World's Track Award Won by Barney Oldfield, 1903

Summary

The fearless driver Barney Oldfield won many awards at the controls of the Ford-built race car "999." In 1903, Oldfield set the mile track world's record at the Empire City meet. Oldfield in the "999" sped around the track in 55 and 4/5 seconds. Officials awarded Oldfield this medal for his accomplishment claiming him "World's Track Champion."

The fearless driver Barney Oldfield won many awards at the controls of the Ford-built race car "999." In 1903, Oldfield set the mile track world's record at the Empire City meet. Oldfield in the "999" sped around the track in 55 and 4/5 seconds. Officials awarded Oldfield this medal for his accomplishment claiming him "World's Track Champion."

Artifact

Award

Date Made

1903

Subject Date

25 July 1903

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

00.4.3701

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Plate (Material)
Silk (Textile)

Color

Gold (Color)
Blue
Silver (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 4.25 in

Width: 1.5 in  (Of fabric band)

Diameter: 1.125 in  (of wheel)

Inscriptions

Engraved on upper metal pin: EMP / C In raised blue on center metal band: BARNEY OLDFIELD/ JULY 25TH 1903 CIRCULAR MILE 55 4/5 SEC. In blue on lower 'wheel': WORLD'S TRACK/ CHAMPION Stamped on verso of wheel: THEODORE B. STARR. N.Y.

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