Feb 05 2009

Harry Grant at the First Indy 500 Race

After winning consecutive Vanderbilt Cup Races, Harry Grant entered the Alco-6 Black Beast Racer in the Inaugural Indy 500 Race on May 30, 1911.

Prior to this historic race, Grant and the other drivers and mechanicians lined up on the starting line for a photo opportunity. As shown in the above image, Grant stood out in his Alco sweater. Can anyone identify other people in the photo?

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Feb 06 2009 Mark Dill 10:15 AM

Hi Howard.

I can tell you with some confidence that the tall man with the thick mane on the left is David Bruce-Brown. I am equally confident that the man on the far right is Hughie Hughes. Less certain, but I think a pretty fair guess is that the man standing to Harry’s left is Johnny Aitken. Also, I believe the man standing just left of Aitken is Bill Endicott.

If you know the answers, I’d love to know. If not, I can see about getting the drivers properly identified.


Feb 07 2009 Howard Kroplick 6:10 PM


Thanks for the comment. I agree the gentleman on the far left is David Bruce-Brown, winner of the 1910 and 1911 American Grand Prize races.



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