05May
05/05/2016
Mark Dill

According to the local newspapers 60,000 people attended the first Memorial Day of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 30, 1910. Understanding the context of history is central to enjoying it and imagining the experience of all those wonderful souls of the day.
 

May.5.2016
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01May
05/01/2016
Mark Dill

On Saturday April 30, 2016 (yesterday, as this is written) I was the featured guest on the "Hoosier History Live!" radio show. My job was to talk early Indiana-born race drivers entered in the first few Indianapolis 500s as well as the races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909 and 1910 that preceded the inaugural "500" in 1911.

May.1.2016
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28Apr
04/28/2016
Mark Dill

Virtually forgotten, Ernie Moross was indisputably one of the more ingenious creative promotive minds in auto racing during the early years of the 20th century. No surprise, America's first auto racing superstar, the attention-seeking Barney Oldfield, hired Moross in 1905 to help ballyhoo his infamous barnstorming tours into the American hinterlands.
 

Apr.28.2016
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17Apr
04/17/2016
Mark Dill

Tom Kincaid won the 100-mile Prest-O-Lite Trophy race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27, 1910. The event saw only seven starters as the field was decimated not by mechanical maladies or a failure to attract interest but by official edict.

Apr.17.2016
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13Apr
04/13/2016
Mark Dill

There's not a lot known about driver and businessman Frank Fox but let me tell you what I have uncovered. Fox was the only driver to start both the May 1910 race meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - and, a year later, the Indianapolis 500 - with a prosthetic leg.
 

Apr.13.2016
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07Apr
04/07/2016
Mark Dill

In May 1910 21-year-old Charlie Merz grappled with some pretty gruesome demons who wanted to squelch the passion out of his life. What should he have done to prevent the deaths of three other people? Why was he still alive?
 

Apr.13.2016
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03Apr
04/03/2016
Mark Dill

Bob Burman was one of the great American talents of the Heroic Age. By 1913 he had firmly established himself among the sport's brightest lights. All eyes were on him headed into an Indianapolis 500 that had at last the international participation Indianapolis Motor Speedway Founder and President Carl Fisher and his partners had coveted from the get-go.

Apr.3.2016
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01Apr
04/01/2016
Mark Dill

If you can believe Internet references Hoosier race driver W.F. "Jap" Clemens, the man behind the wheel of the new Westcott Motor Car Company racer pictured here, was born in Indianapolis in 1864.

Apr.1.2016
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31Mar
03/31/2016
Mark Dill

Sure, David Bruce-Brown, the "badass" of the first Indianapolis 500, was a young, rich playboy but also one of the greatest talents of the Heroic Age. Unfortunately he additionally became one of the great tragic stories of the era as his life and career came to a brutal, early end.

Mar.31.2016
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12Mar
03/12/2016
Mark Dill

Louis Chevrolet is probably best known as car maker. His last name still thrives as one of the most familiar automobile brands in the world.

Mar.12.2016
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