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Ghost Tracks - The Ridge Raceway
3/8 mile clay oval
Ridgetown, Ontario

This is how The Ridge Raceway looked in August, 2004. Ron Nelson submitted these photos to CanadianRacer.com.

The Ridge Raceway operated from 1983-1995 as 3/8 mile clay oval. The track had two previous lives as a 1/2 mile dirt oval from 1952-54 and then again from 1969-78. It was previously known as Harwich Speedway and Ridgetown Raceway. It is located between Blenheim and Ridgetown on Ridge Road.

When it reopened in 1969, it was resurfaced with up to 18 inches of clay. They raced Late Models and Hobbies on Tuesday and Friday nights in the early 1970's. The track was run by the Golden Acres Stock Car Racing Association with Walt Huckle as President. By the late 1970's the racing had switched to Sunday night and the classes were Late Models and Modifieds. Jack Ingram was the promoter.

The track re-opened for it's third life on Sept 10, 1983 under owner and promoter Ron Urquhart and track manager Jim Dale. The new name of the track was The Ridge Raceway and they raced Unlimiteds, Sportsman and Novices on Friday nights.

The track surface appears to be in very good shape. The pits, which were located behind the back straight, are grown over. The pit concession booth, pit sign-in shack and the pit grandstands are still standing. The spectator grandstand is gone.

If anyone has any more information on The Ridge Raceway - photos, programs, points champions, years in use, etc please contact me webmaster@motorsportscentral.com.
Photos


The back straight from turn 3


Turns 1-2 and from the back straight


The front straight from turn 4


The pit concession booth and pit grandstands


Pit booth


Standing in turn 4 looking toward turn 1-2


On the back straight looking into turn 3

Turn 3-4