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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FOLEY & BURK SHOWS: c. 1940s

A Day at the Races

A Day at the Races

As dangerous as auto racing is today, races in the early days were even more so. Note the unbanked dirt track and the open cockpit in these cars.

That's my great, great Uncle Willie driving the Fronty Ford marked with a 7. Apparently, he held a few local records on the 50-mile dirt track. This is from 1924 in Cedarburg, Wisconsin - a suburb of Milwaukee. View full size.

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I'd love to see a bigger version. To get an idea of what it must have been like to drive one of these - try sticking your head out of the window next time you're on the motorway - now imagine you have skinny tires, cart springs and an unmade dust track for a road. Brave men indeed.

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