Carl G. Fisher – Trophy Race
Original Fulford By The Sea 1926 Racing Program : Miami – Fulford Speedway February 22, 1926
In 1925, Carl Fisher (who built the Indianapolis Speedway in 1909) was developing Miami Beach and envisioned this area as the winter auto racing capital of the world. He built the world’s fastest 1-1/4 mile “boardtrack” (a wooden, oval race track). The outstanding features of the track were the 50 degree banked turns. Turns banked this steep required a speed of at least 110 miles per hour to keep the race car from sliding down into the infield. The turns at today’s Daytona International Speedway are banked at only 32 degrees.
In 1926, the Fulford-Miami Speedway held its first and only racing event attracting a crowd of 20,000 spectators, some of whom paid up to $15 for a box seat. It was located at the northern end of Flagler Boulevard (NE 19th Avenue) in today’s Sky Lake neighborhood before being demolished in the hurricane of 1926.
Includes pictures of racing legends:
Jack Prince – Champion Bicycle Rider of the World & Builder of Speedways
Fred Johnson – Builder of Speedways
Ray Harroum – Manager and Promoter of Miami-Fulford Speedway
Jack LeCain – Pres. & General Manager of the Rockingham Motor Speedway, Salem, N.H.
M.C. Tebbetts – President Miami-Fulford Speedway
W.J.M. Webster – Secretary Miami-Fulford Speedway
Locomobile Company of Miami
Marmon Motor Cars, Auburn Motor Cars – Ray Harroun and the Marmon “The Yellow Wasp”
Ungar Buick, Miami
Cooper Tire & Battery
Coca – Cola
The Nautilus Hotel
King Cole Hotel
Hickman-Garner Motor Co.
Hill Motor Car Co.
Sppedway Races at Rockingham Board Speedway, Salem, N.H.
& many more
Carl Fisher operated what is believed to be the first automobile dealership in the United States in Indianapolis, and also worked at developing an automobile racetrack locally. After being injured in stunts himself, and following a safety debacle at the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway, of which he was a principal, he helped develop paved racetracks and public roadways. Improvements he implemented at the speedway led to its nickname “The Brickyard”.
In 1913, Fisher conceived and helped develop the Lincoln Highway, the first road for the automobile across the entire United States of America. A convoy trip a few years later by the U.S. Army along Fisher’s Lincoln Highway was a major influence upon then Lt. Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower years later in championing the Interstate Highway System during his presidency in the 1950s.
Carl Fisher followed the east-west Lincoln Highway in 1914 with the conception of the north-south Dixie Highway, which first led from Indianapolis, and eventually extended in several northern branches from the Mid-West U.S. at the Canadian borders to southern mainland Florida. Under his leadership, the initial portion was completed within a single year, and he led an automobile caravan to Florida from Indiana. The Fisher Automobile Company in Indianapolis is considered most likely the first automobile dealership in the United States. It carried multiple models of Oldsmobile, Reo, Packard, Stoddard-Dayton, Stutz, and others.
At the south end of the Dixie Highway in Miami, Florida, Fisher became involved in the successful real estate development of the new resort city of Miami Beach. He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1971.