Route 66 events:  Santa Fe Speedway marker dedication this Sunday, Oct. 13th – be there!

Sunday!  Sunday!  Sunday!  At Santa Fe Speedway!  Remember that radio and TV commercial?  It’s timely.  We mentioned earlier that the Santa Fe Speedway ‘rock’ marker commemorating the former racetrack will be dedicated this coming Sunday, Oct. 13th.  Well, barring any adverse weather (rain? hail? tornadoes??), it’s expected to be on schedule for 2:30 p.m. at 91st Street and Wolf Road in Willow Springs.  That’s where the entrance of the former auto racetrack – and before that, the pastoral Santa Fe Park – was located.  If we’re very lucky, we’ll run into autosport historian and racing photographer Stan Kalwasinski there.  Stan told my erstwhile co-author Joe Kubal that he’d try to make it.  Stan’s the man who authored the brief history of the track that is inscribed on the back of the stone marker, which is located on the SW corner of 91st and Wolf, right in front of the subdivision that now stands there.

We got our information through the Flagg Creek Heritage Society’s website, bless them, because the Village of Willow Springs isn’t up to speed on its own website.  Still, we’ll check with the village and let you know if there’s a change of schedule.  Or your can poke the sleepy village office yourself (we recommend that!) by calling 708-467-3700.

Santa Fe Speedway stone marker

Back side of the stone marker commemorating the former Santa Fe Speedway at 91st and Wolf Road, Willow Springs, IL. Photo copyright 2013 by J.D. Kubal; all rights reserved.

Until next time, car fans and road dogs,


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