International Sweepstakes : Greater San Francisco Speedway. San Carlos on the Peninsula. San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 11, 1921
- Taylor Photo Publicity Service 323 Turk St. S.F.
- S[an] F[rancisco] : Taylor Photo Publicity Service, 1921.
- Physical description
- 1 photograph : black and white print ; sheet 21 x 100 cm
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- Taylor Photo Publicity Service, creator.
- Photograph showing the contestants and associated folk at the Greater San Francisco Speedway in San Carlos, CA, on race day for the speedway's inaugural event. The stands, in the back-ground, are filled, so this photograph was likely taken a bit prior to the race's start.
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- International Sweepstakes: Greater San Francisco Speedway. San Carlos on the Peninsula. San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 11, 1921 (Mss Photo 0518) Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
- Purchase; 2015. Accession MSS 2016-018.
- San Carlos was the home to the short-lived Greater San Franciso Speedway, which was built on 90 acres north of Brittan Avenue, near the San Carlos Aviation Field, being modeled after a successful similar venture in Beverly Hills CA. The 50' wide wooden track was 1-1/4 miles in length, circular in form, with no straightaways. The inaugural event was a 250 mi automobile race, staged December 11, 1921. The race drew an international field of contestants, including Ralph de Palma, then known as the "Italian Speed King". There were a total of 14 entrants, with the total purse a substantial $25,000 with the event reputedly drawing a crowd of 40,000. The winner that day was Jimmy Murphy, who took home the first prize sum of $7000. Subsequently, there would be two other automobile races, as well as some motorcycle races before a fire the next year would destroy three-quarters of the track, essentially ending its life as a raceway.
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