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Ormond Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Beach Racers

 
 
Beach Racers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, May 9, 2019
1. Beach Racers Marker
Inscription.  
On March 28, 1903, Ormond Beach was
the site of a thrilling one-mile race
between pioneer auto builders. The Hotel
Ormond Challenge Cup pitted Alexander
Winton’s red Bullet against Ransom E. Old's
Pirate, driven by engineer H.T. Thomas.
Winton and his heavier Bullet barely won—
the recorded time 75 seconds, or 48 m.p.h.
Another winner was Ormond Beach, soon famous
for its sand racecourse and world speed marks.

 
Erected by Motor Racing Heritage Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentRoads & VehiclesSports.
 
Location. 29° 17.542′ N, 81° 2.38′ W. Marker is in Ormond Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Ocean Shore Boulevard (State Road A1A) and East Granada Boulevard (State Road 40), on the right when traveling north. Marker located within Birthplace Of Speed Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21 Ocean Shore Blvd, Ormond Beach FL 32176, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Beach Racers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, May 9, 2019
2. Beach Racers Marker
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace Of Speed (within shouting distance of this marker); Ormond Beach’s Longest Held Land Speed Record (within shouting distance of this marker); Glenn Hammond Curtiss (within shouting distance of this marker); Ormond Fire House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Ormond Garage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Veterans of the Korean War (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans of the Vietnam War (approx. 0.4 miles away); The World War Honor Roll (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ormond Beach.
 
Winton and the Bullet image. Click for full size.
Public Domain
3. Winton and the Bullet
H.T. Thomas driving the Pirate in 1903 image. Click for full size.
Public Domain
4. H.T. Thomas driving the Pirate in 1903
Measured Mile image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Racing’s North Turn Beach Bar and Grill, November 12, 2017
5. Measured Mile
Entrance to the Birthplace of Speed Park image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross
6. Entrance to the Birthplace of Speed Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 12, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 12, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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