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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  1. Cleetus McFarland

    Cleetus McFarlandپیش ماه

    New Freedom Factory hats and “REDNECK ENGINEER” shirts available here!!

  2. sublimegreen440 ttv

    sublimegreen440 ttvپیش 21 روز

    You should make a whole playlist of freedom factory videos

  3. Lex Riordan

    Lex Riordanپیش ماه

    Buy dis cuna root

  4. 719LifeStyle

    719LifeStyleپیش ماه

    @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

  5. Bruce Burnout

    Bruce Burnoutپیش ماه

    Late model superstock cars ! 15s or better.

  6. Bruce Burnout

    Bruce Burnoutپیش ماه

    Oh ya !

  7. 2000xlt

    2000xltپیش 16 ساعت

    He'd probably love to see it in the condition that it is now, especially with all the work you guys just did

  8. Cracker Jack

    Cracker Jackپیش روز

    reminds me so much of the new smyrna speedway

  9. CJ LaPlante

    CJ LaPlanteپیش روز

    Hey man, love the channel. I actually went to this track as a kid! It's pretty badass you bought it!

  10. Big Wheel

    Big Wheelپیش 3 روز

    Buy Sears and Roebucks and bring it back to life next dude.

  11. blakedmc1989RaveHD

    blakedmc1989RaveHDپیش 3 روز

    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?

  12. Grecco Buckliano

    Grecco Bucklianoپیش 4 روز

    you need a foamy on your mic

  13. Carroll Reece

    Carroll Reeceپیش 6 روز

    Maybe contact NASCAR and see about maybe running a ARCA race or a truck race there

  14. Scottius Nevious

    Scottius Neviousپیش 9 روز

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

  15. kctyphoon

    kctyphoonپیش 10 روز

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

  16. JakeC 115

    JakeC 115پیش 11 روز

    what happened to the motocross track?

  17. Ryan Parlee

    Ryan Parleeپیش 12 روز

    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.

  18. JT's All Outdoors

    JT's All Outdoorsپیش 13 روز

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

  19. Ivan Cmiel

    Ivan Cmielپیش 13 روز

    Dab on them haters

  20. Garage Gear Clothing

    Garage Gear Clothingپیش 15 روز

    Its always awesome to get the back story and history to places like this. Great video!

  21. Deosarran Bally

    Deosarran Ballyپیش 17 روز

    Wheres pit lane?

  22. Alex Garrett

    Alex Garrettپیش 18 روز

    this guy wants to hangout with yall and its awesome

  23. Brayden Stratchko

    Brayden Stratchkoپیش 23 روز


  24. andrew moisant

    andrew moisantپیش 24 روز

    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!

  25. Andrew Hagler

    Andrew Haglerپیش 24 روز

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

  26. RebelRob34

    RebelRob34پیش 25 روز

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

  27. Cooper Thorne

    Cooper Thorneپیش 27 روز

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

  28. Boyd Phelps

    Boyd Phelpsپیش 29 روز

    I appreciate all the progress on the Freedom Factory, but man have I been craving some rips on Leroy. Leroy! Leroy! Leroy!

  29. 307_Six.Seven

    307_Six.Sevenپیش ماه

    480 volts.... stick your finger in there.... No... dont stick your finger in it

  30. The Lawn Care Nut

    The Lawn Care Nutپیش ماه

    Awesome tour! Good to see you guys honoring the history of your track, love it!

  31. Lindsay Green

    Lindsay Greenپیش ماه

    I hope you have your entity set up. He may be letigoius

  32. pecopete3

    pecopete3پیش ماه


  33. Keifer

    Keiferپیش ماه

    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

  34. Lester Shisler

    Lester Shislerپیش ماه

    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!

  35. elijah F

    elijah Fپیش ماه

    Reopen the motorcross track!!

  36. Synyster Goose

    Synyster Gooseپیش ماه

    Had a few broken noses in his day.

  37. EweToobUsername

    EweToobUsernameپیش ماه

    You guys need to get those plans preserved. Both framed, but also scanned.

  38. Jake Lantz

    Jake Lantzپیش ماه

    Please let Iracing scan the Freedom Factory!

  39. Jeremy B

    Jeremy Bپیش ماه

    The old guy really NOSE his stuff

  40. Postal Patriot556

    Postal Patriot556پیش ماه

    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.

  41. Tired of the Tyranny

    Tired of the Tyrannyپیش ماه

    That’s soooo bad ass being able to bring something back to life for the new generations!!

  42. damien ferguson

    damien fergusonپیش ماه

    Mmmm 12 seconds? Really?

  43. Pete Montigny

    Pete Montignyپیش ماه

    Does he still have the car he raced on this track? Where is it? Great thumb pic!

  44. Chad Mills

    Chad Millsپیش ماه How cool would it be to see that again!

  45. DV Omni

    DV Omniپیش ماه

    What a lucky find. To have the original builder out to tell stories. Awesome!!!🇺🇸

  46. Speedy's Garage

    Speedy's Garageپیش ماه

    Cool seeing some of the history of the place. I had to go look up Tom Stimus, LOL his commercials are on IRgos.

