This 8mm film shows early NASCAR racing at Peace Haven Speedway in Winston-Salem, NC on April 27, 1953 and April 19, 1954.
Peace Haven Speedway was one of the first NASCAR tracks started by Bill France and Alvin Hawkins, with a date on the inaugural championship tour on Oct. 31, 1948. And with drivers like Curtis Turner and Fonty Flock, it held the record as the fastest half mile dirt track in NASCAR in 1948 and again in 1952.
The film consists of mixed clips from 1953 and '54 of the Sportsman and Amateur divisions. Shorty York won the Sportsman feature in the 1953 race while Joe Kirby won the Amateur feature after Ralph Harpe was disqualified for a bore & stroke violation. Ted Swaim driving the J.S. Pope #99 won the Sportsman feature in '54, with Whitey Norman winning the Amateur feature after starting at the end of the field.
Drivers in this (Part 1) footage include -
Shorty York #111 (winner '53)
Ted Swaim #99 (winner '54)
Curtis Turner #14
Glen Wood #22
Bill Myers #4 (coach model in '53 clips - coupe model in '54 clips)
Bobby Myers #6A
Wendell Scott #11
Pee Wee Jones #9
Jim Paschal #80
Slim Rominger #48
Perk Brown #0
Brice "Spider" Stultz (#24 in '53 clips - #24x in '54 clips)
Also in these races - Whitey Norman, Ralph Harpe, Bill Widenhouse, Sandy Lynch, James Stultz, Robert Barrier, Charles Woosley, Toots Jenkins, Bob DeHart, Ralph Ligouri, E.H. Weddle, Carl Burris, Gwyn Staley, Johnny Dodson, Speedy Thompson, Burley Myers, Ned Jarrett, Fuzzy Clifton, Lester Willard, Johnny Capps, Joe Kirby, Ray Shores, Don Willis, Barry Boyd, Peanut Brown, Tommy Tuttle, and many more.