Daily Archives: 27 March 2016

Arundel Speedway

Arundel, Maine

Arundel Speedway - air
Arundel Speedway, as seen on google maps

While in Maine, the Frozen Foursome stopped by Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel last year. I really wanted to go out to the old speedway, but it is now located on private land. As luck would have it, we found a local who could take us over to the track.

Speedway "Grandstands"
The line where the grandstands once stood

Turn 1
Going into Turn One

Coming out of Turn 2
Coming out of Turn Two, the IH has taken the early lead

Turn 3
Hard into Turn Three

Home stretch
Home stretch

Refreshments
Refreshments

It was really cool to be able to walk around Arundel Speedway, and we all greatly appreciated the tour.

Arundel Poster
Arundel ’64 poster. Photo credit: wickedgoodracing

There is not a lot of information readily available on Arundel Speedway when it was in operation. The 1/3 oval, paved track opened in 1964 and closed by 1971, although some sites claim a few races were run up until 1974.

That lack of information is what caused the delay in posting, but as we come onto the year anniversary of our visit to the speedway, I figured I better get this post written.

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Fans at Arundel Speedway were treated to some big names. HAMB photo.

Arundel racers
Photo source: Unknown

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Action returns to Arundel. Photographer: Unknown

Some racing has returned to Arundel Speedway in recent years, as restored, vintage racers from local clubs get on its asphalt.
Walking the old track, I was surprised at how good of condition the pavement was.

Dick Berggren
Motorsports announcer Dick Berggren began his career at Arundel Speedway.

If you can’t get out to see the old track, Bentley’s Saloon, is still, well worth the trip to Arundel.


Step One:

300ZX Cruise Mode

 

A late run to Iowa last night through the rain.  A very nice drive none the less, and a huge mental relief. It’s good to be back on the road. Let’s hope the 300 keeps rolling along.

A surprise perk: I have had no cruise control since I acquired the car. It didn’t bother me too much, since I’ve only owned one vehicle with it. After all the recent work to the car, and the search for a infrequent gas supply issue, on a whim I decided to give the cruise another shot as I ventured down I-35. Lo & behold, the car had a working cruise control.

I suddenly know how an ex-smoker feels… Now that the cruise works, what do I do with the right foot? It’s not natural.