by Michael J. Seneca, hard cover book. 190 pages, 65 pictures. For four years, 1908 to 1911, 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 been overlooked as part of automobile racing history. Unlike other events such as the Vanderbilt Cup, there were no serious injuries, but after four years of spectacular racing, the event was banned, with safety concerns cited. Opening with a brief look at automobile racing prior to 1908, the book discusses the proposal to have a race in Fairmount Park and the reasons why Philadelphia was such an unlikely place. Both the on-track actiona and the off-track events that affected them are described. Dr. J. William White's successful crusade to stop the races is examined, as are attempts to revive the race.
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