Many of Barney Oldfield's cars reflected in their names and appearance the flamboyant, attention-loving personality of their owner. Consider the Ford "999" (nam...ed after America's fastest locomotive), the Peerless "Green Dragon," the world land speed record "Blitzen Benz" and one of his last racers, the "Golden Submarine," a Harry Miller designed open-wheel racer with an enclosed cockpit.
For much of his career, Oldfield tried to remain loyal to American manufacturers and this was underscored by his choice of a six-cylinder, Indianapolis-built National Motor Vehicle Company modified stock car for the 1909 season. Stars and stripes in the colors of the American flag were painted on the machine's hood. He proudly named the racer, "Old Glory."
Oldfield was already the people's champion of America, but also the attention he received in Indianapolis through his association with one of the city's top car factories was kicked up a few notches. Just as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was birthed, the Hoosier capital was enthusiastic about adopting Barney as a favorite son.
Barney Oldfield was a superstar when he mounted "Old Glory" and took to the 2.5-mile oval at the Speedway at its inaugural auto races in August 1909. He remains a superstar today at First Super Speedway. Come ride with him, all you have to do is click thru the link here...
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1923 IoM TT! Incredible then and now.
Collaboration. Make old things together. Slowly.
Although our hand built TimeMachines are no match for these original factory racers we appreciate the unparalleled manufacturing process of the day. True Americana is at the heart of the two wheeled industry.
These riders were the heroes of the day.
All board tracks under a mile were outlawed in 1922, outlawed completely in 1928/29.
Head down, tuck those elbows and fall in line boys!
Incredible, Rare Footage of Board Track Motorcycle Racing in Daytona, Florida - Circa 1920.
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It's a misconception among some people that the founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway were inspired by Hugh Fortescue Locke King's Brooklands track in Sur...rey, England. That track was a wide, concrete-paved 2.75-mile pear-shaped circuit that was an asymmetrical oval with 30-degree banking.
People logically jump to the conclusion that Carl Fisher and his partners were merely following suit because Brooklands was completed in 1907, about two years prior to Indiana's Speedway. Yes, that's logical, but it is also incorrect.
Fisher and his eventual partners Frank Wheeler, Art Newby, and Jim Allison huddled by a campfire in November 1905 and discussed the idea of a giant Speedway. They all had a lot going on founding auto industry companies and shepherding other business interests so it is not surprising things did not develop immediately.
The occasion for their meeting was a dash for the 24-hour speed record Fisher and Newby were promoting involving two of the latter's National Motor Vehicle Company stock cars. That's the setting depicted in the image you see here. If you look closely you will see dots of light provided by Prest-O-Lite headlamps affixed to the fence posts around the venue, the Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt track.
One National survived the test and was able to claim the new world record for ground covered in an around-the-clock grind. More enduring would be the racing facility that traces its heritage back to 1905 - two years before Brooklands.