“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lakeside in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Lakeside Auto Speedway (1907)

Lakeside Auto Speedway (1907) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 31, 2015
1. Lakeside Auto Speedway (1907) Marker
Inscription. Considered the first purpose-built auto racing facility in the United States when completed, the Lakeside Auto Speedway transformed the nascent motorsports movement by moving races off dangerous public roads and horse racing tracks.

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.
Lakeside Auto Speedway (1907) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 31, 2015
2. Lakeside Auto Speedway (1907) Marker
32° 51.539′ N, 116° 55.303′ W. Marker is in Lakeside, California, in San Diego County. Marker is on Maine Avenue, on the left when traveling north. 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 & VehiclesSports
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.
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