Sunday, June 24, 2012
Dorsey Speedway, during its 34-year life span, was located off Route 1 near Elkridge in Howard County, MD. Occasionally our family who enthusiastically embraced a wide range of cars and commercial trucks went there on summery evenings. We sat in the grandstands eating delicious french fries and watching the stock cars race around the red dirt track. I remember the dizzying figure 8 shape of the track, too. There are stories about serious race car drivers named Will Dilks and Johnny Roberts who drew from a large fan base. But the racing was secondary to my love of the demolition derbies. Sometimes there was nothing better than watching old cars bang into each other until they could no longer move. It was real bumper cars for earnest adults thought this innocent pre-teen.