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Jon Mello

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Re: Tracks of the '66-'72 SCCA Trans-Am series
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2015, 06:47:52 PM »
Marlboro Speedway was one of the important East Coast tracks back in the '50s and '60s. It was the "home track" for racers such as Bob Tullius, Dr. Dick Thompson, Tony Adamowicz, Johnny Moore, and many others. Mark Donohue learned to road race at Marlboro and won the Trans-Am race which ran there in 1967. The track itself, just about a half hour away from Washington DC (in Maryland), has been out of operation since the end of the '69 racing season. Once in a rather rural setting it has now been surrounded by more urban development. The property was just left as it was and never excavated. It fell into disrepair and was left to become overgrown with vegetation. Now, it appears that the property is up for lease, judging by a recent craigslist posting. It is highly doubtful the track could be allowed to resume racing activities as there would be too many hurdles to overcome with regard to noise abatement, traffic issues, etc.
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Re: Tracks of the '66-'72 SCCA Trans-Am series
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2015, 06:55:38 PM »
Aerial photograph of Marlboro Speedway as it was in August, 1966.

Photo by Bill Dobbins

Advertisement for the 1967 Marlboro Trans-Am race, as seen in Competition Press & Autoweek

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Program cover for the 1967 Marboro "Double 300" Trans-Am.

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Re: Tracks of the '66-'72 SCCA Trans-Am series
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2015, 09:34:17 PM »
Never drove in the T/A races there, but did tow Rick Stevens and his 1293 Mini down there with my 401 Buick powered 58 Pontiac wagon in 66 I think for a SCCA National.  Don't remember much
about the track except that Rick got off the surface and lightly rolled his Mini.  Not much damage but that was the end of the racing for him that weekend.

Robert