Category Archives: Autos

Twin Cities Speedway in Blaine (Lost Twin Cities)

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Posted on October 11, 2014 by

As I was being brought to work from the dealer repair shop, the driver told me he used to race at the old Twin Cities Speedway, which was located in Blaine. He mentioned it was off County Road J near I35W.  It was a dirt track oval and there also was a nearby drag strip.

A look at the online map for that area is not too revealing

Twin Cities Speedway location

A look at the 1967 USGS map for the New Brighton, Minnesota Quadrangle shows that there is a small square of Blaine that has intruded into Mounds View.

Twin Cities Speedway map

 

 

The 1997 USGS map shows the current street configuration in that area, as well as some of the buildings.

1997 Twin Cities Speedway

 

The Aerial views show the current buildings. It is possible to match the buildings with the map layout, but there is not much to see.

 

 

 

Twin Cities Speedway Aerial Today

 

Trees and fields have filled in the area. In this picture, the Medtronic CRDM Mounds View campus can be seen. It was built upon the old Mounds View City Nine Hole Golf Course that was called “The Bridges”.

Twin Cities Race Course

 

A further look on the USGS New Brighton Quadrangle shows a landing strip just east on the other side of I35W. Presumably it was made obsolete by the nearby Blaine / Anoka County Airport.

More about the Twin Cities Speedway

 

Local Fairlane Club meet

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Posted on August 17, 2013 by

I was able to catch a local meet up of the Fairlane Car Club of America today. There are still some nice examples of 40+ aged cars running out there. One nice Fairlane Club Coupe was equipped with a 427 cid “side oiler”, a rarer , more powerful, version of the FE series engine that can fit between the shock towers under the hood.

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