El Camino

This street was originally called Speedway Drive, in honor of the Beverly Hills Speedway, a wooden(!) automobile racetrack that existed here until 1924. (See Durant Drive for more on the Speedway and the streets named for its directors.) The name was changed to El Camino – Spanish for “the way” – in 1930. Some city official must have felt that motorists were misinterpreting “speedway” as permission to race down the street. Nitpickers’ note: This street is officially just El Camino, full stop. That said, various maps and road signs call it “El Camino Drive”, and have from the start.