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Old Posted Jan 23, 2011, 9:28 PM
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Beverly Hills Speedway 1920-1924

(Does anyone have a larger version of this photo?)

It blows my mind that the race track was made out of wood!

Bennett Hill at Beverly Hills in 1920

Beverly Hills Speedway was located on 275 acres of land south of Wilshire Boulevard, between Lasky Drive and Beverly Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard, where now stands Beverly Hills High School, the Regent Beverly Wilshire, and numerous homes and shops. The 1.25-mile wood oval (California had approximately six wooden track speedways), which featured 45-degree banked turns, was built by a group of actors and others in the industry known as the Beverly Hills Speedway Syndicate, at a cost of $500,000. The track was inaugurated on February 28, 1920. Duesenberg was the dominant race car at the track, winning 12 of the 26 races held there. After only four years the 70,000-seat stadium was disassembled to make room for other improvements in the newly incorporated city of Beverly Hills, holding its last race on February 24, 1924 before a crowd of 85,000. The developers eventually moved the racetrack to Culver City, where it was located at the intersection of Culver Blvd and Overland Blvd, across the street from MGM Studios.

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