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NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS IN 1909

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NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS IN 1909

The New York Times
December 26, 1909


SOME CHAMPIONS IN SPORTS FOR 1909.

AUTOMOBILING.
Winner of Vanderbilt Cup, Alco car:  Harry F. Grant, driver.
Cobe cup race, Crown Point, Buick car: L. Chevrolet, driver.
Wheatley Hills Sweepstakes, Marmon car; R. W. Harroun, driver.
Fairmont Park road race, Simplex car; George Robertson, driver.
Massapequa Trophy, Chalmers-Detroit car; Joe Matson, driver.
Milerecord, Indianapolis, 39:21, Fiat car, Louis Strang, driver.
Five-mile record, Indianapolis, 3:27:10, Fiat car, Louis Strang, driver.

Victors in Auto Races.

The automobile had a year of flattering success.  The Vanderbilt Cup race on Oct. 30 was won by an Alco car, driven by Harry F. Grant.  He covered the 278.08 miles in 4:25:42, an average of sixty-three miles an hour.  A Fiat car, driven by E. H. Parker, took second place.

The Wheatley Hills Sweepstakes was won by a thirty-two horse power Marmon car, driven by R. W. Harroun, and the Massapequa trophy was won by a Chalmers-Detroit, thirty horse power, driven by Joe Matson.  The 200-mile road race at Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, was won by a ninety horse power Simplex car.  It averaged 54 miles an hour.  A Chalmers-Detroit, driven by Burt Dingley, was second.  Louis Strang, driving a Fiat, shattered the records from one to five miles at Indianapolis on Dec. 17.  The new mile mark is 0:39:22.  His record for five miles was 3:17:20.

The road race at Crown Point, Ind., on June 19, for the Cobe Cup was won by a Buick, driven by Louis Chevrolet.  The time was 8:01:39 for 395.6 miles, an average of 49.9 miles an hour.

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