Vintage Photos Of American Car Races From The Early 20th Century

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It’s always amazing to look back at the past and see how everything we know today once was. This is exactly why photography is one of the most brilliant inventions ever created – it has documented so many epic moments over the years, and provides the perfect portal to step back in time for just a few moments. If you happen to like photography, history and car races, then this article is perfect for you, because we found some interesting pictures of old car races from the late 19th to early 20th Century in the United States. Check out this special selection of 30 rare and vintage photographs of American car races. Start your engines, ladies and gentleman.


#1 The first U.S. oval track event in September 1896 at Narragansett Park, Rhode Island

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#2 Narragansett Park, Rhode Island

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#3 The Sioux City Speedway Race, July 4, 1914

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#4 The start of the Elgin National Road races, Aug. 23, 1919

The start of the Elgin National Road Races on Aug. 23, 1919. The annual dirt-track races went from 1910 to 1920, except for a three year break during World War I. Tommy Milton was the winner in 1919, racing 301 miles in a Duesenberg and winning the Elgin National Watch Company trophy. (Chicago Tribune historical photo)....OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS, NO SALES, NO INTERNET, NO TV, CHICAGO OUT, NO DIGITAL MANIPULATION... (Box# 345)


#5 Twin City Motor Speedway, 1916

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#6 Twin City Motor Speedway, 1915

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#7 Vanderbilt Race, 1910

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#8 Waiting to start, Ascot Park, 1908

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#9 1908 Long Island Motor Parkway Sweepstakes

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#10 1914 American Grand Prize

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#11 1914 American Grand Prize

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#12 Agricultural Park Race, 1903

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#13 Ascot Park, 1917

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#14 Auto Races, Abilene, Kansas, ca. 1910s

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#15 Auto Races, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 1917

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#16 Car racing at the old wooden race track in North Omaha, 1915

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#17 Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville, Tennessee, 1911

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#18 First auto race at Orange County Fair, Middletown, NY, 1915

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#19 George Hill and his mechanician in car, a Stutz, on the new Tacoma Speedway track, 1915

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#20 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, September 9, 1916

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#21 Metropolitan Trophy Race, Sheepshead Bay, May 13, 1916

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#22 Vanderbilt Cup Races at Motor Parkway Sweepstakes, 1908

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#23 Narragansett Park Speedway in Providence, Rhode Island on a sunny fall afternoon, 1915

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#24 Racing at the Readville Racetrack in Boston, Massachusetts, 1909

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#25 Racing came to Arizona early as evidenced in this cartoon from the November 2, 1908 edition of the Los Angeles Times

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#26 Sioux City Iowa Racetrack, 1914

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#27 Sioux City Mini Indy, July 4, 1914

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#28 Golden Potlatch Race, Tacoma, July 5, 1915

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#29 Earl Cooper approaches the checkered flag in his Stutz racing car at the Tacoma Speedway, July 4, 1915

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#30 The first auto race in Rush County, Kansas, 1911

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