Mount Airy Speedway was opened on May 26,1946 by Garnet "G.W." Golden (Real name Garnett Woltz Golding - still living as of 2013 age 94). It was possibly the first purpose made stock car track of the North Carolina & Virginia area after WWII and became legendary for where Curtis Turner watched and then drove his first race. Built in a crop field, 3/4 mile track was almost perfectly flat with no banking in the turns. Most of the early pre and post-war southern stock car legends raced there, along with early motorcycle and midget car greats. There was also horse racing on occasions, and at least one Hell Drivers Thrill Show.
Not wanting to give up any control, G.W. Golden never gave in to Bill France and NASCAR sanctioning. France started penalizing drivers for driving in non-NASCAR races and this ultimately squeezed out the independent tracks like Mount Airy, which closed by the end of 1949.
Bobby Williamson did an awesome job hunting down the location of the track, down to the very field where it once was. From there I was able to find a 1948 aerial of the track on the just recently updated HistoricAerials.com along with other gold from old newspaper archives.
This photo shows Glen Dunaway and Jimmie Lewallen heading the field at Mt. Airy in 1946 or '47 -
Glen Dunaway again leading the field -
Cars backed up on Lowgap Highway 89 -
Aerials from 1948 -
Here is an aerial from 2003 where you can still see the footprint of the track after the crops were harvested -
A clearer image from Google Earth from 2003 -
Also of interest is an article from 1948 about Mr. Golden's moonshine adventures -
Photo of G.W. Golden (Garnett W. Golding) -
updated by @robert-mitchell: 12/05/16 04:08:38PM