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Eddie Hearne
Benz 120
September 3, 1910
First Event
1-mile Time Trials
Begins at 1 p.m.
200-horse Fiat
90-horse Fiat Cyclone
Ralph de Palma
Ralph de Palma
Third Event
Five Miles
Engine Class: 161 to 230 c.i.
Minimum Weight: 1,400 lbs
1st - JL Edmunds - Cole 30      time: 5:05.5
2nd - Keifer           - Staver-Chicago
3rd - Endicott        - Cole 30

L.A. Frayer - Firestone-Columbus
Olin              - Hudson

Class B, Division 2
Fourth Event
Five Miles
Engine Class: 231 to 300 c.i.
Minimum Weight: 1,700 lbs
1st - Ray Harroun - Marmon     time: 4:35.06
2nd - WH Pearce - Falcar
3rd - JF Gelnaw   - Falcar

Bill Fritsche     - Cino
Joe Dawson    - Marmon
WJ Barndollar - McFarlan
Fred Clemens - McFarlan
H. Endicott       - Great Western

8 cars started.
Class B, Division 3
Fifth Event
Five Miles
Engine Class: 301 to 450 c.i.
Minimum Weight: 2,000 lbs
1st - Johnny Aitken - National 40    time: 4:05.97
2nd - Joe Dawson  - Marmon
3rd - Art Greiner      - National
4th - Charlie Merz    - National

Jap Clemens - Speedwell
WH Pearce    - Falcar
JF Gelnaw      - Falcar
RH Ireland      - Midland
LA Frayer       - Firestone-Columbus

9 cars started.
1st prize was $100, 2nd was $75 and third was $50
Class B, Division 4
Sixth Event
Five Miles
Engine Class: 451 to 600 c.i.
Minimum Weight: 2,300 lbs
According to The Horseless Age Sep 7:
1st - Howdy Wilcox - National    time: 4:06.7
2nd - Charlie Merz   - National
3rd - Charles Basle - Matheson
4th - Art Greiner       - National

Class B, Division 5
Nineth Event
Five Miles
Free-for-all Handicap
1st - Eddie Hearne     - Benz           time: 7:03.41
2nd - Al Livingston      - National
3rd - Ralph de Palma - Fiat 90-horse

Charles Basle - Matheson
Ray Harroun    - Marmon
Johnny Aitken  - #6 National

DePalma killed his engine at the start and lost a mile.
Hearne defended his Speedway Helmet and the weekly
money that goes with it.  2nd place paid $150, 3rd
place paid $100 and 4th place paid $50.
Class D - open to all cars
Seventh Event
Ten Miles
Speedway Helmet Trophy
Free-for-all Open
1st - JL Edmunds     - Cole           hc: 68 sec        time 5:01.5
2nd - Charles Basle - Matheson   hc: 20 sec
3rd - F. Clemens      - Farlan         hc: 68 sec
4th - Harry Knight     - Westcott     hc: 20 sec

Charlie Merz    - National             hc: 0
Art Greiner       - National             hc: 0
WH Pearce      - Falcar                hc: 40 sec
JF Gelnaw        - Falcar                hc: 40 sec
H Endicott         - Great Western  hc: 40 sec
Hughie Hughes - Parry                  hc: 50 sec
Fred Stinson     - Black Crow       hc: 50 sec
RH Ireland         - Midland             hc: 50 sec
Bill Fritsch         - Cino                   hc: 50 sec
LA Frayer         - Firestone Columbus   hc: 58 sec
JL Edmunds     - Cole                   hc: 68 sec
WJ Barndollar  - McFarlan           hc: 68 sec
Endicott            - Cole                    hc: 68 sec
Walter Emmons - Herreshoff       hc: 84 sec
ER McCormick  - Herreshoff        hc: 84 sec
WI Smith             - Herreshoff        hc: 84 sec
Olin                      - Hudson             hc: 84 sec

hc = handicap
Class D - open to all cars
Eighth Event
One Hundred Miles - 40 Laps
Tenth Event
One Hundred Miles
Remy Grand Brassard Trophy
Engine Class: Not over 450 c.i.
Racers Ticketed Near Speedway

Sept 5 - Two cases of automobile speeding were
in court this morning.  Fines of $10 plus court
costs were assessed in the cases of two drivers
from the speedway!

