Tuesday, September 27, 2016

back when Vegas was cool, a casino made a racetrack, just to draw in customers and high rollers, just like they use golf courses now. Not a bad idea. The Stardust International



you can read about it, http://www.dragzine.com/news/flashback-friday-las-vegas-stardust-international-raceway/ but in a nutshell, the Stardust made a dragstrip and race track, in Oct 1965, but as soon as new owners took over the Stardust the track was out of the picture, and the land was sold to developers in 1970

The facility featured a flat, 3-mile, 13-turn road course and a quarter-mile drag strip.

The track was located in what is now Spring Valley Township in an area from Tropicana Avenue to Flamingo Road and bordered by Rainbow Blvd and Piedmont Blvd.

Stardust International Raceway, a 3-mile road course that from 1966-68 was the scene of a veritable Who's Who from the world of motor sports.

Gurney. Andretti. Jones. Both Unsers, Al and Bobby.

A.J. Foyt, Bruce McLaren, Denis Hulme, Mark Donohue, Chris Amon, Peter Revson, Gordon Johncock and Johnny Rutherford.

George Follmer, Jim Hall, Sam Posey, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Leonard, Gary Bettenhausen, Roger McCluskey, Art Pollard and Swede Savage.

No one knew it at the time, but they could have opened an auto racing hall of fame in the paddock.

http://lasvegassun.com/news/2003/may/22/stardust-memories/
http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/
https://revslib.stanford.edu/?f%5Bevent_ssi%5D%5B%5D=Can-Am+Stardust+Grand+Prix&f%5Bpeople_ssim%5D%5B%5D=Hall%2C+Jim

2 comments:

  1. Was this the track used in Viva Las Vegas? Elvis and Ann Margret! (aka Rusty and Lucky).

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    1. I don't know... I haven't read anything about that

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