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Overtaken: 1923

Overtaken: 1923

August 25, 1923. Montgomery County, Maryland. "Auto races, Rockville Fair." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


Go Speed Racer!

This is a great shot. I bet they made a hell of a racket as they went hurtling by. The crowd must have loved it.

Great Photo

The photo was taken at a great angle - you don't see that very often in pictures from that era. And I love the details on the drivers as they are hurtling down the track. That must have been quite a thrillride!

So cool

Man, this looks so rad. Like driving a coffin on wheels. Too fun!

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