Shortly after winning the 1st event, Walter
Emmons was driving on Crawfordsville road
toward the city in
his race car.  He did not
notice the motorcycle cop that followed him.  
Emmons was arrested for going 35 mph -
shattering the speed limit.  Fred Johnson,
another racer, was going at the same speed and
was also arrested.

[I'm going to guess that the speed limit then was
around 10 mph.]

Scheduled for 5:30 p.m., after the races were
over, a Captain Bumbaugh planned to take
some prominent drivers up in his hot-air balloon.  
Where they land, nobody knew.

Those drivers were: Eddie Hearne, Ray
Harroun, Johnny Aitken and Ralph de Palma.
Cars were practicing on Wednesday and Thursday.
September 5, 1910
7,000 in attendance
    Harroun Retires from Racing
          to Build Aeroplanes.

Nov 23, 1910 (The Horseless Age) - The Bedouin of the
Speedways," as he was known in the Middle West, has
retired from racing.  Ray Harroun, whose Arabic sounding
surname had something to do with his nickname and who
made such splendid showings with Marmon cars during the
past year, has left the Marmon forces and returned to his
home in Chicago where he will build gasoline aeroplane
engines and aeroplanes as well.  Harroun, who is a
mechanical engineer and a college product, is a driver, or
at lest was a driver, who combined a great deal of
"head-work" with daring in contests - in fact he has never
cared to be considered a "dare-devil driver."  His farwell
appearance was in the last Grand Prize race in which he
became exhausted and was obliged to let Dawson, his team
mate finish the contest for him.  At Los Angeles, New
Orleans, Atlanta and Indianapolis he won numerous events
during the season, in the latter part of which he met with
hard luck.

As we all know, he came back to Indy in May to win
the very first Indianapolis 500.  And then he retired!
75 miles
150 miles
Ray Harroun
John Aitken
Engine Catagory: 451 to 600 c.i.
1st - Eddie Hearne - Benz           time: 79:58.9
2nd - Harry Knight - Westcott
3rd - Al Livinstone - National
4th - Ray Harroun  - Marmon

Johnny Aitken     - #6 National
Charlie Basle     - Matheson
Ralph de Palma - Fiat
John Jenkins      - American
Joe Dawson       - Marmon
John Jenkins      - American
JF Gelnaw          - Falcar
WH Pearce        - Falcar
LA Frayer           - Firestone-Colubus

Five cars of over 100-horsepower entered to start, the first
time that many powerful cars compete in a marathon grind.

A feature of this race was the consistent driving of Knight,
a 20 y/o Indianapolis boy, who drove his first long race.  
He did not stop once and finished 3 minutes behind
Auto Races
Pre-Indy 500 Races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was completed in 1909.

In the two years before the first Indy 500 in 1911,
multiple shorter races were held at the historic track.  

Information about those races can be found on these pages.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Labor Day Weekend 1910
            Earl Fisher Dead.

Nov 4, 1910 - Earl Fisher, one of the pioneer automobile
tradesmen in Indianapolis, died at a sanatarium in that
city on November 2 after a long illness.  During the early
days of the automobile he was prominent as a driver, and
for seven years was associated with his brother, Carl G.
Fisher, in business in that city and a founder of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He later entered the
Government service and was in the Philippines three
years.  After his return he became manager of the San
Francisco branch of the Prest-O-Lite Company for four
years.  He was thirty-four years old.

    National Hot Air Balloon Race

National Hot Air Balloon Race was held at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway on September 17th - the last event there
for the year.

 Livingstone Killed on Speedway

Nov 1, 1910 - While driving his racing car at high speed
on the Atlanta Motordrome, "Al" Livingstone, of Los
Angeles, the well known National pilot, had a bad acci-
dent and died in the hospital a few hours later.  A right
rear tire blew out, which caused him to lose control of
his car, throwing him out, although, strange to say, the
car did not upset.  When picked up Livingstone was
found to have a fractured skull and other injuries.  His
wife was at his side when the end came.
The sun came out early, but the rest of the afternoon was cloudy and threatening, which likely cut down on attendance.  
Temperature was in the mid-60's.
Second Event
Five Miles - 2 Laps
Engine Class: under 160 c.i.
Minimum Weight: 1,100 lbs
Temperatures throughout the afternoon was 68-72 degrees.  Rain fell at noon, drenching the track, but soon dissipated and
delayed racing by only a half-hour.

