The 1957 Daytona Beach Race was one of the truly classic early NASCAR events, the cars had to be showroom stock with only some minor safety additions. I think this sort of racing series would be incredible to see nowadays, totally stock sedans racing on circuits around the world would draw a lot of attention. Hell, I’d watch it.
It seems a damn shame to us that the beach races at Daytona beach no longer take place. I can hardly imagine how much fun it must have been, the corner pictured here would be a blast to ride and should you happen to fall off, you’d have some nice soft beach sand to land on.
In 1958 the first Daytona Beach Convertible race was held, this 25 minute film (split into 3 segments) covers the whole event from start to finish and provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of motor racing in the USA. This was the final NASCAR race held on the Daytona Beach shoreline with future races…
This Super-8 clip from 1949 shows the Daytona Beach Races. This was back in the days before a dedicated road circuit so competitors used to race down the beach, then around onto the parallel road, then left back onto the beach forming a large oval track with both sand and asphalt sections.