Wrecked Wasp 1910

The date was May 30, 1910 - just one year prior to Ray Harroun's terrific victory in the first Indianapolis 500. On May 28, 1910, Harroun drove the Marmon Wasp to victory in the 200-mile Wheeler-Schebler Trophy race. According to Donald Davidson, chief historian at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this is the same Marmon Wasp Harroun drove to victory in the 1911 Indianapolis 500.
On Monday, May 30, 1910 Harroun's Marmon Wasp blew a tire entering the northeast turn, slammed the wall and broke off his right rear wheel, sending it over the concrete barrier. Ray Harroun, hands on hips, circles his racer to survey the damage. The other man pictured is Fred "Pop" Wagner, the dean of AAA race starters. This image appeared in the Indianapolis Star on May 31, 1910.

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