Faces, Places, Races #1: 1930s-1950s Racing @ Portland Speedway

Faces, Places, Races #1:

1930s-1950s Racing @ Portland Speedway

Portland Speedway was not just the gold standard of local oval track racing but was a gathering place for generations of racers, friends, and families on and off track. The Hildick Photo Collection (WOS#5072) includes snapshots of people and cars during a time many believe to be the formative years of local racing. Alongside images of racers in their cars and action shots on the track, there are a surprising number of bang-ups and accidents. There’s also a possible female driver and her gal pals, as well as a local watering hole, The Shanty Tavern. Except for one photo signed by local legend Wilbur Shaw, none of the photos have identifiers which can make then both timeless and in need of identification.

Faces, Places, Races

The World of Speed Archive receives many donated photos. While some may include partial information, many do not include names, locations and/or dates. With the help of viewers near and far, we hope to be able to add context to these images, identify the many faces and places of the Northwest racing, and preserve the stories that these images capture. So scroll the images and if anything or anyone looks familiar, add your knowledge into the submission forms and we will add it to the image captions here and into our collection catalog.

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH001

Received submission: Don Moore in Jack Greiner’s ‘27 that he purchased from Dick Clevenger for $425.; 1948 Portland Speedway; model is Doris Mitchell

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH002

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH003

Received submission: This is Gordy Livingston and the car was owned by Col. Tex Roberts.

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH004

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH005

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH006

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH007

Received submission: #57 Don Moore in Al Reamer’s car; #33 Jim Martin in Tom Storey’s car; #23 Randy Francis in his own car; #1 Max Humm; #50 Dick Boubel
#14 either Phil Foubert, Dick Martin, or Bob Gregg; Portland Speedway, probably 1946

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH008

Received submission: #27 is Wade Althuser, #25 is Bob Gregg, #77 is Louie Sherman, #2 is Gordy Livingston [in] 1948 and appears to be Jantzen Beach [race track]

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH009

Received submission: #0 Stocky Stockwell; C33 Don Farmer (ID by drivers helmet)

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH010

Received submission: #77 Louie Sherman, #27 Wade Althuser, 1948

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH011

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH012

Received submission: #27 Wade Althuser, #25 Bob Gregg, #77 Louie Sherman, #2 Gordy Livingston, 1948

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH013

Received submission: Wade Althuser

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH014

Received submission: #1 Bob Vorbeck, #40 George Amick (owner Syd Carr)

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH015

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH016

Received submission: Allen Heath, either Sea-Tac or Aurora

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH017

Received submission: #25 Bob Gregg (owner Clarence Smith); #77 Louie Sherman (owner John Snider); 1948

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH018

Received submission: 1947 Portland Speedway; Gordy Youngstrom #46 (owned by Bob Scovell) on the rail, Marvin Cox #5 upside down; both survived uninjured

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH019

Received submission: #5 Stocky Stockwell, #46 Jack Turner, #2 Shorty Templeman, Portland Speedway

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH020

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH021

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH022

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH023

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH024

Received submission: #31 Chuck Tontz (owner Norm Zaayer), #17 Gordy Youngstrom (owner Wes Beck), 1952, Jantzen Beach, Pat Vidan Flagman [in the air]

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH025

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH026

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH027

Received submission: #5 Marvin Cox, #46 Gordy Youngstrom (Scovell’s car); 1947 Portland Speedway

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH028

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH029

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH030

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH031

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH032

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH033

Received submission: Gordy Youngstrom, 1946 or 1947

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH034

Received submission: #44 Allen Heath

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH035

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH036

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH037

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH038

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH039

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH040

Received submission: Len Sutton spinning in Rolla Vollsted’s car, Portland Speedway

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)
 

Hildick Photo Collection WOS#5072, BH041

(once reviewed, submissions will be added to the photo caption here and in the collection catalog)

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