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 McFarlandAylar önce
    • You should make a whole playlist of freedom factory videos

      sublimegreen440 ttvsublimegreen440 ttv18 gün önce
    • Buy dis cuna root

      Lex RiordanLex Riordan28 gün önce
    • @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

      719LifeStyle719LifeStyleAylar önce
    • Late model superstock cars ! 15s or better.

      Bruce BurnoutBruce BurnoutAylar önce
    • Oh ya !

      Bruce BurnoutBruce BurnoutAylar önce
  • Buy Sears and Roebucks and bring it back to life next dude.

    Big WheelBig WheelSaatler önce
  • pretty cool to be able to get tha OG of tha place to check it out, btw are ya gunna bring him back to see how tha track is now?

    blakedmc1989RaveHDblakedmc1989RaveHD6 saatler önce
  • you need a foamy on your mic

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

    Carroll ReeceCarroll Reece3 gün önce
  • You should make some covered slabs and rent em out for cheap daily once everything is running.

    Scottius NeviousScottius Nevious6 gün önce
  • Was so happy when i saw the giant ‘Q’ billboard.. till i realized it was for a lawyer... #WWG1WGA !

    kctyphoonkctyphoon7 gün önce
  • what happened to the motocross track?

    JakeC 115JakeC 1158 gün önce
  • 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 Parlee9 gün önce
  • 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 Outdoors10 gün önce
  • Dab on them haters

    Ivan CmielIvan Cmiel10 gün önce
  • Its always awesome to get the back story and history to places like this. Great video!

    Garage Gear ClothingGarage Gear Clothing12 gün önce
  • Wheres pit lane?

    Deosarran BallyDeosarran Bally14 gün önce
  • this guy wants to hangout with yall and its awesome

    Alex GarrettAlex Garrett15 gün önce
  • L

    Brayden StratchkoBrayden Stratchko20 gün önce
  • 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 moisant21 gün önce
  • 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 Hagler21 gün önce
  • Watch a lot of your vids, this might be my favorite. Just shocked you didn't take him for a ride around in Neighbor.

    RebelRob34RebelRob3422 gün önce
  • I keep forgetting I live like half an hour from this place😂

    Cooper ThorneCooper Thorne24 gün önce
  • I appreciate all the progress on the Freedom Factory, but man have I been craving some rips on Leroy. Leroy! Leroy! Leroy!

    Boyd PhelpsBoyd Phelps26 gün önce
  • 480 volts.... stick your finger in there.... No... dont stick your finger in it

    307_Six.Seven307_Six.Seven27 gün önce
  • Awesome tour! Good to see you guys honoring the history of your track, love it!

    The Lawn Care NutThe Lawn Care Nut27 gün önce
  • I hope you have your entity set up. He may be letigoius

    Lindsay GreenLindsay Green27 gün önce
  • Yup.

    pecopete3pecopete327 gün önce
  • 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

    KeiferKeifer28 gün önce
  • 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 Shisler28 gün önce
  • Reopen the motorcross track!!

    elijah Felijah F28 gün önce
  • Had a few broken noses in his day.

    Synyster GooseSynyster Goose29 gün önce
  • You guys need to get those plans preserved. Both framed, but also scanned.

    EweToobUsernameEweToobUsername29 gün önce
  • Please let Iracing scan the Freedom Factory!

    Jake LantzJake Lantz29 gün önce
  • The old guy really NOSE his stuff

    Jeremy BJeremy B29 gün önce
  • 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 Patriot55629 gün önce
  • That’s soooo bad ass being able to bring something back to life for the new generations!!

    Tired of the TyrannyTired of the Tyranny29 gün önce
  • Mmmm 12 seconds? Really?

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

    Pete MontignyPete MontignyAylar önce
  • How cool would it be to see that again!

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

    DV OmniDV OmniAylar önce
  • Cool seeing some of the history of the place. I had to go look up Tom Stimus, LOL his commercials are on TRvision.

    Speedy's GarageSpeedy's GarageAylar önce
  • 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 RacingAylar önce
  • 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.

    FatBoyzRacing317FatBoyzRacing317Aylar önce
  • 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.

    GeoFitz4GeoFitz4Aylar önce
  • You can barely hear the guy hes just mumbling

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

    Bruce BurnoutBruce BurnoutAylar önce
    • Just saying.

      Bruce BurnoutBruce BurnoutAylar önce
  • Wow.. bruh this is super dope

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

    Edward BrodieEdward BrodieAylar önce
  • 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!!Aylar önce
  • Cool vid! Love me some history.

    pontiac411pontiac411Aylar önce
  • Core sample was what I was thinking.

    pontiac411pontiac411Aylar önce
  • Gene is Cleetus, only older and shorter...

    pontiac411pontiac411Aylar önce
  • Frame the prints

    Rafael RodriguezRafael RodriguezAylar önce
  • This is the coolest thing I’ve seen a TRvisionr do, can’t wait to see what y’all make of it

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

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

    Ben RennerBen RennerAylar önce
  • Turn 1 David Steele memorial corner

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

    MrControversyMrControversyAylar önce
  • 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.

    ck17350ck17350Aylar önce
  • all those old drawings should be framed and spread about the interiors of the facility.

    DundaBlueboneDundaBlueboneAylar önce
  • @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 FairchildAylar önce
  • 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 McElligottAylar önce
  • 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 YurkoAylar önce
  • Historical knowledge is irreplaceable. Great video.

    Conservative1976Conservative1976Aylar önce
  • Y’all need to frame those plans and hand them in the office.

    R BR BAylar önce
  • 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 HardingAylar önce
  • 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 HillAylar önce
  • 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 HillAylar önce
  • 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 AlanizAylar önce
  • Y'all need to get round up as a sponsor

    308looker308lookerAylar önce
  • 364 days younger than me

    308looker308lookerAylar önce
  • get the dale truck out there!!

    Dalton NewboldDalton NewboldAylar önce
    • @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 NewboldAylar önce
    • This Channel has Stolen The Australian TRvision Channel "The Skid Factory" Smoking Factory Animation..

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