Primer on Early Road Racing

I am very proud to have my feature article, "The Birth of Road Racing," published in the April 2018 issue of Vintage Racing Quarterly (VRQ). I believe you will find in this attachment an excellent primer on the earliest days of auto racing. This was a glorious and dangerous era, with classic races such as the Gordon Bennett Cup, the Vanderbilt Cup, and the American Grand Prize. It will take you back to the dawn of the sport in 1894 and step you through the significant events of the times as auto racing eventually evolved from countryside public roads in the vicinity of population centers to purpose-built tracks, especially speedways such as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and board tracks like Playa Del Rey, Uniontown, and Sheepshead Bay.
So, if you have always been interested in auto racing's most nascent days but don't feel well versed, this is a good way to get started.

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