Meeting the Man Who Originally BUILT and Owned Our Abandoned Speedway in the 70's!!

Meet Gene Tharpe, the man who originally built Desoto Speedway! Today he gives us a tour and talks about the track's history!
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  • New Freedom Factory hats and “REDNECK ENGINEER” shirts available here!!

    Cleetus McFarlandCleetus McFarlandหลายเดือนก่อน
    • You should make a whole playlist of freedom factory videos

      sublimegreen440 ttvsublimegreen440 ttv17 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Buy dis cuna root

      Lex RiordanLex Riordan27 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Cleetusmacfarland when you guys do RMRW this year in southern colorado hit me up i can get you a cab tride in of the big trains at work

      719LifeStyle719LifeStyle29 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Late model superstock cars ! 15s or better.

      Bruce BurnoutBruce Burnoutหลายเดือนก่อน
    • Oh ya !

      Bruce BurnoutBruce Burnoutหลายเดือนก่อน
  • you need a foamy on your mic

    Grecco BucklianoGrecco Buckliano10 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Maybe contact NASCAR and see about maybe running a ARCA race or a truck race there

    Carroll ReeceCarroll Reeceวันที่ผ่านมา
  • You should make some covered slabs and rent em out for cheap daily once everything is running.

    Scottius NeviousScottius Nevious5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Was so happy when i saw the giant ‘Q’ billboard.. till i realized it was for a lawyer... #WWG1WGA !

    kctyphoonkctyphoon5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • what happened to the motocross track?

    JakeC 115JakeC 1156 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hey Cleetus, you need to get a lapel mic for videos like this so you can hear people better. You're holding the camera and we can hear you perfectly, but with the wind you can hardly hear Gene.

    Ryan ParleeRyan Parlee8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Now this was an epic video, loved to hear the history behind this track! You have something very special here.

    JT's All OutdoorsJT's All Outdoors8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Dab on them haters

    Ivan CmielIvan Cmiel8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Its always awesome to get the back story and history to places like this. Great video!

    Garage Gear ClothingGarage Gear Clothing11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Wheres pit lane?

    Deosarran BallyDeosarran Bally12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • this guy wants to hangout with yall and its awesome

    Alex GarrettAlex Garrett13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • L

    Brayden StratchkoBrayden Stratchko19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The old man should be COO for FF. Hopefully you offered this to him off camera! He would treat your baby like a grand child!

    andrew moisantandrew moisant19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • A someone who does heavy civil construction every day, those plans are bad ass. Don't seem them like that anymore for sure

    Andrew HaglerAndrew Hagler19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Watch a lot of your vids, this might be my favorite. Just shocked you didn't take him for a ride around in Neighbor.

    RebelRob34RebelRob3420 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I keep forgetting I live like half an hour from this place😂

    Cooper ThorneCooper Thorne22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I appreciate all the progress on the Freedom Factory, but man have I been craving some rips on Leroy. Leroy! Leroy! Leroy!

    Boyd PhelpsBoyd Phelps25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 480 volts.... stick your finger in there.... No... dont stick your finger in it

    307_Six.Seven307_Six.Seven25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Awesome tour! Good to see you guys honoring the history of your track, love it!

    The Lawn Care NutThe Lawn Care Nut26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I hope you have your entity set up. He may be letigoius

    Lindsay GreenLindsay Green26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Yup.

    pecopete3pecopete326 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hi talking about the track history will make the track live longer and the history go on longer. It'd be awesome to see this track 1 day be used for NASCAR when you gotta sale it later down the road in the future. Love how it got cleaned fast

    KeiferKeifer26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • A great video and It's really cool to see the original owner talk about the history. Give this man a lifetime pass and let him drive the pace car!

    Lester ShislerLester Shisler27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Reopen the motorcross track!!

    elijah Felijah F27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Had a few broken noses in his day.

    Synyster GooseSynyster Goose27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You guys need to get those plans preserved. Both framed, but also scanned.

    EweToobUsernameEweToobUsername27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Please let Iracing scan the Freedom Factory!

    Jake LantzJake Lantz28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The old guy really NOSE his stuff

    Jeremy BJeremy B28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Let this man participate in the track. Sounds to me he didn’t want to sell it in the first place. Not only is he an asset but you’d make his day.

    Postal Patriot556Postal Patriot55628 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • That’s soooo bad ass being able to bring something back to life for the new generations!!

    Tired of the TyrannyTired of the Tyranny28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Mmmm 12 seconds? Really?

    damien fergusondamien ferguson28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Does he still have the car he raced on this track? Where is it? Great thumb pic!

    Pete MontignyPete Montigny28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • How cool would it be to see that again!

    Chad MillsChad Mills28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What a lucky find. To have the original builder out to tell stories. Awesome!!!🇺🇸

    DV OmniDV Omni28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Cool seeing some of the history of the place. I had to go look up Tom Stimus, LOL his commercials are on TH-vision.

    Speedy's GarageSpeedy's Garage28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Cleetus: They’re all 480v? Stick your finger in that. . . . . . Gene: Don’t stick your finger in that. . .

    Kahunas Garage and Tiki RacingKahunas Garage and Tiki Racing29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I thought he was BSing about the low 12 second laps... then I looked up a video of some winged sprinters running around the track and wow... about 12 mississippi laps so damn he was like spot on.

