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The History Of Shangri-La Speedway This Saturday

For over 50 years, the Shangri-La Speedway was known as one of the safest and most beautiful speedways in the country. On Saturday, Dr Gary George will take a look at the history of the track.

ShangrI-La opened in 1946 in Owego. It became a Saturday night tradition for locals to see some great racing. Some of the racers would go on to national racing prominence including Geoff Bodine, Brett Bodine and Jimmy Spencer.

Dr Gray George will present the history of this historic track at the Tioga County Historical Society Museum (TCHS) on Saturday beginning at 11am. The TCHS Museum is at 110 Front Street in Owego. The cost is free but donations are greatly appreciated.

Dr. George is professor Mechanical Engineering at Binghamton University. He is also writing a book on the history of Shangri-La Speedway.

The Tioga County Historical Society is celebrating it’s 100th year and the museum is open Wednesday through Saturdays, 10a to 4p. To find out more about Saturday’s event and the TCHS Museum including directions, go here.

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