“Speedway – Auto racing’s ghost tracks” is an original look at the history of eight abandoned race circuits in the USA and Europe, viewed as they are today in fascinating new photographs.
Around the world languish a number of long-forgotten raceways; windswept and abandoned, the derelict pit roads and crumbling concrete walls are all that remain of once great race tracks. From the NASCAR heartland of North Wilkesboro and Middle Georgia to the great European super speedways at Monza and Brooklands, these faded circuits are monuments to the victories, defeats, triumphs and tragedies once played out before excited crowds.
With roots as diverse as Nationalist Socialism and Prohibition-era bootlegging, the histories of these places offer an insight to different times and attitudes, as well as the evolution of motor racing.
Many of the characters who raced on these circuits had a profound impact on their sport; these circuits, which fostered and occasionally destroyed such great drivers, are revisited – photographed as they are now, but also remembered in their prime in word and picture.
With over 180 images, Speedway – Auto racing’s ghost tracks is a unique and evocative 176pg hardback book is available from bookshops or from velocebooks.com