Alabama State Fairgrounds Raceway - 1914
Birmingham, AL. Public Library Archives
O. V. Hunt Collection
|Alabama State Fairgrounds |
|Bicycling World and Motorcycle Review|
April 7, 1906
|Bicycling World an Motorcycle Review - July 13, 1907|
|Robert Stubbs - Ormond Beach, Florida 1909|
Chris Price@Archive Moto
|Alabama State Fairgrounds Raceway - July 4, 1911|
Chris Price@Archive Moto - Motorcycle Illustrated July 13, 1914
They came to see the countries' leading professional racers compete on the one mile dirt oval. The track featured a modern covered grandstand down the front stretch. Birmingham became a popular spot with professional motorcycle racers from across the country. They would spend their winters in Birmingham sharpening their racing skills.
In 1912, Birmingham native Gene Walker entered his first motorcycle race at the Fairgrounds. At the time, Walker delivered mail on his motorcycle for the Birmingham Post Office. He raced at the Fairgrounds Raceway, as an amateur for the next two years.
|Harley-Davidson Ad - December 1914|
One icon of the early Fairgrounds Raceway survives today. In 1904, Italian sculptor Giuseppe Moretti cast an iron statute of Vulcan, the Roman God of Fire, in Birmingham for exhibition at the upcoming Worlds Fair in St Louis. After the Fair ended, the statute was returned to Birmingham and reassembled at the Alabama State Fairgrounds. The statute remained at the Fairgrounds Raceway until the 1930s, when it was moved to it's current location a top Red Mountain. This iconic symbol of Birmingham's industrial past over looks the city today. It is the largest cast iron statute in the world.
|Vulcan Statute at Alabama state Fairgrounds - Birmingham, AL.|
Birmingham Public Library Archives - O.V. Hunt Collection