Atlanta May 1910 Summary

The attached article was published in the May 8, 1910 Indianapolis Star and summarizes the three-day race meet at Atlanta Speedway.
 
The big news was that Indianapolis-built cars dominated the contests although it appears the competition was limited in terms of entries. Most of the races had short fields of a half dozen or less. From this article it appears there were two 200-mile races during the meet, one won by Tom Kincaid in a National Motor Vehicle Racer and the other by Ray Harroun in a Marmon stock "32." 
 
Interestingly, Kincaid's victory neglects to mention his name, only citing that he was at the wheel of the National. Some day I will secure a full report on this race as it sounds like an amazing triumph over not just competition but the elements as well. Apparently the last half of the contest was conducted in a driving rain. You can imagine the quagmire the red clay running surface created. Kincaid scored big, earning the $10,000 Atlanta Automobile Association trophy. Herb Lytle in an American finished second. The race took place on the meet's final day - Saturday, May 7.
 
As for Harroun, he picked up his big victory on the preceding Thursday. He drove both a stock Marmon and the new Marmon Wasp which is referred to as a six-cylinder "40." He is reported to have won "several" events including a ten-miler with the Wasp. Kincaid is recognized for winning other races as well including a ten-mile "open" event on Friday.
 
Ralph DePalma in a Fiat (probably the Cyclone) is reported to have won two events, beating Johnny Aitken (National) to the line in Thursday's 20-mile go and edging Herb Lytle in Saturday's ten-mile open competition. Aitken had a fortunate escape (as did his riding mechanic, future 1919 Indianapolis 500 winner Howdy Wilcox) when his National "40" dashed over an embankment. Neither Aitken or Wilcox - or even the car - received any real injury.
 
"Farmer" Bill Endicott is reported to have driven his Cole to victory in all the races he entered. It is not clear how many he entered from the article. Finally, another note on DePalma. The article reports of his success in time trials conducted across the three days. This was typical of the era as tracks vied for bragging rights of recording world or American records for fastest mile, etc.

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