Wall Township Speedway has been running auto racing for 56 years. I’ve been going there on occasion since 1986. When I heard, this past winter, that it was closing its doors forever, I was both shocked and saddened. Yet another of my favorite places to wander to was gone forever. Not so fast!
In September, rumors started to fly that Wall was going to re-open for the 35th annual Turkey Derby on Thanksgiving Weekend. At first, I was among the doubtful majority but soon the rumors turned to reality. Mr. Jim Morton decided to risk his own personal financial future and lease the track so Turkey Derby 35 could go on!
Many questions remained…would the drivers show up after having the track padlocked on them last winter? Did they still have their race cars? Would the fans who some might say were treated unfairly as the rumors of the shutdown grew return?
The answer to all these questions was a resounding YES! A beautiful fall day greeted the over 200 race cars and drivers who showed up yesterday. The grandstand and pits were jammed full. The food was excellent (although quite expensive) and the racing was explosive at times. I’ll leave the race rundown to other authors and websites but suffice it to say, I had a great time.
I take my hat off to Mr. Morton for going out on a limb for the race fans. Sure he hoped to make a lot of money on the deal, but everyone deserves a return on a good investment. Now Mr. Morton is talking about the future. I hope you’re able to find a way to keep the great tradition of Turkey Derby going for many years. Whether that happens or not, today I say thank you Jim Morton!