The late D.T. “Dave” Blount (left) and the late E.B. “Buck” Wilkins (right) are pictured with the .357-mile South Boston Speedway in the background. Blount, Wilkins and the late Louis Spencer created South Boston Speedway, which hosted its first racing event on Aug. 10, 1957. South Boston Speedway is celebrating its 65th anniversary this weekend.

(Editor’s note: This story was published in the March 26, 1997, edition of The Gazette-Virginian, celebrating South Boston Speedway’s 40th anniversary.)

The creation of South Boston Speedway was something of a spur of the moment project.