Photos of Aurora Speedway and Playland

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Mel Anthony, the subject of the documentary "Smoke, Sand & Rubber," used to race midget cars at Aurora Speedway in what is now Seattle back in the 1940s and 1950s. This picture was taken there in 1946. Aurora Speedway was part of the popular Playland Amusement Park, which offered such entertainments as bumper cars, a rollercoaster, dance marathons, and boat rides on Bitter Lake. See some old pictures of Aurora Speedway and Playland at our photo album on Facebook. Photo courtesy of Mel Anthony.