Racing: A Need For Speed

Photo provided by Mercer Museum

Jay Lloyd's Getaway: Need Speed Getaway

May 10, 2018 - 3:00 am

By Jay Lloyd

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Delaware Valley has long been a hub for racing - from bikes to sulkies. The history and the gear unfold this weekend on a Bucks County Getaway.

Set a course for Doylestown and the Mercer Museum for a summer to satisfy that need for speed. Experience vintage cars that roared over area tracks, horse racing, drag racing, foot racing - even kids midget cars. 

So why this compulsion to go fast? Let's turn to Mercer curator Corey Amsler.

"The desire to constantly improve," Amsler said, "whether it's improving our bodies, whether it's improving our horses, whether it's improving our machines."

A unique brand of exhilaration filled the stands at long gone local tracks. The rush is recalled in memorabilia combined with special days to highlight midget racing, African American racing teams and the birth of dirt track drag racing that defines our need to race and win.

"The thrill of going faster and ever faster," Amsler explained, "and the spectacle of people watching."

The Racing: A Need For Speed exhibit opens Saturday, May 12 through the end of summer.