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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:05 pm 
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Is there anyone here old enough to remember if there was ever any (non-horse and non-motorcycle) racing at that track? I vaguely remember reading somewhere that Steve Smith won a sprint race there once, but I don't know for sure.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:08 pm 
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found this information

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during the 30's the midways became lined with freak shows and automobile racing became popular on the track


from an article at this site

http://www.yorkfair.org/history.htm

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:25 pm 
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I was told some of the silver spring racers of the 50's & early 60's raced during the fair. I'm sure that's where Ken Fortna from Jonestown, was badly hurt in a big accident due to the dusty condition during a day race. No sure what other races they had there over the years.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:06 pm 
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Fortna was badly hurt at the Carlisle Fairgrounds and that was a l.m. race that Steve Smith won at the York Fairgrounds.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:41 pm 
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Mr. Port wrote:
Fortna was badly hurt at the Carlisle Fairgrounds and that was a l.m. race that Steve Smith won at the York Fairgrounds.



From Tri-State Speed Press. May be a little hard to read.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:59 pm 
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You can go way back to 1915 to find auto racing at York Fairgrounds. I had found some photos on the Library of Congress website and sent them to the Vintage Racer.

http://www.thevintageracer.com/forum/in ... opic=298.0

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:30 pm 
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Thanks for correcting me on that one.....so does anyone know if the SS cars raced at Carlisle on semi-regular basis or just during fair week?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:38 pm 
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That was a one and done deal. Back in the 1940s, when the fairground gained new grandstands, they had midget races on the half mile. That went on for one season. I have a 1904 advertisement for an automobile race at the Carlisle Fairground. It rained that day and it appears no race took place.

Here is a 1956 photo of the front stretch of the Carlisle Fairground

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:08 pm 
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I saw a mid 50's advertisement of a challenge race at the Carlisle Fairgrounds between the Silver Spring cars and the Goldmine cars during fair week. I also have a picture of Ken Hurley on the front stretch in the early or mid 50's at Carlisle. I live in Carlisle and only remember the 1962 stock car race. They did have motorcycles there once in the late 80's.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:14 pm 
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Got this from Ken Hurley's grandson....I think.

Old scrap book shot labeled Carlisle 1953....it is definitely Carlisle.

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Port - 15.1 seconds = 187.9' per second = 128.1 MPH
Eldora - 12.7 seconds = 180' per second = 122.7 MPH
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:40 pm 
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Not sure exactly when but my uncle either did or was set to run a midget at York in the late 70's or early 80's


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:07 pm 
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Man am I glad you had that 1953 Carlisle photo. I heard stories of a race at the fairgrounds with the Gold Mine drivers. Now I have the date. It is time to find the results. Thanks - Steve


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I think it was 1980 or 1981. Steve Smith won the late models in the 43a. They also ran modified stocks which Larry Shive won.


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Didn't Bloomsburg fairgrounds used to have midget races during fair week? I'm not sure if they ever had sprints. They still have figure 8 races and the world's largest demolition derby.

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