Drove by Airport Rd (East Windsor) yesterday, and for some reason I started thinking about where I used to have to pull in to park.... and it got me thinking....
When I was too young to drive, my dad always park on the part of the lot that was between turn one and Airport Rd, but always pretty close to Airport Rd, and pretty close to the access road (on the east side of it) that led into the parking lot. I guess his logic was that all though you had to walk a little farther, you could pretty much always hop in and go. Plus, most of the dust didn't reach out that far I guess, although he was never really one for washing or waxing his truck! Also, when we were leaving, we almost always would make the right out of the lot, and then a left on Rt. 539 and then out through Hightstown to pick up Rt 130 North, so maybe that's the other reason we parked over there....
Out of habit I guess, later when I was old enough to drive myself, I pretty much parked in the same spot, until 1991 that is.... when I became a grunt on the #A car. Then I parked on the other side of the lot, up against the tree line (same tree line that is still there today, that also formed the back edge of the pits.
At Flemington, when my dad drove, we always parked on in the lot behind the stands between 1 & 2. I think it was a matter of that's what was available by the time we got there. If we got there much later, we'd end up way back behind turn 2. I parked there too (between 1 & 2) throughout the balance of the 70's early 80's. Started parking way out in the grass off the road that ran parallel to the backstretch once I started going in the pits.
Can still feel the excitement that was present... pulling into the speedway... knowing that another night at the races was about to begin.