"My Prayer--Barney Oldfield," a Poem by E. B. Carson, circa 1935

Summary

This poem is a fitting description of "Barney" Oldfield. The auto racing legend "took his chances" winning his first race -- in the Ford-designed "999" -- without having raced before. Though Oldfield "fell" in crashes and lost races, he "fought again" competing and breaking several land speed records. And Oldfield's showman spirit would remain "undiminished" well after he had left the sport.

This poem is a fitting description of "Barney" Oldfield. The auto racing legend "took his chances" winning his first race -- in the Ford-designed "999" -- without having raced before. Though Oldfield "fell" in crashes and lost races, he "fought again" competing and breaking several land speed records. And Oldfield's showman spirit would remain "undiminished" well after he had left the sport.

Artifact

Poem

Date Made

circa 1935

Subject Date

circa 1935

Creators

Carson, E. B. 

Creator Notes

Prayer apparently written by E.B. Carson.

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2005.108.27

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Typewriting

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 11 in

Width: 8.5 in

Inscriptions

Typed, entitled: MY PRAYER - Barney Oldfield: First few lines: Let me live, Oh Mighty Master, / Such a life as men should know, / Tasting triumph and disaster, / Joy, and not too much of woe; ... Typed at bottom of prayer: E. B. Carson

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