Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Barney Oldfield

“Drew up the load of potatoes this morning and dug and picked up another load this forenoon.  Then Erny and I picked up the small ones this afternoon.  Got done about 4 o’clock and then picked up about 20 bu- which father dug after dinner and put them in the cellar.  Pleasant but cold day.”

Henry Ford standing beside Oldfield's first car in 1902
Berna Eli "Barney" Oldfield (June 3, 1878 – October 4, 1946) was an automobile racer and pioneer. He was born on a farm on the outskirts of Wauseon, Ohio. He was the first man to drive a car at 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) on an oval.  His accomplishments led to the expression "Who do you think you are? Barney Oldfield?"

At Lakeside Track, April 1907

Barney Oldfield sitting in his Blitzen Benz at Daytona (undated)

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