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  • Writer's pictureDavid Story

Pit Row

The Innagural Indianapolis 500 was met with enthusiasm. It seemed all the magazines and newspapers were talking about it. Other races held in 1910 required nominal entry fees; usually just a few dollars. The 500 management however charged a hefty entry fee of $500 wishing to ensure each entry was coming to seriously compete for the win.

It was still a gamble with no prize money offered beyond the first 10 finishers. The winner received $10,00, second place received $5,000, $3000 for third on down to $500 for 10th. Even so, 46 cars paid their money to enter the race.

One entry of note was the Pope-Hartford team from Springfield, Massachusetts. They entered two cars, each loaded with toolboxes and as many spares a possible. They were driven cross country, taking a week to get to Indianapolis for the race.


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