50 years of Checkered Flags

Brighton Speedway celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary this season

In 1967 the racing circuit was hot, guys wanted to race and race tracks were close by.

Lou Reddom built the first track with a high bank in one end and low side at the other. This dirt track lasted only a couple of years before drivers asked for a paved track, which Reddom did in 1969.

It wasn’t long after that Lou and the drivers decided dirt racing is where it was at and in 1970 the current 1/3rd mile clay track would be built.

In 1977 Bob and Pat Gibson purchased the race track from Reddom. The Gibson family operated the Speedway for four seasons, upgrading facilities, building the existing concession booth, adding new lights and speakers as well increasing the divisions and rule package.

In the winter of 1980 Lou Rinaldi brought his family from Pickering to begin his newest entrepreneurial adventure. Lou and Diane with the help of friends new and old tackled the prospect of the motorsports entertainment industry. The Rinaldi family has maintained ownership for 36 years with Mark and Angela purchasing the facility in 2012.

Since its inception the race track has seen many changes, in classes, in facilities, in staff and in drivers. The evolution of the motorsports entertainment industry has been constant and as tracks struggle to balance the value of their fans entertainment dollar versus the thrill and safety of racing, there are new changes happening each year.

Brighton remains the only dirt facility in the Quinte/Northumberland area where there were once three or four..

We will honour this long standing tradition on Saturday July 15th with an Anniversary Celebration brought to you by Deerhaven Farm & Garden and Mix 97. The evening will feature live music from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM and also include a classic race car display and memorabilia in the courtyard.

We invite all Wall of Fame Inductees to join us for the celebration and encourage all current and former racers, crew members and fans to pull out their vintage Brighton Speedway T -Shirt and save $5.00 off of admissions at the gate.

Lou and Diane Rinaldi with children Maria, Mark, Matt and Mike.

Call us today at 905-914-7454

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