Bob Burman & Buick Win New Orleans

One of the big events in New Orleans during Mardi Gras 1909 was an auto race meet (February 20 - 22) on a mile dirt track near the historic city. On the second day daredevil Bob Burman won the longest event of the three day race meet, a 100-mile stock car race. Driving a Buick he persevered over George Robertson (Simplex) and Lewis Strang (Isotta). Strang had enjoyed little success during his stay in New Orleans but Robertson picked up a 5-mile stock car sprint race win on the final day. This image of Burman and his winning Buick appeared in the Indianapolis Star on March 21, 1909 with a caption that reports his record-breaking time of one hour, 42 minutes and 20 seconds.

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