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Bowling Green Speedway illustrates York County’s love affair with its cars

York County’s old Bowling Green Speedway will be remembered in an upcoming Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society program. The rural raceway is remembered by many as an attraction drawing hundreds to rural York County 60 years ago. Joe Heisler will present. Also of interest: U.S. 30 Drag-O-Way: York County’s love affair with its cars.

York County’s love affair with anything on four wheels – and two wheels – is well known.

So it’s not surprising that hundreds flocked to see racing in an unlikely location – rural countryside outside of Glen Rock.

And it’s not surprising that an upcoming Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society program will remember those days. The society effectively brings to light those big moments from southern York County’s past.

The old track was a far different scene from the pageantry of the Daytona 500 this weekend. But it captured the interest of 1950s crowds from the region.

See the photos of the old track below.

aFor years, the Bowling Green Preservation Society operated an photo-filled website. The site recently expired.



Johnny Mackison, the top point winner, 1954. Notice the size of the crowd in the grandstand.

a_002Scott Smith, Jarrettsville, Md., second place point winner, 1954.

a_003 Mike Wilhelm, 1955 Bowling Green champion.


*Photos courtesy of Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society.