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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A contemporary of Barney Oldfield, Lincoln Beachey was not only an entertaining aviator but illustrated the possibilities of airplanes and the design required to realize their potential. I came across this interesting book and Web site dedicated to his life.
Betty Blythe was a society and women's interest reporter at the Indianapolis Star in 1909. She became the first woman to circle the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a race car during practice for the very first races at the track. Her story is compeling reporting and provides wonderful insights to the sensations of being in the cockpit of an early race car at speed. Her driver was as good as they came: "Wild" Bob Burman.