Eating at any beachfront restaurant is something that can be done almost anywhere in the world. But when you add elements like history, racing and seafood, the experience becomes unique. That is exactly what eating at Racing North Turn restaurant in Daytona Beacha is all about.
With So Many Restaurants in Daytona Beach – Why Racing North Turn?
• One of the things that make this restaurant unique is that it is located where the history of racing began in Daytona Beach. Literally on the North Turn.
• Races started taking place on this beach of Florida in 1936 and stopped during World War II but the action started again with the first Grand National Race in 1948 until 1959.
• As of February 15, 2007, the Ponce Inlet Historic & Archaeological Preservation Board announced that Racing North Turn will be recognized as a Historic Landmark.
• Today’s famous drivers commonly come to the restaurant, sit at the bar and hang out for a while – unfortunately didn’t happen on our visit.
• They are proud to exhibit an extensive photo library. It includes many photos donated by some of the most famous race car drivers and bike racers in history.
• The photo library was renovated in 2012 and it is now larger than ever.
• And don’t forget the tasty food.
• However to me, the location is as cool as the history of the place.
History of Car Racing on Daytona Beach
• There have been races in Daytona Beach since 1902 but they didn’t get popular until the 1930’s.
• The lap length in early events was 3.2 miles (5.1 km), and in the late 40’s it was lengthened to 4.2 miles (6.8 km).
• Since 1904 it hosted land speed record attempts. It was this occasion when William K. Vanderbilt set an unofficial record of 92.307 mph.
• In 1935 Washington D.C. resident Bill France Sr. moved to Daytona and set up a car repair shop.
• On March 8, 1936, the first stock car race was held on the Daytona Beach Road Course, located in the present-day Town of Ponce Inlet. But it wasn’t making any money.
• France Sr. decided to take over the job of running the course in 1938.
• However during World War II when racing stopped he had to work at the Daytona Boat Works.
• France St. founded NASCAR in 1948. This marked the end of the races on the beach. The World Center of Racing, Daytona International Speedway was built in 1959.
More Fun Facts That Need to Be Shared
• Big names that often visited Daytona and made it popular include Barney Oldfield, Henry Seagrave and Malcolm Campbell.
• Cars are still allowed to go on the beach, but no faster than 16km/h.
• The number of world records that were set here is: 15.
• The course was featured in the video game “NASCAR Thunder 2004″.
Information for Racing North Turn
Hours: Mon – Fri opens at 11am; On Sat – Sun opens at 8am; Live Music every Night.
Address: 4511 S. Atlantic Ave. Ponce Inlet, FL. 32127
Price: Between $6 and $22