  47. Kahunas Garage and Tiki Racing

    Kahunas Garage and Tiki Racingپیش ماه

    Cleetus: They’re all 480v? Stick your finger in that. . . . . . Gene: Don’t stick your finger in that. . .

  48. FatBoyzRacing317

    FatBoyzRacing317پیش ماه

    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.

  49. GeoFitz4

    GeoFitz4پیش ماه

    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.

  50. Andrew Marquez

    Andrew Marquezپیش ماه

    You can barely hear the guy hes just mumbling

  51. Bruce Burnout

    Bruce Burnoutپیش ماه

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

  52. Bruce Burnout

    Bruce Burnoutپیش ماه

    Just saying.

  53. Jordan Odom

    Jordan Odomپیش ماه

    Wow.. bruh this is super dope

  54. Edward Brodie

    Edward Brodieپیش ماه

    That man needs a lifetime membership to the Freedom factory

  55. What’s Up Mini Truck!!

    What’s Up Mini Truck!!پیش ماه

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

  56. pontiac411

    pontiac411پیش ماه

    Cool vid! Love me some history.

  57. pontiac411

    pontiac411پیش ماه

    Core sample was what I was thinking.

  58. pontiac411

    pontiac411پیش ماه

    Gene is Cleetus, only older and shorter...

  59. Rafael Rodriguez

    Rafael Rodriguezپیش ماه

    Frame the prints

  60. AbsoluteUnit

    AbsoluteUnitپیش ماه

    This is the coolest thing I’ve seen a IRgosr do, can’t wait to see what y’all make of it

  61. K Bakes

    K Bakesپیش ماه

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

  62. Ben Renner

    Ben Rennerپیش ماه

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

  63. J.D. Mack

    J.D. Mackپیش ماه

    Turn 1 David Steele memorial corner

  64. MrControversy

    MrControversyپیش ماه

    why wasnt he in neighbor dammit! hahah show him whats up now!

  65. ck17350

    ck17350پیش ماه

    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.

  66. DundaBluebone

    DundaBlueboneپیش ماه

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

  67. Blaine Fairchild

    Blaine Fairchildپیش ماه

    @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!!!


    TOASTED TUBERپیش ماه

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

  69. Mike McElligott

    Mike McElligottپیش ماه

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

  70. Steven Yurko

    Steven Yurkoپیش ماه

    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

  71. Conservative1976

    Conservative1976پیش ماه

    Historical knowledge is irreplaceable. Great video.

  72. R B

    R Bپیش ماه

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

  73. Ken Harding

    Ken Hardingپیش ماه

    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.

  74. Vaughn Hill

    Vaughn Hillپیش ماه

    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

  75. Vaughn Hill

    Vaughn Hillپیش ماه

    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

  76. Rob Alaniz

    Rob Alanizپیش ماه

    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!!

  77. 308looker

    308lookerپیش ماه

    Y'all need to get round up as a sponsor

  78. 308looker

    308lookerپیش ماه

    364 days younger than me

  79. Dalton Newbold

    Dalton Newboldپیش ماه

    get the dale truck out there!!

  80. Dalton Newbold

    Dalton Newboldپیش ماه

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

  81. Ptao Tom

    Ptao Tomپیش ماه

    This Channel has Stolen The Australian IRgos Channel "The Skid Factory" Smoking Factory Animation..

  82. Cooks Paint & Body

    Cooks Paint & Bodyپیش ماه

    The freedom factor is like Disneyland for me I dream of goin there one day

  83. Ptao Tom

    Ptao Tomپیش ماه

    same here James, Drafting school grad. I remember running pencil drawn plans though the iodine to make blue prints.

  84. Eric Devroy

    Eric Devroyپیش ماه

    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.

  85. Casey B Hargraves

    Casey B Hargravesپیش ماه

    I’d be curious to know how much it took to build the thing new in the 70’s. It would be really interesting to know the difference tween what it cost to build it... and what These guys got it for as an unused track for sale. Great video!!!

  86. Shanelise

    Shaneliseپیش ماه

    you guys should get gene to do the first lap out on your official opening

  87. Ask to seduce Miss

    Ask to seduce Missپیش ماه

    That’s pretty valuable info he gave you on the lights. Probably just saved you guys hours and hours of figuring out how to get them working. Enjoyed the video

  88. Ted Lincoln

    Ted Lincolnپیش ماه

    Cleetus dude u got enough land bro to do a dirt track too with some jumps and ramps u could do a supertruck course and some races too ......

  89. Anthony L

    Anthony Lپیش ماه

    Who is disliking this? How can you???

  90. Anthony L

    Anthony Lپیش ماه

    @Ask to seduce Miss i think its awesome to have the original builder never mind the owner to tell you all of the history to the legacy these guys want to keep going.

  91. Ask to seduce Miss

    Ask to seduce Missپیش ماه

    take pops around track for ride