The Great Blanche Scott

This attachment contains an image which orginally appeared in the May 31, 1910 Indianapolis Star. It depicts an appearance by a celebrity of the day, Blanche Scott, one of the leading lights for the advancement of women's issues in an age when females were denied the right to vote in national elections. Scott was a thrill seeker who was on her way to becoming the first woman to cross the United States from New York to San Francisco without the assistance of a man. She was also one of the pioneer aviators at the dawn of airplanes.
 
Scott's photo  ran in support of the May 1910 race meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The May 1910 race meet weekend included "national championships," a newly-announced distinction by the American Automobile Association (AAA) for select race meets. Car manufacturers were keen to make a great showing. Check out other articles that provide additional summaries on the results of the races staged May 27 and May 28 elsewhere on First Super Speedway.
 
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An excerpt from the Willis article provides background on Scott's visit.
 
"Before the eleventh event the announcers called forth that Miss Blanche Scott, who is driving from New York to San Francisco in an Overland car, was on the grounds and at request would drive out on the track and say 'howdy' to the throng of Hoosiers. The plucky young woman pilot did so in her pure Overland machine and was greeted by a thunderous burst of applause."

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