Five Miles
Engine Class: 161 to 230 c.i.
Minimum Weight: 1,400 lbs
1st - L.A. Frayer   - Firestone Columbus     time: 4:47.87
2nd - Bill Endicott - #20 Cole
3rd - Kiefer            - Staver Chicago

Class B, Division 2

Five Miles
Engine Class: 231 to 300 c.i.
Minimum Weight: 1,700 lbs
1st - Ray Harroun       - Marmon            time: 4:38.26
2nd - WH Pearce       - Falcar
3rd - WJ Barndollar    - McFarlan

Gelnaw               - Falcar
Joe Dawson      - Marmon
Fred Clemens   - McFarlan
Hughie Hughes  - Parry
H. Endicott         - Great Western
Bill Fritsche       - Cino

9 cars started.
Class B, Division 3

Five Miles
Engine Class: 301 to 450 c.i.
Minimum Weight: 2,000 lbs
1st - Johnny Aitken - National        time: 4:10.2
2nd - Joe Dawson  - Marmon
3rd - Art Greiner     - National

Ray Harroun  - Marmon
Jap Clemens - Speedwell
Charlie Merz  - National
WH Pearce    - Falcar
JF Gelnaw      - Falcar
Art Greiner     - National
RH Ireland      - Midland
LA Frayer       - Firestone Columbus

10 cars started.
This race was close all the way, with three cars crossing
the finish line almost together.
Prizes were $100 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd and $50 for
Class B, Division 4

Five Miles
Free-for-all Handicap
1st - Ralph de Palma - 200-horse Fiat    time: 6:48.3
2nd - Eddie Hearne   - Benz
3rd - Ray Harroun       - Marmon
4th - Al Livingstone     - National
5th - Charlie Basle      - Matheson

Johnny Aitken - National - OUT after first lap

De Palma and Hearne pulled away from the pack and
Hearne was beaten by only a few feet.
Prizes were $200 for 1st, $100 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd.
Class D

Fifty Miles
Free-for-all Open
1st -   Eddie Hearne    - Benz                time: 38:02.85
2nd -  Ray Harroun      - Marmon
3rd -  Al Livingstone    - National
4th - Ralph de Palma - Fiat 200

Johnny Aitken    - National
Charlie Basle    - Matheson
Harry Knight      - Westcott
LA Frayer          - Firestone Columbus

8 of the highest powered cars started.
Harroun stopped once and de Palma twice for tire
Hearne broke a Speedway record at 30-miles in 22.47.4
Prizes were $800 for 1st place, $400 for 2nd and $200
for 3rd.
Class D

Ten Miles
Free-for-all Open
1st - WJ Barndollar - McFarland           handicap: 50 seconds  
2nd - LA Frayer - Firestone Columbus handicap: 40 seconds
3rd - Fred Clemens - McFarlan            handicap; 50 seconds

Winner's Time: 5:08.3
Class D - open to all cars
[Info from Oshkosh Daily Northwestern Sept 6, 1910 &
The Horseless Age, Sept 7, 1910]

Two Hundred Miles
Engine Class: Not over 600 c.i.
1st - Walter Emmons - Herreshoff    time: 6:20.47
2nd - WI Smith            - Herreshoff
3rd - ER McCormick  - Herreshoff

1st place payed $75, 2nd $50 and 3rd $25.
Emmons crossed Finish Line holding down his hood
over the engine.  Smith finished a close second, while
McCormich drove off the course at the end of the first lap.
This race was postponed until after event 7.
Class B, Division 1
1st - Johnny Aitken  - National       time: 2:47.54.74
2nd - Al Livingstone - National
3rd - Barney Barndollar - McFarlan
4th - Art Greiner       - National

Jap Clemens   - Speedwell
Joe Dawson    - Marmon
JF Gelnaw       - Falcar
Fred Stinson    - Black Crow
RH Ireland        - Midland
Ray Harroun    - Marmon - OUT at 170 miles
Charles Basle - Matheson

12 cars started the race at 3:30 p.m.
Aitken set a speed record for 75-miles and won 2 laps
ahead of the rest.
Harroun lost a coupling on lap 168, ending his day.
Dark clouds and lightning arose during the race and the
latter part of the race was run in a drizzle, which made
the going dangerous.
Prize was $1,000 for 1st place, plus $300 from Bosch
Herb Lytle was hoping to compete this weekend.  He
was injured in a crash at the Speedway the previous
May that injured bones in a leg.  He spent 10 weeks at
Methodist Hospital.  

