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.
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