Morris Park

Morris Park Claims to be First Auto Race Track


The old New York horse racing facility Morris Park attempted to reinvent itself in 1905 after being dumped by the Belmont StakesĀ  for the newly constructed Belmont Park. Claiming to be the first track designed for auto racing, the facilities managers sought to off-set their lost revenue by staging auto races beginning May 21, 1905. That year Morris Park hosted three auto racing race meets in May, June and July. Deadly accidents in August nearly put an end to the sport, dampening its viability as a revenue generator.

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