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Swept57
Posted 2011-01-29 11:06 AM (#258852)
Subject: Cloverleaf Speedway, Cleveland OH



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I bought these photos a couple of weeks ago at a Medina County fairgrounds swap meet. Brought back many memories as I lived near the speedway and went there often as a kid. One is dated 1971.



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B/G 61
Posted 2011-01-30 9:22 PM (#259024 - in reply to #258852)
Subject: RE: Cloverleaf Speedway, Cleveland OH



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Ever see the hillclimb bikes run up that huge hill behind (and to the right) of the track ?

Rumor around town said one could climb the "E" on the sign (Cloverleaf Speedway) and sneek in
to see the races . . .


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Swept57
Posted 2011-01-31 5:34 PM (#259114 - in reply to #259024)
Subject: RE: Cloverleaf Speedway, Cleveland OH



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B/G 61 - 2011-01-30 6:22 PM

Ever see the hillclimb bikes run up that huge hill behind (and to the right) of the track ?



Yes, I went to see the hillclimbs. I was at the first one they held. They had a marker about 3/4 of the way up the hill after which the riders were to shut down and bail from their bikes. Why? because there was a construction yard at the top of the hill. If you crest the hill (and it was steep) there was about a four foot flat area, a stack of hay bales, then a chainlink fence with steel I-Beams stacked against it. A number of riders did not get the word to shutdown (or maybe they just didn't see the marker, they were hanging on for dear life) and they flew into those I-Beams. Bike and rider would tumble back down the hill. It was gruesome. One guy lost his finger which I found for him. Another was lying on the hill screaming with his foot dangling from his leg. I don't recall any kind of crowd control either.

Did you ever go see the boat demolition derbies?

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Posted 2011-01-31 9:05 PM (#259148 - in reply to #259114)
Subject: RE: Cloverleaf Speedway, Cleveland OH



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Swept57 - 2011-01-31 5:34 PM

B/G 61 - 2011-01-30 6:22 PM

Ever see the hillclimb bikes run up that huge hill behind (and to the right) of the track ?




Did you ever go see the boat demolition derbies?

Dave


Never saw that - I heard they had a motorcycle demolition derby once - THAT would have been somethin to see !!!
I used to love the "Parking Lot Drags" - pick-ups, vans, big sedans, etc . . . FUN FUN FUN ! ! !

EVERY model car I built as a kid looked like these cars -








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Swept57
Posted 2011-02-01 8:31 AM (#259198 - in reply to #259148)
Subject: RE: Cloverleaf Speedway, Cleveland OH



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B/G 61 - 2011-01-31 6:05 PM

EVERY model car I built as a kid looked like these cars -



Me too, and I still have all of them. The glue dried out long ago and most are just a box of parts. I someday hope to take the time and reassemble them.

Those are great photos. I like the reference to Bobby Allison's "Camaro".

Check this out...

http://www.facebook.com/#!/CloverleafSpeedway

Dave

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B/G 61
Posted 2011-02-01 12:21 PM (#259225 - in reply to #259198)
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Check this out...

http://www.facebook.com/#!/CloverleafSpeedway

Dave



THATS WHERE I STOLE THE PICS ABOVE FROM ! ! !

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Swept57
Posted 2011-03-03 10:15 AM (#263277 - in reply to #259225)
Subject: RE: Cloverleaf Speedway, Cleveland OH



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Couple of more FL from the speedway...



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Swept57
Posted 2011-03-10 9:16 AM (#264156 - in reply to #258852)
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So I was searching through the old Cloverleaf photos looking for other FL era MoPars and realized that ANY MoPar was a rare occurrence. It was 95% Ford vs. Chevy with mostly other GMs filling in the rest of the pack. This is the only other MoPar I could find.



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finsruskw
Posted 2011-03-10 5:48 PM (#264205 - in reply to #258852)
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darn....what a waste of a good bubble windshield!!!

Dave S.,

That's not what I said.....dam

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Swept57
Posted 2011-03-11 10:09 AM (#264258 - in reply to #264205)
Subject: RE: Cloverleaf Speedway, Cleveland OH



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finsruskw - 2011-03-10 2:48 PM

darn....what a waste of a good bubble windshield!!!

Dave S.,

That's not what I said.....dam


Well there is always the chance that at the end of its race car days, it was parted and the windshield lived on. Unlikely, but you never know.

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Swept57
Posted 2011-03-22 9:37 PM (#265579 - in reply to #264258)
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Here are a few more from the forwardlook era. I don't think there are any mopars but some of these things are so hammered flat that its hard to tell what they are.



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B/G 61
Posted 2011-03-22 9:45 PM (#265580 - in reply to #258852)
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Great pics ! Gotta love the trunk popping open ! ! !


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d500neil
Posted 2011-06-04 6:19 PM (#275443 - in reply to #265580)
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Did "Super Stocks" morph into "modifieds" ?

Notice the rust out on that Baccaruda fastback, above....demo-racing it was probably a fitting final-solution to its
impoverished lifetime.

That #10-Poncho, above, looks like it inflicted some serious bodily injury to some fans, too.

Any such injuries would probably have been disallowed in court, because sporting event spectators are presumed to
have "Primary assumption of risk", meaning that their mere voluntary presence at an inherently dangerous event (like
at a baseball game where they can get hurt from errant balls and bats, etc) voids any claims for personal injury that
they might sustain in the course of attending that event....nowadays, entrance tickets have express disclaimers of
liability printed onto them.

Tough Sh!t, kid....enjoy the wheel chair!




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Swept57
Posted 2011-11-03 1:36 PM (#294918 - in reply to #275443)
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Haven't been able to spot any other FL cars, but her is a 66 Plymouth. MoPars were super rare at Cloverleaf, unless it was a demo derby.



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Swept57
Posted 2012-11-16 8:02 AM (#347364 - in reply to #294918)
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And speaking of Demo Derby at Cloverleaf... I think this is a 1960 Plymouth... At least it won the Derby!




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