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September 22, 2010

The Pines to hold speedway reunion

GROVELAND — From 1939 to 1973, The Pines was home to a quarter-mile speedway that served as the home to fast cars, fanfare and bitter rivalries.

Though only a portion of the track remains, the cars will return Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Historical Society's eighth annual Pines Speedway Reunion.

Forty-five classic race cars were featured at The Pines in 2008 for the sixth Pines Speedway Reunion, and thousands of people came from across the country to see them, said Claire Walsh, president of the town's Historical Society.

"The nostalgia that these things emulate is just incredible," Walsh said. "People that were out on the track remember each other, smashing into each other, wanting to beat on each other, and today they are the best of friends."

People flock to the event because of the vintage vehicles that fill the recreation park during the event, Walsh said.

"They really like to see old cars," she said. "The nostalgia is really what brings the people here. ... No matter what decade you focus on, with cars there are people there who really can relate to that particular decade."

More information is available from Dwight Lowes at 978-420-5030 or by e-mailing oldrustyracer@aol.com.

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