Watch: Checking out the Abandoned Augusta International Raceway

https://www.youtube.com/embed/oD6grqgwfP0

If you're like us, delving into racing history is always mesmerizing. Whether it's the cars, the drivers or the tracks they raced, getting a glimpse into the past is oh-so satisfying. Watch as YouTube channel Lap of the World takes us around the long-forgotten Augusta International Speedway.

What abandoned track would you love to see in person?

ScottyB
ScottyB Reader
10/3/19 2:30 p.m.

I don't live far from here, and I wish they'd worked out some way to close the track off other than dragging a massive furrow across the entire length and completely destroying the surface.  would have made a neat rallyx venue with a little work.

slowbird
slowbird HalfDork
10/3/19 2:54 p.m.

I commented on the video and I'll repeat it here; that track would be right at home in one of the old Gran Turismo games. Kind of like the "High Speed Ring" actually. Really cool, wish it could be revived somehow.

spitfirebill
spitfirebill MegaDork
10/3/19 5:22 p.m.

Augusta could use some kind of venue like this (other than the Masters).  Too bad they destroyed it.  

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
10/3/19 5:58 p.m.

Wild, I grew up in Augusta and never heard so much as a rumor of this track.

adam525i
adam525i Reader
10/3/19 8:22 p.m.

The speed comparisons were interesting but as a data point the point the quickest lap by a GTE/GTLM Porsche 911 RSR (same class as the Ford GT) around Mosport had an average speed of  120.412 mph.

Adam

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/4/19 9:49 a.m.

A few years ago my wife and I walked the track. I had the GPS coordinates, so we followed them. 

We get there and are like, Where's the track!? Don't see no track.

Then we realized that we were on the track. The park's entry road follows part of the original track. Once we figured out that, it all made sense. I want to say like 95% of the original layout remains. 

fidelity101
fidelity101 UltraDork
10/4/19 12:39 p.m.

hello rally school!

kb58
kb58 SuperDork
10/4/19 5:29 p.m.

In reply to fidelity101 :

Which is exactly why they dug it up.

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
10/4/19 6:11 p.m.

I want to take a run on this track and make car noises.

spitfirebill
spitfirebill MegaDork
10/4/19 7:17 p.m.
kb58 said:

In reply to fidelity101 :

Which is exactly why they dug it up.

They could have at least made it useable as a bike trail.  

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/4/19 11:08 p.m.
spitfirebill said:
kb58 said:

In reply to fidelity101 :

Which is exactly why they dug it up.

They could have at least made it useable as a bike trail.  

The surface seemed like old, broken-up asphalt. We easily walked it. You could do it on a bike that has knobby tires. 

Floating Doc
Floating Doc SuperDork
10/7/19 8:01 a.m.

Very good video. I have seen many, many harness horse race tracks close (my first career was training harness horses).

As with the horse tracks, the lost history is as compelling as the lost venue.

One comment on editing:

"... delving into racing history is always memorizing."

Memorizing, meant to write mesmerizing.

I have to conclude with the observation which I have made before: grm editing is consistently excellent.

 

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
10/7/19 8:14 a.m.
Floating Doc said:

Very good video. I have seen many, many harness horse race tracks close (my first career was training harness horses).

As with the horse tracks, the lost history is as compelling as the lost venue.

One comment on editing:

"... delving into racing history is always memorizing."

Memorizing, meant to write mesmerizing.

I have to conclude with the observation which I have made before: grm editing is consistently excellent.

 

Whoops, good catch!

fidelity101
fidelity101 UltraDork
10/7/19 10:25 a.m.
kb58 said:

In reply to fidelity101 :

Which is exactly why they dug it up.

Kimini, and now a mid-engine Seven, midlana.com

Now I am super excited

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