Second Day of Cactus Derby

This article was originally published November 10, 1914, but the name of the newspaper was snipped from the clipping. The article describes the second day of the Los Angeles - to - Phoenix off road race, commonly referred to as the "Cactus Derby." The racers had ended the first leg of their endurance test at Needles, California where they spent the night refreshing themselves and their machines. Eventual winner Barney Oldfield had endured carburetor trouble but managed to sort out the issue. The article has romantic appeal if you can imagine the second day's start from Needles where, according to the report, virtually everyone in the town gathered to watch the send off back into the desert. I extracted this article from Barney Oldfield's personal scrapbook.

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