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.

 

 

31May
- 05/31/2016
Mark Dill

Hi Team.
 
RACER.com recently ran two items from First Super Speedway as part of their "Indy Diaries" feature in the build-up to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
 

16May
- 05/16/2016
Mark Dill

The National Motor Vehicle Company, the Indianapolis automobile manufacturer headed Arthur C. Newby, one of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's four founders, had an awesome race team in 1910. Three young stars headed by the more established Johnny Aitken had proven their prowess in running with the best of 'em.

13May
- 05/13/2016
Mark Dill

The New York newspapermen dubbed Joe Dawson "The Indiana Whirlwind" after the 21-year-old stormed to the front of the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup with something less than 50 miles remaining to the finish. His primary rival was the deliberate tactician Harry Grant back to defend his title of the previous year with his awe-inspiring "Black Beast" ALCO racer.