Several years ago on another racing site I asked if anyone was familiar with Zion Crossroads Speedway in Virginia. I had heard Richmond drivers like Al Grinnan, Runt Harris, Eddie Crouse and Ted Hairfield talk about the dirt track which was between Richmond and Charlottesville off U.S. 250 and ran in the late 40s and into the 50s, maybe even 60s.
Wendell Scott had won races there.
One respondent posted that his father-in-law had raced there as well as several other Charlottesville, Virginia area tracks like Unionville and Ruckersville.
Our own Bobby Williamson also responded with a satellite shot of what remained of the 1/4-mile establishment. This is the photo Bobby posted on Local Race Chat:
Imagine my surprise a while ago when I was reading on a Virginia Historical Society website about a 1948 photo of an old drive in movie outside of Charlottesville named the Seven Pines.
Responding to that photo post was the son of the builder of the drive in movie, who also turned out to be the son of the builder of Zion Crossroads Speedway. Here is that photo and the post made by the respondent. Turns out the track was called by at least three different names.
"My father built this drive-in in the late forties when I was about 8 years old. We used to show movies and also had stage shows on occasion. I have numerous ads from the Charlottesville paper advertising the movies. Most of the time the entry price was $1.00 per car load. The largest crowd ever was probably about 200 cars for a country stage show. My father J.G. Pugh built the store, house and later the theater. He also built the Orange Drive-In with Jack Johnson, a neighbor. Jack Johnson operated the Orange Drive-In while my father operated Seven Pines. Soon after the demise of the theater (due in part I think to the opening of Ridge Drive-In in Charlottesville and the inability to get any late movies) my father built a stock car race track at Zion Crossroads. The raceway initially was known as Hilltop Speedway and later Central Virginia Raceway." -- Ken Pugh
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updated by @dave-fulton: 12/05/16 04:08:38PM