National Guard In Force @ Brickyard

This article in the attachment below was originally published in the May 12, 1910 Indianapolis Star
The article focuses on how the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was beefing up its security force in anticipation of big crowds at its upcoming American Automobile Association (AAA) "national championships" during the May 1910 race meet. Speedway management prevailed upon the National Guard to staff the track and although it is not referenced specifically this was in response to their struggles with crowd control during the tragic first automobile race meet the previous August. The force was under the command of the widely respected Captain William C. Carpenter.
The article shares that the men would have "full police powers" and don special badges commissioned by Speedway Contest Director Ernie Moross. The shields bore the wing and wheel crest of the track with the wording, "Speedway Guard." Each badge carried a number and the owner was entrusted with "full military equimpment." They must have cut imposing figures. The article reports that special touring cars would be at the disposal of the troops in order to enable them to rush to the any point on the grounds where they were most needed. The Speedway's plan was divide the venue into sections where roped-off areas would be guarded and no spectators would be allowed into restricted areas without a signed military pass. 
Carpenter was reportedly recruiting additional young men to augment his National Guard force. The profile of desired applicants was described as "able-bodied young men." Those interested were asked to apply at the Armory at Thirteenth Street and Ashland Avenue. His daytime phone number was listed as "New phone 6845" and, in the evening, "North 4674."

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