Hightstown Speedway Memories
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Before the 1/2 mile East Windsor Speedway that most of us are familiar with opened in 1965, there was a smaller track on the same parcel.  If you were there as a fan, crew member, driver, etc, and can provide us with information about that first track known as Hightstown Speedway, please email us your comments and we'll add them to this page.


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(note for first 6 photos below:)
 
The pictures below show the cars coming out of the pits and passing the stands.  At one time they were across the track and the entrance was through the opening on the back stretch.

Provided by Lisa Morgan
April, 1960

Provided by Lisa Morgan
April, 1960

Provided by Lisa Morgan
April, 1960

Provided by Lisa Morgan
April, 1960

Provided by Lisa Morgan
April, 1960

Provided by Lisa Morgan
April, 1960
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Hightstown Speedway
Provided By:  Bob McElvaine

Here’s a few things I remember from the good old days:

The track was built by Al Eckert who also owned the airport.  I kind of remember it starting as dirt and then it was paved.
Racing for the most part was on Friday. A lot of the drivers also ran at Wall on Saturday and at Long Branch on Sunday – with the same cars most of the time.
Track photographer was the one and only Ace Lane. (I never saw him without a smile.)
Some of the local drivers even had their cars in the Memorial Day Parade. The Joie Chitwood Thrill Show was there in 1954.
At one point the Bell Racing Club from PA was promoting with their 6cyl only cars.

Here is a list of drivers I remember being there:

Art Miller Shrimp Hewitt Don Stives Joe Vigue Francis Reynolds Ed Prior Fred Dey Clint Brown
Stan Bozowski Pappy Hough Ken Smith Bill Disler Dutch Van Pelt Bill Wincklehoffer Jimmy Glover Lou Mohr
Gus Tornquist
 
Barney Jones Jim Linke Chas Ugi Ben Nero Earl Pullen Otha Johnson John Perdoni
Santo Intravartolo Duke Di Brizzi Jack Stackhouse Harold (Soupy) Campbell Lou Stanaker Dusty Malsbury Ed Houseman  

If I think of any others, I will send the names. They weren’t household names, but where would racing be without these men.
 (From Bob McElvaine Greer, SC - 01.11.10)

Here's Your Memories of Hightstown Speedway
(Most Recent Comments Appear at the Top of the List)



Andy Davis    01.29.16

#57 (in the picture table above with the moose on the side) was driven by Dave Davis, son of Jack "Moose" Davis, who promoted the track in 1960, give or take a year or two. Moose owned Moose Motors in Langhorne. Dave was also in the car business, later owning Willis Honda in Burlington, Davis Acura in Langhorne and all the current Davis Dealership stores in NJ and PA.


Bob Stives    01.16.14

Looking several of the lists of names shown as Hightstown racers brings back a lot of the connections. Jack Stackhouse was my mom's first cousin. Jimmy Glover was from Princeton, and got Dad started in racing. Fred Dey owned the Gulf station at Rte. 130 & Princeton-Hightstown Road. The State Polie Barracks were over the station on the secnd floor. Clint Brown was a farmer on who lived Old Trenton Road. Dusty Malsbury was Dad's neighbor on Conover Road, a resumed racing when East Windsor opened.
 
My dad, Don Stives, partnered with Lou Mohr, on one of the old #3 cars. I once drank some dirty cleaning fluid (ethanol, I think) out of Coke bottle in Lou's garage in Hightstown when I was four. Hey, it was brown and it was in a Coke bottle! One of them yelled out, "Don't drink that!" Even though they were only a few steps away, they weren't able to stop me. Dad through my in the back of his 1995 Chevy, and proceeded toward Princeton Hospital at 100 mph! We lived in Grover's Mill at the time. At 100 mph, he made the decision to go to the house and administer first aid there because I might not have had enough time to make it to the hospital. That involved baking soda and water, orders to drink it and him holding me upside down by my ankles over the toilet. I am here today as a result. He would have been 24 or 25 at the time.


Ed Duncan    01.16.10

Hightstown opened for the 1955 season on July 2nd.  Here are the results from that night:
1st Heat: Jack Stackhouse, Bob Boudinot
2nd Heat: Don Stives, Jim Linke
3rd Heat: Lou Diering, Ken Smith
1st Semi: Jack Stackhouse, Don Stives
2nd Semi: Jake Jacubus, Ed Farley
Feature: Otha Johnson, Bob Boudinot, Lou Diering, Jake Jacobus
The track was called the Airport Speedway and was sanctioned by the New Jersey Stock Car Racing Club.
The flagman that night was Howard Warren.


Steve Elias    01.15.10

I raced the old Hightstown track one time in 1951, I drove the 01 owned by Ned Stanton from Atco.  As I remember they were giving flashlights, lunch boxes and very little money.  On the way home that night the tow car broke down and I had to push him the rest of the way with the race car.


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