Construction of the Michigan International Speedway

N.p. N.p., 1968. Collection of 64 vintage photographs documenting the 1968 construction of the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Numerical annotations in holograph ink on the versos, with series numbers and dates variously between 2/12/68 and 9/68. Kodak printing on the versos consistent with paper produced in the 1970s and 1980s, suggesting these are first generation prints from original negatives.

The Speedway's construction began September 28, 1967, designed by Charles Moneypenny, formerly of the Daytona International Speedway, and built by Lawrence H. LoPatin. The original layout included infield and exterior roads capable of forming a single track, the road courses designed by Stirling Moss, a Formula One icon. LoPatin was a visionary Detroit-area developer who selected the location of MIS for its proximity not only to Detroit, but to Chicago, Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Canada. He owned several tracks as American Raceways, Inc., but none were more successful than MIS. Ultimately, ARI went bankrupt in 1971.

The collection captures what LoPatin and Moneypenny might have seen, boasting images of early road paving, aerial views of the construction site and utility buildings, armies of heavy duty vehicles, close-up views of the track in varying sunlight, drainage pits, tiers of white stadium seating and crane trucks erecting them, still-life wooden ladders and metal frames, Ford and Chevrolet pickups, and a local Holiday Inn sign, its marquee proclaiming an upcoming "INTROD MICH INTL SPEEDWAY" event on February 20. The photographer, though unknown, has an obvious sense of composition, highlighted by provocative angles and shadows, and almost no humans are seen in the images, suggesting a narrative of both desolation and prosperity.

8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm), without borders. Faint toning at the extremities, else Near Fine.


[Book #143463]

Price: $950.00