He had to go back for another operation on August
30th and he was expected to have to spend five or six
weeks in the hospital, so he would miss this week's
The speedway was offering from $200-$500 for any one
who could beat Barney Oldfield's speedway record of
:35.68.  The only cars allowed to compete were those who
had driven a mile in practice in less than 37 seconds.

Eddie Hearne entered his 120-horse-Benz, but apparently
did not make an attempt.
Racing was also scheduled at the Brighton Beach motordrome in New York, but was called off due to rain.
Twenty-Five Pilots and 35 Cars Ready for Speedway Contests.
Races were ran at Brighton Beach today.  Participants included Barney Oldfield, George Robertson, Beardsley, Kerscher, Rost,
Ormsby, Herwood, Ijon and Howard.
       Athlete-Pilot With E-M-F

Leigh Lynch, Ball Player and Race Driver,
             Accepts New Position

Sept 4, 1910 - A recent addition to the staff of the E M F
Company is Leigh Lynch, the well known race driver, who
has accepted a position in the claims department.  It is also
possible that Mr. Lynch may be used in some of the competitive
work in which the E M F Company teams are engaging liberally
for the fall campaign.  Mr. Lynch has been a well known figure
in sport for several years, playing halfback on several Brown
University football elevens, including the champion teams of
1902, and having since played professional baseball in the
Southern League.  In the racing arena he won many classic
trophies including the Wheeler Schebler in 1909 and a second in
the same event this year.  He holds several world records,
including that for a half-mile in 32 on a two lap horse track.
Johnny Aitken, the premier driver for the National
Auto team announced his retirement several weeks

He attended the Elgin road race a week ago and it
proved too much for him.  He would rather sit at the
helm of a blue National in a seething contest of
high-powered cars than eat.

Five Miles
Engine Class: 451 to 600 c.i.
Minimum Weight: 2,300 lbs
1st - Howdy Wilcox  - National      time: 4:09.09
2nd - Art Grenier      - National
3rd - WJ Barndollar - McFarlan

Class B, Division 5
[according to "The Horseless Age" - Sept 7 1910]

     $1000 TROPHY --- 200 MILES
            $1000 TROPHY --- 50 MILES
Johnny Aitken
For the first time the Speedway grounds had a completed appearance.  Since the July meet, great beds of flowers had been
provided and the grassy spaces were well kept.  Along the concrete wall in front of the main grandstand were beds of flowers.  
During the races, the band, composed of employees of the Maxwell-Briscoe Motor Company, Newcastle, Ind., gave a concert.
Two Hoosier car manufacturers made their debut in the racing game - McFarlan from Connersville, Ind. and Westcott made in
Richmond, Ind.  Also seen for the first time on the Indianapolis track was the Hudson and the Staver-Chicago.
1st - Howdy Wilcox - National 40    time: 83:03
2nd - Charles Merz - National 40
3rd - Jap Clemens  - Speedwell
4th - RH Ireland       - Midland

Joe Dawson     - Marmon - OUT on lap 25
WH Pearce       -  Falcar
LA Frayer          - Firestone-Columbus - OUT lap 4
WJ Barndollar   - McFarlan
Frank Clemens - McFarlan
Fred Stinson     - Black Crow
William Fritz      - Cino

11 cars started.  The drivers who finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd
ran the entire race without stopping.

A Firestone Columbus dropped out on account of engine
trouble, leaving but eight cars in the race.

Cash Prizes for 1st place $1,000, 2nd place $500, 3rd
place $200 and 4th place $100.

The Brassard arm band carried with it a weekly salary of $50
for the driver, with $25 weekly additional if the winning car was
equipped with a Remy magneto.

The trophy valued at $2,500, went to the manufacturer of
the winning car.  Perpetual ownershipo of the trophy,
however was obtained only by the same car winning it
three times.
Harry Knight in his Westcott
Eddie Hearne in his Benz
The Nordyke & Marmon Company had expected to enter a new car in several events, but during the morning practice it ran out of oil
and burned out the bearings.  This is the car that has been built for the Vanderbilt race, with a piston displacement of 410 c.i.
According to Indpls News Sept 3:
1st - Johnny Aitken - National    time: 4:06.7
2nd - Art Greiner       - National
3rd - Charlie Merz   - National

1st prize was $100, 2nd was $75 and third was $50
Electric Timing Devices accurate to a fraction were put in place yesterday.
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