"Wild" Bob and "Lord" Hughie


My series on the first Indianapolis 500 continues with my latest addition of articles published in the Indianapolis News on May 24, 1911. Featured are two great drivers of the era, "Wild" Bob Burman and "Lord" Hughie Hughes. Burman was the world land speed record holder in 1911 and attracted quite a following at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He used his "Blitzen" Benz 200 HP racer to make a record run for the mile distance on a track the day before the 500. Hughes, born in England, was jokingly referred to as "Lord" Hughie. Hughes was a tough competitor whose career was cut short at age 30 in fatal accident on the board track of Union Town, PA.