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.

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.



- 10/08/2014
Mark Dill

Guest Blog by Bob Gates

The history of American motor sports is resplendent with Indiana auto racing lore. Indiana is the birthplace of racing heroes, and the home of countless renowned racing facilities. From the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to the short tracks and bull rings that once propelled brave men to the very height of national achievement.

- 07/30/2014
Mark Dill

Here is a post card photo of a man named Fay D. Pickens wearing an Indianapolis Motor Speedway jersey. According to the information on the back of the card he was from Cloverdale, Indiana and the driver of a Knox 60 H.P. Racer.

- 04/17/2014
Mark Dill

First Super Speedway is dedicated to motor racing history with a particular emphasis on the first quarter century of auto racing in America. I do stray from the primary objective with topics that provide perspective (which is the whole purpose of a study of history afterall) or those that simply interest me.