Auto Racing History

Welcome to the First Super Speedway Website!

First Super Speedway is the largest on-line archive of primary research about pre-1920 auto racing history in the world. It is ideal for history researchers, authors, motor sports journalists, educators and auto racing history aficionados. This site is chockfull of volumes of material about the earliest oval horse track races, the seminal races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and road racing content as well, such as original articles about the brutally hot first French Grand Prix in 1906.

"I love what you have done with First Super Speedway! I especially appreciate the early articles about racing. It provides access to much material that is currently only available at archives. This is a boon to those of us who write about auto racing. As a scholar, I always check what I see in any book, as some people are somewhat careless in regard to sticking to the facts, so having access to the newspaper articles is really a must. Keep up the good work, and it is good work!" - Dr. Elsa A. Nystrom, Professor of History, Kennesaw State University.

First Super Speedway's Mark Dill at Work for the RACER Channel in the SVRA Paddock

- 10/25/2016
Mark Dill

Sometimes articles that seem innocuous or obscure contain bits of information that shed tremendous light on historical facts and serve to flesh out the story obfuscated by decades of dust. Dig into this one for some good insights into a trio of guys who were influencers in their age and anonymous today.

Their names? Frank Hower, Walter Hempel and Homer George.

- 10/22/2016
Mark Dill

In the practice days leading up to the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup newspaper coverage was plentiful as reporters looked for angles to localize event news relevant to their communities. A good example was when Indiana-born eye physician, Dr. J. Ray Newcomb took a demonstration ride with great American hope entry, the Locomobile of driver Joe Tracy.

- 10/21/2016
Mark Dill

Do you know what a brassard is? Let's just call it a fancy arm band. Our favorite example is the Remy Brassard, awarded with a trophy by the Remy Magneto Company at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in special sprint races they entitled in 1909 and 1910.