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

27Sep
- 09/27/2016
Mark Dill

Did you know the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's first air show was the week of June 17, 1910? The team from the Wright Brothers dominated and their star pilot was Walter Brookins who set a new world's altitude record of over a mile in the sky.

26Sep
- 09/26/2016
Mark Dill

The Giant's Despair Hill Climb in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania traces its roots back to it inaugural contest in 1906. There have been interruptions and most significantly a hiatus of 33 years when the competition was not organized from 1917 through 1950.

26Sep
- 09/26/2016
Mark Dill

See here a broadside that tells an interesting story behind the very first auto races presented at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, August 1909.