Ferraris racing circle track in Pensacola Florida?

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  1. Texas Forever

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    First pic shows Sebring in 1958...
     
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    Interesting because according to the UWF Historical Trust, the picture was taken at Five Flags Speedway. However, your explanation makes more sense than two Testa Rossa's racing on a redneck circle track. :)
     
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    If you're certain about Sebring, I'll contact these folks and tell them they have it wrong.
     
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    #15 is s/n 0728 Hawthorn/von Trips DNF; the other car is either #14 s/n 0704 Hill/Collins 1st OA or #16 s/n 0726 Musso/Gendebien 2nd OA.
     
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    Thanks, so this is Sebring, right? Makes sense. I had a hard time imagining Ferraris at an oval track in Pensacola. :)
     
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    Exactly, when cars were just that...how cool!

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    What a great post!

    I remember Langhorne well. We lived a little over an hour away and Dad would take us to the stock car races a few times every summer. We attended from 1952 through 1955.

    The track was built in the mid-20’s and partially financed by a local bank in my hometown, Vineland, New Jersey.

    When Dad worked for Lybrand/Ross/ Montgomery, he was occasionally assigned to do auditing for the track – he got many VIP passes.

    When we attended, the track was clay and red dust was everywhere – we always washed the car the next day.

    The hot cars in the early 50’s were the Hudson Hornet and the Oldsmobile Rocket 88. The track catered to stock cars, open wheeled cars and motorcycles.

    We moved away from Vineland in the late 50’s and never saw the track again. I heard it was closed in or around 1970.
     
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    I have Loyal Katskee making 6 starts on a dirt track racing stock cars in a ferrari in 1958 and 1959. Three poles, one win and worst finish fourth. The man had some big balls to take that 121 lm to Langhorne. Does anyone know where he finished there in the main?
     
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    On May 17th, 1959, Langhorne ran a program called the Round Robin: A 33-lap race for late model stock cars, a 34-lap race for sportsman stockers, a 33-lap race for sports cars, then a 100-lap finale for all three classes.

    In the sports car race, Carroll Shelby won in a Cadillac-powered special, with Katskee finishing 2nd. Back then, most sports cars were referenced by displacement. Katskee's Ferrari was known as the 4.4-liter Ferrari, not as an 121LM. He lost a lap after colliding with another car, pushing in the right-front fender. In last place after pitting for repairs, he worked his way up to second when the checker fell. Shelby averaged 78.72 mph. In the 100-lap finale, Katskee finished seventh, with John Dodd, Jr winning the race.

    This information is from the book "Langhorne! No Man's Land" by L. Spencer Riggs.
     
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