach [and I had heard of a third, smaller one as well with no proof]. The first venue featured old Indy type cars in the early part of the 1900's. The cars raced right on the beach. The other was the unique One mile and an eighth "kite track". It still sits, unnoticed, across the main road from the beach in town. The big track was an odd, figure eight, with a huge loop on the north end and a tiny loop near the beach. The MVRCA site says it ran until around 1941, probably another casualty of WWII.



Card Cow.com
A small field of pre-1920 Indy cars rev up and foul the air in readiness for the big race. This is apparently under the famed pier.

 
Card Cow.com
More pre-1920 racing shots.


Card Cow.com

Roughly that same area and time.
 
Boston RPublic Library
 And, off they go !!

Card Cow.com
Roughly that same area and time.

 
The Old Motor.com
A car said to be at the venue. 
 
R.A.  Silvia Coll.  via Steve Pellerin
A car said to be at the venue.
Believe it or not, a driver named Rudi Guiliani.
 
 
R.A.  Silvia Coll.  via Steve Pellerin
A car said to be at the venue.
 
procovers.com
Some other racing at the beach. This
outfit also raced at the Cheshire
Fairgrounds, near Keene, NH.
 

 

 
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