Circle M Ranch Speedway and Rodeo
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Auburn, Pennsylvania once featured a popular 1/4-mile oval dirt track speedway located near the western edge of the town. Auburn resident Eddie Mates had a vision that he wanted to build "one of the finest dirt tracks in Pennsylvania" and in 1955, he did just that. The Circle M Ranch Speedway opened featuring seating obtained from the prior Hippodrome Theatre of Pottsville, PA. featuring 2,000 seats. When 2,500 spectators arrived on Opening Day, Eddie installed an additional 3,000 seats for the following week! By August of that year, Eddie had installed a 200,000 watt lighting system and hosted his first night-time race at the track! Over the next few years, the Circle M Ranch Speedway enjoyed huge commercial success until it was leased to Fred & Ken Hurley in 1958. By the end of that year, the Circle M Ranch Speedway closed its gates for business.
1950s Track Pictures
The abandoned track as it appeared in 2006
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"The Circle M Ranch Speedway" - This DVD contains dozens of different black and white as well as color pictures of the Circle M Ranch Speedway, its drivers and the race cars that ran on this track. This disc provides a delightful viewing experience for young and old alike! Learn the history of the speedway, view the track from both past and present perspectives, see the race cars that competed there and “meet” the drivers who drove off into history! You can purchase this DVD for only $5.00 with all proceeds directly benefiting the AAHS! Click on the link button below marked "Presentation DVDs" to access our sales page.