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Portland International Raceway (NASCAR (Arcadia Publishing)) Paperback – 7 Oct 2013


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In the months following Pearl Harbor, an area of swampy land north of Portland, Oregon, was transformed into shipyard housing, and within six months, Vanport became the fifth-largest city in Oregon. But in 1948, the Columbia River levees burst, and the entire town was washed away. When the waters receded, only the streets of the town remained. Throughout the 1950s, these streets were known for clandestine racing. In the spring of 1961, the Portland Rose Festival Association and Cascade Sports Car Club decided to hold a sports car race on the old blacktop. The Rose Cup races established the viability of West Delta Park as a road racing circuit. Over time, the track was improved and extended by the local racing community, and its name soon changed to Portland International Raceway (PIR). What followed was the development of the only major road racing circuit located inside the borders of a major American city. Trans-Am, IMSA, CART, Champ Car, ALMS, and, of course, NASCAR have all raced at PIR, and the Rose Cup is going strong into its sixth decade.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95368870) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
HASH(0x94bfc228) out of 5 stars Lots of memories 7 Jan. 2014
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought two copies, one for myself one for my grandson. It's great to see the mixture of the old and the new. I enjoy looking at the photos from my era of driving, and I hope my grandson someday understands that three generations of his family have enjoyed great times there (hoping for many more generations to follow).
Even someone with only a passing interest in PIR will enjoy the book.
HASH(0x94bfcc9c) out of 5 stars Portland International Raceway 5 Jan. 2014
By Shirley Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed the research that went into the writing of our local raceway. Photos were included that I'd never seen before. Adding photos of current local races added to the fun! I'm proud to be a part of the racing family that loves PIR!

Well done, Jeff!

~Shirley Sanders
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HASH(0x94bfcf84) out of 5 stars Great photos and memories to remind me of this fun ... 31 Oct. 2015
By L. Bogdon - Published on Amazon.com
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Great photos and memories to remind me of this fun track and facility. If you have not drivin it, put it on your bucket list to drive a track day or come see a race. Most of the time the road races are free to come watch. And there are events for bicycles and running if the car is not your thing. Visit to see what is going on. http://portlandraceway.com/?/events/upcoming_events

This is a Portland park, the parks are 25 mph speed limit. My favorite PIR shirts says: Portland International Raceway - The fastest park in the town.
HASH(0x94bfce7c) out of 5 stars PIR History at the turn of a page... 26 Aug. 2014
By David Dickinson - Published on Amazon.com
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Jeff Zurschmeide has done a wonderful job in capturing the essence of Portland International Raceway and its rich history. In this book he covers the old and new, the cars and the motorcycles, champ cars, NASCAR, drag racing, and more. It's a history lesson through pictures. Truly covers it all.
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