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.



- 07/18/2016
Mark Dill

A conversation that has stuck with me for several years now is one I had back in 2009 with author Charles Leershen who wrote an entertaining but biased book titled, “Blood and Smoke: A True Tale of Mystery, Mayhem and the Birth of the Indy 500.” It was clear to me that he had been referencing First Super Speedway <

- 07/16/2016
Mark Dill

Digging deeper into the milestone March 18, 1907 automobile parade through Indianapolis you can click thru here for some pretty darn amazing historical information. You'll find an analysis of a couple of original articles which are attached.

- 07/15/2016
Mark Dill

Despite two fifth-place finishes in his only appearances in the Indianapolis 500 (1914 & 1916), Barney Oldfield's biggest day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was probably May 30, 1910. The events that day were the concluding contests of a Memorial Day weekend American Automobile Association (AAA) race meet.