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5/3/2019 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - Don epley
Does anyone have info on the track.

sonewhere in detroit,arwa. towards mobroe. ran t. qs and midgets.

my fsther was champ there with t. q club. he ran a purpke rodster style t. q number 7.

and at on time had 3 cars racing. 6. 7. and numer 8.

the t. q club ran all over the lower michigan area. i ckudibf flat rock and a kot of small go cart tracks. he has passed now and really have been tryibg to get any info on the club and him raci g in michigan.

5/3/2019 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - John Sanderson
Sad News about a legendary driver.

NEAL CARTER August 30, 1923-April 23, 2019 Matthew Neal Carter, 95, died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday April 23, 2019. Born in 1923 on a homestead in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Neal was one of seven children. Times were hard in the 30’s but Neal always said, “I was blessed with a great Mom”. Neal, known as the Mighty Midget Racecar Driver, began his racing career at Ft.

Miami Speedway in Toledo, Ohio and Partington Pasture located outside of Mt. Clements, MI. Over his racing career, Neal drove at most of the nation’s major tracks, garnering over 220- checkered flags. Most notable was his victory in 1948 at the famed Langhorne Speedway, establishing the fastest 100-mile auto race on a dirt track – a record that stood for an unequaled 13 years.

He was also the AAA Motor City Speedway Champion in 1949, 50, and 51. Adding to his prowess in the powerful midgets, he began driving Indy Champ Cars, competing in 24 Indy Car Races between 1949 and 1952, including the first race held at Darlington Speedway. Neal passed his drivers test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1951 and made additional qualifying attempts in 1952 and 1953. Upon his retirement from racing, he was Service Manager at Jim White Chevrolet in Toledo, OH, Carl Schmidt Chevrolet in Perrysburg, OH and CEO of Schmidt National Lease in Maumee, OH.

Neal also remained actively involved in racing. In the mid-1960’s, he was instrumental in the construction of the Quarter Midget racetrack at the Lucas County Rec Center in Maumee, OH. Neal was a member of the CART Horton Safety Team from 1979-89, and a 42-year member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oldtimers Club. He was inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the National Midget Racing Hall of Fame in 1999.

He met the love of his life, Barbara Lohrstorfer, at Motor City Speedway. Introduced by mutual friends, he would sit behind her and admire her beautiful long hair. This was the beginning of a 67-year marriage. Together they raised four children: James, Dennis (Suzanne), Kathleen (Robert) Senger, Suzanne (Mark) Smith.

Their home was loving and raucous! Neal was a devoted husband, father, grandfather of 10, and great grandfather of 11. A celebration of Neal’s life will be held at Bayliff and Son Funeral Home 311 W. Main St. Cridersville, Ohio on Saturday July 6, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame c/o Barbara Hellyer 4967 West 12th Street, Speedway, IN 46224. Thanks to MCS historian, Steve Wolski, who passed this info along..
4/23/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - David G. Burkett
My uncle Bob Clark drove 64 1936 Chevy 6 cylinder He passed away April 16 2019. He let me get in the pits when you had to be 18 I was 16. He did not like anybody work on his car but he let me. What a time that was if anybody remembers him let people know he is gone.
4/23/2019 - Canton Cinema 6 - Canton - jt
As posted on Facebook, the Canton 7 will closing on Thursday May 9.
4/23/2019 - Palladium 12 - Birmingham - Cameron Kanachki
This is now the Emagine Palladium, owned by Emagine Entertainment.
4/23/2019 - EMagine Novi - Novi - Cameron Kanachki
This theater now has a Super EMAX auditorium, making it the largest screen in Michigan.
4/9/2019 - Commerce Drive-In Theatre - Commerce - Bob Check
Would like to buy the property and rebuild the drive in to the best of our ability using the descriptions and pictures here…. people my age and older could drive past the sign into the park and throw back to yesteryear. does anyone think there'd be a market for that?.
3/29/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - Michael Spragg
Hi All, I Just emailed Some Photos I Think are interesting.

