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

09Dec
- 12/09/2017
Mark Dill

Auto Racing 100 Years Ago During World War 1 — Prepared by Ken Parrottee
The “war to end all wars” ended November 11, 1918. The December 12, 1918, issue of Motor Age magazine reported “Race Set for Indianapolis May 30”. But did racing end August 1, 1914, when Germany declared war on Europe or when the United States declared war on Germany April 6, 1917?

08Dec
- 12/08/2017
Mark Dill

1910 was a pivotal year for auto racing. Consider the following.

 

07Dec
- 12/07/2017
Mark Dill

Constructed in 1898, the Newby Oval was the first board track built in Indianapolis. Not for cars or motorcycles, this structure served the burgeoning bicycling community of the age. Bicycle racing was a major sport of the era with stars like Marshall "Major" Taylor and Tom Cooper.