Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fast Digs Update: 1937 Los Angeles Six Day Practice


This group of racers are getting in some practice on an outdoor dirt track, somewhere in or near the City of Angels, in preparation for the 1937 Los Angeles Six Day Race, which was held at the Pan Pacific Auditorium. It is the first good photo, I have found, which shows what an outdoor cycling track of the time looked like. Some time ago, I posted up about a dirt track at Pomona College, which also had banked turns, and imagine it looked something like this.

The specific location of this particular oval racing track is not identified in the records. There are a couple thousand cycling-related photographic images in the University of California's Calishere system, this one having been contributed by the Charles E. Young Research Library, Special Collections, UCLA. I recently took a quick survey of some of those photos, and spotted a few that were especially relevant to Fast Digs and / or Claremont cycling and, over time, will share them here.

Citation: Title: Cyclists practice on a dirt track for a six-day bicycle race at Pan-Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles, 1937
Collection: Los Angeles Daily News Negatives
Owning Institution: UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Source: Calisphere
Date of access: February 16 2017 03:42
Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/21198/zz00288rc9/

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