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

- 10/20/2017
Mark Dill

Easily one of the most impressive race cars - worldwide - of the first decade of the 20th century was known as the "Blitzen Benz." Unfortunately, few of even the most dedicated race fans today have heard of this groundbreaking masterpiece of engineering

- 10/17/2017
Mark Dill

The New York auto show has been an ongoing, international event dating all the way back to 1900. In 1910, the show was divided into two camps. On one side were the companies licensed by George Selden through his Selden Patent claim to having invented the internal combustion engine for cars. These companies were under the umbrella of the American Licensed Manufacturers' Association (ALMA).

- 09/22/2017
Mark Dill

Edgar Apperson and his brother Elmer were partners with Elwood Haynes in an automobile business in the 1890's. They were affiliated with one of the nine cars entered in America's first auto race, the 1895 Chicago Times-Herald race held on Thanksgiving Day. 
The car was a Haynes-Apperson, the product of a small business that had been founded in 1894. By 1901 the partnership was dissolved and the Appersons formed the Apperson Automobile Company in Kokomo, Indiana.