Packard Sets Speedway Record, 1916

This article reports on a new speed record for cars of 350 cubic inch (I'm not sure, tell me if you know) engines at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The car was a Packard using a specially designed aviation engine. The date was August 2, 1916 and the driver was "Big Boy" Rader. The engineer was J.G. Vincent. Much was made of the drive because it was an American car and it displaced a record set by Frenchman George Bolliot in a Peugeot. Ever patriotic Speedway President Carl Fisher celebrated the accomplishment by promoting it.

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