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.



- 02/04/2016
Mark Dill

Recently a fairly prominent motorsports journalist mentioned in an article that Indianapolis was once the American capital of automobile manufacturing. Not to be persnickety, but that just isn't true. The rise of Henry Ford's company along with such players as Cadillac, Dodge, Oldsmobile and others pretty much established Detroit as the top dog from the get-go.

- 02/02/2016
Mark Dill

Our post last week about Heroic Age journeyman driver and mechanic Al Poole inspired historian Chucky Ruddy Jr. to share a picture he came across of Mr. Poole at the 1909 Indiana Trophy. Poole drove for Chalmers-Detroit at that June event.

- 01/28/2016
Mark Dill

Important to understanding the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 is learning the influences active in the mind of the leading founder of the institution: Carl Graham Fisher. Clearly, the momentum of his work in establishing the facility in 1909 and the great race in 1911 is far more relevant to any success they both enjoy today than anything the people currently taking up space in the facility's executive offices do now.