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« on: October 31, 2014, 02:23:19 PM »

see a couple cobras blasting down the hill,  I didnt know they had a Monza wall there

http://www.throughtheapex.com/2014/10/30/meadowdale-raceway/

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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2014, 08:27:50 PM »

The track was actually based on key areas from famous race tracks around the world.

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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2014, 08:52:03 AM »

Cool video. Not far from where I live, drove by there quite a few times never realized it's still there until my friend that grew up in the area pointed it out to me just a few years ago.

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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2014, 08:57:52 AM »

That downhill long straight must have been interesting in the first corner

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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2014, 09:51:06 AM »

Does anybody at the site have any old race programs or other memorabilia from Meadowdale Huh?Huh?Huh?Huh???
I do believe the track and owners may also tie into Kimberly, Wacky Arnolt and Ben, in part.
Just as Road America does.
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2014, 10:08:36 AM »

That was cool, like to hear more of the history.

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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2014, 05:38:32 AM »

Some cool stuff here:  http://www.reproracingposters.com/1950-vintage-racing-posters/

Scroll down about halfway.

There's another one in the 1960s section.

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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2014, 09:12:02 AM »

Meadowdale sure seems to be talked about lately.

The new Dec 14 publication of Automobile magazine has a nice 2-3 page article about the Meadowdale and Road America tacks.
I guess Meadowdale was a very fast track with astounding drops and rises in elevations, and really quite dangerous in a lengthy top speed straight.

Surprised that USAC sanctioned races there?
When AAA left racing in the early 50's, USAC was born >> which involved Indy and other sanctioned events/races.
The SCCA was being Nationalized around the US and off shore countries at the same time these events were taking place.
John

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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2014, 04:57:00 PM »

Meadowdale sure seems to be talked about lately.

The new Dec 14 publication of Automobile magazine has a nice 2-3 page article about the Meadowdale and Road America tacks.
I guess Meadowdale was a very fast track with astounding drops and rises in elevations, and really quite dangerous in a lengthy top speed straight.

Surprised that USAC sanctioned races there?
When AAA left racing in the early 50's, USAC was born >> which involved Indy and other sanctioned events/races.
The SCCA was being Nationalized around the US and off shore countries at the same time these events were taking place.
John

John - Thanks very much for mentioning this issue of Automobile Magazine (Dec 2014) having an article about these two race tracks.
          I do not regularly read this magazine and would have missed it otherwise.
          Am very much looking forward to sitting down with a cold one & reading about Meadowdale and our beloved Road America at Elkhart Lake, Wis!

          Kieth      Chug a Lug
           

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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2014, 09:44:58 AM »

John - Thanks very much for mentioning this issue of Automobile Magazine (Dec 2014) having an article about these two race tracks.
          I do not regularly read this magazine and would have missed it otherwise.
          Am very much looking forward to sitting down with a cold one & reading about Meadowdale and our beloved Road America at Elkhart Lake, Wis!

          Kieth      Chug a Lug
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You are quite welcome Keith.
Because of Ben, the builder of the Speedster, I have had to research the SCCA early days, ( 1948-1958 ) at many tracks around the US, most are still open and active.

Meadowdale is one of many that I have had to research,
A book was published a year or so ago, ? Ghost Tracks in the US, something like that for a title.
Lots of good reading and full of historical facts.

Believe it or not, a Historian from the SCCA, threw away 2 dumpsters full of all the old and original race documents & finishes.
Sure makes it hard to document who built the SCCA into a National organization. Wiki has it but no names have been credited< Yet>>

If memory serves me right, I think I once seen Carroll listed on a race entry/program as, Henry Shelby.
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John
          


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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2014, 10:36:55 AM »

   There has been a yearly "memorial day" for Meadowdale for the past 4-5 years.  It is in September (so far) every year.  Next year when I get their E-mail, I'll post the date.
  I was at Meadowdale back around 1967 or 68'.  Sort of a team member for a fellow who had a formual Vee.  I was invited by a fellow I knew in High School.  e lived around the corner of the guy who owner the Vee. This was at what might have been a SCCA weekend as the way the races were set up.  The don't recall how that formula Vee did at all.  I remember the B/P race: one 65 GT350 against about a dozen Corvettes.  The GT 350 started at the back of the pack.  By the forth lap it was leading.  The entire crowd was cheering.  Alas, something messed up in the engine by the seventh lap or so, it fell out of the race, DNF'ed.  Must have left an impression on me, I bought 67 GT 350 #0036 right after graduation High School a year or two later.

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