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Rockville MD Fair Auto Races

Postby mph » August 5th, 2012, 6:09 am

Link to photograph that was taken on August 25th, 1923 in Montgomery County, Maryland at the Rockville Auto Races. .

http://silodrome.com/rockville-fair-auto-races/
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Re: Rockville MD Fair Auto Races

Postby Tiger » August 6th, 2012, 7:06 am

... and that was the last time traffic moved that fast in Rockville. :lol:

Nice pic but no, I cannot identify the cars.
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Re: Rockville MD Fair Auto Races

Postby 91BRG » August 6th, 2012, 3:49 pm

Tiger wrote:... and that was the last time traffic moved that fast in Rockville. :lol:

Nice pic but no, I cannot identify the cars.


I was going to guess the one on the right is a Marmon, but that's a WAG.

I found this even better shot from the races though

http://www.documentarist.com/rockville- ... -august-25
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Re: Rockville MD Fair Auto Races

Postby BadAl » August 6th, 2012, 4:57 pm

More intel
http://www.shorpy.com/node/2181

Guess auto polo wasn't so popular
The Washington Post, Aug 25, 1923

Auto Racers to Clash at Rockville Today
Seven Events are Listed, Featuring Frank Ripple, Canadian Speed Champion

World speed records will be placed in jeopardy at Rockville fair this afternoon when a half score of professional drivers, including speedway and dirt track auto race monarchs, will compete in a seven-event program, made public today by Promoter Austin C. Wilson, of the Midwest Motor Contest association.

Featuring an exceptional program is the record trials in which Frank Ripple, Canadian speed star and dirt track champion, will drive his 140 horsepower aeroplane motor Disbrow in an effort to hang up some new time marks. Every driver on the track will be eligble to enter the time events, but speed fans look to Ripple to set the best record.

Happy Jack Cottrel, noted speedway driver and champion of the South, but his Frontenac to a test yesterday and declared that the track is in perfect shape for the competition. In the races here saturday he hopes to defeat Ripple, and jump into the lead in the 1923 dirt track race championship.

Two foreign machines and six american-built cars are listed to start, according to the program. Ripple, with a Disbrow, and Johnny Rose in a Benz special, both high-powered mounts, are expected to be sensation in the competitive events. Cottrell has also brought a Wisconsin special car from Indianapolis.

First-event - Introduction of the drivers and cars as they appear on the track:

Name of car and driver .................... Number
Disbrow, Ripple ...............................18
Haynes 12, Bunce ..............................55
Deusenberg, Reich .............................18
Fetterman Special, Fetterman ..................61
Benz, Rose ....................................32
Wisconsin, Special, Condon ....................14
Frontennac, Cottrell ..........................17
Marmon, Clark .................................66

Second event - One-mile dash, all cars entered.
Third event - First heat of the Texaco trophy.
Fourth event - Second heat of the Texaco trophy.
Fifth event - Those finishing first and second in the third and fourth events will compete in this event. Seven laps.
Sixth event - Time trials to establish a track record.
Seventh event - Free for all. ten miles.
There will also be two periods of auto polo.
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Re: Rockville MD Fair Auto Races

Postby 91BRG » August 6th, 2012, 6:23 pm

Nice find :)

I thought the "Marmon" was number 88 in the photo, although it says 66 in the write up. But, I'm going to feel all proud that my WAG was right :)
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Re: Rockville MD Fair Auto Races

Postby djarum69 » August 7th, 2012, 12:23 am

I guess this is what you did when horse racing fades from popularity in Rockville. The old fairground is now under Richard Montgomery High School.
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Re: Rockville MD Fair Auto Races

Postby mph » August 7th, 2012, 2:39 pm

Laurel Md Racing 1925 on a wood track !

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_VDCGGBYmNCk/T ... 00/bt2.jpg

Link to the existing site of the wood track

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_uV3O5OrUjq8/S ... /track.jpg


http://theselvedgeyard.files.wordpress. ... o-race.jpg

http://www.shorpy.com/files/images/29398u.jpg

http://theselvedgeyard.files.wordpress. ... %26h%3D484

Laurel auto racing track

1.125-mile wood oval (7/11/25 - 9/25/26) The 1.125-mile wood oval track
was built by Jack Prince and featured 48 degree banked turns.

Bob McDonough [auto race] was awarded the first win on the 1.123-mile wood oval, but
after rechecking the scoring charts, it was later revealed that Peter DePaolo
had won instead and Peter DePaolo set the fastest lap driving his Duesenberg
on July 11,1925, with a lap of 131.500 mph.

Only two Championship races were ever run at the Laurel 1.125-mile wood
oval with Peter DePaolo and Bob McDonough, who won the second event.

There were six non-championship races also held in 1926 with Tom Reed,
Jimmy Gleason and Miles Gray winning those events."

Washington Post, Jul 11, 1925
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Re: Rockville MD Fair Auto Races

Postby mj71 » August 7th, 2012, 8:56 pm

mph wrote:LPeter DePaolo set the fastest lap driving his Duesenberg
on July 11,1925, with a lap of 131.500 mph.

Well, any notion of me being a "race car driver" have just evaporated.
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Re: Rockville MD Fair Auto Races

Postby ChristianL » August 8th, 2012, 8:27 am

Can't remember if I ever told you guys about Condon Speedway which wasn't far from my house.
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Re: Rockville MD Fair Auto Races

Postby 91BRG » August 8th, 2012, 9:12 am

mj71 wrote:
mph wrote:LPeter DePaolo set the fastest lap driving his Duesenberg
on July 11,1925, with a lap of 131.500 mph.

Well, any notion of me being a "race car driver" have just evaporated.


That's one of the reasons I find the Simeone collection so amazing. I can't imagine going the speeds they achieved in those cars in the 20s-40s. After getting a ride in the 1933 Alfa Monza that won the Mille Miglia with an average speed of about 70mph I realized I could never be a real race car driver (let alone have the nerve to be a riding mechanic!). My respect for those guys increases exponentially every time I see those cars in action. The physical work required just to keep those cars on the road at speed is amazing, and to do it over long distance and time races? Wow.

131.5mph on that Rockville horse track? In those cars? How did they fit their testicles in the car? :shock:
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