DePalma @ Readville

This item was published in the June 18, 1909 Indianapolis Star and reported on a record-setting performance turned in by Ralph DePalma. The Fiat-driving DePalma set a new 25-mile speed record for a one-mile track at Readville, Massachusetts. DePalma one-upped his nemesis and the person he most loved besting, Barney Oldfield, by breaking the latter's record for the distance. DePalma's new record was 23 minutes and 35 seconds besting Oldfield's old mark by 3.6 seconds. The record run was part of a larger race meet that included eight races and was organized by the Bay State Automobile Association who referred to it as the Bunker Hill Day race meet.

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