A Couple of the 05 Coupe and Sedan My Dad owned That Doug Harvey Drove. And one of the sedan My oldest Brother Drove on its Last Race. It’s a Picture of Him With The Black Flag, and one of the #112 Blue Sedan. It was Such a Great Time Back Then Watching Some Very Good Racing!.

3/25/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - Mike
Ed Hartmann passed away on 1-31-2019. Ed raced his own sportsman car at Manchester and Butler, and drove for the Quigley boys. Ed's uncle was Chuck Winkle, who also drove at both tracks. Also forgot to post that Marvin Carman passed away on 9-19-2017.
3/25/2019 - Rolling Hills - Traverse City - Nick bonno
Does anyone possibly have an old print/photo/advertisement for the raceway? My parents recently built a new home where the track used to be on the Popp’s property and I’d like to gift them a large print for the living room. Even if anyone has information that could lead to a good find, please reach out and let me know Thank you.
3/8/2019 - Northern Michigan Dragway - Bear Lake - BRIAN L LEDFORD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brian Ledford 231.

218. 2657 7/30/2018 Kaleva- The 21st Annual MOPARS AGAINST THE WORLD event took place this past weekend at Northern Michigan Dragway. Racers were again out in record numbers, taking in the facility's multitude of improvements. They were treated to action-packed races along with a fantastic fireworks show.

The total number of Day 2 entries grew from 374 entries last season, to a new record 423 entries. Spectator numbers (just over 3,000) were down just slightly, due to some rainy weather Thursday and Friday evenings, and temperatures fell to low 50's on the third night. The forced postponements created an arduous 18-hour race day Saturday. Racing action was heated, nonetheless, in ideal conditions for race machines.

In head-to-head match-ups, the Mopar racers took the final score advantage 221-198, to claim their fourth straight championship. Last year's score was 174-164. The top money winner was Maverick Green, 18, of Grand Haven, riding a 2004 Suzuki Hayabusa dragbike. His efforts netted him the $10,000 Bracket II final round win.

Green became the youngest to ever win the main event, and also became the first racer to do so on a motorcycle. Runner up, Manton racer Matt Letts finished with over $5,000 in winnings for the weekend with the Letts Express race team, moving from 19th in the TNT points series, up to 8th position. Billy Meier of Mattawan was awarded $1,000 for his 8th-round semi-final finish in a Dodge Dart. Scott Hoernlein of Freeland won the $6,000 Bracket I final over White Cloud racer Kelly Smith, who brought in over $3,000 for his efforts with his dragster.

$2,000 winners included Robby Girven of Brethren, Friday race winner in Bracket I. Maple City racer, Phil Anderson also grabbed a $2,000 win Friday, taking the Bracket II win and also jumping into the class points lead. Eric Johnson of Onekama and Sean Nagy of Houghton Lake each took a class win in Top Doorslammer Friday and Saturday, respectively. Stan Jones, Jr.

of Freeland and Joe Whitaker of Ithaca topped the 9-round Pro Trophy races. Street Trophy wins went to Pepe Hoose of Saginaw and Benzonia's Scott Swander. The next races on the NMD schedule will be the August 10th and 11th weekend featuring a make-up event for TNT Points Event #10, and the Cory Gunther Memorial Race. Ford racers will soon get their turn to take on all others, as the 6th annual Blue Oval Battle takes place August 23-25.

Points standings and further information is available at NMD's website www. NorthernMichiganDragway. net and on the social media page.
3/8/2019 - Pontiac Drive-In Theatre - Pontiac - Mike Detmer
My wife found this page and just forwarded to me.

I worked in the concession stand of the Miracle Mile drive-in after high school in 1971. I believe it was 1972 when I became the manager at the Pontiac drive-in. The movie Billy Jack was the biggest draw during my time as manager there. It sold out on the weekend.

After a couple of years I transferred to the Showcase Cinema which used to be on the corner of Telegraph and Square Lake road. I managed that theater until going to college in 76. I think the biggest draw during my time there was the Sting with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. The Frisbees took over the Pontiac when I left.

Also, my mother managed the Waterford drive-in for a while in the early 70's. Enjoyed looking at all the old pictures - brought back many good memories..
3/8/2019 - Majestic Theatre - Monroe - B Custer
This theater was just demolished last week February 25, 2019, a hole where the foundation was is the only thing that remains and will be filled in shortly.
3/8/2019 - Caruso Theatre - Dowagiac - Elizabeth Caruso
My father built this theatre in 1946.

