Thursday, March 13, 2008

Old Race Car

This picture shows a race car at Indianapolis. It was taken in 1913. Even back then, these race cars could go very fast, probably better than 100 MPH. Notice the relative lack of any type of safety equipment for the driver.


  1. That's Jules Goux driving a 4 cylinder Peugeot. He won that year with an average speed of 76 mph. He took home $21,000.oo prize money.

  2. Anon,
    Thanks for the info. What was the top speed back then for these races?

  3. First off, I love the blog. I come here everyday as a part of my morning routine. I've made several anonymous comments and will eventually get a user/name.

    How cool is this photo? It really gives you a feel like you know what it's like to be there. Check out the guys on the telephone poles.

    ...about the top speed.
    Probably in mid 80's. From 1910 to 1920 speed records were hovering around 110-130 mph for land, air. Water was dragging behind in the 90-100's. I'm fascinated by the evolution of the early engines and transportation. It's neat to trace the developments and progression of vehicle components.
    One more thing before I go. Check out this link on the Peugeot L45, not the same as the one in your picture(an L46). The black and white pics give these cars no justice, they really are works of art. Be sure to check out the cockpit picture.


  4. I say these cars would have topped out at least 100mph or a little more. The Land Speed Record at this time stood at 124mph, set by a Benz in 1909, and the LSR cars were not all THAT far ahead of Indy racers of the era. If you AVERAGE 76 mph over a six-and-a-half-hour period, you have to be able to at least hit 100 on the straights, as pit stops took a while, and the tracks were oily (these cars threw oil aplenty) so curves weren't all that fast on these skinny tires on the brick surface. With all those factors, surely they could do 100mph on the straights... Dana


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