Daytona – The Daytona Beach Road Course There were 11 world land speed records set on Daytona Beach during the years 1904 to 1935. After this date, in 1936 many of the world land speed races moved from Daytona Beach to the Salt Flats in Utah. The final speed record had been set along Daytona's hard packed beach. Interest in racing was still high in the area and Sig Haughdahl suggested creating a 3.2 mile oval track along the beach. The 1.5 mile measurement along the beach was ... Read more »
Daytona, Home of 11 World Speed Records
Remember the Birthplace os Speed Pt 1 ?? Long ago, in the 1900-1907 era the Ormond Hotel in Ormond Beach Florida was the winter home or favorite vacation haunt to some of this country's early automotive pioneers. John D.Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Loius Chevrolet and Horace Dodge to name a few. In those days, roads were not constructed as they are today, the roads then were little more than horse trails, they were rutted and created problems for "auto-mobiles" that were being ... Read more »
Daytona 500 Winners
It's February and you know what that means.... Racing in Daytona....This is the Kentucky Derby of Nascar, The Superbowl of Stock car races, the first race of the season, the biggest purse of the year and unquestionably the most exciting event in racing !! It's also a well disguised reason for me to get out of Chicago and head somewhere warm for a few weeks... I have a reason to go to somewhere. !! The Daytona International Speedway held it's first race in 1959, so even tho last year ... Read more »
Daytona 500 Souvenirs – Best Deals are at Flea Market
Daytona 500 Souvenirs - Best Deals are at Flea Market Daytona 500 Souvenirs can be found all over the city of Daytona during Race Week. It really depends on what type of soubenir buyer you truly are to determine where the best places to shop will be for you... Are you like my mother and keep a plastic wrapped Dale Earnheardt jacket? If so, then a flea market may not be the type of place to pick that sort of an item. But, if you are like Gino and myself, and buyer for lots of kids, ... Read more »
Daytona Beach – Daytona 500 – Flyover
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Daytona 500 – Dale Earnheardt Jr.
Daytona 500 - Dale Earnheardt Jr. We are another one of those Earnheardt families. My mother - watched Nascar races for as long as I could remember. Her favorite driver? Cale Yarborough was her favorite driver for years and years, until Dale Earnheardt came along. Christmas of 2000 she got a jacket that is the same as the one worn by Dale in this picture, it was signed by Dale Earnhardt on the weekend of his death, and she was sitting in her Oldfield Tower seats during the Daytona 500 of 2001, ... Read more »
Those Crazy Nascar Fans….
Those Crazy Nascar fans !! We sit in Campbell - Row 10 -- so we are 10 rows from the rack and it gets LOUD...really load... No -- she is not on a cell phone -- just walking with her fingers in her ears....both ears.... Yes...those ear plugs she has would come in very handy right about now.... Or Now...... Or now... I missed a few good shots -- like the lady who wore the Jeff Gordon pajamas to the track....cuz when I snap & laugh it looks like I am taking ... Read more »
2008 Daytona 500 — My Crew
2008 Daytona 500 -- My Crew We travel in packs when we go to the races in Daytona Beach.... 2008 was no exception, this was this year's group.... Gino, thanks for bringing me...... Rocks....I wonder why they call him that...... Pete....the greek.....auto mechanic extrordinaire.... Brother-in-law...Lineman Jerry.... One of Omaha's (OPD's) finest He also answers to "Honey-Bun" when he is not eating one.... Sister Laurie -- isn;t she cute?? She is an ... Read more »
Daytona Beach — Planning A Trip to the Daytona 500
A trip to the Daytona 500 is a whirlwind week of activities and fun. The planning usually begins about 10 months earlier. I will walk you thru my planning for the Daytona 500. This is prior to getting to Daytona Beach....for the race. Now the Daytona 500 is one of the businest weeks for touists in Daytona Beach. There is a very, VERY high demand for rooms and cars and flights in an out of Daytona Beach for the race. STEP #1 - Ticket Renewal I am a ticket holder for the Daytona 500. My family has ... Read more »
Daytona Beach Florida – The Birthplace of Speed – Pt 1
Daytona - The Birthplace of Speed - Pt 1 When you get to Daytona International Speedway, you will see some seating sections identified by these names:: Oldfield, DePalma,Weatherly, Earnhardt, Campbell, Segrave, Petty, Roberts, Lockhart, Keech. We can imagine where Earnhardt came from, but who are all of the others?? Long ago, in the 1900-1907 era the Ormond Hotel in Ormond Beach Florida was the winter home or favorite vacation haunt to some of this country's early automotive pioneers. John ... Read more »
The Daytona 500 — My Favorite Daytona 500 Trailer !!
Well, the countdown to the 50th running of the Daytona 500 is on!! We leave on Feb 12th and I can not wait to be in Daytona Beach for the race !! We are about 10 miles from the Joliet track, but we are not big Nascar fans, so we never go to that race. We go the the 500, there is nothing like the energy for the 1st race of the season. Prior to the start of the race -- there are trailers and more trailers -- it is a Nascar flea market -- but this is who I come early to see:: How can you not ... Read more »