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Parked along the track at Culver City Speedway, view 65
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Jack Prince and Art Pillsbury built the Beverly Hills Speedway in 1919 on 275 acres of land, at a cost of $500,000. The 1.25-mile wood oval, which featured 45-degree banked turns, was funded by a group of actors and others in the industry known as the Beverly Hills Speedway Syndicate. The track was inaugurated on February 28, 1920, but after only four years the 70,000-seat stadium was disassembled to make room for other improvements in the newly incorporated city of Beverly Hills, holding its last race on February 24, 1924 before a crowd of 85,000. The developers eventually moved the racetrack to Culver City, and it was located at the intersection of Culver Blvd and Overland Blvd, right across the street from MGM Studios. It was at this "new" location and "new" track where Red Cariens was involved in a fatal crash on November 29, 1925. It was also at this location where Mickey Rooney's classic racing movie "The Big Wheel" (1949) was shot. This speedway was built at a time when car races were popular, so popular in fact, that there were radio broadcasts from the speedways. California had approximately six wooden track speedways, also known as "toothpick track" speedways. Culver City Speedway operated from December 14, 1924 to March 6, 1927; it was eventually removed to make way for movie studios.
View 65: Long view of the Culver City Speedway, which was in existence as an auto racing venue from December 14, 1924, until March 6, 1927. It shows the names of some of the drivers along the track, as well as their racecars. This photograph was possibly taken prior to a race, because some of the drivers can be seen in the forefront, with a cluster of men that sit next to a small wooden cross bridge. Several hundred spectators watch from the inner field.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 14 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Sports-Automobiles-Racing-Culver City.; N-002-363.65 4x5
Culver City Speedway
Racetracks (Automobile racing)--California--Culver City
Automobile racing fans--California--Culver City
Automobile racing--California--Culver City
Automobiles--California--Culver City
Spectators--California--Culver City
Prince, Jack
Pillsbury, Art
Culver City (Calif.)

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