This picture was taken in Washington DC, in 1922. It shows a car wreck resulting from a high speed chase through the streets of Washington. The car was being used to run bootleg whiskey. After the crash, the bootleggers were apprehended by the police. During prohibition, bootleggers would soup their cars up, to be better able to outrun the police. They became quiet good at this, and with the end of prohibition, many of them began to race each other for recreation, which became the basis for today's extremely popular race circuits.
It was on this day, February 17, in the year 1933 that prohibition came to an end in the United States.