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Birthplace Of Speed

 
 
Birthplace Of Speed Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 9, 2019
1. Birthplace Of Speed Marker
Inscription.  
At a time when America had few
paved roads, this hard beach was a
racecourse for automobiles, motorcycles,
and their pioneering builders. The
first sanctioned meet here — from
March 26-28, 1903 — featured time
trials and races for a field including
Alexander Winton’s Bullet, Ransom E.
Olds’ Pirate, and Oscar Hedstrom’s
Indian motorcycle. The racers broke
U.S. and world records, and Ormond
Beach became a favorite venue for
motor sports and automobile testing.
This is the Birthplace of Speed.

 
Erected by Motor Racing Heritage Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentRoads & VehiclesSports. A significant historical date for this entry is March 26, 1903.
 
Location. 29° 17.546′ N, 81° 2.366′ 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
Birthplace Of Speed Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 9, 2019
2. Birthplace Of Speed Marker
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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 markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ormond Beach’s Longest Held Land Speed Record (a few steps from this marker); Glenn Hammond Curtiss (a few steps from this marker); Beach Racers (within shouting distance of this marker); Ormond Fire House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Ormond Garage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Emmons Cottage c. 1885 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans of the Korean War (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans of the Vietnam War (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ormond Beach.
 
Marker Detail: Pirate (L) vs. Bullet (R) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 9, 2019
3. Marker Detail: Pirate (L) vs. Bullet (R)
Oscar Hedstrom, March, 1903 image. Click for full size.
Public Domain
4. Oscar Hedstrom, March, 1903
Oscar Hedstrom with his prototype Indian Racer in front of the Ormond Hotel.
Entrance to the Birthplace of Speed Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross
5. 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 116 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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May. 17, 2022