Chevrolet and Candler

This important image was captured during an awards presentation after Louis Chevrolet (left) drove his Buick to victory in a 200-mile race at the short-lived but significant Atlanta Speedway on November 9, 1909. His time of two hours, 46 minutes, 48.47 seconds was a new American track record for the distance. The man standing next to Chevrolet is Asa Candler, who was one of the primary financiers of the track. This is part of Ken Parrotte's extensive research on this Atlanta Speedway.
By the phrase, "American track record," officials meant that the record was not just for the specific speedway where it was established, but for any speedway in the country. Officials, competitors, and fans alike were obssessed with speed during this era. While that aspect of the sport will always be inherent, the focus in these early days was raw, maximum speed.
This is understandable when you consider that every adult in the country at the time was born in the 19th century - a time when individual transportation was provided through the use of animals, primarily horses. It was an era of massive disruption - hence, the term, "Industrial Revolution." Then, as now, new possibilities were imagined. 
Also, check out the following images Ken provided. You'll find additional content with links to even more information elsewhere on First Super Speedway

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