Old Time Racing (Part 1) - NASCAR at Peace Haven Speedway 1953-54

This 8mm film shows early NASCAR racing at Peace Haven Speedway, aka Winston-Salem Speedway on April 27, 1953 and April 19, 1954. Peace Haven Speedway was one of the first NASCAR tracks promoted by Bill France and Alvin Hawkins, with a date on the inaugural championship tour on Oct. 31, 1948. And with drivers like Curtis Turner and Fonty Flock, it held the record as the fastest half mile dirt track in NASCAR from 1948 to 1950, and again in 1952. The film consists of mixed clips from 1953 and '54 of the Modified Sportsman and Amateur divisions. Shorty York won the Modified Sportsman feature in the 1953 race while Joe Kirby won the Amateur feature after Ralph Harpe was disqualified. Ted Swaim driving the J.S. Pope #99 won the Modified Sportsman feature in '54, with Whitey Norman winning the Amateur feature after starting at the end of the field. Drivers in this (Part 1) footage include - Shorty York #111 (winner '53) Ted Swaim #99 (winner '54) Curtis Turner #14 Ned Jarrett #38 Glen Wood #22 Bill Myers #4 (coach model in '53 clips - coupe model in '54 clips) Bobby Myers #1 in '53, #6A in '54 Wendell Scott #11 Pee Wee Jones #9 Jim Paschal #80 Slim Rominger #48 Perk Brown #0 Brice "Spider" Stultz (#24 in '53 clips - #24x in '54 clips) Chicken Boggs #18 Jr. Also in these races - Whitey Norman, Ralph Harpe, Bill Widenhouse, Sandy Lynch, James Stultz, Robert Barrier, Charles Woosley, Toots Jenkins, Bob DeHart, Ralph Ligouri, E.H. Weddle, Carl Burris, Gwyn Staley, Johnny Dodson, Speedy Thompson, Burley Myers, Fuzzy Clifton, Lester Willard, Johnny Capps, Joe Kirby, Ray Shores, Don Willis, Barry Boyd, Peanut Brown, Tommy Tuttle, and many more. There are two parts to this film - Part 1 is all Peace Haven Speedway (10:23). Part 2 is a short clip of Peace Haven Speedway (:26), a short clip of motorcycles at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds in Winston-Salem (:22), a long clip of Bowman Gray Stadium (4:35), and a long clip of exotic car racing at Virginia International Raceway (7:58).

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