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Barney Oldfield Biography

Obsessed With Speed, Chronology, Becomes An Automobile Racer, Oldfield's Legacy To The SportSELECTED WRITINGS BY OLDFIELD:


American race car driver

Originally famed for his speed in bicycle racing, Barney Oldfield became one of the pioneers of automobile racing. From 1902 to his retirement in 1918, his name was synonymous with speed and daring on the road. He was the first person to drive faster than 60 miles per hour. According to his obituary in the Toledo, Ohio Blade, the inventor of the automobile, Henry Ford, said of Oldfield, "The man did not know what fear was."

Barney Oldfield


Barney Oldfield's Book for the Motorist, Small, Maynard and Co., 1919.

Sketch by Kelly Winters

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