The legendary Hialeah Speedway was one of the most memorable landmarks of our city, on a Saturday night you could hear the roar of the engines from miles away. It was built in 1954 when Hialeah still had plenty of cheap land, even though it was in the middle of nowhere without A/C, full of mosquitos, gators and snakes but “If you build it, they will come” and come they did! In its heyday it was considered one of the most popular and challenging tracks in the country.
These daredevils were not Nascar drivers though, these drivers were tough, they often build their own cars using junkyard parts and raced not for sponsors but for glory. The speedway had a figure 8 (see pic #2), they raced motorcycles and even school busses! 🚌Families made it a ritual to go to the weekly races and drivers came from all across the country to try their skills.
The popularity of stock car racing waned in the 90’s and with the housing boom, the 33 acres lot on which it was located became worth a small fortune (Literally), the owners decided to sell in 05 to developers. Today a Lowe’s Home center, a Target and an Applebee replaced the once glorious track and not much remains of its past except memories and small mural inside the Applebee’s where they celebrate the Speedway’s history. #hialeah🚗