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‘Where They Raced’ Details History of Los Angeles Auto Racing | Only A Game
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"Northeast of downtown L.A. there’s a neighborhood called El Sereno. One weekend morning not long ago, El Sereno’s serenity was broken by the sound of a 1926 Winfield Ford. The vintage racecar tooled down today’s city streets, but the route they were on follows the racetrack of one of L.A.’s most storied speedways.

“That was such a thrill to be able to bring back a car and sort of reunite a car with its track,” filmmaker Harry Pallenberg said. “Where we are now, this is called Legion Ascot. It was a great track from the ’20s, and we were able to bring back a car that was one of the most winning cars here, and we sort of took a lap around the neighborhood. Some of the neighbors were screaming at us because those racecars were very very loud, but most of the neighbors were coming out and were like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe there was a racetrack here,’ or ‘My grandfather told me about it, and that’s awesome.’”
At the turn of the last century, Los Angeles, like today, had great weather, but back then there were very few people, meaning there was a lot of empty land. That made it perfect for auto races, like the one they held a 100 years ago in a town called Corona, 50 miles east of L.A. In the film, driver Brian Blain drove down the original course in a vintage National racecar.

“There was a half a dozen or so sites of races in Southern California that drew huge crowds,” Blain said. “Corona was one of the first and one of the biggest. If you can imagine, this town had a population of 3,500 people. And in 1913, they held a race and 100,000 people came. It’s just amazing.”

But car racing started here 10 years earlier, on a track south of downtown L.A. Harold Osmer, the film’s host and author of the book “Where They Raced” is based on, says that’s where one of the most famous names in early racing, Barney Oldfield, drove one mile in 54 seconds.

“The next day,” Osmer said, “the Los Angeles Times reported, ‘Oldfield’s attempt to commit suicide only resulted in a compound fracture of the world speed record.’”

Osmer writes that he started searching for what he thought were L.A.’s 10 to 15 racetracks, but, to his amazement, he found more than 100. Auto races were used to publicize Southern California, and speedways were used as placeholders for real estate, sometimes absurdly so."
cars  racing  carracing  losangeles  elsereno  film  history 
february 2014 by robertogreco
Academia Semillas del Pueblo - Wikipedia
"…public charter school of LAUSD. It offers instruction in grades Kindergarten through eighth, and is located in the community of El Sereno, on the east side of Los Angeles. The school. which opened in 2002, was founded by Marcos Aguilar, a former teacher at Garfield Senior High School.

Academia Semillas del Pueblo offers an unusual multi-language curriculum aimed at the community's large population of recent immigrants from Mexico and Central America. Students are taught Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and the Aztec/Mexica Nahuatl language, as well as English. The curriculum emphasizes Pre-Columbian cultural traditions. The interior of the school has no walls separating classes, and multiple grades are taught the same material simultaneously. The school's official press release describes it as "dedicated to providing urban children of immigrant families an excellent education founded upon native and maternal languages, global values, and cultural realities.""

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losangeles  language  spanish  español  learning  education  schools  lcproject  alternative  race  mandarin  chinese  culture  immigration  elsereno  marcosaguilar  multilingual  nahuatl  precolumbian  charterschools 
december 2010 by robertogreco

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