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Greater Pittsburgh Speedway

Post by BlueOnBlack21 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:51 am

For the last year or two ive become very interested in these old abandoned/defunct race tracks. Have really enjoyed finding tracks on the aerial maps and have gained a ton of info on this message board so thank you. Finally got to check one of these out yesterday when i was in the pittsburgh area.

Greater pittsburgh speedway was a dirt 1/4 mi oval '57-'67. Then paved and run through '70 from what ive read. The land is heavily posted so i didnt want to push my luck and wander around too much. I snapped a couple quick cell phone pics before i left. Based on the aerial and entrance to the track it looks like i parked off the main road at turn 3. Anyone ever been here or have more pics/info to add? What a cool experience to finally see one of these old tracks. Wish i could spend more time there looking around!
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Post by BlueOnBlack21 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:17 am

Here is an aerial view of the track
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Post by BlueOnBlack21 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:26 am

Looking up from the road at the turn 3 fence posts

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Post by BlueOnBlack21 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:28 am

Looking towards turn 4 and across the infield

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Post by BlueOnBlack21 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:31 am

Looking toward the backstretch

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Post by Scott Harro » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:20 am

you should hook up with "high in the first turn" he has tons of info and pics of "retired" racetracks in PA
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Post by Mr. Port » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:45 am

Nice pics.

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Post by High in the first turn » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:14 pm

Oops...must have missed those signs. Here are some pictures I took 2 years ago while visiting Pittsburgh Motor Speedway with the ARDC.

I was told that Heidleberg raced Saturday night and GPS raced Sunday afternoon and was shown live on TV. Appearantly it was common for the Saturday night celebration and the Sunday afternoon start to coinincide. Heidleberg was torn down and the lights and stands moved to Pittsburgh Motor Speedway which originally was to be bigger.

One of PPMS Late Models racers garage is across the road from the track.

There are a buch of old tracks out that way. There are still some remains of a track near Aliquippa.

I haven't updated my list lately but I've been to somewhere between 75-100 old tracks and have taken a bunch of pictures.

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Re: Greater Pittsburgh Speedway

Post by dirtfan » Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:46 am

is sad as it is too see, I love the pics and stories of old speedways keep them coming.

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Post by racindad88 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:00 pm

that is sad but cool to see these places documented!!
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Post by RT88 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:28 pm

Greater Pittsburgh began life as a midget track. It became known for its super modifieds, including a driver known as Bobbie Adamson. It was tough going up against the PRA.

Another track to check out is the Mt. Nebo track across the river. It is an open area along the interstate. Others include Claridge which is a soccer complex. William Penn is now a senior home near Export. Rose speedway is housing along the Turnpike. Oakford Park is overgrown on the east side of Jeanette. The first Motordrome, the dirt track, is still there outside Ruffsdale. The Mt Joy track is now a pond east of Mount Pleasant. Turnpike speedway is now a business on Mosside blvd. Heidelberg is a shopping center while South Park is under the new high school. Braddock Park is a park at Economy. The Green Garden track is still there at the Ambridge Lake west of Aliquippa. New Kensington is under housing on the south side of the bridge. The Large track is ovrrgrown along Route 51 near Jefferson Hills.

some others in theregion Butler, the first track, is under the high school. A house is built on top of Motor Glade Speedway west of Connellsville. The first Latrobe track isunder growth by the creek off Route 981. Steve Bubb

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Post by bagger » Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:02 am

RT88 wrote:Greater Pittsburgh began life as a midget track. It became known for its super modifieds, including a driver known as Bobbie Adamson. It was tough going up against the PRA.

Another track to check out is the Mt. Nebo track across the river. It is an open area along the interstate. Others include Claridge which is a soccer complex. William Penn is now a senior home near Export. Rose speedway is housing along the Turnpike. Oakford Park is overgrown on the east side of Jeanette. The first Motordrome, the dirt track, is still there outside Ruffsdale. The Mt Joy track is now a pond east of Mount Pleasant. Turnpike speedway is now a business on Mosside blvd. Heidelberg is a shopping center while South Park is under the new high school. Braddock Park is a park at Economy. The Green Garden track is still there at the Ambridge Lake west of Aliquippa. New Kensington is under housing on the south side of the bridge. The Large track is ovrrgrown along Route 51 near Jefferson Hills.

some others in theregion Butler, the first track, is under the high school. A house is built on top of Motor Glade Speedway west of Connellsville. The first Latrobe track isunder growth by the creek off Route 981. Steve Bubb
Was Clairidge the track that was called "Mon-Duke"? I remember,Mon-Duke had an almost vertical grandstand!

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Re: Greater Pittsburgh Speedway

Post by RT88 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:22 pm

No, the two are about twenty minutes apart. Mon Duke has senior living housing built on top of it. The very steep hill that contained the grandstands remains.

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Re: Greater Pittsburgh Speedway

Post by RT88 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:54 pm

This is Mon Duke today. The woods behind it is the steep hill where they had the grandstands
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Re: Greater Pittsburgh Speedway

Post by RT88 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:56 pm

This is how Claridge looks today
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