Identified! [Opening day at Laurel Speedway, Maryland, July 11, 1925] (LOC)

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[Opening day at Laurel Speedway, Maryland, July 11, 1925]
[1925 July 11]
1 negative : glass ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller
Title and other identifying information from source: Flickr Commons project, 2020.
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Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947.
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Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,
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Call Number: LC-F8- 36384


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    Ashtabula Archive

    • 06/Jan/2020 04:25:48

    The Baltimore-Washington Speedway, Laurel MD.

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    Kustoms On Silver/Ashley Hoff

    • 06/Jan/2020 08:34:09

    According to a response from /u/LionHeart_1990 on this thread on Reddit:

    Atlantic City Speedway (Amatol Race Track)! Mullica Hill/Hammonton area in NJ, in the Pinelands. It has a very interesting history so both videos below are worth watching. The site also featured a WWI ammunitions facility.
    If you look at the footage in the videos it likes very very similar.

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    • 06/Jan/2020 18:00:26

    Opening day at Laurel Speedway, July 11, 1925 See similar photos in DC Evening Star and The names of the drivers on pit row refer to Bennet or Jimmy Hill, Jerry Wonderlich, Peter DePaola, Peter Kriess, Wade Morton, Phil Shafer, Ralph De Palma, Reginald Johnson and William Shattuck, who were all entered in a $25,000 race there in July. See also . . . [] [] [] [] []

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    • 06/Jan/2020 18:39:30

    I agree that the background in archival footage of the videos of the Atlantic Speedway look similar. BUT New Britain Herald. May 01, 1926, FINAL EDITION, Page 13 lists the entries for the first race at Atlantic Speedway as: 1 Peter De Paolo 2 Eddie Hearne 3 Harry Hartz 4 Bob McDonough 5 Ralph Hepburn 6 Frank Elliott 8 Norman Batten 9 Cliff Woodbury 14 Fred Comer I5 Peter Kreis 16 Bennett Hill 17 Earl Devore 41 Zeke Meyer 21 Ralph DePalma 22 Dr. W.E. Shattuck 26 Count DeMarguenat 27 Baron Derachewesky 28 Dave Evans 35 Ben Jones Some names on this list do not match the names in the photo.

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    • 06/Jan/2020 18:47:39

    Another possibility is the Laurel Speedway later in 1925 See the Evening Star. November 01, 1925, Image 117 Good overlap with names on this photo but not perfect. Also a reasonable match to the trees in the background.

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    • 06/Jan/2020 18:56:52

    Shorpy reckons it is July 11, 1925 at Laurel. See And here is a good match to the background

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    Kustoms On Silver/Ashley Hoff

    • 07/Jan/2020 02:19:03

    I've changed my mind. I agree - its Laurel, not just because of the supporting pictures found @, but because of the subtle differences @ Atlantic City. Atlantic City drivers signage is narrower. Laurel, the signs extend all the way to the ground. Atlantic City flag stand is also different. Cool pictures, regardless

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    The Library of Congress

    • 08/Jan/2020 13:51:27

    "Speedy" solution! (I couldn't resist.) Thanks for identifying the Laurel speedway conclusively and also matching the driver names to the cars. The Atlantic speedway videos are very interesting, too. -- Helena