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Los Angeles Coliseum

Los Angeles Coliseum was the location of a number of oval tracks over the years. The last race there took place in 1948.

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Elevation: 165 feet Latitude: 34.013983 Longitude: -118.28781 GPS: N 34 0.83898, W 118 17.268 Time zone: PST/PDT (-0800/-0700)

Historical Note

A 1/4 mile wood oval for motorcycles operated at this site in 1909 in the old Agricultural park. The coliseum itself was built in 1923. A 1/4 mile dirt oval operated from 1938 through 1942. A 1/4 mile paved oval operated from October 11th, 1945 through March 16th, 1948. A 1/4 mile wood oval operated from July 10th, 1948 through August 13th, 1948. Racing ended when driver Jack Habermehl died from injuries sustained in the race on August 13th.

References

Alan E. Brown, The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present. Comstock Park, Michigan: Brown, 2003 , ISBN 0931105617 , pp. 145. Order from National Speedway Directory

Gordon Eliot White, Lost Race Tracks: Treasures of Automobile Racing. Hudson, Wisconsin: Iconographix, 2006 , ISBN 1583880844 , pp. 16. Order from Powell's Books

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Track: Los Angeles Coliseum 3911 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90037

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