Where in Carolina Country is This?
The February "Where Is This" photo of the now-rusted 1940 Chevy Coupe Super Deluxe driven by Herbert Cates sets on the Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail, located off Elizabeth Brady Road in Hillsborough. This former Orange County NASCAR short track nestled along the Eno River witnessed stock cars whipping around its one-mile dirt track from 1948–1968. The space formerly held a half-mile horse track. Today, the site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, welcomes 2-footed traffic (and 4-footed companions). Visitors can still sit in the old grandstands to rest and imagine the sights and sounds of those races years ago. The winning entry chosen at random from all correct submissions came from Terrance Earnhardt of Stanfield, a Union Power member.
The speedway is a stop along the newly recognized Moonshine & Motorsports Trail, an educational initiative of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Learn more at ncmmtrail.com