Located between the posh Hollywood Hills and the roaring Pacific Ocean, thousands of local thrill seekers would gather on a regular basis to witness American Motorsport history. Between 1957 and 1990, Ascot Raceway became a celebrated hot-spot in Gardena, California where spectators could get a close up look into the dangerous, competitive and entertaining sport of dirt track racing. Made famous for its well known radio ads “Where the Harbor, the San Diego and the 91 freeways collide!”, it became a place where fond memories were made by fans and legendary racers alike. The track’s reputation spanned the globe due to the skill required to race there.
With its tight turns, long straightaways and legendary tacky surface, Ascot was as well known for its spectacular crashes as it was for its speed. Many brave men made attempts to tame the famous half mile, while some paid the ultimate price trying. Ascot became one of the most challenging and sought after victories of its day and produced more racing champions and legends than any other track during its time. Sprint Cars, Motorcycle Flat Track, Nascar, Motocross and Figure 8 races were just some of the events held at Ascot.