Originally posted by fbarrett
The Ascot footage shows a four-section steel truss bridge in the background, so maybe some of you can verify that location. Unfortunately, the Indianapolis footage includes several bad accidents. All in black and white, of course. I got it on DVD from Netflix.
Frank, my brother remembered seeing "The Blonde Comet" on local television many years ago and about a year ago, he picked up a several DVD collection of racing and car movies at Big Lots!. A lot of cheesy films, but with a lot of great footage...like that in "The Blonde Comet".
Interesting you mention the bridge as this came up a couple of days ago on another forum. It's Southern Speedway (a.k.a. Southern Ascot) in South Gate. The distinguishing feature of the track was the railroad bridge you describe - traversing the Los Angeles River - beyond the backstraight entering turn 3.
EDIT: here is the collection, 20 films. Not many racing, more car and even trucking, but the footage made it worthwhile:http://www.atomicmal...ew.php?id=89255
I believe it's "Ten Laps To Go" that features footage from Victor McLaglen Stadium (!). An early, short lived Midget track in Los Angeles near Griffith Park that I had not seen so much as a still photo from.