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Montpelier Motor Speedway:
The History & Legend of One of America Oldest Racing's  Facilities
 

1900's-1930's

A 1906 preview article for July 4th Races at the Montpelier Track. The 1906 Fair Race received rave reviews and boasted a good nature and well-behaved crowd.
An advertisement for the Montpelier Fair and Races in 1906. An advertisement for the Montpelier Fair and Races in 1907.

An August 17, 1907 entry list for the races at the Montpelier Track.

An August 17, 1907 preview article for the fair and races.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 1907  article and the overflow of racers and spectators at the Montpelier Track. Ad (Top) - An ad from 1903 advertising July 4th Racing at the Montpelier Driving Park.

Ad (Bottom) - An 1906 ad advertising the best races and fastest track.

 
A 1929 article highlighting the great racing at Montpelier. In 1931, track owner Harry Kelly was among the five arrested by federal agents for having alcohol on speedway grounds.   Not a good idea during the prohibition era.
The July 11-14, 1905 races almost never happened due to Indiana Governor Hanley and his urging to stop the race.  The races went on with over 120 entries, but without gambling. The speedway property also doubled as the baseball field for the high school team.  The field was located in the track's infield.
 
The first automobile race was held at the Montpelier Speedway on May 5, 1915.  

1940's-1950's

A Kokomo Tribune - July 18, 1951 previewing the upcoming Hardtop Race sanctioned by the Hoosier Hardtop Assoication.
 
A newspaper advertising hardtop races in 1956 with a legendary list of drivers.
 

This preview article appeared in Anderson Daily Bulletin on  June 11, 1955
 
This  preview articles appeared in Anderson Herald on August 18, 1955 and advertised big names from throughout the midwest.
 

Audie Swartz was as legendary as they come, and he found success at Montpelier in the late 1940's and 50's.

Bill Holloway found victory lane many times at Montpelier and throughout the Midwest.

 

 

Advertisements used in the 1950's advertising "Big Car Races". 
A 1.50 including tax was the ticket cost for race fans.

1960's  and Beyond

 

 

A 1967 AD advertising racing at the Montpelier Speedway

 

 
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