It was an empty lot. About a year later it had a major fire. It was determined to be arson. There were already two movie theaters across the street.

-The Century and the Chief. Initially the fire chief thought my father might be responsible for insurance purposes until they realized he barely had it insured. After all, it was brand new and state of the art everything. I still have the grand opening newspaper brochure.

My father always felt he knew who did it and why. When the locals started going to South Bend and Benton Harbor, he decided to sell it in 1963, when I was in the 9th grade. Then in 1977, it caught on fire again -far worse than in 1947 or '48. It held a definite important part of Dowagiac history.

3/8/2019 - Deer Acres - Pinconning - Erik Callaway
Hello The park has been closed for several years now, it is still listed as open. Hope all is well, I love this sight and still visit, even after leaving Michigan. Regards, Erik Callaway.
2/19/2019 - Iris Theatre - Detroit - steven seiler
In my book The Rise of Faygo 1907-1987 you will find the founding Brothers of the Faygo company owned the Iris Theatre at one time The Feigenson family also owned the Oliver Theatre.
2/17/2019 - Northland Theatre - Southfield - yvonne borg
I am wondering if Eugene Grew has any old photos of the employees in front of the candy counter from the dates 1971-1972 or 73? My sister and I both worked there during the time Fiddle on the Roof was playing. I would appreciate if anyone has any of these old photos? This was a wonderful and beautiful movie theater and we really enjoyed working there as teenagers. Thank you.
2/6/2019 - Oak Drive-In Theatre - Royal Oak - Keith
When did the drive-in close and when was the demolition?.
2/6/2019 - Warren Theatre - Detroit - gary smith
I lived on Rutland between Diversy &Tireman.

We spent many Saturdays and Sundays afternoons watching movies at the Warren Theater. Saw the Fantastic Voyage, Blue Max andmany greatmovies there. The owling alley next door was having the roof re-done and the hot tar caught fire and burned both buildings down. One of our neighbors was a fireman and worked to put out the fire, to no avail.

Such a shame that it was never re-built. Many funtimes there..
1/29/2019 - Mt. Clemens Race Track - Mount Clemens - Kelly Dietrick
I know this is a long shot but you never know. In 1968 a Salmon colored 1950 Jaguar XK120 was owned by a lady racer in the Detroit area. Legend has it she raced at the Daytona Speed Trials but this has not been confirmed. She sold the car to Alan G.

Boring, at that time President of The Jaguar Affiliates Group Michigan. Does anyone remember a Salmon colored Jaguar XK120 in the area between 1950 and 1968? Any information or clues or direction to explore next would be most helpful. Also if you are ever in Philadelphia stop in to see the Simeone Automotive Foundation Museum. Just ten minutes from the international airport so you can visit on a layover.

Thanks for any help you may be able to give. Kelly Dietrick..
1/29/2019 - Broadway Theatre - Detroit - Ron Oleksiak
Changed name to the Broadway Capitol in the 1950's and maintained a solid venue of Sci-Fi Horror Movies through the 60's. They even had a Premier showing of the TINGLER, where some of the seats were rigged with motors to create a vibrating sensation.
1/29/2019 - Detroit Dragway - Brownstown Twp - Steve Higgins




1/29/2019 - Train's Opera House - Lowell - Seth H
I don't know anything about this opera house or Lowell, MI but I get curious and tried to find the building on the postcard.

This is it as 198 Fulton St. The façade has been updated, but the quantity of windows is correct and it even has the one narrow window at the 4th from the right. Follow that window down and you can see the same columns at the sidewalk level. You don't need to post any of this at the site, I just wanted to let you know it was still there and give you the address.

I'll email the google street view image I used to find this opera house. Thanks, Seth..
1/17/2019 - Maple Hill Cinema - Kalamazoo - Susan
This is a long shot since I’m just coming a across this post.

