Originally Posted by tovangar2
we talked about this once before, was the Culver City Speedway the source of the current street configuration and the name "Motor Ave"?
I also thought we covered the Culver City Speedway before, but all I could find is that one panorama.
So here's a good shot of the track on the day of its first race, Dec. 14, 1924. We're looking SE. In 1924,
the intersection in the foreground at the corner of the parking lot was Putnam and First; now it's Culver and
Overland (Culver runs nearest the track, on the north side). The MGM lot is in the lower left corner:
LAPL -- http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics34/00051978.jpg
Here's a diagram of the facility from the November 23, 1924, Los Angeles Times
. The speedway was built in just 42 days!:
This 1927 photo looks NW at the west grandstand:
UCLA Digital Collections -- http://digital2.library.ucla.edu/
This photo, probably taken at the track's last race on March 6, 1927, provides a good look at the track surface:
LAPL -- http://jpg1.lapl.org/00081/00081840.jpg