Located a mere 25 miles northeast of Seattle, Evergreen Speedway is a majestic racing facility with a history dating back to its creation in 1954. Nestled in the expansive Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington, Evergreen Speedway has a solid record of standing-room-only attendance and support from the surrounding community. Much of the track’s success can be attributed to its unique design, which combines a 5/8-mile paved outer oval with a 3/8-mile inner oval, a 1/5-mile oval, a 1/8-mile drag strip, and a figure-eight track. The unification of the five venues within view of the 7,500-seat covered, and additional 7,500-seat modular grandstands has created a flexible Motorsports arena offering a diverse entertainment product to the auto racing fan base.
Dubbed “The Super-speedway of the West” by NASCAR racing legend David Pearson, Evergreen Speedway’s outer oval provides an exciting, high-speed playing field for some of NASCAR’s top touring divisions, while the smaller ovals and figure-eight track render a perfect venue for weekly NASCAR events.
In 1978, the helm of Evergreen Speedway was transferred to International Productions, Inc., owned and operated by the Beadle family. In the years that have followed, the Evergreen Speedway has enjoyed unparalleled success as the “gateway to automobile racing” in the Pacific Northwest.
In 1984, International Productions signed the prestigious Winston Racing Series sanctioning agreement with NASCAR, creating an alliance between the largest sanctioning body in the world and Evergreen Speedway – now renowned as the largest speedway in the northwest. Over the past twenty years, International Productions has distinguished itself as an innovator in the promotions business.
With northwestern racing fans hungry for a big NASCAR race in their own backyard, the Speedway hosted the inaugural Motorcraft 500 – a 500-lap NASCAR Winston West Series race – in July of 1985. For the region, it was the largest event in the history of NASCAR and over the years attracted some of the sport’s top drivers, including Bill Elliott, Geoff Bodine, Sterling Marlin, Harry Gant, Ken Schrader, Derrike Cope, and the late Davey Allison. Moving with the trends of the industry, International Productions recognized the surging support for the NASCAR REB-CO Northwest Tour, and responded by developing and promoting the 250-lap Coors Light 250, the longest event for the series.
In 1995, Evergreen Speedway landed on the schedule of the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. With the national touring series came live television and radio coverage, exponential return on investments for Evergreen Speedway sponsors and a new, exciting entertainment product for the track’s thousands of patrons. Evergreen hosted the series until the year 2000.
Today the Evergreen Speedway is the venue for local and regional racing series events, including Mini Stocks, Monster Trucks, Les Schwab Street Stocks, Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models, Crash Cars, Demolition Derbies, Autocross and drag racing.
The 11th annual holiday gala for the Shelby American Collection will be held on 1st December 2007 at its museum in Boulder and promises to be a very special occasion. This annual event serves to honor Carroll Shelby’s memorable race history, as well as his legendary Shelby American Team of the 1960s and the automobiles they built. Among the racing heroes to headline the event will be Carroll Shelby, Phil Remington, Lew Spencer and Bob Bondurant.
This year’s celebration takes on an additional dimension as it marks the 40th anniversary of the Shelby American Team’s victory in 1967 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The auto racing event is expected to draw a crowd of 400 attendees. One of the highlights of the evening will be the unveiling of an original painting by the automotive fine artist, Bill Neale. The painting will be sold during the celebration, with the proceeds of the sale going to the auto museum’s endowment fund.
Carroll Shelby enjoyed overwhelming success during the mid 1950s, earning him the reputation of being one of America’s greatest race car drivers. Sports Illustrated as “Driver of the Year” named him twice. Due to a heart condition, Shelby had to retire from racing in 1960. His retirement did not mean the end of his fascination with fast cars though. Shelby went ahead to forge a mutually beneficial relationship with Ford Motor Company. Sourcing talented individuals from within the aerospace community and making use of Ford’s resources, Carroll Shelby established Shelby American and created the legendary Cobra sports car. Some memorable wins for Team Shelby include the Grand Touring Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans – both in 1965. The team won the 24 Hours of Le Mans again in 1967 after taking second place in the 1966 Le Mans.
The Shelby American Collection was founded in 1966 and is dedicated to preserving the Shelby automobiles and representing the history of the 1960s Shelby American racing team. This non-profit museum situated in Boulder, Colorado, is home to one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Shelby American racing cars. The exhibitions at the auto museum also include a number of rare, developmental and prototypical parts, historical records, race trophies, driver uniforms, crew uniforms, vintage models and artwork.
You may not have been invited to attend the Shelby American Collection’s 11th annual celebration, but you can visit and explore this unique museum which is open to the public.