Monday, September 14, 2015

Local Racetrack Lives On in Book

Wednesday Sept. 9—A prominent person in local history was Jud Tunis, who built a racetrack on the west edge of Waterloo shortly after WWII.

Jim Volgarino, author of Dirt Track Dreams, visited the Rough Risers to share the story of Tunis Speedway as chronicled in his book. The track was originally built for horse racing, as Tunis was an avid horse racing fan.

The track was soon converted to car racing and over the decades, was a popular destination for drivers and fans alike. The last weekly races were held in 1979.

The photos and stories about Tunis Speedway added an interesting chapter to our awareness of local history and events, and we appreciated Jim sharing it with us.

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