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Title
Beverly Hills Speedway, aerial view
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection
Creator
Pierce, C. C. (Charles C.), 1861-1946
Date Created and/or Issued
1919
Publication Information
C.C. Pierce & CO
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Description
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.
Aerial photograph of the Beverly Hills Speedway, located at Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards.
Type
Image
Format
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Identifier
00032054
Los Angeles Photographers Collection; C.C. Pierce Collection
A-007-957 4x5; A-007-412 4x5
CARL0000034683
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/126289
Subject
Beverly Hills Speedway
Racetracks (Automobile racing)--California--Beverly Hills
Lost architecture--California--Beverly Hills
Mountains--California, Southern
Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.)
Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Beverly Hills (Calif.)--Aerial views
Aerial photographs
Time Period
1911-1920

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