The Infamous Altamont Speedway



Located in the Diablo Range between Livermore and Tracy, in the San Joaquin Valley, is the Altamont Pass. The area is notorious for its high winds and extreme temperatures. In 1853, the transcontinental railroad paid land owner Robert Livermore $5.00 for the right to build and operate the rail-roads on his land. Soon after, a railway station and hotel were built to accommodate travelers. In 1915, the Lincoln Highway was routed throught the pass. Soon after, Summit Garage was built and is the only remaining building in Altamont. The most well known landmark of Altamont Pass is the notorious Altamont Speedway. Called the "Black Widow" the track operated from 1964 until 2008. The speedway gained worldwide fame in 1969 when the Rolling Stones staged a free concert. The concert turned into a diaster that saw four people lose their lives. Some say the ghosts of the dead still haunt the speedway on cold, windy winter nights. Many of the great auto racing drivers in history have turned laps on the half mile, including A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Bobby Unser, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick to name a few. The speedway has burned through many ownership groups, bankrupting many of them, thus the nickname "Black Widow" came about. This book contains 320 pages, 1800 photos and illustrations, point standings, track records, a list of main events and the winners, while the track was still in operation. All this, and much more, follows. 

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9780988186156-EA $69.95

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