The Atlanta Speedway was a half mile, high banked dirt track built at Paces Ferry and the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta in 1929.
According to reports in an Atlanta paper from the time, the speedway opened on Nov. 9, 1929, and was said to have had 35 degrees of banking. Note the circular shape, similar to that of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, which opened in 1926. It’s unclear exactly who owned the track, as it was simply billed as a “AAA track”.
The purpose of the track was to give the AAA “big cars” a place to show they could compete in Atlanta. At the time, the IMCA had control of nearby Lakewood Speedway, and this track allowed the AAA a chance to horn in on the action.
The track operated in 1929, 1930 and may have had some events in 1931. Atlanta Speedway competed on the same day against the IMCA events at Lakewood. Both claimed capacity crowds at their respective events.
After the AAA gained access to Lakewood to hold their events, the Atlanta Speedway was abandoned. It sat for several years before a gated community was built on the site.
No photos are known to exist of action on the track, other than a scant few newspaper clippings. If you can help us to locate photos of the Atlanta Speedway, please Email us.
Here’s a look at the track from surveyor’s aerial photos over the years:
And here’s what the site looks like today:
In May of 2008, Georgia racing history enthusiast Mark Pullen decided to hop on his motorcycle and head out to the neighborhood that is built on top of the old Atlanta Speedway. Here’s what he posted about his trip:
“I went by and took a look, and if you know the track was there you can see the banking in places. Unfortunately for me it’s now a small gated community of houses, and decent photography is difficult. There are some things that can be determined though, one being that the track and bankings were built up from the original surface rather than being dug in or half and half. The whole area is rather flat, and in the oldest photographs you can see that the entire area along the river there was farmland.”
“From what I can see, the banking was no more than about 8 feet in height. Assuming that they were accurate in reporting a track width of 40 feet, that would make for approximately a 12 degree banking. Certainly it wasn’t 35. I wonder if any of these people have any idea what was under their houses.”
Special thanks to Mark Pullen and Henry Jones for their contributions to this page.
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