My father was the manager of the theater for years in the 70’s. I was just a kid & those are the best memories! I remember sneaking into R rated movies & getting spanked for doing so! (I was in grade school ??) Streaking was popular & occasionally they’d run through the theater. Escape to Witch Mountain was shown there & the theater gave away a motor home. Man all the candy & popcorn I wanted & Star Wars constantly! If anyone has any pictures or anything about the theater I’d love to see them! I have a few but not as many as I wish.

1/17/2019 - Motor City Dragway - New Baltimore - Chuck Marlin
Thanks for keeping this website up and running first of all.

Comments awhile ago talked about historical significance. Long road to hoe, but I'll volunteer time and resources if there is a path. I would appreciate a tour of the old property, and maybe and event and some food and beverages just to invite anyone who may be interested in gathering in 2019 to reminisce. If anyone has the horsepower to make this happen, pun intended, please reach out to me.

We could all sign releases just like we did as drivers to be on the property. I'm also interested in gathering pics/videos of the 65 and 66 season. I'm attempting to recreate diecast cars of the Warren Bros GTO's, Wally Booths Trumbull Chevrolet, Screamin Dago Mustang, HoleShot 6 Anglia,. there are already diecast replica's of the Royal Pontiac cars.

If you have any pics please reach out to me. I don't even recall the big MoPar guys, but I'd love to have them. Guidelines say I can post my email so contact me at chuck. com. I'd also like to toss out an idea. How about a gathering at the Woodward Cruise for any Motor City racers, mechanics, sponsors, fans. ? We might be able to piggy back one of the radio station events if we get a start on this now, maybe even pick up a sponsor.

In the alternative the Harper Cruise which is more manageable. I would be delighted to host it as I have a large office and parking lot at 91/2 and Harper. It's a dying era that I would like to say goodbye to in a fashion deserving of it's time and all who contributed to it. Just a few thoughts to provoke some thoughts and memories.

1/17/2019 - Abbey Theatres 8 - Madison Heights - Chris Williams
I worked here during my senior year of high school (1997), probably from about January through August of that year.

I was a concession worker. I hated the job, but then again, I was a teenager and probably hated every job I had. I miss the old Abbey now. We never got anything as big as the Star Theaters did (which is, ironically, now an AMC), but we did better than the Oakland Mall one.

Things would play for months. I remember Aretha Franklin coming in one night to see The Preacher's Wife. I went on to a part-time career as a film critic, and so it was a great pleasure to serve popcorn to Susan Stark (who used to be a Detroit News critic). I feel a lot of nostalgia for the Abbey.

The theaters were clean. The popcorn was good. I remember seeing the giant rolls of film (now everything everywhere is digital).
1/5/2019 - Movies at Oakland Mall - Troy - Devon J Lott
This Movies Was a United Artists Theatre. One of the first that was not in a Taubman mall. I seen Rush Hour and The House on Haunted Hill (Remake) Before it permanently closed.
1/5/2019 - Starlite Drive-In Theatre - Ludington - Roger Dereske
I worked for Glenn Wallace there in the early 70's in the ticket office, one of 3 jobs l had whole attending College. My wife worked in the concession stand as a second job. One summer, l hung off a rope pulley to paint the name on the back of the screen.
12/27/2018 - Camelot 1-2-3 - Dearborn - Ron
I was an usher at the Camelot during Walt’s time.

1,000 seat ( approx ) auditorium. Best job I’ve ever had. Working with Walt, Rick, Tom, Gary etc. Fascinating theatre.

It had a crows nest to watch the parking lot. Upstairs/ Basement storage rooms. Our usher group found a way to walk above the ceiling on a catwalk all the way out to the front roof & inside the lit marque. Ushers room parties in back.

so much fun !..
12/27/2018 - Grayling Opera House - Grayling - Seth H
The Grayling Opera House burned down prior to 1930.

A quote from the July 5, 2012 Houghton Lake Resorter regarding the Rialto Theatre in Grayling. George Stancil said he has worked at the Rialto since the age of seven and is currently the manager at the theatre, which he said was the first of many built in Northern Michigan by his grandfather George Olson and his brother and partner W. James Olson. The theatre was housed in the Grayling Opera House in 1915, and the current theatre building was constructed in 1930 after the Opera House burned down.


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