"Old Bridge Speedway Memories"



(Above poster provided by "Cos")



To view aerial images of the site of Old Bridge Speedway from 1931 to 2006, click below:

http://www.historicaerials.com/default.aspx
Find on the left side of the page where it says "Search Imagery" and click on "By Lat / Long", and then enter the following coordinates:

Latitude: 40.4063    Longitude: -74.3257
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Comment below from George Pavlisko

This was the last race I ever went to at Old Bridge. The Tree folks where there as always. ARDC put on a great show. That was the day that Sonny Saunders flipped on the backstretch, get ejected from the car and some how was not badly hurt, from what I remember.

My dad and I lived on the top row in turn one every Friday if my homework was done and I helped him in the shop. His passion was open wheel cars but was also into the stock cars back in the Jersey City days.

Remember Nick Deaden driving the XL-1. Richie Massing try to be an space man coming off turn two and getting as high as the lights. Joe Kelly in the XL-1 driving so smooth that nobody thought he had the fastest time but Did. Bill Slater in the V8, Eddie Flemke in the $, Pete Frazze in the 68 Tommy in the #4 the 2jr of Bill Cheviler.  That was when racing was more for pride and fun not Big bucks.  I could just see Jeff Gordon towing up to Old Bridge with a TOW BAR and red lights hooked on the roof for the tow home.

Take Care - George Pavlisko


Here's a Few Photos From a Past OLD BRIDGE SPEEDWAY EVENT at The Thomas Warnes Museum
Oct 11th and 12th, 2008

Click Here for a Few Photos

http://www.thomas-warne-museum.com/events.php

Photo (above) provided by Ron Barnsted of flag purchased by his dad and given to him during a 1961 visit to the speedway. 
Facts and Figures....

Old Bridge Speedway Memories
From the Visitors of The Vault:


Al Vanis    03.21.14

My first drag race competition was at Old Bridge Speedway with a '64 Galaxy convertible.  Since then I entered six NHRA National Events with Pontiacs, and won two. I've been out of NHRA racing for the past ten years.  I'm 76 and still racing locally.


Dan Sachs    06.24.13

I used to attend and watch the stock cars at both Wall Stadium and Old Bridge Stadium back in the 1960's.  Being a Buick V8 fan at the time, I loved watching Jim Hoffman just blow by everyone else with ease.  Most were running SBC's, except Parker of course, and the big 400+" injected Buick would reel them right in.

Then one night a guy showed up with a BBC, probably a 427.  Don't remember his name--might have been Leroy something.  I think it was at Wall.  Anyway, that BBC just ate that Buick like a hot fudge Sunday.  I was SO shocked!  At the time I had a street-only '52 Ford with a stock 322" Buick V8.  Some friends insisted I run it one night at Old Bridge in the short drags on the back straight.  I didn't want to, but they cobbled up a real crude sheet metal scattershield and off we went.

I was sure it wouldn't pass tech.--it would have been in B/G.  Knowing I stood no chance with crummy street tires and highway gears, I told them it was a 264" Buick from '54 and got put into D/G.  I don't think the P&G gage had been invented back then.  First run was against the record holder, "Mother-in-Law" Chevy.  Having seen my setup and tires, I doubt he needed even 1/2 throttle to easily outrun me.

Then in '71 I had a AA/FC, but that's another story!


Jim Skistimas    01.16.13

These were days definitely gone by. My father (Hike) was an Automotive Machinists, Farmer and friend to the common man/racer!  He worked on a few of the cars back then. One of the "High Tech" brake systems of the time was cutting down Buick Aluminum drums to fit the wide bolt pattern everyone ran back then...(I believe it was from a 36 Ford).

Wally Dallenbach (Sr.) was one of the soon to be famous racers he worked with.  The Dallenbach family owned a sand pit in East Brunswick, part of which turned into our municipal pool and Scout Camp ground.  I caught my biggest Bass there as a Scout!

My brother, John, would drag race there on Saturday's running an Eight mile.  He ran a 56 Thunderbird in the beginning then moved on to other vehicles which included a  '55 Ford with a 406 squeezed in it.  (That one gave me my first of many scars on my hands.) He moved along, after the track closed, to Race at Englishtown Racing a couple injected flip top cars, a retired Wayne Gapp Cougar and Larson's SOHC A/FX Mustangs which my brother campaigned as a C/A going by the "Jersey Rattler". It was kin to the Thunderbolt.

The more I think about these days, the cooler they were.  Everyone, stockers and draggers, raced with what they could make or afford. I remember the scorn felt by racers when the rich kids introduced the first tube chassis for the Stock Cars!

Between Old Bridge, Wall Stadium, Atco and Lancaster PA, our weekends were pretty much taken up.

