08Oct
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.

Oct.8.2014
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30Jul
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.

Jul.30.2014
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17Apr
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.
 

May.7.2014
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18Mar
03/18/2014
Mark Dill

Racing yes, but not auto racing. Still, I am darn proud to be associated with a force for good in our community.

 

Mar.18.2014
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18Feb
02/18/2014
Mark Dill

If you love auto racing history and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway you may want to check out the "Bench Racing Weekend" coming up the weekend of March 21 - 23. Lots of vintage race cars and racing stars of the past gather to share war stories and exchange information. A special tour of the Speedway will be provided.
 

Feb.18.2014
2345
19Jan
Barney Oldfield, Jack Johnson
01/19/2014
Mark Dill

I never thought I would see any of this film as I thought it was lost forever. Captured here in what is called a "Rare Jack Johnson Documentary" at the 26 minute mark is film from the infamous October 1910 unsanctioned match race between Barney Oldfield and Word Champion Heavyweight Boxer Jack Johnson. I think the film producers dramatized the contest making it appear closer than it was. It appears the same clip is used over and over to make the finish appear closer than it was. What is more the contest was in two heats, not one.

Jan.19.2014
2307
17Jan
01/17/2014
Mark Dill

I have to flag this nice piece from Hemmings on J. Walter Christie.

Jan.17.2014
2304
08Jan
01/08/2014
Mark Dill

I was directly involved with the Indianapolis 500 racing in the Split days. I was the guy behind the Nortel sponsorship associated with Scott Goodyear. We entered in '96 when Scott was with Derrick Walker but I encouraged him to move to the IRL because I really believed the "500" was the only property worth having. It was best for him and for us.

Jan.8.2014
2300
31Dec
12/31/2013
Mark Dill

Bodda-Bodda Bike
 
First Super Speedway contributing artist David Story is on a church mission in Uganda. Check out David's message about motorized travel in this African nation, which relies heavilly on a motorcyle called "the Bodda-Bodda." It's an interesting peek into a lifestyle vastly different from the American home of First Super Speedway.
 
Here is the note David sent with his art:
 

Dec.31.2013
2292
06Dec
12/06/2013
Mark Dill

Good background on the Fiat Cyclone race car from Old Motor.

Dec.6.2013
2254