The famous horse race “The Run for the Roses,” better known as the Kentucky Derby, has been a southern institution run in Lexington, Kentucky, since 1875. At that time a crowd of ten-thousand people attended the first race. In recent years a record-setting attendance of 170,513 racing fans packed the Churchill Downs track in 2015.
Today’s feature image taken at some point in the early-1950s shows one of the main parking lots located just outside of the track filled with hundreds of automobiles. The VIP section of this lot is visible in the lower far-left of the photo and for the most part, contains luxury cars that date back to the late-1930s.
Share with us what you find of interest here and date the photo by the newest automobiles in this scene. The “Atlanta Journal-Constitution” photograph by Kenneth Rogers is courtesy of the Georgia State University Library.
View a 1930s picture of the same Churchill Downs parking lot here on The Old Motor.