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BOISE -- Hundreds gathered in downtown Boise on Saturday to remember an Idaho racing icon.

Firebird Raceway founder Bill New died at the age of 85 last week. New was an influential pioneer who became the oldest and longest running track operator in America.

Bill New started racing cars in the 1950s near Gowen Road in Boise. He would go on to establish Firebird Raceway off Highway 16 between the towns of Emmett and Eagle in 1968.

His eldest son, Scott, who now runs the track with his brothers, says his dad left quite the legacy.

It seemed like hot-rodding and drag racing was in his blood from the very beginning. He touched a lot of people in his life, considering the fact that not only was he a racer at one point in time, but an operator who thrilled fans by the thousands, and racers, certainly, untold numbers that came to Firebird from all over the country. It's quite a legacy, and one that all of us boys are very proud of, said Scott.

Scott said he started working with his dad at the track when he was just 6-years old.

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