Have memories of Brandywine Raceway? Heather Moffett on Post Time recently interviewed Michael Wirtschafter, who is attempting to get Brandywine Raceway included in the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. Brandywine was a 5/8th mile track which was located just outside of Wilmington, Delaware and was 'the' track to be at in its time. Many of the sports's equine stars were born or made an appearance at the Big B as plenty of the Grand Circuit trainers were stabled at Brandywine. The Battle of the Brandwine was originally contested there.
In its heyday, Brandywine was half of the Brandywine - Liberty Bell Park circuit. Drivers like Herve Fillion, Billy Haughton, Eddie Cobb, Ross Hayter, Jimmy Larente, and Stanley Dancer were regulars there and horses like Town Drunk and Niatross would race there. The racing was great and the 4th of July doubleheaders were looked forward to. Brandywine was a special place, so special that I used to bypass the racing action at the Meadowlands, Yonkers and Freehold and make the three and a half hour trip to go to the Big B several times a year. The place had charm, something a lot of today's tracks lack.
Here is a clip of the Post Time show which discusses the effort to get Brandywine recognized. If you can supply memories of Brandywine,an email address is given during the interview.