Louis Chevrolet & 1905 Darracq

This image is from a photograph published in the January 29, 1906 Indianapolis News. It is reported to be a shot of Louis Chevrolet at the wheel of the legendary 1905 Darracq world land speed record racer at the Ormond Beach (1906) speed tournament. From 1904 to 1910 this annual winter competition was among the most important automobile competitions in America. It even attracted major cars and drivers of Europe. 
Chevrolet's participation at the event was varied in that he worked as a mechanic for Darracq and Christie and also competed in some of the events driving for the two marques. When the notoriously temperamental Victor Hemery was banned from the event for disruptive behavior by American Automobile Association officials Chevrolet was initially announced as his replacement for the much anticipated "Speed King" contest to cover two miles in less that one minute. That's what this photo conveys. I also have to add that even though this photo is extremely grainy I do not believe the man at the wheel of the car is Chevrolet. My money is on the bet that this is an older image and it is Hemery at the wheel.
Darracq team managers reconsidered their decision for reasons unclear and instead installed their regular riding mechanic Victor Demogeot. The choice yielded a terrific result as Demogeot won the contest to claim the Florida Times Union Trophy. The photo ran in support of an article providing speed tournament coverage. You can also find expanded coverage elsewhere on First Super Speedway. These articles concern the 1906 competition when the event was probably at its zenith. Check out other images from the event:

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