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NORWOOD ARENA had a way of making champions out of the “guy next door”. We've uncovered a tight-knit fraternity of old-time drivers, officials, and race fans with engaging stories to share about a bygone era in American sports history.
Through this film you will meet a few of these American originals - including Norwood Arena’s own PETE HAMILTON and DON MacTAVISH, both of whom left Norwood for the national spotlight … with one man living his dream of winning the legendary “Daytona 500”, and the other’s dream dying in a tragic crash on the same stretch of asphalt.
Surprisingly, a study of the ancestry of American auto racing reveals that a largely forgotten quarter-mile oval track located in - of all places - NORWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS, figured prominently in the foundation and growth of today’s multi-billion dollar auto racing industry. This movie makes the connection between Norwood Arena and legendary tracks like Daytona International in Florida, Talladega Super Speedway in Alabama and Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.
This is the tale of the rise and fall of a local short track nicknamed ‘The Little Daytona", which itself ran out of gas after a
25-year race to the finish line.
Two Norwood natives - longtime Selectman JERRY KELLEHER and local businessman and car enthusiast BRENDAN KING - have joined forces to share the untold story of a bygone era in their town's heritage and in America's sports history.
Norwood Arena... The Movie.
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