Billy Pearce & the Indiana Trophy

This image comes from a photograph in the June 15, 1909 Indianapolis News. This is a picture of one of two Fal-car race cars, this one driven by Billy Pearce, that was entered in the June 18, 1909 Indiana Trophy support race to the June 19 main event - the Cobe Trophy race, named after the cup donor Ira M. Cobe. The other Fal-car in the hands of driver John Ruehl, was classified 15th. These races were organized by the Chicago Auto Club with American Automobile Association (AAA) sanction. The race course was over notoriously poor public roads in northwestern Indiana between Crowne Point, Indiana and Lowell, Indiana while skirting the community of Cedar Lake. The Fal-cars were the only entries in either of the races that were manufactured in Chicago.

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