Lakeside in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Lakeside Auto Speedway (1907)
The Speedway was constructed by John H. Gay, owner of the popular Lakeside Inn as a means to improve business and attract more people to his resort. He invested $10,000.00 in the project, which resulted in the construction of a 60 foot wide, 2 mile long high-speed packed clay oval circling Lindo Lake adjacent to the Inn.
Lakeside Auto Speedway opened on the weekend of April 20-21, 1907. As a huge crowds watched, a number of speed records were set during the weekend, culminating with famed race car driver Barney Oldfield setting a new world automotive speed record of 69.49 miles per hour (111.83 km/h) in his peerlees 'Green Dragon' racer.
The speedway continued to attract racers and spectators alike for over a decade until the Lakeside Inn closed and was demolished in 1920.
Erected 2012 by The Lakeside Historical Society by the Ancient and Honorable Society of E Clampus Vitus, John P. Squibob chapter #1853.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9906 Maine Avenue, Lakeside CA 92040, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mexican Grant (approx. 2 miles away); KCBQ “Top 40” Personalities (approx. 4.4 miles away); Historic El Cajon Hall (approx. 5 miles away); Amaziah Lord Knox (approx. 5 miles away); Mission Dam and Flume (approx. 7.1 miles away); Bancroft Ranch House (approx. 9.1 miles away); Flint Farm (approx. 9.7 miles away); Community Church of Poway (approx. 9.9 miles away).
Categories. • Roads & Vehicles • Sports •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.