Fast Digs: The 1937 Los Angeles Six Day Race


What is cool about this photo is that the only others I have seen from the Los Angeles Six Day Race of 1937 are of the track in an otherwise empty Pan Pacific Auditorium. This one captures the texture of the wood track, the racing action, spectators, even a couple derny's for motor pacing.

Like the previous (practice) photo, this one was contributed to the Calisphere system by the UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library. The annotation on the nitrate negative sleeve notes: "Cyclists compete in a six-day bicycle race at Pan-Pacific Auditorium. The race included thirteen teams who competed in the 147 hour continuous ride. A 7-Up advertisement is painted on the track."

Fast Digs

And, just a reminder, you may not be able to see racing at the Pan Pacific, nor even the auditorium building, anymore, but you can still see world class racing in Los Angeles. Tickets are available for this weekends Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the Velo Sports Center.

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