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LongRoofian January 31, 2013 All Things Hoon 13 Comments


This olelongrooffan sometimes gets some grief from my fellow Hoons about my writing style and my references to things in the third person. One of the things I refer to is the town in which I live, Ormond Beach, Florida. I refer to it as the Birthplace of Speed.

Today is a special event here in the Birthplace of Speed. On January 31, 1905, an automobile reached and exceeded 100 miles per hour for the first time ever. That feat was accomplished down on the beach in in Ormond Beach, Florida. Yes, 100 MPH on the beach.

Before the Bonneville Salt Flats became the site for Land Speed Record attempts, automakers and individual, daredevil auto pioneers flocked to the sand at Ormond Beach, Florida to demonstrate their cars speed.

Ransom Olds, Henry Ford and Alexander Winton, tested their inventions at the beach. The American Automobile Association brought timing equipment in 1903, and the area acquired the nickname “The Birthplace of Speed

G. W. Bitzer, who became D. W. Griffith’s cameraman was sent to Florida by the Biograph studios to record the race in 1905. He set his camera up to get the direct approach, some overhead shots and mostly from the vantage point of the crowd on the beach.

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Thanks to Kate Sullivan over at hemmings blog for sharing this.

Currently there are 13 comments on this article:

  1. stigshift says:

    It's nice to hear something about Florida that doesn't make me ashamed to live here. Speed and hoonage without meth and/or nudity. I KNEW it was possible…

  2. MVEilenstein says:

    "This olelongrooffan sometimes gets some grief from my fellow Hoons about my writing style and my references to things in the third person."

    Screw 'em.

  3. racer139 says:

    Bring back that syle of writing.PLEEEAAASSSEEEE.

  4. HycoSpeed says:

    Happy 108th 100 mph! I wanna go fast!

    • jeepjeff says:

      I think an appropriate birthday salute would be a celebratory stretch of WOT acceleration. I didn't get out to drive today, but I will tomorrow, so I'm going to belatedly punch it for the anniversary of the triple digit barrier (I don't plan on exceeding triple digits, mind you, it's a bit of a bad idea in a Wrangler ;).

  5. Newport Pagnell says:

    Just need to mention the original hoon,Glenn Curtiss who rode a V-8 powered motorcycle to 136 mph in 1907,on the beach. He held the LSR for 11 years.

  6. Bill H says:

    I live in Holly Hill right next to OB , and have lived in Ormond in the past. Always a lot of pride about the Birthplace deal.
    As a kid , it was always neat to see the old Ormond Garage everyday ,wherein many of the historic cars were housed during their
    time attempting records. Later , the beach high speed runs morphed into the Century Club etc , and were moved down on
    the south peninsula , called the Measured Mile. I got to see a few as a kid.

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