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HIALEAH SPEEDWAY Photo Gallery - 50 years of operation - 1954 to 2004 - click on image to enter



Hialeah Speedway, one of Hialeah's most memorable landmarks, was closed a few weeks after my visit for the last time. My buddies and I used to go there from the late 1950's to the mid-1960's because of the action on the track and in the spectator stands. I had not been to the speedway since August 1966 when I was home on leave from USCG boot camp, and yet everything seemed familiar despite the great passage of time. The roar of the track could be heard all over Hialeah on Saturday evenings and up in Miami Lakes if the winds were right. Unfortunately the track became surrounded by development and the land was far too valuable to maintain the acreage as a motor speedway. A large new Lowe's and a Target store have been built on the south side of the property and an Applebee's restaurant, one of the busiest in the Applebee's chain, is now in the northeast corner along W. 16th Avenue at W. 37th Street. The Applebee's has a wall mural honoring Hialeah Speedway in the hallway leading to the restrooms. I think of the Speedway every time I go into the Lowe's, which is my favorite home improvement store out of all of them in the area. They have a great staff working there and it's a beautiful spacious store. But what a shame that an area like this becomes so overcrowded with people and buildings that the value of open land escalates to the point where you can't profitably operate a speedway for the enjoyment of many. Frankly, we were lucky Hialeah Speedway lasted as long as it did considering all of the development down here.

Here's a link to a YouTube video shot at Hialeah Speedway: http://youtube.com/watch?v=EX7lKUTrrB8&feature=related . And Skip Gibson passed on news of Bruce Griffin's great site featuring tons of photos of drivers and cars: http://www.FloridaRacingMemories.com

WLRN's great documentary about HIaleah Speedway is at http://www.wlrn.org/hialeahspeedway/

2nd HIALEAH SPEEDWAY REUNION - see comments below the photos from Ronnie Bacelo regarding the Hialeah Speedway Reunion that was held on November 24th, 2012. For more information on future reunions call 704-786-7446

And last but not least, please see the comment from Lissette Flingos below that she made on 26-NOV-2014. She is requesting old photos or scans of old photos of William T. Flingos, founder of Hialeah Speedway for his grandsons Christopher, Jason and Kyle Flingos. She is married to Christopher Flingos, son of the speedway's founder. You can contact her at cabrujita.lm@gmail.com .


1952 - Otis Bodiford on the right while racing at Hialeah Speedway
1952 - Otis Bodiford on the right while racing at Hialeah Speedway
1955 - Otis Bodiford and a group of other drivers from Hialeah Speedway in its early days
1955 - Otis Bodiford and a group of other drivers from Hialeah Speedway in its early days
1955 - Otis Bodiford with the checkered flag in Old 92 in the early days at Hialeah Speedway
1955 - Otis Bodiford with the checkered flag in "Old 92" in the early days at Hialeah Speedway
1955 to 1960 - Conger Plastering's race car at Hialeah Speedway
1955 to 1960 - Conger Plastering's race car at Hialeah Speedway
1962 or 1963 - Polar White roof coating sponsored car and Freeman Sod sponsored car racing at Hialeah Speedway
1962 or 1963 - Polar White roof coating sponsored car and Freeman Sod sponsored car racing at Hialeah Speedway
1963 - aerial view of Palmetto Speedway in Medley and Hialeah Speedway in Hialeah
1963 - aerial view of Palmetto Speedway in Medley and Hialeah Speedway in Hialeah
1967 - Ron Baker, #7, racing a mini stock car at Hialeah Speedway
1967 - Ron Baker, #7, racing a mini stock car at Hialeah Speedway
1967 - closeup of Ron Baker #7 racing a Volkswagen mini stock car at Hialeah Speedway
1967 - closeup of Ron Baker #7 racing a Volkswagen mini stock car at Hialeah Speedway
1967 - Ron Baker (#7) racing at Hialeah Speedway
1967 - Ron Baker (#7) racing at Hialeah Speedway
Early 1980s - race fans at Hialeah Speedway
Early 1980s - race fans at Hialeah Speedway
Early 1980s - lots of young race fans at Hialeah Speedway
Early 1980s - lots of young race fans at Hialeah Speedway
1985 or 1986 - Ricky Gosney winning a 50-lapper that night at Hialeah Speedway
1985 or 1986 - Ricky Gosney winning a 50-lapper that night at Hialeah Speedway
1990 - Ricky Gosney's #40 car ready to go in front of Jimmy Laing's and Dee Powell's shops that are in the background
1990 - Ricky Gosney's #40 car ready to go in front of Jimmy Laing's and Dee Powell's shops that are in the background
December 2004 - Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
December 2004 - Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Fans at the stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Fans at the stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
The announcers booth at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
The announcers booth at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Fans at the stock races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Fans at the stock races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
The refreshment stand at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
The refreshment stand at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Fans at the stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Fans at the stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car races at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
The east side refreshment stand at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
The east side refreshment stand at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car race fans lined up for refreshments at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
Stock car race fans lined up for refreshments at Hialeah Speedway shortly before it closed
2005 - Google Earth image of Hialeah Speedway before it was plowed under
2005 - Google Earth image of Hialeah Speedway before it was plowed under
2007 - former Hialeah Speedway site now occupied by a Target, Lowe's and an Applebee's in the northeast corner
2007 - former Hialeah Speedway site now occupied by a Target, Lowe's and an Applebee's in the northeast corner