Stock car racing was supposed to have started way back in the days of prohibition. Moonshiners turned their old jalopies into supercharged hot rods so they could outrun the police when they were delivering the goods. But car racing goes back even further than that. It was only logical that soon after the first car was built, that someone would ask: “How fast can this thing go?” And “Mine can go faster than yours.” Some of the greatest automobiles in the world like Porsche, Mercedes, Audi, Maserati, and Ferrari have a racing heritage.
And if you’re a fan of auto racing then May is definitely your time of year with the Indianapolis 500 right around the corner. According to Wikipedia, the first Indy 500 was held in 1911. The speedway was originally built in 1909 and was originally a dirt and gravel track. But it was bricked over because of the large number of deaths on the dirt track.
The Indy 500 has become so popular over the years that it is usually sold out well in advance. And I think that it’s unfortunately true that people don’t go to an auto race to see a bunch of cars travel around the track in a circle, but rather to witness a horrific crash.
If you can’t make it all the way to Indianapolis this year to see the Indy 500, then there are many automobile attractions right here in Missouri that you can enjoy and maybe even save some gas while you are doing it.
First of all, we have our own world class raceway right here near St. Louis in Madison, Illinois. Annual racing events include the NHRA Drag racing and Sport Compact Series, NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, motorcycle competitions and weekly drag racing.
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St. Louis is also home to the Grand Pr ix Speedway, NASCAR Speed Park, and Johnny Throttle Speedway. Or if you like your racing a little rougher, then check out one of the many demolition derbies around the state.
But if you’d rather just look at classic cars, or maybe even buy one then just east of the Gateway Arch is the Gateway Cars and Antique treasures shop. There you can find literally hundreds of classic and hard-to-find vehicles that you won’t find anywhere else. Check them out in Fairmont City on Collinsville Road. 618-271-3000.
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