Ken Parrotte Research

Auto racing researcher Ken Parrotte has been studying early motor sport history and especially the controversial 1920 American Automobile Association (AAA) national championship point standings. This year's championship was particularly odd because of attempts by individuals years later to revise the results. These changes attempted to establish Tommy Milton as the 1920 champion replacing Gaston Chevrolet.

Auto racing researcher Ken Parrotte has been studying early motor sport history and especially the controversial 1920 American Automobile Association (AAA) national championship point standings. This year's championship was particularly odd because of attempts by individuals years later to revise the results.

First Super Speedway contributor Ken Parrotte assembled the information that you will find attached here. The topic is the Glidden Tour, certainly one of the most significant stock car competition events of the early days of the 20th century, 1905 through 1913. Some historians hold the opinion that it was actually the single most important stock car contest of those days. That's because the machines were straight off the assembly line with virtually no modifications.

From Ken Parrotte.

Thanks to auto racing history researcher Ken Parrotte we have the attached Automobile Topics article from June 1908 discussing the appropriateness of venues for auto racing. While there can be no doubt the use of horse tracks, with their thin railings, limited protection for spectators, and unconditioned running surfaces, were dangerous, the reality was that all forms of the sport were extremely dangerous for everyone involved in these early days.