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

- 09/22/2017
Mark Dill

Edgar Apperson and his brother Elmer were partners with Elwood Haynes in an automobile business in the 1890's. They were affiliated with one of the nine cars entered in America's first auto race, the 1895 Chicago Times-Herald race held on Thanksgiving Day. 
The car was a Haynes-Apperson, the product of a small business that had been founded in 1894. By 1901 the partnership was dissolved and the Appersons formed the Apperson Automobile Company in Kokomo, Indiana.

- 09/02/2017
Mark Dill

Revisionists, unfortunately, have a big role in the early history of national driving champions. Secretaries of the American Automobile Association (AAA) Contest Board most frequently cited for the re-writing of auto racing history are Val Haresnape in the 1920's and Russ Catlin in the 1950's.

- 08/11/2017
Mark Dill

Do you know of the 1905 Premier racer Carl Fisher commissioned for Vanderbilt Cup competition that is on display at the IMS Museum? The history of the car has gotten garbled through the decades. For years, the placard in front of it said it was developed for the 1903 Vanderbilt Cup.