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Pre-WWII Racing


The New York Times
December 26, 1909

Auto Enthusiasts Giving Serious Consideration to proposition.

Special to The New York Times.

CHICAGO, Dec. 25.—Confirmation to the rumors that the Cobe Cup may be a speedway event next year instead of a road race is had in the announcement that the Board of Directors of the Chicago Automobile Club is giving serious consideration to the proposition; in fact, it has subordinated the road race idea and is bending all its efforts toward encouraging the speedway proposition.

When it was announced that the Cobe Cup might be contested on a Chicago speedway next Summer the local motorists outside of the Automobile Club did not give much heed to the gossip, but now it seems as if the promoters of the proposed speedway have made rapid progress with the big track idea and that all that prevents them from airing the full details of their scheme is that the land deal still hangs fire.  Once that is completed, the promoters will be willing to announce the site.

Those on the inside say that the prospects of Chicago having a speedway that will compare favorably with those of Indianapolis and Atlanta are of the brightest and that in all probability one will be built within easy riding distance of Chicago with superb transportation facilities in time for racing next Summer—by June at the latest.

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