Thinking Outside the Oval
BY KATHLEEN THOMPSON HILL
PHOTO: COURTESY OF SONOMA RACEWAY
When Steve Page became president of what had been the old Sears Point Raceway, he found a dustbowl of brown hills, gas-guzzling and exhaust-spewing race cars, traffic jams, drag racers, racy car fans, neighbors who opposed any expansion of the raceway or its activities, and a very rocky road course.
The legendary Franklin Sears long ranched the property that begins at the southern end of the Sonoma Mountains and juts out into San Pablo Bay, giving the area its name, before ground was initially broken for a road-racing course on part of the site in August of 1968. Leading that effort were Marin County residents Robert Marshall Jr., an attorney from Point Reyes, and Jim Coleman, a developer from Kentfield, who completed work in December of the same year. One year later they sold their new development to Filmways Corp. of Los Angeles for a few million dollars. Filmways closed the track in May 1970.
L to R, Victoria Campbell, Jake Mickus, Kathleen Thompson Hill and Steve Page
PHOTO: MIKE DORAN
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