Where They Raced: Lap 2
Auto Racing Venues in Southern California, 1900-2000
By Harold Osmer
Where They Raced: Lap 2 is an extensively expanded second edition of Osmer’s original book on the history of racetracks in Southern California. As a graduate student in geography and land use, Osmer became interested in the rise and fall of the 150 racetracks that have peppered the Southern California landscape over the last 100 years. Focusing primarily on the early board tracks and ovals of the first half of the century, his research and the resulting thesis caught the attention of several local racing enthusiasts who urged him to publish his work. According to Osmer, “Where They Raced was almost published by accident.” Be that as it may, the first limited print run was so successful (and now unavailable) that Osmer decided to go back to the word processor and expand the book to include both a broader geographic area and include all racing venues from 1900 up to the present day.