Thursday, February 24, 2011

Early MN racing history

Did you know?

A 24 Hour endurance auto race was held in Minnesota in 1907 and the winner traveled over 1,000 miles?

The MN state fair had numerous high profile auto races in the early 1900's but did you know a 2 mile Super Speedway made of concrete was built just North West of Fort Snelling?  They had a race in 1915 that had a $50,000 purse... in 1915!  The track was short-lived but it was built and it was raced on.

Here is a link to a great article about early MN racing history.

Here is another story about the "Minneapolis 500"

*photo #1 above courtesy of MN Historical society and St Paul Dispatch
*photo #2 courtesy of Bob Adelmann, Noel Allard collection

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