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The Salem Boards

The beautiful cover art that Tony De Seta posted reminded me of this photo of a sad day on the dangerous board tracks. The dip you can see in the middle of the photo is not a defect in the photo but was actually there. If  recollection serves correctly it was caused by a stream under or near the structure causing this big dip in the track surface. Imagine going over the dip at the speed they attained on these tracks. The racing cars in use at the time were capable of speeds of 125 mph on this track. This race was held in October of 1928. During 1929 the rotted wooden track was closed and torn down and the dirt racing surface was restored.   Photo courtesy of the Racemaker Press Archives.

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