Ascot Park

Ascot Park was located in Gardena California (Los Angeles county), and was a famous dirt race track. The track was built on the site of a former city dump. Before it was closed in 1990, it hosted the United States Auto Club (USAC) championship series, the AMA Grand National Championship motorcycle series and was used in movies like the original Gone in 60 Seconds, A Very Brady Christmas, and CHiPs. Ascot was also the site of the annual USAC Turkey Night Grand Prix midget race on Thanksgiving.

With seating for only 7,500, Ascot Park was smaller than the other famous tracks of the area, such as Riverside International Raceway (closed in 1989) and Ontario Motor Speedway (closed in 1980). Yet, the park was equally well-known, because its location was surrounded by freeways, its regularly scheduled races, and its heavy radio advertising. The half-mile course featured tight semi-banked turns, long straight-ways, and a tacky surface that was conducive to dramatic sprint car racing. Other motorsport events, such as Figure 8 racing ,motorcycle flat track, TT racing, speedway, motocross, and BMX were also held at Ascot. The BMX track was held at the end of the parking lot, outside the actual race track, but still much apart of Ascot.

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Many top motorcycle racers started out their careers racing at Ascot, as with many local pro’s raced night motocross to pay the bills, imagine today having a race track in the suburbs. It remained unused after a failed development project occupied the former site for a number of years. The park was later replaced by commercial buildings and paved over for parking…

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