On this day, May 29, 1955, James Dean in his Porsche Speedster, took part in The Santa Barbara Road Races. Held on and around the Santa Barbara Airport, The Santa Barbara Road Races were the premier West Coast motorsport events during the 1950s. The event’s proximity to Hollywood drew celebrities like Steve McQueen while this Memorial Day event was James Dean’s last race.

Read more about Santa Barbara and our early race history HERE