Friday, January 24, 2014

Road Racing

We wrap up Men of Adventure week with this picture of Bob Burman. He was one of the pioneers in road racing, and participated in the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911. He died in a race crash in 1916.


  1. This early racer set all sorts of speed records. What fascinated me was that as early as 1909 he held the record at 149 mph. An interesting fact was that in 1911 he got his car up to 129 mph on a beach in San Diego and the engine burst into flames. He drove it straight into the ocean to put the fire out.

  2. Thanks for the info Dave 107 in"1909 he held the record at 149 mph" that is some speed.

    All the best Jan