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See Your Favorite Motor Maniac in Action at Dayus Raceway

According to information found at Canadian Racer, in 1951, Dayus Raceway was located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, across the Detroit river from the City it was named after. The facility began hosting races on property sited near the intersection of McDougall St and Howard Ave. The track was constructed by Frank Dayus after he lost his franchise for the Windsor International Baseball Team.

The quarter-mile oval dirt Raceway with three turns each with a different radius was built on the same property that the ball field was located on and open bleachers (visible in the photo above courtesy of Canadian Racer) were added. Dayus Raceway was paved in 1954 and operated until it closed for good in 1958. As late as 2004 sections of the track that had escaped development and survived up to that point are visible here (scroll down.)

Share with us what you find of interest in the lead image and the enlargement below courtesy of the  Southwestern Ontario Digital Archive.

17 responses to “See Your Favorite Motor Maniac in Action at Dayus Raceway

  1. Of course we’ve seen this scene recently but it’s still fun the identify the models…of the ’50 and ’51 FoMoCo products, none appear to be Meteors. The two “50 models parked at the curb have “bullet center” Ford hubcaps (Tudor to the left and Club Coupe on the right) and the two ‘51’s parked in the lot have Ford grilles. The one parked on the diagonal has the side trim of a ’49 or ’50 Ford.

  2. As a child my family went to one of these “daredevil” shows at a local speedway. It got a little long for a 6 year old, and I slept through the feature act where they blew a guy out of a coffin with dynamite.

  3. The 1937 Ford is a somewhat rare type 720 club coupe. It had a rear bench seat and the windows pushed out. I once had a 1938 model that had a same style body.

    • Mark; Haven’t seen one of these since high school. I didn’t have a car until a senior, so off to the monthly hot rod club meeting we go… sitting on the floor in the back. No seat, exhaust fumes leaking in through the perforations..oh of course it was in work” to make it a hot rod

  4. Ascot Park in LA area was similar in idea, but had a variety of track options to make life more interesting. I found early stock car or ‘jalopy’ racing as we called it, to be pretty boring as a kid, but the other events held there were pretty exciting….Bike TT races with a jump, figure 8, midgets, flat track, etc., kept Ascot going for many years until urbanization intruded and got it shut down (along with Lions Dragstrip). Gone are the days of run what you brung I guess.

    • In many places the local taxicab company bore the name “Checker Cab” or used the checkerboard motif to identify their vehicles. In the photo it looks like the Windsor cab company had two ’51 Fords with a ’52 Chevrolet between them and a ’50 Plymouth behind the Chevy. No sign of any purpose-built taxis manufactured by Checker Motors.

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