The Historic Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix

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Phoenix's Manzanita Speedway, the last of the big dirt tracks located near the central corridor of a major metropolitan area, is now gone. The track opened in the early 1950s when Jack Holloway, president of the Arizona Jalopy Racing Association, along with Avery Doyle and Gene Gunn, set about convincing Rudy Everett and Larry Meskimen to convert their unprofitable dog-racing operation into a quarter-mile dirt track. On August 25, 1951, Everett and Meskimen beamed with excitement as Manzy opened to an overflowing crowd. They had tapped into America's post–World War II craze for automobiles and found their own Lost Dutchman Gold Mine in the process. Manzanita Speedway dominated dirt-track racing in Phoenix and was heralded as one of the top five dirt tracks in the United States. Manzy became an integral part of the racing culture in Phoenix, and its sale and closure in 2009 created a sense of lingering disappointment.
ISBN: 9780738585178
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Arizona
Series: Images of America
Images: 218
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Larry Upton is the author of Bowling Green Stock Car Racing, a book in the Images of America series. Upton is the recipient of journalistic awards from both the Journal of Commercial Bank Lending and the Journal of Arizona History. Judy McDonald, a Phoenix banker with a penchant for automobiles, is making her first foray into writing for publication.
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