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If Cars Could Talk – Racing in Tacoma

January 8, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

When you think about auto racing in America, what city comes to mind? Indianapolis? Daytona? What about Tacoma?

In 1912, America’s fastest drivers competed for a national championship at a five-mile long dirt track known as the Tacoma Speedway. The speedway was rebuilt as America’s “grand board track” in 1915 and speed records fell. In 1920 there were two great racetracks in the country: Tacoma Speedway and Indianapolis. Tacoma Speedway was the fastest. Tacoma’s racing heritage was reborn in 1986 when racers roared out of the Tacoma Dome and blasted down East 25th Street in the Tacoma Grand Prix.

Want to hear more about Tacoma’s racing history? Join us for If Cars Could Talk on January 8th!


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 and offer a fascinating peek into its history. Join us the second Tuesday of each month, and explore the story of cars with Museum curators, staff, or local personalities over lunch.

This event is FREE for ACM Members and included with Museum admission. Bring a lunch, or enjoy a meal from Classics by Pacific Grill.


January 8, 2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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LeMay – America’s Car Museum
2702 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421 United States


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