AAA Rules Out Stock Cars - 1910

The attached extremely brief but interesting article was first published in the May 27, 1910 Indianapolis Star.
The article reports on what must have been a jolting development among race teams at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as track management prepared for their upcoming American Automobile Association (AAA) "national championships" during the May 1910 race meet. Not only did the AAA's event referee Arthur R. Pardington make both a devestating and sweeping ruling but it also came on the eve of the very important event.
The debate about stock car racing, the ability to verify such machines in tech inspection, the rules for doing so and the alternative of purpose-built racers sometimes derisively referred to as "freak racers" had raged for years. In his ruling Pardington barred models of Buick (Models 16A, 16B, 100); Jackson (Model 30); Cutting (Model 50); Westcott (Model F); American (Speedster); Fuller (1911 Roadster) and Empire (1911 Model C). 
In his statement, Pardington wrote:
"The foregoing cars were debarred from competition in the stock car events because of insufficiency of number manufactured as required by the 1910 rules of the contest board of the American Automobile Association, which provide that in no event shall the required number of the model entered be less than twenty-five."
The article also reported that the decision did not bar the cars from the "free-for-all" events not limited to stock cars.

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