Jim Skistimas  -  Formerly from East Brunswick, NJ


Vic Fredda    01.01.12

The stadium/track was built on property owned by my grandfather, Anthony Fredda. It was first leased and then - I believe - purchased from "Pop". There was a way to get on the track from the back woods and I would sometimes sneak on and run with my mom's '41 Ford when no one was around. Pop sold the farm around 1961.


D Rocco  09.04.12

We ran there every Saturday night 1960 to 1962. We ran under the name of Oganowski Drag Team. Bob Oganowski ran a A/GD Blown Hemi power dragster, Frank Delia and my self ran a C/D 265 ci. Chevy power. Sonny Martino ran a D/G 55 Chevy, 301 ci. Injected Chevy power. Ronnie Batz ran a B/SA Pontiac convertible 389 ci. Tri power. There were other associated cars that ran under the banner as well. I remember those days fondly. Back in the day when the driver and crew chief didn't even have to pay to enter a dragster, because the tracks were just happy to have you there.  We would run Old Bridge on Saturday night And then run Flemington, or island on Sunday.



Ed Duncan    02.17.12

I have enough memories of Old Bridge to fill a book.  http://www.coastal181.com/nlm-working-April-2005/sale_books.htm (Paved Track/Dirt Track)


Gary Fitton  08.06.11

I just came across this site and I think its great! I ran the Saturday night drags a few times in '61 with my new Ford Starliner 390/375hp S/S, 3spd OD with a Hurst floor shift. I remember you could rent a helmet for a couple of bucks, and you left your driver's license as insurance that you would return it. A few times my girlfriend drove me because I had lost my license after a run-in with the Wall Twp police on Martin Rd, behind the Belmar Circus Drive-In, I guess I would have used her license as helmet insurance on those nights. (Cruise around the Circus a couple of times and you were sure to pick up someone who wanted to run on Martin Rd.)

Anyway, I would put on my slicks, put in fresh plugs, and open up the exhaust cutouts. Invariably, one of my buddies would always leave half a bottle of beer in the trunk before I headed for the lineup. A few times I went up against my buddy Al Hoffman and his '59 Chevy - close, but he usually got me. The first time I ran there I remember how fast the turn came up after the finish line! I've attached a few time slips and a pit pass for old times sake. And they were great times!





Thanks for this site! 


Frank Lawton    12.10.11

Just a Teenager who loved cars. Lived on the other side of Rt516. Could here the cars racing all night.  My girl Judy and I loved the Dare Devil exhibitions jumping cars and driving around the track on 2 wheels.  They were great days. Was heart broken when they closed the track.

I still travel 1800 miles to race at the old Englishtown Raceway Park.

Thanks Frank Lawton - FRED Racing
PS I married that girl and she still loves racing her car "Hanky Panky"


Mark Tresch    03.08.11

Living in New Brunswick, as a boy, we went to the speedway almost every week.   My favorite driver in the fifties was Lenny Brown, and Pete Frazee, and Bob Boudinot in the #3 and then the #880.   We would get there early and go to the entrance to the pits and get to see the cars up close, and that smell of the drain oil in that Old Bridge sand, those alone, to me were great memories, just a very few among many I have of that special place

My father and I spent many a night, and afternoons there.  The great names that raced there - too many to mention - will always will stay with me.  I still have photos purchased there as a boy.  I want to cry everytime I drive past on my way to work every day.  When I drive by there today, I can almost see and hear the cars in that big parking lot, and the sounds of the cars warming up on those hot Friday nights in the summer, as we entered the track.


Gerry Fillimon    01.24.11

I will always remember the sound & flame coming from the # 659 that Parker Bohn drove!  Also, I remember the plastic crash helmets that they sold.


Kevin Seybert  10.01.10

My grand mother lived right up 516 from the track.  I never saw a race there but did drive on the race way in the late 1970s, just before they started building homes there.  Used to be a old pig farm there just behind the backstretch in the woods.  Jake brown Rd. ran along side of the track off 516.   Use to be a junk yard and a house there - Gillards were there names.   My Great Grandfather owned part of that land the track was on.  Gaub was his name.  He owned a farm not far from the track.   Gaub Rd. is named after him (little history). 

I watched many a race at Wall Stadium saw Parker Bohn race many a sat night in the #659 Skinner car.   

Well thanks for the site.  Fun to write about what I remember.


Tom Haug  09.08.09

Oh yea, we had drag racing at Old Bridge on Saturday nights. I raced there 1960-1962. I had a 59 Blue Biscayne D/G. We used to hang around at the Circus in Belmar. I beat Richie Rhiel only once in his "mother-in-law" 50 Chevy. I ran a 5.14 and that was the best night I had there even though I won many other nights . We raced on the front stretch and started in the 4th turn of the speedway. The Flag man (before the tree) was up on a perch just above the right lane. We all took turns "holding cars". Since the starting line was still on the 4th turn, our starting line was banked and this was long before linelocks. So we had "volunteers" that would hold against the A pillars of the stick cars.

