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Cars line up for a heat during the second season of Otter Creek Speedway. The copse of trees in the distance is still discernable at the location now, but the grassy area in the foreground is now a thick sumac woods.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
Dutch Reed takes a victory lap during the very first race program at Otter Creek Speedway in 1961. Note the freshly - graded infield and the grading sticks on the trackside.

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Approximately, the same area today. [Although,
this is probably the shortened turns one and
two area, as altered by C.J. Richards in 1963].


Photographer Unknown-Possibly Val Bicarcz
This shot, from Year Three, shows the shortened
turns one and two from 1963.

Courtesy of Cho Lee
A first-year field thunders out of Turn 4 and onto the frontstretch.

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Turn 3 and Turn 4 and onto the frontstretch- 2006. Many of the trees seems to be gone,
as well as an undetermined farm building seen in the Dutch Reed photo below.


Courtesy of Cho Lee
Dutch Reed, at speed, on the first week at Otter  Creek. Note the farm building in the upper  left hand corner.


 Courtesy of Cho Lee
Looking at the same area, from an area set back from the old track surface. A building on U.S. Route 7 is seen in the distance.

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The little pond that has always sat in the
infield of the track. In the satellite photo, we
have previously mistaken this pond for some
sort of building.

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The little pond is the black mass in the
infield of the track oval outline seen.

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This shot shows a white car going by the pit entrance road. That road angles
right over to the pond, which is  just out of sight on the left.

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To show you how badly the bleachers area has grown in, this is the same crowd protection
fence [note the rusty orange, leaning slightly, in the middle] as is shown in the photo above.
Also seen is the wooden fencing that is white in the above photo.


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Remnants of the flagstand, found up in the  sumac woods. The blue on the left is Neal  Davis, holding back brush for me.

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Remnants of the flagstand, found up in the
sumac woods. This proves the flagger had caution lights attached to his perch.

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Remnants of a power pole with the Turn 3
caution lights on it.


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A closeup of the light fixture on the pole.

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Remains of a 1950's car, which may or may
not have a cage on it. A lot of the metal is partially buried.

 Photo Courtesy of Cho Lee
The 1950's car could have been the
big Pontiac seen here.

Photo Courtesy of Darrell Tucker


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Remnants of the announcers stand, found up in the sumac woods. It fell out of sight in the 1990's.

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The tower ladder sits to the side of the tower remnants. The ladder could well have been adapted from a swimming pool ladder
because the steps to the tower were short.

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The tower, as the facility sits,  abandoned. The poles that Herb
Senecal put around the track are  seen. The tower is still standing
at the time of the photo.

Photo Courtesy of Diana Peters

The same view, as shot in 1970 at the time of Rainbow Ridge raceway. The tower is still standing at the time of the photo, right just out of the picture Notice a
concession stand had been inserted.


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In the photo above this, the refreshment stand is to the left [or north] of the tower. This old Pepsi cooler was found in that location, among some old boards.


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A somewhat similar view take n in 1963, of John Narducci's
81 sitting - not having qualified with driver Joe Tiezzi..

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The access road down to the track and pits.
This road is seen in the tower scene above.
The present day sumac woods make the
scene look considerably different; but,
check out the mountains in the distance.

Two Artifacts on the Site

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A track surfacing drag piece
that is pulled behind a tractor.

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The best item of all- a front
cowcatcher - type bumper. The
fact is bolt-on suggest the
Rainbow Ridge era.


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This photo of partner Lee Tucker's car shows some of the Hi Monroe barn that everyone had to pass by to get to the track.

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This shot of 1961 NASCAR National Sportsman Co-Champion Bill Wimble leaving the facility shows a bit of Hi Monroe's home.


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A remodeled Monroe house and what is left of the Monroe barn, as they look in 2006 - an unbelievable 45 years after the photos to the left. The traffic to and from the track would go in between house and barn.

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Same Wimble - different angle.