CANADIAN TRACK DATABASE FEATURE ARTICLES GHOST SPEEDWAYS PHOTOS
Share
Canadian Race Track Database

Northern Raceway

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Status
Closed

Years in Operation: 1965-1967; 1971-1985;1987

Name History:
5th Line Speedway

Track Configurations:
1/4 mile dirt oval (1965)
1/4 mile paved oval (1965-1987)

Ghost Track Photos


This is how Northern Raceway looked in May of 2005 when Gerry Liscumb visited and June of 2005 when Glen Thomas visited it.

In addition to the oval, there is also a 1/4 mile drag strip. Both are covered in these photos. The strip is located on the outside of the oval front straight. The grandstands were shared between the oval and the strip so they are set back from the oval. There was also a figure 8 track as part of the oval. The oval pits were located behind the back straight.

Glen reported that most of the infrastructure is gone. There are no buildings remaining, no fences, lights, etc. The track surface for all three tracks was still in good shape. As can been seen in the photos, the steel structure of the grandstand is still there but most of the boards are missing or rotted. Glen must have been adventurous that day as he obviously climbed to the top of the rotted grandstands.

Archived Discussion

Click an image - photos will appear in a new window
Looking down the drag strip. Submitted by Gerry Liscumb, Jr.
Back straight of the oval. Submitted by Gerry Liscumb, Jr.
Pit pads. Submitted by Gerry Liscumb, Jr.
Standing in turn 3, looking down the back straight. Submitted by Gerry Liscumb, Jr.
Turn 3-4 in the foreground. The figure 8 track is visible. Submitted by Gerry Liscumb, Jr.
Turn 4. Submitted by Gerry Liscumb, Jr.
The front straight from turn 4. Submitted by Gerry Liscumb, Jr.
A view of the figure 8 track. Submitted by Gerry Liscumb, Jr.
Not sure if this turn 1 or 3. Submitted by Gerry Liscumb, Jr.
Grandstands. Submitted by Gerry Liscumb, Jr.
Back of the grandstands. Submitted by Gerry Liscumb, Jr.
Grandstands. Submitted by Gerry Liscumb, Jr.
Steps up to the grandstands. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
Grandstands. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
Grandstands. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
Back of the grandstands. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
Back of the grandstands. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
Back of the grandstands. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
The stairs to the grandstand are at the right of the photo. You can also see the front wall and some remains of the spectator fence. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
From the top of the grandstands. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
The drag strip. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
From the top of the grandstands. Turn 1-2 of the oval and part of the drag strip are visible through the trees. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
From the top of the grandstands. You can see the back straight and front straight of the oval. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
From the top of the grandstands. Turn 3-4 of the oval are visible through the trees. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
From the top of the grandstands. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
Flag stand. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
Drag strip. Submitted by Glen Thomas.
Flag stand and the drag strip. Submitted by Glen Thomas.