Barney Oldfield's "Resume," 1902-1910

This is another article from Barney Oldfield's personal scrapbook, which is, unfortunatley, very messy. The dates and publication names are clipped off and the articles are pasted on top of each other. Still, there is much good information.
This article is a biography that summarizes his auto racing career from 1902 into 1910. My guess is that it was written in the spring, probably before Oldfield set the American track mile speed record at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May of 1910. There are a number of interesting bits of informaiton, but the article is pretty biased and exaggerates, although not excessively. For example, it discusses Oldfield's defeat of William K. Vanderbilt Jr. in the competition mile on Ormond Beach in January 1904 and states that Vanderbilt's loss was so decisive that he never raced again. That is simply not true, as he was quite successful at the very same meet after Oldfield broke the crankshaft of his Winton Motor Carriage Company engine.
Hyperbole aside, the article recounts Oldfield's relationship with Tom Cooper and Henry Ford when he launched his career and then steps through his progress with record setting, people he encountered and the cars he drove. His work with self-sacrificing Charles Burman in Peerless provided new information for me. The articles focuses on the purpose-built race cars he drove, suchy as  the Cooper-Ford "999," the Green Dragon(s), the Stearns racer, the National "Old Glory," the Knox stocker and the Blitzen Benz. Although this isn't the best quality, it is readable and provides good information for anyone researching Oldfield's career.

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