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.

New Collaboration With Motorsports Mayhem

A new, independent forum of racing enthusiasts largely derived from the old Speed TV forum, these motorsports aficionados would love to have First Super Speedway followers join their fun. Be sure to check the Motorsports Mayhem blogs, forums and Twitter feed! 

Where They Raced Video Series

This is an outstanding new video series on auto racing history that re-visits some of the great racing venues of the past. The production team is based in Southern California and has done a great job of not only identifying the venues but uncovering original film coverage, surviving cars and providing commentary by living relatives of the great drivers as well as some pretty darn smart historians. Well worth your time.

 

 

01May
- 05/01/2016
Mark Dill

On Saturday April 30, 2016 (yesterday, as this is written) I was the featured guest on the "Hoosier History Live!" radio show. My job was to talk early Indiana-born race drivers entered in the first few Indianapolis 500s as well as the races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909 and 1910 that preceded the inaugural "500" in 1911.

28Apr
- 04/28/2016
Mark Dill

Virtually forgotten, Ernie Moross was indisputably one of the more ingenious creative promotive minds in auto racing during the early years of the 20th century. No surprise, America's first auto racing superstar, the attention-seeking Barney Oldfield, hired Moross in 1905 to help ballyhoo his infamous barnstorming tours into the American hinterlands.
 

17Apr
- 04/17/2016
Mark Dill

Tom Kincaid won the 100-mile Prest-O-Lite Trophy race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27, 1910. The event saw only seven starters as the field was decimated not by mechanical maladies or a failure to attract interest but by official edict.