I have no way of knowing whether Van and Ivan had crew passes, press passes or none of the above, but there are some fabulous photos taken on the track, and in the pits. Perhaps someone will know the race particulars better and fill us in.
I began thinking of how far it is from Amsterdam, New York to the speedway. I'm from California, originally, so what do I know? Turns out that today you can make the drive in about 13-14 hours by interstate. In 1913 you would have probably taken the train, and the New York Central Railway (seriously, look at this link) would probably have been the choice. I won't speculate on the time, but I can imagine... oh wait, I'm speculating. It took a while, longer than it takes today by a wide margin, what with changing cars and such. The scrapbooks suggest that the whole family took the trip, which would have included Cora and Corinne. I guess the train ride was boring to them, since there are no photos of the actual trip. Anyway, pack up our trunks with cameras and film and off we go.
|Pre-race pits of Louis Disbrow. High tech jack there, fellas.|
|Jules Goux won the race in this Peugeot. He hasn't started drinking, yet.|
|Pre-race. Jack Tower's Mason, Harry Endicott's Nyberg.|
|One of my favorites. Louis Disbrow, perhaps qualifying? (stands are empty)|
I changed my cropping with this last photo, and I'll likely stay with this from now on. the first three photo's show that the prints were hand cut, which I thought was cool at first, but now I just think its distracting. Also, in the last photo, I'm wondering if Van or Ivan was standing on the track, or did they find a hole in the fence to shove the camera through for the shot? Finally, it's just a fabulous composition, probably the result of releasing the shutter right when the car was in the center of the photo! Heh.
That's enough for tonight... a few more 1913 coming very soon. I've decided I'm not going to rush forward to the airplanes (my apologies to Brian Karli, who was the inspiration for this blog, btw). There are just too many good photos to pass over in order to get there.