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Webb Jay's Auto Wins.

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Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Webb Jay

Webb Jay's Auto Wins.

The New York Times
May 31, 1905

With Fast Steam Car, He Beats Oldfield at Chicago.

CHICAGO, May 30.—Webb Jay carried off the honors with his steam racing car in the final day's racing of the automobile meet at Harlem to-day.  In a ten-mile race with Barney Oldfield, Jay won the $1,000 cash prize in the fast time of 9:49 2-5.  In addition to this, he deafeated Louis Chevrolet in a five-mile special race for a purse of $500.  Jay's time was 4:58.  He also won the second heat of the contest for the Dr. Thomas cup, doing the five miles in 4:54 4-5.

In the ten-mile event with Oldfield, the use of steam as opposed to gasoline was demonstrated by Jay.  Although hard pressed throughout the entire race, Jay finished several lengths in the lead.  This race was the most exciting seen during the meet.



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