Barney Oldfield and Lincoln Beachey

During the 1914 racing season promoter Will Pickens worked with Barney Oldfield and the renowned aviator Lincoln Beachey to stage the "Championship of the Universe." The men barnstormed the country, playing to more remote areas at county fair horse tracks. The premise was that Oldfield would race his automobiles against Beachey's biplanes for the ultimate championship. The program was extremely successful, netting the men over $250,000 - worth millions by today's value of money.

This 1914 article describes an aerial show that occurred at Coney Island, New York and featured Lincoln Beachey in a Glenn Curtiss biplane.

Oldfield & Beachey