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Location DB > United States > North Carolina > Hillsborough > Occoneechee Speedway
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Occoneechee Speedway
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 Database Info
created by pezking4 on 9/20/2007 11:44 PM
last modified by pezking4 on 7/14/2013 5:51 PM
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 Overview
 Description
Dirt track visible by satellite, concrete grandstands, wooded trails
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Active
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Address

Hillsborough, North Carolina
United States
Owner: Preservation North Carolina
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • cooperheads in the summer
  •  Interesting Features
    The ticket office and grandstands are still there after 40 years of abandonment. The Eno River is right next to the track and offers a scenic view.
     Security Measures
     Historical Dates
    Built: 1947
    Closed: 1968
     Required Equipment
  • hiking shoes
  •  Recommended Equipment
    camera
     History
    One of the first two NASCAR tracks, and is also the only track left over from the original 1949 season. Built by Bill France, who later went on to build Talladega speedway. It was always a dirt mile track and never paved (actually 0.9 miles). The track was renamed Orange Speedway in 1954. The track was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2003 several miles of walking trails were added.

    The ticket booth, restrooms, refreshment stand, flag stand and announcers' platform have been reconstructed by volunteers, robbing the location of some of its 'decaying' charm. The grandstand has been cleared of brush, as has the track, itself. Still, a number of crumbling outbuildings remain, for exploration.

    The site is popular with joggers, hikers and dog walkers.
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     Future Plans
    More trails are being added. And based on the cleanliness of the site it is being well maintained.
     Stories


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     Photo Galleries
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    the speedway
    Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
    posted by pezking4
    24 pictures
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    December 2010
    Wed, Dec 15th, 2010
    posted by mustang_dvs
    12 pictures


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     Web Links
    http://www.historicspeedwaygroup.org/
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     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 6/25/2014 9:41 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 25 14 at 9:41, Steed validated this location
  • on Jul 25 13 at 20:32, mustang_dvs added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jul 25 13 at 20:31, mustang_dvs added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jul 25 13 at 20:29, mustang_dvs updated gallery December 2010
  • on Jul 25 13 at 20:28, mustang_dvs created a new gallery
  • on Jul 14 13 at 17:51, pezking4 changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy
  • on Mar 28 12 at 23:43, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Mar 28 12 at 17:50, mustang_dvs changed the following: History, Status
  • on Sep 22 07 at 2:30, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 21 07 at 0:33, pezking4 made this location available
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