Bowling Green Speedway illustrates York County’s love affair with its cars

York County’s old Bowling Green Speedway will be remembered in an upcoming Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society program. The rural raceway is remembered by many as an attraction drawing hundreds to rural York County 60 years ago. Joe Heisler will present. Also of interest: U.S. 30 Drag-O-Way: York County’s love affair with its cars.

York County’s love affair with anything on four wheels – and two wheels – is well known.

So it’s not surprising that hundreds flocked to see racing in an unlikely location – rural countryside outside of Glen Rock.

And it’s not surprising that an upcoming Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society program will remember those days. The society effectively brings to light those big moments from southern York County’s past.

The old track was a far different scene from the pageantry of the Daytona 500 this weekend. But it captured the interest of 1950s crowds from the region.

See the photos of the old track below.

aFor years, the Bowling Green Preservation Society operated an photo-filled website. The site recently expired.



Johnny Mackison, the top point winner, 1954. Notice the size of the crowd in the grandstand.

a_002Scott Smith, Jarrettsville, Md., second place point winner, 1954.

a_003 Mike Wilhelm, 1955 Bowling Green champion.


*Photos courtesy of Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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2 Responses to Bowling Green Speedway illustrates York County’s love affair with its cars

  1. Thomas Albright says:

    My dad took me and a few friends to Bowling Green Speedway on Sunday afternoon when I was 9 years old. Car racing got into my blood, and I worked on race cars for the next 20 years, and still follow racing. I was involved with Trone’s Sunoco race team, which started out racing at Bowling Green, with driver Dave Leppo in a straight eight Buick Coop. Over the years many drivers drove for Mr. Trone including Bobby Hersh, who was very successful and a fan favorite in the central Penna. area.

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