Sideways into Friday night. Gonna try and get the exhaust on the Norton tacked together before midday tomorrow. Let you know how I go in the AM. #norton #nortonmotorcycles #themachinefiles #speedway #skids
US 70A branches west from US 70 at Crossville
and descends to the flatland where the farming people earn cash by the sale of
crossties, wild blackberries, huckleberries, and the furs of squirrels,
raccoons, opossums, and rabbits. The meat of these animals constitutes much of
their food supply.
Coon dogs are standard household equipment.
The dogs are bright yellow, snuff-brown, or black-and-tan, long-eared, and
sad-eyed. During the day they loll under the floor of the cabins and lazily
scratch at colonies of fleas. At command they will rush into gardens or
cornfields to chase out chickens or to lead pigs by their ears to the pens.
These dogs, with short names like Drum, Ring, Gum, Rip, Biff, and the like, are
the pride of their owners, who think the coon dog should replace the American
eagle -Tennessee: A Guide to the State
Dirt was flying Saturday night at
Crossville Speedway. Excitement was in the air. My adrenaline was
up a notch. Why didn’t I find this sport when I was 14? It would
have fit me like Barrel Racing.
It was a night with early fireflies and
a cool enough breeze to dry the sweat. I felt soothed by the sweet
wholesomeness of the occasion. The nostalgia helped me forget the world.
Of course, the economy has hurt this sport too. The gist of it as told to
me is tracks are goin’ under everywhere.
Sandy had her crowd and willing
participants, though. Her husband bought this track for her and together
they ran it until his death last April. It was a hive of activity and I
imagine she finds her solace in the whirl and thunder.
(Editors note: Crossville
Raceway is a picturesque 1/3 mile, high-banked dirt track that sits atop the
Cumberland Plateau in scenic Crossville where you can see some of the best
short-track drivers in the country slingin’ ‘em sideways. Every Saturday Night,
April thru September you’ll hear the thunder of fire-breathing Late Models,
Sportsman, Street Stocks, Stock Trucks, Mod-Lites, Dwarfs, Legends, Hornets and
Junior Hornets. General Admission is only $10, $5 for kids 6-11 and under 5
This dispatch came to us from our submission link. Tamara
Reynolds graduated with a BFA degree and has been enjoying a career in photography
for the past 25 years. She has been recognized commercially, garnering several
awards at various competitions. Recently her Southern Route series was featured
by New York Times Lens Blog and PBS News Hour as well as having images from the
series “Selected” for AI-AP 29 and 30 publications and CA 2014. She lives in
Nashville, Tennessee and is pursuing her MFA. You can view more of Tamara’s work on her website and blog.
Stratford Hammers v Walthamstow Wolves at Janson Road speedway in Stratford, London in 1951. On the outside is Harry Milsom, on the line Roy Garnham with Jimmy Morris of the Walthamstow Wolves at the back. The photograph comes from the Veteran Cycle Speedway Riders Association Archive