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Message posted by Web master on 19 May 2008 at 10:55pm - IP Logged
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Discuss your memories of Orillia Speedway.

Message posted by darrell on 22 May 2008 at 10:57pm - IP Logged
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can u tell me is this located on private proprety? i live about 6 mils away and had no idea? thanks darrell

Message posted by Web master on 22 May 2008 at 11:21pm - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 22 May 2008
can u tell me is this located on private proprety? i live about 6 mils away and had no idea? thanks darrell
I don't know for sure but I would guess that it is on private property.

Message posted by darrell on 22 May 2008 at 11:42pm - IP Logged
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thanks , dont want to bother anyone, just want to see where my dad raced years ago !! also found wasaga beach thanks to the site , looking forward to my adventures  ,darrell


Message posted by Gail Hussey on 24 September 2009 at 10:45am - IP Logged
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Very cool pictures - just have to check it out. Thanks for this

Message posted by Rick on 27 February 2010 at 8:47pm - IP Logged
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Is this the track just off HWY 11 in Oro ( I believe it was the 13th concession). I used to live in Barrie and I found this old track. It is behind the town works yard. I was told that it was the old Tri City Speedway but I don't know if this is right.


Message posted by Leighton Irwin on 01 March 2010 at 12:24am - IP Logged
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Yes. At the 13th. The road actually it just off of is the old #11. On private Ppty I think.

It is the old Orillia track not Tri City. It did not last long as it closed after the starter was killed in the first year of operation if my old memory is right. I was there a couple of times when I could get someone to take me. Too young to drive!


Message posted by Rick on 02 March 2010 at 8:48pm - IP Logged
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Thank You Leighton. I was at the track about 15 years ago. I want to go back and get pictures. Would you know the names of some of thr drivers that ran there, maybe have pictures of the track in its day.

                                                        



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Rick Sharples

Message posted by Ryan on 26 September 2010 at 10:21am - IP Logged
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so it is off the 13th? not 14th? Tried to find it the other day just interested to see it for myself!

Message posted by Leighton Irwin on 26 September 2010 at 4:48pm - IP Logged
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It is off the old #11 just south of the 13th of Oro. Opposite a Twp or MTO yard, not sure which.  Heading south on 11 it is the first turn off past the Esso south of Orillia. It is not on the 13th.

Same turn off for Shaw's Maple Sypup/Carthew Bay. On same road as Dubeau's Auction Hall. If you reach Dubeau's you have gone to far.

It is on right hand side but is hard to spot behind houses and trees etc.


Message posted by csvasey@cablerocket.com on 06 August 2011 at 3:52pm - IP Logged
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I lived in Orillia when the Orillia Speedway operated. Opening day was a hoot as it had rained all morning and the track was a mess for the 2:00 p.m. race. On the parade lap for the first race, the cars could not make it around the 1st turn - no traction. Some of the drivers were Tom Curtis, Bill Wilson, George Bowers, Ben Lehay, Jim Napier and Bill Miller.
The track was a 1/2 mile which made it too large for action and the crowds dropped off very quickly. The tragic death of the starter also did not help fan interest.
Carl

Message posted by Rick Sharples on 28 November 2011 at 3:19pm - IP Logged
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Hi ,

      Does anyone have old pictures of the Orillia Raceway in its day,  what cars were there, drivers names etc!!!

 

 Please contact me at rickatrememberwhen@gmail.com

 


Message posted by MarkB on 01 December 2011 at 2:28pm - IP Logged
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IF you want a good overhead view, goto maps.simcoe.ca, click on advanced mapping and zoom into the location (north side of 15/16 side road, just west of line 14, just off of hwy 11).  You'll see the shape of the track pretty clearly.  These maps also allow you to measure distances - it measured at 0.464 miles taking a good line through the corners. :) 

Don't use google maps, it's not as detailed.


Message posted by Spike's Son on 17 September 2012 at 10:02am - IP Logged
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I have the trophy from the Orillia Speedway in memory of Starter Glenn McDonough

Donated by:  Parkhurst Motors - Orillia - Studebaker Sales.

My dad won the race - Frank (Spike) DePasquale #5


Message posted by racedemon on 09 July 2013 at 11:46pm - IP Logged
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ya,my dad, Tom Curtis won there many times. He had a bunch of trophies, and I have the memories.

Message posted by FrankC on 31 August 2013 at 3:02pm - IP Logged
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I have some pics of Tom's cars but I have to scan them. I was there once with my Mom in about 1964. We sat on the old stands and she told me about how things were, when they were racing.

In 1975 I went out with my buddies and turned a couple of laps in my 74 Dodge Monaco. Had to swerve around the small trees but it was a laugh.FC


Message posted by Gerry Kirkby on 27 July 2015 at 5:01pm - IP Logged
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FrankC...I would be very interested to see the pictures of Tom's cars...
I walked around that race track 3 weeks ago and I found a bumper guard laying half buried in the woods...I think it's off a 1934 Ford and even though it's been laying there for almost 65 years, the chrome is in nearly perfect condition except for some small scratches and a tiny bit of green paint.

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