Recently we featured a series of photographs showing the effects of gasoline rationing during World War II on the driving public and businesses. Contributor Ace Zenek recently sent in this image taken in May of 1943 at the Pimlico race course, located eight miles northwest of the center of Baltimore, Maryland.
Viewing the automobiles in the parking lot shows that the great majority of them are mid-to-high-priced late model cars owned by relatively well-heeled racing patrons. To get to the track many of the gamblers with “A” rationing stickers, who were only allowed three gallons of gas a week had to save some their gas rations for the trip. Those with “B,” “C” or “X” rationing stickers or access to black market fuel could usually drive were they wanted to except on Gasless Sundays when all nonessential driving was banned.
The expandable photos below give you a good view of many of the cars in the parking lot so tell us what you find of interest here. The photo by Arthur Siegel is courtesy of the Library of Congress and is from the Farm Security Administration and the United States Office of the War archives.