Miami-Hollywood Motorsports Park

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Miami-Hollywood Motorsports Park
Location 16661 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, Florida
Owner Stephen Calder and Norman Johnson
Opened March 1966
Construction cost $500,000[1]
Oval
Length 0.6 km (0.375 mi)
Turns 4
Strip
Length 0.4 km (0.25 mi)

The Miami-Hollywood Motorsports Park was an auto racing complex in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Opened in March 1966, it was located east of the Hollywood Sportatorium near the corner of 172nd Avenue and what was then Hollywood Boulevard (now Pines Boulevard).

The speedway featured a quarter-mile (0.4 km) dragstrip as well as an 0.375 mile (0.6 km) oval track. It went through many name changes over its long history, including Miami Speedway, Miami Speedway Park, Miami Dragway, Miami-Hollywood Speedway, and others.

History[edit]

Home to many famous races, the speedway was a nationally recognized National Hot Rod Association racetrack. The International Hot Rod Association held its Winter Nationals at Miami-Hollywood in 1975 and 1976.[1] The track also held the annual Coca-Cola Funny Car Cavalcade of Stars.[1] Numerous well-known drag racers came to race, such as "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, "Jungle Jim" Liberman, Dale Armstrong, "TV Tommy" Ivo, and Shirley Muldowney.[1]

Famous cars such as Hemi Under Glass, Blue Max, Color Me Gone, and Little Red Wagon appeared at the speedway.[1] It was also the site of stunt acts, such as Jim "Bullet" Bailey being dragged behind a funny car at 192 miles per hour, and Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon blowing himself up.[1] The speedway was also the site of the three-day Miami Rock Festival on Dec. 27-29, 1969, which featured the Grateful Dead, Santana, The Band, and Johnny Winter, among others.

In the 1980s, the speedway began to cater to local drivers, and featured "Test and Tune" and "Run What You Brung" nights, where for a small fee, any driver could bring a car to the track and race it alone or against others.[1]

Demise[edit]

The last race at the speedway took place on December 13, 1992, due to the western expansion of new homes and complaints from neighbors.[2] A part of the subdivision of Pembroke Isles now occupies the site of the drag strip, which ran from the south by west to the north by east and roughly aligned with the current NW 167th Avenue. The subdivision's wetland buffer site bordering Pines Boulevard just east of a fire station now occupies the site of the oval track. The area north of the dragstrip was the resting point of numerous race cars that went off the end of the track, to the chagrin of many racers, and the delight of many a grandstand dweller.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Shine, T.M. (Dec 9, 1992). "What A Drag! The Roar Of The Engines, The Yells Of The Crowd Will Soon Be History". Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  2. ^ Feinstein-Bartl, Beth (Dec 11, 1992). "Development To Oust Race Park". Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 

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Coordinates: 26°00′32″N 80°22′10″W / 26.008803°N 80.369556°W / 26.008803; -80.369556