I researched a good location a few days earlier, to what I hoped would make a great shot. Here's a capture just before one of the cars crossed the Cabrillo Bridge.
|1912 Packard 7080 CC heading to the Cabrillo Bridge. Image, © John Straub|
As the Panama-California Exposition approached reality, it was thought that a big promotion was needed to attract people into town. Racing was very popular at the time and Point Loma seemed like the perfect place lay out a 5.9 mile course on existing city streets. It was to be a 300 mile race (51 laps). For security, 250 Marines from Camp Howard were detailed to keep the course clear. Al Bahr Shriners sponsored the event and provided members to patrol and sell tickets.
|Staging on Roscrans|
|The action starts heading north.|
|The published layout of the course from 1915.|
|Back down onto Rosecrans for the two mile straight.|
|Heading up Chatsworth at speed.|
Back to today...I had the opportunity to unite the image I captured with the driver and car at a local historic car race held later in the year at Coronado. The famed image, after winning several ribbons during the year at shows, is now off to a new home.
|Owner of number 16, Brian Blain united with the image of his car taken during the reenactment.|