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Speedway Park pictures
Those are some great pictures. I most likey was in
the stands with my father. Needless to say that
track is long gone. Lee Roy lived just behind the
track with his mother. I lived about five miles
form the speedway.
Here are a few facts, at least to the best of my
The 29 was a car built by Speedy Spears and dirven
by "Wild" Willie Carter. Back in those days David
Ezell brought two cars to the track. A black 16
and one painted white. He would run in both heat
races. Which ever car ran best is the one he would
race in the feature, which paid $130 if he won.
$90 if someone else was the winner. David drove
for the track owner. He drove often on the old
beach course at Daytona but had little interest in
the 2.5 speedway.
The car behind the #9 was #2by4, was driven for
the most part by Herb Spivey. Spivey was killed at
the track in 1967 in a late model sportman. Behind
Spivey is a red #60 driven by Jimmy Capps, who
also ran a few times in the Daytona 500.
Hope you have more to post!!
Speedway Park pictures
Thanks for your comments. I'll up date those
Sure looks like the kid to the left of the one
sucking his thumb is me!! I would have been 10 at
Those were to great drivers. Flynn's #14 was a
pretty blue & white.
Great "Wild Wille Carter" photo
On the local level many considered him the best
ever to come from JAX. But he started a family
early in life and had to "work" for a living,
leaving racing to just a hobby.
Even as late as 1963 you can see these cars were
built "light". Not very safe. Just check out the
(lack of) roll bars. Still cool cars. Huge
Don't remember "Little Zero"
But I do remember "Half Pint", if anyone ever finds
a picture of that one.
Back when I was a kid I though all of those car
bodies were 1932 Fords. But it looks like the 1934
model was very popular, as well as many others.
Thanks Bill !!!
Bill - Thanks for your comments. Do you have any
programs, or news clippings from Jacksonville,
Savannah, or Waycross ? I got to visit with
Speedy Spiers a couple of years ago at his shop
on San Pablo Rd. He's a pretty neat guy, and
knows a bunch of stories.
wish I did.
My neighbor was a car builder in that era. I
watched those car take shape in his back yard. But
I was just a kid so all I have in memories.
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