Thursday, March 13, 2008
The Milwaukee Mile....The worlds first speedway
The Milwaukee Mile is a premiere race track in West Allis (pron. "s'talis"), Wisconsin. It is also the oldest operating motor speedway in the world, in constant operation since 1903. The track is located at the grounds for the Wisconsin State Fair. USAC, NASCAR, ARTGO, CART/Champ Car World Series,IndyCar Series - it's hosted them all.
Everyone from Barney Oldfield to the Andrettis has raced there. It's no wonder.
Wisconsin is the home of the first automobile race in US history (click here) and also the home of Rev.J.W. Carhart, "The Father of the Automobile".
Pictured are Jim Clark and Dan Gurney in their Lotus Fords. "On August 18, 1963. Clark set a new qualifying record and won the 200-mile race in record time at The Mile. Gurney finished third in what was the first-ever victory for a rear engine Indianapolis style car."
Coming soon is a series of posts about the champion racers from our home state. It's called "speed demons" and the list is long. Thanks to Steve S.