Yesterday afternoon I attended a program at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. This was the second session of their Lost Speedways series; the first was held during the spring blizzard last year and still was well attended. The session yesterday was effectively a full house, heavily attended by many old drivers, owners and fans who remembered many of the now missing tracks of upstate NY and New England.
There were a number of speakers focusing on different tracks; the quality and preparation varied. Ken Gypson did an excellent job with a number of tracks in Rensselaer County (Clearview, Pine Bowl, Burden Lake, Route 66/Hollywood Bowl, and Clearview, and filled in for the absent Len King on Empire/Menands. The next presenter, I think, didn't quite realize what he was getting into, but still had some interesting things to say about Sky High over in West Richmondville (I didn't quite get his name, or the exact location of the track, which I understand is still clearly visible on top of a mountain SW of Cobleskill.) Bill Ladabouche, author of the excellent Catamount Stadium site covering Vermont tracks presented on several of those; he did a nice job but mostly covered material already on his site. Gary London came up from Long Island to talk about Freeport and Islip, and finally Lew Boyd of Coastal 181 Publishing (Motorsports books) talked about two tracks at which he used to race, Morris Fairgrounds and the short-lived Cairo Fairgrounds.
This was a really fascinating session and I've already updated a number of the track pages with the more accurate info I collected in my notes. They've promised Lost Speedways III in the spring, and I am very much looking forward to it if the schedule works out. They want to talk more about Whites Beach Speedway among other things.