Imagine California’s Central Valley with no personal-injury attorneys and a glut of sub-50-buck Model Ts, Essexes, and Oaklands. Those are the conditions that led to the incredible Old Hack Race. Hollywood celebrities, drunken college students, rampant gambling, and seatbelt-less clunkers combined to make this event a huge draw during the 1930s. Sadly, the madness got out of hand, even by the lax standards of the era, and the Old Hack Race was canceled after 1939. According to the Fresno State president at the time: “The event, started as a spontaneous expression of college fun, became such a big and complicated affair as to be dangerous both to participants and spectators. It always had its share of thrills, and at first the competition and conditions made these fairly free from any great personal danger. Now, with so many risks involved and no way of providing adequate protection, the hazards have become so great as to make its continuance unwise.”
Or, as the Beastie Boys say:
Got busy in Frisco, fooled around in Fresno
Got over on your girlie cause you know she never says no
Fresno Bee, thanks to Team BMW Douchebag Factory Drivers for the tip!