The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 17, 1968 · Page 149
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 149

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 17, 1968
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'XT' 3 M Alexander Winton Jr., son of the auto pioneer, sat at the wheel of an antique. The elder Win-ton raced Ransom E. Olds at Ormond in 1902. It began in 1902. Ransom E. Olds and Alexander Winton, both wintering at Ormond Beach, got into a snit about whose product could go faster. The products were automobiles. As an alternative to fisticuffs, the men carried their differences to the. hard white sand along the oceanside and raced a mile in their latest models. To a dead heat and a record smashing 57 miles an hour. The contest drew so many spectators that the following year Olds and Winton staged a three-day competition on the sand and Ormond Beach's claim to fame as the birthplace of speed was born. For here was a natural, a clear straight, unobstructed speed course for car manufacturers and drivers to test their metal and machines. By 1905 more than 4,000 racing fans thronged the beach for the International Ormond Derby. They came from everywhere. Around the world. Records were set and broken. Through the years until 1935 most of the automotive developments came about as the result of competition runs over hard-packed sand. Beach racing came to an end that year after 33 glorious seasons. But not without leaving an indelible mark on the city. In 1959 the mark took the form of an inscribed marker set in the sands of Ormond Beach by the Birthplace of Speed Association and a February dedication that brought a gathering of antique cars in celebration of the occasion. Twenty-two venerable vehicles showed up handsomely. ON THE COVER: A 1917 LaFrance Model 40 (ire engine parades past the old Hotel Ormond. Antique car buffs meet again on Thanksgiving weekend. The meet became an annual affair and was moved to the Thanksgiving week end in remembrance of the original Olds-Winton race in November of 1902. This year the 11th Annual Birthplace of Speed meet convenes in honor of the "Tin Lizzie." The theme of the Antique Car Festival is centered around the (iOth anniversary of the Model "T" Ford. The Ford Division, Ford Motor Company, will present two special awards. The first for the best restoration of a "T" and the second to the oldest attending. If you're over 10 you'll get a lot of memories out of the Festival. Remember rumble (continued) All Florida Magazine 1 4 I J

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