Oldfield, Barney

Oldfield, (Berna Eli) Barney

(1878–1946) auto racer; born in Wauseon, Ohio. One of racing's pioneers, he began as a bicycle racer. He was the first to race a car a mile a minute (1903), while driving Henry Ford's famous "999" racer. A colorful showman who specialized in short "match" races on dirt tracks, he also established a land speed record in 1910 for a one-mile distance at over 131 miles per hour.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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(38) Barney Oldfield, Barney Oldfield's Book for the Motorist (Boston: Small, Maynard & Company Publishers, 1919): Introduction by Homer C.