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The Golden Days: Thompson Speedway & Raceway
Sports and Formula Car Events 1945-1977
by
Terry O'Neil

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Occasionally a spark of inspiration can become the catalyst for transition. Just such an occasion took place with the construction of Thompson Speedway in 1940, a five-eighth mile banked oval track, dubbed “The Indianapolis of the East.” A road course joined to the oval in 1952 enlarged the track to form the first privately-owned complex where sports car drivers could race safely. It transformed the face of sports car racing in America, and hastened the demise of the dangerous open-road events together with the majority of flat and boring airfield race venues. This two-volume set, illustrated with many previously unseen photographs, traces the history of the raceway during its active years and describes the personalities involved in the changing fortunes of the course until its closure in 1977.


  • Two-volume set with dust jacket and slipcase
  • 240mm x 330mm (portrait format)
  • 760 pages (VOL 1: 352 pages, VOL 2: 408 pages)
  • 1200 images total
  • Signed and Numbered Edition of 500 copies

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Author Biography

Born in Hertfordshire some twenty miles north of London, during the Second World War, Terry O’Neil has lived the majority of his life in the Midlands, England. For the past thirty-nine years he has resided in Stourbridge on the edge of the ‘Black Country’. More about Terry O'Neil


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The Golden Days (br) Thompson Speedway & Raceway(b September 29, 2018
Reviewer: Eno dePasquale from Walpole, NH United States  
This is a wonderful book, especially for those like my husband, Eno dePasquale, who spent many days there at. the time.
As I said in a post earlier, it is a shame that people like Eno were not contacted -- guys who continued to race for entire careers (Eno retired 4 years ago at age 77), and who still have vivid memories of Thompson.
Kathy dePasquale

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The Golden Days : Thompson Speedway & Raceway September 17, 2018
Reviewer: Michael Rand from Sharon, CT United States  
Great reference book about an iconic US track with several iterations of road courses as well as the high banked 5/8 mile paved oval.
One of the first tracks I ran on in the first year of the third generation layout in 1968 through into the mid 1970's. Going back for the fourth generation version on Oct 4-5-6.

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Thompson Speedway & Raceway by Terry O'Neil September 16, 2018
Reviewer: David Meisner from Fayetteville, GA United States  
Superb in every way.

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Super Extra September 8, 2018
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The Golden Days, Thompson Speedway & Raceway August 1, 2018
Reviewer: Ernest Steubesand from Rhinebeck, NY United States  
Excellent Book. Well Written by Terry O'Neil

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