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BURMAN TO FIGHT PROTEST.

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Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Indianapolis 500, Bob Burman, Ray Harroun

BURMAN TO FIGHT PROTEST.

The New York Times
May 10, 1915


Auto Driver Refiles Entry of Car to Prevent Disqualification.

Bob Burman, the world's speed king, is up in arms over the announcement that Ray Harroun intends to court disqualification for his Harroun special in the next Indianapolis 500-mile race, on the ground that it is really a Maxwell, and, therefore, ineligible under the rule that "no more than three cars of any one make may start in any race."

Burman sees in Harroun's move a deliberate attempt to disqualify his own Burman special, a rebuilt Peugeot, three new cars of which are already entered for the contest, the same as Maxwell, and says he will fight the proposition to a finish. Bob has refiled his entry under the name of Burman-Peugeot. It is his contention that the motor of the car, save the crank case, is entirely new, having been constructed in Los Angeles under his own supervision. The car is, therefore, no longer a Peugeot, and cannot be barred under the three-car rule.

Burman is not fighting this battle for himself, as his car is probably fast enough to beat out two of the regular Peugeots under any title, but is championing Alphonse Kaufmann, the Peugeot entrant, a warm friend of his.

Dario Resta, the Peugeot crack, and Burman have taken permanent residence at the Indianapolis motor speedway for the race, and are now busily engaged grooming their cars for that event.



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