Automobile racing, Old Orchard Beach, 1912

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Automobile racing, Old Orchard Beach, 1912

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Man seated in car with a number 2 on the engine. The Old Orchard Beach pier is in the background. The car was manufactured by the Everitt-Metzger-Flanders (E-M-F) Company. The car in this image is a circa 1911 Locomobile Runabout, built in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The car is fully equipped with road accessories and is registered with 1912 Massachusetts plates, indicating that it is a private car and its owner is taking advantage of the closed course to make an informal speed run on the beach.

Competitive auto racing on Old Orchard Beach probably began as early as 1903 although the first recorded formal race was in 1911. The last was in 1913.

The start and finish line was the pier. Googins' Rocks was the southernmost turning point.

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  • Title: Automobile racing, Old Orchard Beach, 1912
  • Creation Date: 1912
  • Subject Date: 1912
  • Locations:
    • Googins' Rocks, Old Orchard Beach, York County, ME
    • Old Orchard Beach, York County, ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1949, 2005.061.1048
  • Collection: Portland Press Herald glass negative collection
  • Object Type: Image

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