Auto Racing History

Welcome to the First Super Speedway Website!

First Super Speedway is the largest online archive of primary research about pre-1920 auto racing history in the world. It is ideal for history researchers, authors, motorsports 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

- 02/01/2019
Mark Dill

In 1905 the biggest, most important auto race in the world was the James Gordon Bennett Cup. Bennett, the mercurial Paris editor of the New York Herald, was an avid sportsman enthused by horses, gas balloons, airplanes, and race cars. He loved celebrating them in competition and becoming the center of attention by awarding the triumphant with trophies carrying his name.

- 01/24/2019
Mark Dill

We are proud to share that First Super Speedway (FSS) was brought into the world 10 years ago today! In that time we have amassed the world's largest consolidated collection of in-period primary research into the history of American auto racing prior to 1920. You just can't go anywhere else in the world to find a larger cache of informative and entertaining content on this important history.

- 01/12/2019
Mark Dill

Ray Harroun and Carl Fisher were both born on January 12. Fisher in 1874, Harroun in 1879. Click thru if you're ready for the largest treasure trove of information on these two terrific auto racing pioneers in the world!