Heidelberg Raceway's Marker To Be Unveiled

History buffs and car enthusiasts will have plenty to do Sunday afternoon when a historical marker is unveiled at Heidelberg Raceway to honor its rich legacy.

History buffs and car enthusiasts will have plenty to do this weekend when to honor its rich legacy.

The dedication of the blue and yellow Pennsylvania Historical Marker located next to the at Raceway Plaza will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday and include state and local dignitaries along with racing experts.

Heidelberg officials have worked in recent year to have a historical marker erected at the old raceway after learning the last ever Big Top circus in the country closed its tents in the track’s infield. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus had its final show under the famous Big Top at the racetrack on July 16, 1956 before sports arenas or convention center were commonly used.

The track closed in 1973, its stands and press box were shipped to Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Imperial and big box retailers moved into the open space.

Heidelberg Raceway was finally given historical status late last year and .

Some of the speakers for Sunday afternoon’s unveiling include Andrew Masich of the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission, David Kohler of the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club and Steven Witlock of the NASCAR Members Club.

The Circle Track Club will also bring vintage racecars that once sped around Heidelberg Raceway.

Anyone who wants to attend is asked to park at the or Raceway Shopping Plaza.

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rose altvater July 14, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Finally !! This is awesome !
Mike Jones (Editor) July 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Rose... Do you have any special memories of the race track?
p.graham July 14, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I am glad it's happening but I hope people remember that even though it carries that name, the raceway was in Scott Twp. I assume it was done because the main road runs thru Heidelberg making directions to the track easier. I was at that last circus when I was in Jr. High at Scott. Friends and I went without parents permission. I am glad Heidelberg took the initiative on this. I mention this because I too am proud to be a life long member of my town -- Scott Twp. and am more than happy to share this honor with our neighbors.
p.graham July 14, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Mike, this has nothing to do with the race track but the grounds it sat on. When I was a young teen some sort of motorcycle race was held there every June Hundreds of cyclists came to this area and in every activity there were always a few trouble makers. This event went on one week every june for years. I remember that the last year they were ever allowed they all were put in the fenced in raceway grounds because they were camping out at the old Scott HS which covered the area that now is its concrete parking lot at the old school next to Bottom Dollar on Washington Ave.
laurie July 14, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I can remember the track when I was small and how packed it was. Not only did bikes race but they had cart races which were pretty intense. A lot of bang ups too. good hot dogs big line to get in but always a seat. anyone with nerve and the vehicle could race.It was nothing to have a bike race followed by carts or cars in one night
laurie July 14, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I liked the Pittsburgh International Speedway too with big daddy don garlett in his rail and all the mopars hemis GTOs Alot of of car enthusiantes grew up here
Mike Jones (Editor) July 14, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Great stories... Heidelberg invited Scott Township officials to participate, so you'll probably see a few of them Sunday afternoon. By the way, the race track is in Scott, but the grandstands/press box were apparently in Heidelberg.
Gary Sawicki July 15, 2012 at 10:10 PM
As it appears again- Heidelberg Boro wants to take claim to what maybe thirty feet was in Heidelberg!! Actually almost 95% of the Raceway was on Scott Township, covered by Scott Twp Police and Scott Twp Fire.
Mike Jones (Editor) July 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Heidelberg officials are the ones who worked to have a historical marker installed. I'm not really sure why they should be criticized for this achievement. They invited Scott Township officials, several of whom appeared for the ceremony. I hope something so positive isn't soiled by inter-municipal squabbling.
Gary Sawicki July 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Heidelberg Raceway in SCOTT Twp, being a little young to have seen races but I do remember the farmers market. Which by the way was in Scott Twp- covered by Scott Twp Police. Now a slight part of the Lowes Garden Center is actually in Heidelberg. It judt seems Heidelberg keeps trying to get an identity that isnt theirs.
Mike Jones (Editor) July 15, 2012 at 11:41 PM
And the I-79 Bridgeville exit is actually in my current hometown of South Fayette. What can ya do Everyone who showed up at today's ceremony didn't care if we were in Scott, Heidelberg, Collier or Timbuktu. The only thing they cared about were the memories of the speedway. I'll make sure to note in my story that the speedway was split between Heidelberg and Scott, but unless it involves property tax millage, does it really matter?
Cindy July 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Yesterday was great! So glad to see the recognition the race track deserves! My first dates with my husband were him taking me to Heidelberg Racetrack! We woud ride to the track in the tow truck and he would drop me off at the stands and he would go into the pits. He drove a figure 8 race one time and I thought that was the end! If someone had pictures of the track of any kind I'm sure they could have sold a lot of them yesterday, especially the one someone was holding yesterday. Thanks for all the work that was put into doing everything! Cindy Ghelarducci


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