Miscellaneous Track Races

Not to be confused with the Fairmount Park road race, this is very brief item reporting on a race that occurred at a local horse track near Philadelphia. A driver called "E. Wallace" is credited with breaking a record previously established by Barney Oldfield. It was a fifty mile competition and Wallace drove a Darracq racer.

One of the big events in New Orleans during Mardi Gras 1909 was an auto race meet (February 20 - 22) on a mile dirt track near the historic city. Three drivers loomed large during the three days; Ralph DePalma, Bob Burman and the female driving sensation of the day, Joan Cuneo.
 

The Indiana State Fairgrounds 1-mile dirt oval horse track had long ago established itself as the default track racing venue in Indianapolis and the surrounding area.  These articles from the Indianapolis Star report on the plans and execution of a motorcycle racing event in the autumn of 1908. An auto racing event had been presented at the Fairgrounds in September.
 

This is a very brief item from the November 8, 1908 Indianapolis Star concerning one of America's top-flight drivers of the day, Lewis Strang. Strang was a busy man. He was preparing for the 1908 American Grand Prize but prior to that he was taking a stab at the world's speed record for 24 hours. The article is poorly written which might be the result of a botched editing job to size it down from a more comprehensive report.

Published April 18, 1909 in the Indianapolis Star, this is one of those rare articles (attachment StrangBurman041809) that is very brief, packed with information and holds historical significance.
 

This item was published in the June 18, 1909 Indianapolis Star and reported on a record-setting performance turned in by Ralph DePalma. The Fiat-driving DePalma set a new 25-mile speed record for a one-mile track at Readville, Massachusetts.

Attachment DePalma091209 contains two very brief articles about events involving automobiles on dirt horse tracks. These small items were published in the September 12, 1909 Indianapolis Star.
 

This brief article was originally published in the October 10, 1909 Indianapolis Star. It concerns the serious accident to champion driver Ralph DePalma and his Fiat Cyclone after a tire burst during a race on the dirt track.

The article in attachment Oldfield112209 first appeared in the Indianapolis Star on November 22, 1909. This article reports on the events of a race meet held at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds track in New Orleans. The big news was future Indianapolis 500 winner Ray Harroun's victory in the 100-mile feature and Barney Oldfield's establishment of a new track record.

The article in attachment Robertson 111409 was originally published in the November 14, 1909 Indianapolis Star. The central point of the article was to share that one of the top driving stars of the day, George Robertson, was officially entered in the upcoming (November 21 & 22) New Orleans Automobile Club race meet ran in conjunction with the Louisiana Good Roads Convention.