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[[newspaper clippings]] 4 IMMENSE THRONG VIEWS TANFORAN AUTO CONTESTS Stoddard-Dayton Machine Star of the Day--- 1,000 Machines Journey to Racetrack. By Stuart Gayness. BEFORE one of the largest crowds ever gathered at a race meet on this coast, the members of the Olympic Club successfully held their automobile race meet at Tanforan track yesterday. In the history of automobiling there has never been such a large gathering of motorists or those interested in automobile racing as were on hand when President Humphreys of the Olympic Club gave the signal for the start of the first event. It was estimated by the officers of the club that over ten thousand people were present. The grand stand was crowded, the fences were loaded down, and a great many people even saw the races from the cars of the railroad outside the grounds. The most spectacular feature of the immense crowd was the unusual number of motor cars in the field. There was close to a thousand automobiles passed through the gate, no less than seven hundred and fifty being parked in the track inclosure. The increase in the number of machines alone was at least forty per cent greater than at the meet last season. While no records were broken, the races were so close and the competition so keen that the spectators were kept in a state of excitement until the final free-for-all, which the Stoddard - Dayton runabout, driven by Fred Wiseman, won with ease. In fact it was a Stoddard-Dayton day, the Leavitt entry capturing all three races in which it was entered. Probably the greatest interest of the meet was centered in the free-for-all, when the Stoddard, two Comets and White machines face the starter. The little Comet, made in this city by A. Hall and driven by W. Free, shot away at the start, gaining a good lead, with the Stoddard-Dayton hanging on in second place. Comet number two and the White were in the order named. Free held the fence close with the little red speedster, and was tearing off the miles at about a 1-4 clip, with Wiseman holding him a close second, and the Stoddard running fine. In the fifth lap the Stoddard-Dayton began to creep up on the Comet, and swinging around the lower course, the two machines came down the stretch abreast. Just in front of the grand stand the Stoddard pulled away and was never overhauled, winning the main event of the day in easy fashion. The showing of the Buick was remarkable, considering the size and and horsepower of the car. The second race for members of the Olympic Club resulted in an easy victory for Charles Howard and his little car. Again in the fifth race for cars listed at 1500 and under, the Buick captured all of the honors, the little car crossing the finish line yards ahead of its nearest competitor. In the novelty race, at one mile, Free had his only chance to show what the Comet could do. At the start, which called for the driver to run on foot 100 yards, start his machine and cover the mile, Free was slow in getting his car going, the other cars being nearly at the quarter post when he got under way. By the fastest driving ever seen on that track, Free overhauled his rivals and brought the Comet in a winner, crossing the line just a few feet in advance of the Buick. The third race of cars listed at $2750 and under, the Stoddard-Dayton again captured the honors. Also in the sixth race the Stoddard-Dayton defeated all comers. The ten-mile event for cars listed at $3500 and over, the White, driven by A. Dundee won first place, after an exciting race with the Peerless. Fast time was made in the motorcycle races, the first event of the five miles going to W.G. Collins on an Indian. Cheline on a Thor machine captured the second five-mile event. Owing to a mistake in the judgment of a driver, the showing of one of the cars, which was generally conceded a good chance for first honors, were somewhat impaired. Bert Dingley, who drove the Chalmers-Detroit, made the mistake of changing gears on his machine before going to the track and put one on that did not get the speed out of the motor which the original gear would develop. That the track was slow is proven by the time made by the winning cars. None of them did the mile-a-minute clip, although the Comet and the White ran close to it on the stretches. That the people are anxious to see motor races was evident by the early arrival of the spectators. Bu 12 o'clock the grandstand was well filled, and until well after the races started the crowds kept coming. One of the best features of the meet was the expedition with which the races were run off. The officials in charge are to be congratulated on the management of the largest automobile race meet ever held on the coast. The following are the results: Five-mile motorcycle, free for all - Won by Indian, ridden by W.G. Collins; second, Thor, ridden by A. Holsberg. Time, 5:20 1-5. Five-mile handicap, for members of the Olympic Club - Won by Buick, C.S. Howard driver, five seconds handicap; second, Peerless, Max L. Rosenfeld driver, scratch. time, 6:08 1-5. Ten miles, stock cars listed at $2750 and under - Won by Stoddard-Dayton, driven by F.J. Wiseman; second, Chalmers-Detroit, driven by Bert Dingley; third, Buick, driven by C.S. Howard. Time, 11:11 2-5. Five miles, motorcycle, double cylinder - Won by Thor, ridden by A. Chelini; second, Curtiss, ridden by F. Karslike; third, Indian, ridden by W. Merryweather. Ten miles, stock cars, listed at $1500 and under - Won by Buick, driven by C.S. Howard; second, Sunset, driven by T. Hart; third, Buick, driven by Murray. Time, 11:10 2-5. Ten miles, stock cars listed at $2500 to $3500, inclusive - Won by Stoddard-Dayton, driven by F.J. Wiseman; second, Chalmers-Detroit, driven by B. Dingley; third, White, Driven by F. Dundee. Time, 11:25. One mile novelty race, machines on scratch, driver to go 100 yards back, run to machines, crank them and drive a mile - Won by Comet, driven by Fl. Free; second, Buick, driven by C.S. Howard. Time, 1:41 2-5. Ten miles, stock cars listed at $3500 and over - Won by White Steamer, driven by F. Dundee; second Peerless, driven by C. Kellogg. Time, 11:16. Five miles, motorcycle race, single cylinder - Won by Stoddard-Dayton, driven by F.J. Wiseman. Time, 11:21 4-5. Special, five-mile race between Comet automobile and Indian motorcycle [[newspaper cut off - unreadable]] [[cartoon]] [[image: drawing of two women conversing together. One has "Anty Drudge" printed on apron]] [[caption: [[?]] Drudge Talks to an Indignant Woman]] [[associated print is cut off, left and right margins]] [/cartoon]] [[image: photo of two men in suits]] [[caption: Three practical and enthusiastic automobile owners and drivers of their own cars. On the right is Ben Noonan, winner of the Santa Rosa road race in his Stoddard-Dayton; center, Fernando Nelson [[best guess]] who hold the round-trip San Francisco and Los Angeles record made in his White stea[?] car, and Fred Wiseman on the left]] [[image: photo of Stoddard-Dayton motor car with several people around it]] [[caption: The Stoddard-Dayton, winner of the 25 mile race. winner - Won by Stoddard-Dayton, driven by Fred J. Wiseman. Time, 29:44. The other starters, including Stearns, two Whites, Comet and Autocar, did not finish. Santa Rosa Races [[image: photo of 6 race cars, side-by-side, racing]] [[caption: A good start]] [/newspaper clippings]]
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