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Speed Racer: 1920

Speed Racer: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Donnie Moore in Duesenberg." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

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A word from the Partnership of English Majors...

It's "Drive Slowly." Geez.

Errata

Dave

My fingers must have gotten carried away while typing. The size of the purse quoted in the Washington Post account was $500, not $5000

also, on a more minor point, it should be "factory workers" not "factor workers"

[Fixed, thanks. And as I like to remind people, if you register as a Shorpy user and log in to leave comments, you can go back and edit them at any time. Hint, hint. - Dave]

A real Doozy

This is one of the cars that established the Duesenberg legend. It was hot stuff all through the twenties. Also the origin of the slang term "doozy."

http://www.duesenberg-racing.com/historyauto.htm

Donnie Moore: Southern title holder

The Washington Post, July 31, 1918

Auto and Motorcycle races will beheld at Benning Saturday afternoon for the benefit of the Camp Meigs athletic fund. Many racing drivers and factory experts have been brought to Washington by the war, and the entry list will contain the names of many well-known pilots.

"Krazy Horse" Verrill, the circular dirt track champion; Donnie Moore, the Southern title holder; Shaffer, Denham, Harley, Cooksey, Spindler, Zimmerman and Parkhurst are among those who will compete.

Eight events have been listed, the feature being a 10-mile race for a purse of $500 between Moore and Denham. Another special will be a 5-mile race for women and five young ladies who rode in the event in Baltimore on July 4 have entered.

All men in uniform will be admitted free and the charge to others will be 50 cents.

Gran Turismo XX

That car was meant to race. The hinges on the hood are set on the side so it won't fly up into the face of the driver. This is not a pampered track racer, that spare tire indicates longer races through the countryside. Add in the quick change lugs and the wire wheels and you're ready to race on the dirt.

Drive Slow, My Foot!

This Doozy was a powerful machine. I wonder what the building in back was...looks very modern for a 1920s "skyscraper". Any info on where this building was/is?

[Wardman Park Hotel at Connecticut Avenue and Woodley Road. - Dave]

Speed

Racing cars of this period had huge in-line aero type engines and were capable of high speeds. The main problem in attaining this, was the dirt roads of the time. Without fenders over the wheels, flying dirt and stones were a major hazard to the drivers.

Hood

Dont know if I would be wanting to sit behind that hood.Car doesnt really look up to going fast..

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