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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 50's to the mid 60's because of the action on the track and in the stands. I had not been to the speedway since August 1966 when I was home on leave from 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 too valuable to maintain the acreage as a motor speedway. A large new Lowe's and Target have been built on the property. What a shame that an area like this becomes so overcrowded with people that the value of land escalates to the point where you can't profitably operate a speedway for the enjoyment of many.

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 REUNION - see comments below the photos from Ronnie Bacelo regarding the Hialeah Speedway Reunion to be held on November 24th, 2012. For more information call 704-786-7446
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
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 store and Lowe's store
2007 - former Hialeah Speedway site now occupied by a Target store and Lowe's store