Old Race Courses
Long gone but never to be forgotten.
These were the classic venues where the sports/racing cars of the 1950s
and early 1960s made history. See them as they look today!
Maps are clickable.
|Author, historian, and Lotus Mk.23 driver
Gary Horstkorta also contributed this diagram of the Sacramento Fairgrounds
|Cotati was located 45 miles north of
San Francisco and was an abandoned WWII Naval airfield.
Gary Horstkorta sent photos & information
about this long gone northern California venue.
|Riverside International Raceway was
the crown jewel of motorsport in southern California from its
weekend in 1957 until it was finally overwhelmed by development in
In 2001, Bill Wilkman walked the grounds
and took these photos. Further develop- ment has since obliterated
even these last traces.
|Vaca Valley Raceway, near the town of
Vacaville in northern California, still exists. Conceivably, it could be
reopened if local politics allowed it and someone paid for a complete repaving.
Dann Shively took these aerial photos.
|Paramount Ranch was a unique road racing
course in the Santa Monica mountains above Malibu. The land was used
as a film location for many shoot 'em up Western movies.
It's now a State Park and the "Old West"
town with saloons & hitching rails and other standards of the genre
Website contributor Bob Norton walked
the grounds and took these photos.
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