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Message posted by Webmaster on 16 November 2003 at 9:29pm - IP Logged
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This topic is for a general discussion of Ghost Speedways. For discussion of the specific tracks that CanadianRacer.com has documented please discuss in their own forum which is linkable from each article.


Message posted by Dale Rusling on 18 February 2004 at 2:44pm - IP Logged
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One that that could be included in your Ghost Speedways section is Checker Flag Speedway, once located just outside of Windsor, Ontario on High #42. It was either a 3/8 or 1/3 mile paved, slightly banked track, but it used to be dirt.

A housing development is located on the site now, and I doubt if there's anything left of the track or facilities that could be photographed.

The racing used to be very good, but the facilities were a bit shabby, and the track announcers worse. It all worked together for a fun Saturday night.

Dale Rusling, Windsor, Ontario 

 

 

 


Message posted by Webmaster on 19 February 2004 at 1:21am - IP Logged
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My defination of Ghost Speedways are ones where there are some remains. Like you mentioned Checker Flag was completely redeveloped for housing.

I'm working with the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame Archives to document every track that ever existed in Canada. That's where places like Checker Flag and about 620 other long-gone tracks would be listed.


Message posted by Tim on 30 March 2004 at 8:41pm - IP Logged
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They say there used to be one in Tilbury Ontario. Between Chatham and Windsor. I could be wrong but I was always told they built the arena on that site

Message posted by Webmaster on 30 March 2004 at 9:39pm - IP Logged
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There was a track in Tilbury so that was probably it.


Message posted by Alex on 22 May 2004 at 3:45pm - IP Logged
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I used to live in Williamsford, On. Quite often I would drive by the remaines of Model T Speedway at McCulough Lake. All that is left are portions of the grand stand. The track has been plowed into a farmes field. If anyone wants to check it out you can find it by going North to the edge of Williamsford. Just at the edge of town is a stone building on the West side of the road. It used to have a restaurant in it. Anyway, turn west and drive past the arena and ball diamond. Go back there until you come to a T in the road. Head south until you get to another T in the road. At that corner, look accross the road and to your left and you will see what remains of the grand stands.

Message posted by Web master on 22 May 2004 at 10:25pm - IP Logged
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Alex,

Thanks for the directions to Model T Speedway. I tried finding it last summer but I didn't know exactly where it was. It sounds like I was right there but I didn't see the grandstands. I'll try again sometime this summer now that I know where to look.

Now if someone can point me to Teviotdale and Wallace Speedways.


Message posted by Rick on 23 May 2004 at 11:25pm - IP Logged
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Regarding Ghost Speedways and the reference to Windsor, Ontario(Checker Flag Speedway)  all that remains of this track is the original Pit Road entrance gate that for some reason still exists today.  I'm sure very driver, fan, crew member who has ever partitpated in the raceing days of CFS still looks at the gate and smiles.  I personally hope they never take it down.

The remnents of one old track in Windsor dating back to the early 50's still exists in Windsor.  I believe the name was the old Bluebird Speedway and it was a very short 1/4 mile track.  The track and the stand supports are stil there, located behind a small stip mall at the corner of Howard and McDougal(kiddy corner from the Veterinarians shop.  You can drvie behind the mall and see the track which is within 5 fet of the fence.  As you walk through the brush, this track appears out of no where and is a very interesting find.  My older brother showed it me a few years ago and I never knew it existed.  My father and uncles raced there.  Another track in Windsor was located on the same grounds as the current Devonshire Mall but didn't last long.  Was also a horse track with a short lifespan.

 

Hope that helps,

 

Rick Des Rosiers

Windsor, Ontario     

  


Message posted by Web master on 24 May 2004 at 9:55am - IP Logged
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Rick,

Thanks for the info on Dayus. I had heard it was still there but did not have exact directions.

Any chance of you taking some photos  of Dayus and the Checker Flag pit gate and e-mailing them to me? Windsor is a long drive for me.

The track that was on the site of the Devonshire Mall must have been Bluebird Speedway.

 


Message posted by barry on 31 May 2004 at 9:55am - IP Logged
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the track on howard and mcdougall is dayus raceway. 

bluebird is located 5miles from ambassador bridge on howard ave

devonshire mall used to be a horse track across the road.there was

an other horse track.kennilworth.gardens.in 1919 man of war and sir

barton raced there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Message posted by john siebring on 06 June 2004 at 9:36pm - IP Logged
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There used to be a paved (I think 1/4 mile) oval in Cobble Hill B.C., called "Shearing raceway" or "Shearing racetrack". It was located just East of the Island Highway on Cowichan Bay Rd. In 1972 the pavement was still there, and though the access was blocked, it was possible to get in and take your street car for a spin around the flat oval. (Been there, done that.)  Thearea has since been developed for housing. Anyone out there have any further info? i.e. when it was open ,what classes ran there etc. tnx JS

 


Message posted by Ron Nelson on 02 July 2004 at 1:12am - IP Logged
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If you are still looking for pics of Dayus Speedway and if the gate is still there from Checker Flag, I can get them for you. Can take some digitals and send them to you whenever you want.

