Ormond Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Birthplace Of Speed
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: Entertainment • Roads & Vehicles • Sports. 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 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.
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 151 times since then and 12 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.