Ghost Tracks - Nilestown Speedway
1/4 mile paved oval
Located on the north side of Hamilton Road just east of the town of Nilestown, Ontario (east of London)

This is how Nilestown Speedway looked in November, 2003.

Nilestown opened in July of 1952 as a dirt track. It opened the 1955 season as a dirt track but was closed part-way through the season to be paved. It re-opened on July 29, 1955 and soon hosted super-modifieds with drivers like Jimmy Howard, Ted Hogan, Vic Parsons and Harvey Lennox being regulars. They switched to late model body styles in 1967 and the classes included Diamonds, Rat Sedans, Amateur Sportsman, Powder Puff and even Figure 8 racing. Diamonds were also known as Diamond Late Models and would be similiar to today's Late Models. The Powder Puff class was for women only and ran the same rules as Rat Sedans, which were like a Thunder Car or Pure Stock today. Rat Sedans were full size sedans with 6 cylinder engines. Amateur Sportsman ran in-line six cylinder engines with home-made bodies. They looked something like a wingless sprint car with a roof. Nilestown ran Tuesday and Saturday nights at 8:00pm.

The grandstands were built into a natural hill, similiar to Delaware. The track appears to have been fairly narrow with a low banking. The pits were off the back straight.

The track closed in July, 1974. The land was purchased in 1977 by the Polish National Association and they built the Polish-Canadian Recreation Centre on the property.

The track's infield is now a soccer field. The track surface itself is in great shape and is used for parking for soccer games. Almost nothing else racing-related is left. There is no sign of the start-finish line and no walls, fences, lights, starter stand, grandstands, buildings, etc to be seen either. Only a few pieces of timber that might have part of the grandstand remain on the hill.

If anyone has any more information on Nilestown Speedway - photos, programs, points champions, years in use, etc please contact me

A lap Around Nilestown Speedway

The front straight

Turn 1-2

The back straight

Corner 3. The road on the right side of the photo on the outside of the track is the access to the pit area from Hamilton Road. Back "in the day" it would not have approached the track but would have gone around the track to the pit entrance which was behind turn 3.

Out of turn 4 and looking down the front straight

More Photos

These 3 photos are taken from what was the grandstand area

In turn 1-2 looking back toward the front straight and the spectator area. Imagine a packed grandstand on the hill and a field of super-modifieds screaming toward you.

Turn 3-4 from the grandstand area