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If Cars Could Talk – Racing in South Puget Sound: Shelton and Bremerton

December 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ken Miles, Carrol Shelby, Phil Hill, Parnelli Jones. All iconic, internationally known 1950s sports car racers, and each of them raced here on south Puget Sound courses in the 1950s.

Shelton and Bremerton hosted these famous drivers and their equally famous cars: Ferraris, Maseratis, Jaguars, Mercedes-Benz and all the rest, over a seven-year stretch that saw thousands of fans from all over the northwest gather at these two locations. They saw world-class competition from famous cars and drivers, as well as equally close and exciting competition between local drivers like Pete Lovely, Ray Rairdon, Don Jensen and Tom Carstens.

Each year during the 50s, national or west coast championship races were held at the airports at Shelton or Bremerton, as well as dozens of local races. The sport of road racing was growing by leaps and bounds in those years, far surpassing the popularity of NASCAR and even Indy cars.

Road racing historian Martin Rudow, who first attended races at Bremerton in 1956, will take us back to those exciting days of yesteryear with personal stories and collected anecdotes from the men and women who were part of the excitement. Rudow has collected hundreds of rare photos as well and will share them with us in this live presentation.

This event will be presented via Zoom and pre-registration is required. Please use the link below to RSVP for this event. Registration will close at 12pm the day before the event.


There are many chapters to the story of the automobile. If cars could talk, they might just share stories we never imagined. Each month, our speaker will pick a car or automotive topic and offer a fascinating peek into its history. Join us on the second Tuesday of each month, and explore the story of cars with Museum curators, staff or local personalities over lunch.

If Cars Could Talk is FREE to the public. Pre-registration is required.


December 8, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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LeMay – America’s Car Museum
2702 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421 United States


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