Failed 1909 Air Show

This collection of articles reviews the plans of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to stage an air show during the autumn of 1909. The effort came in the wake of the tragic first automobile race where five lives were lost including two spectators. This forced the founders to pave the track in effort to advance safety. This probably had something to do with the eventual cancellation of the air show but also it is likely Speedway management simply did not plan far enough in advance. The logistics of staging the event may have overwhelmed them and the availability of top pilots and airplanes may have been tight.

The article in attachment IMScancel100109 was originally published in the October 1, 1909, Indianapolis Star. With its announced event dates of October 14-16 fast approaching the Indianapolis Motor Speedway had to cancel out on its planned aviation show.

The article in attachment IMSaero091509 was originally published in the September 15, 1909 Indianapolis Star. The lead focuses on the liklihood that Charles H.

The article in attachment IMSaero101309 first appeared in the Indianapolis Star on October 13, 1909.

The article in attachment IMSaero102009 was originally published in the Indianapolis Star on October 20, 1909. This was during a time that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was both paving its track with brick and also positioning its facility as America's aviation capital.

The article in attachment Aero112809 first appeared in the Indianapolis Star on November 28, 1909. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Founder and President Carl Fisher was a leading advocate to position his track as the American capital of aviation.

The founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway were full of ideas, some beyond their grasp.

I include this article on a stretch that it is relevant to the brand promise of First Super Speedway because it concerns Wilbur Wright, who, with his brother Orville, brought their team of aviators and planes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the big