The Fairmount Park Motor Races, 1908–1911
About the Book
For four years in the early 1900s, the Fairmount Park Motor Races were run on an eight-mile course in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park. They drew half a million spectators the first year but surprisingly have largely been overlooked as part of automobile racing history. There were never any serious injuries and not a single death but after four years the event was banned, with safety concerns cited.
Both the on-track action and the off-track events that affected the races are described as are the successful crusade to stop the races and the attempts to revive it in the years following.
About the Author(s)
Michael J. Seneca
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 68 photos, tables, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010 
Table of Contents
1. An Unlikely Venue 3
2. Making Plans 19
3. The Founders’ Week Cup 39
4. A Charitable Event 57
5. The Second Annual Fairmount Park Race 77
6. Surpassing Vanderbilt 99
7. The Third Annual Fairmount Park Race 115
8. Controversy 133
9. The Fourth Annual Fairmount Park Race 151
10. Opposition 169
11. Conclusion 187
Book Reviews & Awards
Winner, Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Award–Society of Automotive Historians
“a model of historical scholarship…a pioneering exploration of historical events…a well-written, well-researched and well-organized book with an excellent index and good bibliography…incredible detail…good history and a ‘good read’”—SAH Journal; “closes a gap in motor racing history…recommended”—The Automobile; “a lot of historic merit”—Hemmings Motor News; “superb in-depth examination of the behind-the-scenes…an excellent example of how automobile racing history should be written”—SpeedReaders; “an insider’s look at one of the early twentieth-century’s spectacular racing venues, replete with period photographs, records, statistics, and maps…greatly adds sports, social, and political history to Philadelphia”—Pennsylvania Heritage.