Bowman Gray Stadium

1940's vintage postcard - hasn't changed much, has it?

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Comment by Jim Lambert on December 19, 2010 at 10:33pm

I believe this linen postcard image is not a "photo" as stated in the lower left corner but in fact an artist's rendering as Randy says.  It is probably what the designer originally proposed, but it may not have been built in its entirety originally in the 1940's.  There are some details that I have never seen in photos, as well as the horseshoe closure Randy states was not completed until 1954.  In particular, the pit entrance off the backstretch entering turn 3 is not shown shown, nor is the track as wide as when used for automobile racing (I believe the track was originally a cinder surface intended for 440 yard footraces, hence a 1/4 mile flat track when asphalt paved for auto races).  I'm not sure when the Stadium itself was first built but the first NASCAR-sanctioned event took place on May 18, 1949.  Anyone know when they put up the guardrail?  Bottom line, I don't think BGS ever looked exactly like the image, but pretty darn close.

Comment by Randy Myers on December 17, 2010 at 9:49pm

I know the card is a "rendering" but it "card" must be from much later.  The horseshoe wasn't filled in till 54.

Comment by Jeff Gilder on December 17, 2010 at 1:25pm


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