THE VIRGINIA SPEEDWAYS Project is an on-going study that seeks to document the early landscape history of stock car racing in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The project focuses on understanding the physical landscapes of Virginia speedways and also their significance as community, social, and recreational places. Led by Brian Katen, chair of the Landscape Architecture Program in the School of Architecture + Design, the project’s first phase involves researching period newspapers, private journals, photograph collections, and conducting oral histories. Since 2000, it has documented locations, layouts, landscapes, and photographic records for more than 150 Virginia speedways built. The project’s second phase involves developing a digital, on-line, searchable database of Virginia speedways that will be available to the general public. This portion of the project is being developed in collaboration with faculty of the Newman Library at Virginia Tech.
Contributor: Brian Katen