It has been a while and my memory is shaky, but some of the guys that raced there were Don Raliegh (Dons Speed Shop) drove an A/D. Some others (please excuse the spelling of the names) Toddy's A/G, 32, Frankie Matthews A/G 30 Olds powered Ford pu, Augies gassers, Batistas B/G 55 Chevy, Doc San Flippo, Ritchie Rheil's D/G 50 Chevy, Bruce Kings B/GS 55 Ford, Commercial Park Esso's 60 Pontiac, Frank Carlson's B/MSP Vette, Ralph Teshon's A/SP vette, Joe McGinleys' A/S 60 Chevy, Nate Cohen's S/S (Nazy Crate). Marsha Brizinsky's Stocker ect, ect.

We raced for trophies, and when you had to make your own speed parts if you couldn't get them from Joe Barzda at the California Speed and Sport Shop or at Don's. Another little fact was the width of our slicks, 7 and 8 inches at the most!

No, it wasn't E town, but back then E-town was a farm and Island Dragstrip) at Great Meadows and Atco ran on Sundays and when we could race another day, WE DID. The hard work was changing our 5.57 gears back to 4.56 early Sunday mornings. This was our religious service.

Again, I am sorry if I have misspelled your names. But you were all hero's to me.

Tom Haug, formerly of Belmar, NJ


Mitch L  12/29/08


CHARLIE LINDMAR  11/22/08
 


Charles Edkins  10/15/08

I am charles edkins.  In 1968, I raced on many NY&NJ tracks,  I ran junk yard parts, from EDKINS AUTO in S.I.N.Y.  I had fun - met lots of good guys there.
Thanks, Charles Edkins 43x


Richard F. Lacey   10/04/08


Duane Smith  08/15/08


Bob W    08/06/07 


Jim Lamprow    7/13/07


Vincent Gabriel jr.     11/3/06


Ken     07/15/05


Jim Murrow     03/31/05


Russ Barsky   03/20/05

  • I just came across your outstanding web site and have spent the better part of this morning paging through its contents . I am only 43 years of age but I spent many years (since I was an infant I am told) at Old Bridge Stadium before it was closed.

    After the track closed Wall Stadium became my 'home' track. I saw some great modified racing there but I could never forget Old Bridge Stadium. In fact, it was impossible not be reminded of the place! You see, I lived in Old Bridge, NJ - literally in the development across the street! I watched the old speedway sign in the parking lot slowly decay away (I still regret not 'rescuing' and preserving that sign!)   I witnessed the weeds grow over and through the track pavement. I saw the propery used for a travelling circus, a golf driving range and many other forgettable events before permanent buildings finally erased all visible evidence of the speedway.

    I am still a fan of modified race cars and spend as much time as I can traveling to Nascar Modified Tour events in the northeast and visiting Wall Township Speedway but I will always think back fondly to the time I spent at Old Bridge Stadium. I can recall many trips down the bleachers with my grandfather to meet the drivers through the tire fence on the front stretch during intermissions in the program.

    Being so young at the time leaves me with very few detailed memories but this web site helps me connect some of them together. I have attached some files you may find interesting. They are scans of two program covers from Old Bridge Stadium. Both are older than me and were aquired a few years ago. Feel free to use them on your site if you wish.

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Thanks for the memories,   Russ Barsky - Kendall Park, NJ


Kurt Grotyohann   01/21/05 


George Perkins     01/10/05

First off , let me tell you I really enjoy your site. It really brings back the memories. I have lived in Tennessee for 35 years but I still remember all the good times I had at the east coast tracks. I made at least one time to the following tracks. Trenton, Langhorne, Harmony, Nazareth, Reading, Allentown, Flemington, East Windsor, Wall, Old Bridge, Vineland, New Egypt and Weisglass...probably forgot one or two.

They say you never forget your first. Old Bridge was really nothing special, not scenic like wall, no carnival atmosphere like Flemington, but she was the first, she was our home track and for that I'll always have a fondness for here.    George Perkins  10/10/05


Ed Duncan    08/22/03

Boy was I lucky as a kid, living only a half mile from this famous Speedway. I went to my first race in 1955. The sight and sounds of those brightly colored coupes an sedans still give me thrill almost fifty years later. I was fortunate enough to see some of the greats of racing compete there such as Pete Frazee,Tommy Elliott, Parker Bohn, Lenny Brown an many more in the stock cars. Len Duncan, Dutch Schafer, Johnny Coy, Tony Bonadies and a bunch more in the
midgets. Lee & Richard Petty, Jim Reed, Ralph Moody, Bob Welborn and the rest of the great Grand National stars.

I have so many great memories of the track I could fill a book. P.S. Thanks Joe for having such a great sight. If i can help you to ID any photos feel free to contact me.


Walter Onora  08/09/03


Joe Macfarlan  08/07/03:

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$ Bill photo above shows what it was like to sit on the frontstretch some 45+ years ago...

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