Pictured above: Harold Brasington
VAV!/June 13, 2014
Harold Brasington, a local businessman, once entertained a vision of transforming a cotton field in Darlington, South Carolina into a paved superspeedway!
In the fall of 1949, Brasington set out to turn his vision, (also known by the locals as "Harold's Folly") into a reality by carving out the shape of a 1-1/4 mile speedway on South Carolina farm land that formerly produced peanuts and cotton.
After a year's worth of hard work, Brasington and his crew had their track... but not without pitfalls and before the track's land owner, Sherman Ramsey, raised objection to the original oval track Brasington planned to construct. Ramsey declared a disturbance to his minnow pond near the oval so Brasington withdrew his original plan and went back to the drawing board to accommodate Ramsey and the minnows. His new plans called for a narrowing of the west end of the track on Turns 3 and 4 thus creating Darlington's egg-shaped design...