1930s Motorsports Scrapbook - Flipbook & Highlights
By Au Nguyen, Archive Volunteer
This digitized scrapbook, in full below as e-flipbook, is a window into the world of motorsports enthusiasts in the 1930s. We don’t know much about Chuck Edwards, except that he got a parking ticket one September day and the likely gear head who saved all these news clippings 80 years ago. However, his obvious fascination with the thrill of speed and the excitement of competition are clearly timeless.
Just as motorsport fans of today may follow many different racing series, from F1 to NASCAR, these clippings from the early years of the automobile show that speed sports were just as diverse back then, from land speed records at Bonneville (already over 300 mph, in 1937!) to local midget races on the West Coast:
Nevertheless, some things have changed, for the better. For example, the danger of racing cars with no roll cages, while wearing helmets that are probably not as protective as today’s BMX helmets, is especially vivid, in spite of the crumbling scrapbook pages:
Race venues range from the familiar like Indianapolis to the unexpected. On the West coast, there were races at Jantzen Beach in Portland (now a shopping center with a Home Depot) and on the East coast, there was racing at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, Long Island (now a shopping mall).
Then as now, the mantra of “racing improves the breed” is often heard among racing fans:
And finally, Chuck’s parking ticket, which cost him $1 back in the day, still resonates with our own motoring reality, even today in the 21st century!
Since its not clear who actually created the scrapbook, the “Oxford Motorsports Scrapbook” is named after the only marking still visible, which is the brand of the scrapbook vendor, on the back cover. The front cover is missing. In order to share this highly delicate scrapbook, the WOS Archive has created an online flipbook for all to view and experience.
You can find the scrapbook on our online catalog where you can also add comments to add knowledge about the items in the scrapbook.