Race Track where North Side Park is
On August 4, 1927 approximately 2500 people witnessed the
opening of auto races at the fair grounds park here in
The racing program had been arranged and conducted by the O.
& S. Racing Association of Centralia, Illinois, of which
Dewey Shank and V. E. Owens were the leading officials.
The feature of the day was the 15-mile race, in which nine
racers took part. This race was won by Art Withrow, of St.
Louis, Mo., who drove a Howe Special, the time being 20
minutes and 12 seconds.
Automobile racing was something new in Breese, and it is the
first time in ten years that Clinton County has been given
the privilege of witnessing races in our County, and judging
from the huge crowd that thronged the gates, it was an
amusement that everyone was anxious to experience and enjoy.
The day was ideal for racing and a crowd of about 2S00 was
present. There were people gathered there as early as 10
o'clock in the morning. About 2:00 p.m.
the grand stand was filled, and when the races had started,
there were people standing as high as three deep along the
lengthy fence, besides a hundred or more who were on the
inside of the track.