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Auto Racing

Auto Racing

The Murillo Fairgrounds were the scene of many an exciting race, dating back to the early 1920s. Reports of the early days indicated that Frank Colosimo and his "King's Ford Special" dominated the local circuit, losing only two races between 1925 and 1932. Colosimo was renowned for his antics, including waving a fistful of cash at the crowd each time he would pass the grandstand which would draw over 4,000 fans to see him. By the time the 1950s and 60s rolled around, the stock car circuit was in full swing.  Some of the racers from that time period included the Kettering and Massaro brothers, "Pappy" Fowler and Tommy Dow. Women were also active in racing during that time, with powder-puff races providing a lot of thrills.

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