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Pre-WWII Racing


The New York Times
December 5, 1909

Rival Automobile Organizations Striving to Promote Race Track for Cobe Cup Race.


Western Motorists Interested in the Movement—Gossip of the Automobilists from Many Centres.

Special to The New York Times.

CHICAGO, Dec. 4.—Propositions to hang up the Cobe Cup for a speedway contest instead of a road race are being considered by Directors of the Chicago Automobile Club, although as yet no decisive step has been taken in the matter.  As far as it has gone is that the local organization has been asked to do this as a business proposition.

At the same time this new tangle has brought out the fact that others besides the promoters hinted at by David Beecroft at the Chicago Motor Club supper consider Chicago as being a likely spot to support a big speedway like the one at Atlanta or Indianapolis.  It also complicates the local situation, and makes it look as if there is a chance for two big motor ovals in the immediate vicinity of this city.

Since the Cobe Cup offer has come out it has not met with the indorsement of those who were instrumental in making it one of the motoring classics of the year.  It is pointed out that the race of last June was so successful from every standpoint but a financial one that it has been recognized as the best-conducted road race of the year and one that is well worthy of repeating.  While it is felt that the Cobe Cup on the track might be a success from the box office point of view, yet it is contended that it would at once lose its identity and become nothing more than a track race just like a dozen or so others.

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