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1930s Motorists Watch the Ponies Run at Rockingham Park

Recently we featured a circa 1950 photo of one of the parking lots at the Rockingham Park horse racing track in New Hampshire and today we return there and view a pair of circa 1933 images. The lead photograph and the two expandable images below of the complete scene contain a number if interesting cars to viewed.

The majority of the automobiles pictured are in the lower-to-mid-priced range with some notable exceptions. Cadillac-La Salle and Packard are both represented, and at least one Pierce-Arrow and a Stutz are in the mix – the oldest car is a mid-to-late-1920s Model “T” Ford.

Both photos give you an excellent look at many of the cars and we hope you will tell us all about them. View the earlier photograph and article for more information about the Rockingham Park Horse Track. The image by photographer Leslie Jones is courtesy of the Boston Public Library.

Rockingham Park Parking Lot II

Rockingham Race Track Parking Lot Early-1930s Cars


13 responses to “1930s Motorists Watch the Ponies Run at Rockingham Park

  1. It seems that the bumpers in those times were used as a parking aid. Try that now and see what happens!

  2. 1933 still in the depression, some folks had the money to play the ponies. The photos stand in contrast to the dustbowl, okies and cars loaded with all their possessions.

  3. Great photo’s, always interesting to see unstaged glimpses of the past. I especially liked seeing the rumble seat, with someone actually in it. I have never had the pleasure myself, but it looks fun.

  4. Assuming Chuck above’s being sarcastic, because these jalopies look like peas in pod. Despite the usual buff fawning for the “good ole days,” as Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Nathan Cardozo said, “Every age is modern to those who are living in it.”
    Writing of the then new 1940 cars in the New Yorker, E. B. White likened them to “badly formed eggs.”

    The cars in the above pictures were about as exciting as today’s field of Camry/Taurus/Accord and interchangeable “crossovers.”

    Little changes but the technology.

    • And you can be sure that 30 years hence, people will be saying exactly the same thing about new cars, wondering whey they can’t make something with real style, like those great old Camrys.

    • I love this Era of cars, but when you seem them lined up like that they make the parade of modern day silver colored transportation appliances seem diverse in design, lol.

  5. Absolutely. Wealthy 40-something techies in Silicon Valley are already bestowing cost-little-object complete restorations on 1970s Datsun Z-cars that rival in their attention to detail anything in the Nethercutt Collection.

  6. In the row behind the parking attendant, to the right of the Model A, what is the car with the sloped-back grille? It appears in both photos and has a heavy chrome grille shell.

  7. One roadster(tan’28 Buick? with triple bar bumper), one Pierce Arrow (back row), no phaetons, a handful of cabriolets,

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