National Rescues Oldfield's Knox

This attachment contains an article which orginally appeared in the May 29, 1910 Indianapolis Star. The article not only explains why Barney Oldfield's Knox entry was scratched from the first day of contests at the May 1910 race meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. These races were part of the May 1910 weekend that included "national championships," a newly-announced distinction by the American Automobile Association (AAA) for select race meets. Car manufacturers were keen to make a great showing. Check out other articles that provide additional summaries on the results of the races staged May 27 and May 28 elsewhere on First Super Speedway.
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As for this attachment it is a brief, four-paragraph item but provides wonderful insight. First, it explains what happened to Barney Oldfield when he had to scratch his Conduitt Automobile Company stock Knox. The problem was a broken steering knuckle.
It really gets interesting when the article reports that the local National Motor Vehicle Company and their race team came to his rescue. National, an Indianapolis-based manufacturer had copius resources on hand and apparently fabricated a new part for their competitor. Keep in mind that Oldfield was a customer driver with National in 1909 with his "Old Glory" entry so he probably had some back-slapping drinking buddies over there.
The funny thing is that Oldfield was matched against National's Don Herr and Johnny Aitken in the May 28 five-mile stock chassis go and promptly smoked them. Another interesting fact that is documented here is that the race was Herr's debut as a driver. Like many men in the profession Herr started as a riding mechanic.
Bottom line this is a short, fact-packed article that is very satisfying because of the information yield.

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