    FatBoyzRacing317FatBoyzRacing31729 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is really cool to see you guys getting the Desoto Speedway refurbed. It's been a long time since I had been out there, but it was always a fun experience. I especially loved the New Year's Eve fun events they'd do there.

    GeoFitz4GeoFitz429 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You can barely hear the guy hes just mumbling

    Andrew MarquezAndrew Marquezหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Cox Chevelle was a huge sponsor . There used to be a Corvette pase car sponsorship deal.

    Bruce BurnoutBruce Burnoutหลายเดือนก่อน
    • Just saying.

      Bruce BurnoutBruce Burnoutหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Wow.. bruh this is super dope

    Jordan OdomJordan Odomหลายเดือนก่อน
  • That man needs a lifetime membership to the Freedom factory

    Edward BrodieEdward Brodieหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Lovin this. We will be in the area Thanksgiving week hope something is happening and we can come visit you!!

    What’s Up Mini Truck!!What’s Up Mini Truck!!หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Cool vid! Love me some history.

  • Core sample was what I was thinking.

  • Gene is Cleetus, only older and shorter...

  • Frame the prints

    Rafael RodriguezRafael Rodriguezหลายเดือนก่อน
  • This is the coolest thing I’ve seen a TH-visionr do, can’t wait to see what y’all make of it

  • it looks hot af! if I was him, I would make you drive me around ina tricked out golfcart

    K BakesK Bakesหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I love what you're doing with desoto! I love local history like this being saved!

    Ben RennerBen Rennerหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Turn 1 David Steele memorial corner

    J.D. MackJ.D. Mackหลายเดือนก่อน
  • why wasnt he in neighbor dammit! hahah show him whats up now!

  • So we never got to find out what he raced back in the 70's. I'd love to know what cars he got to be behind the wheel of.

  • all those old drawings should be framed and spread about the interiors of the facility.

  • @cleetus McFarland absolutely love what you guys are doing with the freedom factory, saving tracks is whats going to keep racing alive. I don't know if you have seen @S1apSh0es video about trying to save one of the original NASCAR tracks in north Wikesboro, North Carolina. what he's doing requires no money, just a lot of people that love racing.. and you guys have a lot of people that fallow you that love racing... just look up #SavetheSpeedway on youtube, Facebook, and twitter.. and see what its about. I have no affiliation with any of this. just love racing history and trying to make a difference. P.S. I'm a fellow Floridian (30 min from Daytona speedway) and going to be at the first public event you guys have at the freedom factory!!!

    Blaine FairchildBlaine Fairchildหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Hey I am taking classes on that type of stuff from the drawings it's called drafting

  • Here’s some of what he brought......

    Mike McElligottMike McElligottหลายเดือนก่อน
  • This was like when mr. Deeds took the chick back to her "childhood home" in winchestertonfieldville iowa... lol I was waiting for him to say that's whe re e Dr. Pepper sat in the VIP section. Lol

    Steven YurkoSteven Yurkoหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Historical knowledge is irreplaceable. Great video.

  • Y’all need to frame those plans and hand them in the office.

    R BR Bหลายเดือนก่อน
  • We were over from the UK in the very early eighties,and came to see 'Big Daddy' Don Garlits doing some demo runs here,great to see it come alive again.

    Ken HardingKen Hardingหลายเดือนก่อน
  • There's bound to be some car clubs that do road racing that would be interested in running a event at yaws place . It has the setup for road racing from heck. Be good or be good at it God bless. Be safe

    Vaughn HillVaughn Hillหลายเดือนก่อน
  • The key to your asphalt is just 40% of its thickness. The most important thing with .the hardness of the base it sits on is way more important than the thickness of the asphalt itself

    Vaughn HillVaughn Hillหลายเดือนก่อน
  • What’s crazy is you have 1.9m subs and get 1m+ every vid.. most people have 1m subs and get only 100k views.. that just shows most of your subs are active and legit. HELL YEAH BROTHER!!

    Rob AlanizRob Alanizหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Y'all need to get round up as a sponsor

  • 364 days younger than me

  • get the dale truck out there!!

    Dalton NewboldDalton Newboldหลายเดือนก่อน
    • @Ptao Tom i could argue differently, due to channel name is not a freedom factory its just the track in which they own.

      Dalton NewboldDalton Newboldหลายเดือนก่อน
    • This Channel has Stolen The Australian TH-vision Channel "The Skid Factory" Smoking Factory Animation..

      Ptao TomPtao Tomหลายเดือนก่อน
  • The freedom factor is like Disneyland for me I dream of goin there one day

    Cooks Paint & BodyCooks Paint & Bodyหลายเดือนก่อน
    • same here James, Drafting school grad. I remember running pencil drawn plans though the iodine to make blue prints.

      Ptao TomPtao Tomหลายเดือนก่อน
  • If not a pace car driver, because it's a short track, let him wave the green flag to start the Freedom 500. Gotta do a big firework show at the end of the event of course. Drone footage, and multiple camera angles just like Nascar. Repaint all of the faded lines. This would be legendary.

    Eric DevroyEric Devroyหลายเดือนก่อน
Meeting the Man Who Originally BUILT and Owned Our Abandoned Speedway in the 70's!!