Automobile Races were popular in the early 1900 – [old pictures] and they were dangerous

In the early 1900’s when automobiles became more affordable, auto racing was as popular as horse racing. The following photographs were taken around this era.

The photograph below has the caption:   Finish of 1st American auto race at Springfield, L.I. – A.L. Riker in electric, wass the winner.Finish of 1st Am[erican] auto race at Springfield, L.I. - A.L. Riker in electric, winner

The Photograph below taken by Spooner & Wells of New York shows five men trying to pull a car out of the mud in the New York to Paris race around 1905.

pulling car out of mud new york to paris race

This photograph is captioned: Winton driving his automobile on a racetrack around 1901.Winton on track

The caption with the photograph below is:

How the White Steamer crossed the finish, Mt. Giant De…r climb, May 30, 1907How the White Steamer crossed the finish, Mt. Giant De...r climb, May 30, 1907

This is the view from the grandstand at Vanderbilt automobile race ca. 1908 by Bain New ServiceView from grandstand at Vanderbilt automobile raceThis photograph was taken of Tracey finishing in the Vanderbilt cup race, for racing cars sponsored by W.K. Vanderbilt, Jr. photo by F. Ed. Spooner.

This photograph was taken of Tracey finishing by Bain News Service

This photograph was taken by B. Ed Spooner in 1905 of the Scoreboard at the Vanderbilt cup race, for racing cars sponsored by W.K. Vanderbilt, Jr.

Scoreboard at the Vanderbilt cup race, for racing cars sponsored by W.K. Vanderbilt, Jr.

This is the Moto Bloc French car in the New York to Paris race in 1908 taken by Warren Z. Newton

Moto Bloc French car New York to Paris race 1908

This photo was taken in 1895 at the Washington Club Race Course, Chicago, IllinoisThis photo was taken at Washington Club Race Course in Chicago, Illinois

This photograph was taken in 1900 of Janatzy in Vanderbilt Cup Race by Bain News ServiceJanatzy in Vanderbilt Cup Race Bain News service

The two photographs below were taken in 1900 of start of the Vanderbilt Race by Bain News Service

This photograph was taken in 1900 of start of the Vanderbilt Race by Bain News Service

Start of Vanderbilt Cup Race2 bain news service

Here are photographs of some drivers in the New York to Paris race taken by Bain News serviceHere area photographs of some drivers in the New York to Paris race taken by Bain News service

This photograph was taken around 1900 of Poole – Simplex, 24 hour race, Brighton Beach by Bain News Service

This photograph was taken in 1900 of Poole - Simplex, 24 hour race, Brighton Beach by Bain News Service

This photograph was taken in 1908 of Protos German car New York to Paris race by Bain News Service

This photograph was taken in 1908 of Protos German car New York to Paris race by Bain News Service

This photograph was taken in 1908 of New York – Paris race – G.B. St. Chaffray, Dedion car by Bain News Service

New York - Paris race - G.B. St. Chaffray, Dedion car 1908

 

New York – Paris race – Godard in motobloc leaving Paris with moving picture camera, Paris 1908 by Bain News Service

New York - Paris race - Godard in motobloc leaving Paris with moving picture camera, Paris

Caption reads: The Thomas car used by the American autoists in the race arround (sic) the world, Valdez, Alaska, Apr 9 – 08 Hunt, P. S. (Phinney S.), 1866-1917, photographer

Caption reads The Thomas car used by the Americans in the race arround the world, Valdez, Alaska, Apr 1908 Hunt, P. S. Phinney S, 1866 1917

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