Was at the Dayus remains today and walked around the track. Alot of trees and brush but track is still easy to see. Only part of racing surface that is gone is what appears to be one of the turns where a factory is now located. Overall there is still quite a bit of the racing surface remaining. Not exactly sure where the posts are located or what is in the infield as it is too covered with bush to get in right now. Mosquitoes will drive you nuts.

Can always go back in fall or winter to look around some more for you. Please e-mail me at hanley_72@hotmail.com  and let me know if you want me to get the pics for you. That is hanley_72 if you are not sure.

Would love to help any way I can. Love the site and all the old pics of old tracks.

Ron Nelson (JR. HANLEY fan),

Windsor, Ontario

 


Message posted by Ron Nelson on 08 July 2004 at 3:54pm - IP Logged
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Will get the pics of Dayus for you sometime next week. On vacation so I will have plenty of time to run over there and take them for you. You should get them from me sometime next week. Will also see if the pit gate from Checker Flag is still there.

 


Message posted by Web master on 09 July 2004 at 12:36am - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 08 July 2004

Will get the pics of Dayus for you sometime next week. On vacation so I will have plenty of time to run over there and take them for you. You should get them from me sometime next week. Will also see if the pit gate from Checker Flag is still there.

 


Great - I'm looking forward to them.

Message posted by MOMMYLEE!@# on 21 July 2004 at 10:45am - IP Logged
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HELLO ME AND MY HUSBAND WERE WONDERING IT SAYS HERE THAT ONSLOW SPEED WAY IN NOVA SCOTIA IS RE OPENING BUT I AM SORRY BUT I HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT IT AND WE HAVE DROVE BY HUNDREDS OF TIME AND I LOOKS LIKE NOTHINGIS GOING ON THERE ARE NOT STANDS I MEAN THERE IS A CAMPER IT DOES LOOK LIKE SOME ONE IS STAYING THERE BUT PLEASE SOMEONE LET ME KNOW WHATS GOING ON WITH ONSLOW SPEED WAY


Message posted by Web Master on 21 July 2004 at 11:55am - IP Logged
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Regarding Onslow - I don't think it's reopening after all. There were some reports earlier in the season but now nothing. A few people have reported the same thing - no sign of life at the track.


Message posted by MOMMYLEE on 22 July 2004 at 9:21am - IP Logged
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thanks for you reply web master i have been searching for answers i thought that they just couldn't find drivers because when you go tot the track its says looking for drivers

Message posted by windsorman on 07 August 2004 at 6:45am - IP Logged
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i live in windsor and when i was ten years old went to checker flag raceway saturday nights and watch the auto races now i go to south buxton raceway southeast of chatham in the center of kent county ontario now i know why windsor is changing it's image it is because of these stupid suburbanites not caring about historical sites

Message posted by windsorman on 07 August 2004 at 6:50am - IP Logged
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hi i am just wondering if any other auto racetracks were located in windsor but were closed due to being damaged by the famous 1974 tornado that struck windsor on april 3rd 1974 though i know this was before i was born ( i am 22 years old i am still curious thanks.

Message posted by sdmmotorsports on 25 August 2004 at 12:29pm - IP Logged
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JACKPOT SPEEDWAY, Yes track still exists. My dad purchased the property about 16 years ago. I'm glad to have found this web site, I always been interested in finding information and stories on this 1/2 mile Ghost Track where speeds hit 100mph.

Location: Williamsford, Ontario, at Hwy 6 and McCulough Lake Road, go west on McCulough Lake Road past the arena and baseball field, past the first consession road, at the second consession (Consession #4 road) make a right (north), past the first street on the left, continue and on the east side you see a white house, small lake and old wood grand stand.

 A small ticket both shack, concrete wall which wraps around turn #1 and along the grandstand still exists. Also, flag man stand at turn #3, speaker poles dangling in the wind. The shape of the track is still visible. I will be posting existing photos of the site, stories and some memorabilia in the future.

I heard there was another track nearby (Model T Speedway), now I know where to find it and its name, thanks to your web site.  

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

I could be reached at sdmmotorsports@hotmail.com

 


Message posted by car67 on 03 October 2004 at 3:11pm - IP Logged
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I guess Mosquito Speedway is a ghost track now. you can probably find pics online if you email the right person.

Message posted by car67 on 03 October 2004 at 3:14pm - IP Logged
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my cottage is right outside Warsaw what info do you have on the possible track there? maybe i will go hunting


Message posted by Web Master on 03 October 2004 at 6:30pm - IP Logged
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To car57 - Mosquito is a ghost track but let's hope it comes back soon.

I don't have anything on a track at Warsaw, unless it went by another name. Let me know what you find out.


Message posted by dinosaur on 05 October 2004 at 1:16am - IP Logged
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Does anybody remember some of the old South Eastern Ontario dirt tracks of the late 50's/early 60's? Such as South Mountain Speedway near South Mointain, Ted Beckstead's track on the 3rd concession of Matilda Township near Iroquois. There were also races in Maxville on Sunday afternoons at the Maxville Fairgrounds. Another track in Northern NY was near the current Frogtown Speedway. I forget its name.

Message posted by Web Master on 05 October 2004 at 12:05pm - IP Logged
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To Dinosaur:

Can you give some more info on the Canadian tracks that you mentioned? I have Iroquois and Maxville on the list with almost no detail. South Mountain is not on my list.

Any info you can provide would be appreciated.

 


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