Duesenbergs and Harleys Setting Records on the Greater San Francisco Speedway, 1921-1922

Race car in the 1920s

Join author Nicholas Veronico on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m., as he details the races and records set at the Greater San Francisco Speedway. When it was built in 1921, the speedway was billed as the fastest track in the United States. Located on 130 acres in San Carlos, the mile and one-quarter board track hosted the fastest cars and best drivers in the world. At the time, racers were setting record speeds in excess of 110 mph. Opened in December 1921, it was a stop on the road to the Indianapolis 500 in the 1922 racing season. Three automobile races and one motorcycle race were held at the track before it burned to the ground in June 1922.


Nicholas A. Veronico is the author or co-author of more than 40 books on aviation, military, art, and local history subjects including, most recently, Depression-era Murals of the Bay Area and Depression-era Sculpture of the Bay Area.

Images courtesy Nicholas Veronico

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