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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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 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 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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