Santa Clarita Swap Meet 50 years and counting

by James Franck, Staff writer 0

The Saugus Speedway has been home to many attractions since 1927 when it first opened as Baker Ranch Stadium hosting cowboys and rodeos until 1939. William Bonelli purchased the stadium and began having racing on a flat dirt surface . In 1956, manager Tony Coldeway had the stadiums dirt track paved over for stock car racing and christened the new stadium the Saugus Speedway.

BonellisThe Speedway was home to many races over the years including, USAC midgets, NASCAR Elite Division, and Southwest Series. The races were put on hiatus in 1942 during World War II and did not resume until Sept. 9, 1945.

Tony Coldeway also started the Sunday swap meet in 1963 which is still going strong today. With over 600 vendors an estimated 15,000 people have attended the swap meet each Sunday since the 1970s, maybe even more after the additional Tuesday and Saturday flea markets have been added to the event calender.SCV

Managing director, Doug Bonelli grandson to original owner William Bonelli, says over the 50 years the swap meet and Speedway have been able to change and evolve with the times. With racing coming and going a long with the growth of the swap meet. But what does the future hold for the next 50 years, Doug says beautifying the property and trying to run the best swap meet.

With food, beer and bargains, the swap meet is sure to be a popular spot this summer.

James Franck, Staff writer

James a freelance videographer that works primarily in independent Pro Wrestling. He has traveled all over California filming independent Pro Wrestling shows. Working with federations like: Ring Of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, and Insane Wrestling League. And with Wrestling superstars like: Terry Funk, Mike Tyson, The Great Muta, and Mic Foley. James is also a film student at COC and film maker that has had his short documentary film," Taken in Stride", (a story about his Father's struggle), screened at the end of the year COC student showcase.

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