A DAY AT THE RACES // RIVERSIDE INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

There is a time in your life when you realize that your parents were cooler than you and did better things than you did. This happens for me every time my dad hits me up with some random thing that he finds in his basement or a lost box in the garage. I love digging through these old boxes, especially when I come across an old strip of film that my dad shot in his youth.

This time I was able to find two rolls from a day at the off-road races at the Riverside International Raceway. The raceway opened in 1957 and was the home to six different courses, both street and off-road. For 30 years this place was a destination for the Inland Empire and became home to the racing scene in Southern California. However, a demand for dollars took place and in 1988 the track saw it’s final year. The land where the track was located was turned into what is now known as the Moreno Valley Mall at Towngate.

 

Without further ado, here is a glimpse into Inland Empire history courtesy of the Riverside International Raceway (via 1979).

 

Quality Crew

Quality Crew

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Way in front.

Way in front.

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The races weren't the only attraction.

The races weren’t the only attraction.

Ripping

Ripping

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Lurking

Lurking

This guy has figured it out.

This guy has figured it out.

This guy, not so much.

This guy, not so much.

More lurking.

More lurking.

Lots of butts in these photos.

Lots of butts in these photos.

Buzz, your girlfriend, WOOF!

Buzz, your girlfriend, WOOF!

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Ditto.

Clearly he was making the rounds.

Getting up.

Getting up.

One of my dad's other friends was having some better luck.

One of my dad’s other friends was having some better luck.

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Full lineup.

Full lineup.

One more for good measure.

One more for good measure.