Mark Dill: The Legend of the First Super Speedway
Mark Dill will read his new children’s’ book: The Legend of the First Super Speedway. Signed copies will be available to purchase at this event on May 24th at 10am!
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The Legend of the First Super Speedway
Barney Oldfield riveted his eyes into one of the 3.2 million bricks that paved America’s First Super Speedway. He sought to blot out the din of a packed grandstand and the dangerous gusts that could sweep his car into the unforgiving concrete wall.
A record run could restore his reputation as Amer- ica’s Speed King or cost him his life. A record run could deliver the telling blow in the raging culture war for the soul of American auto racing. Oldfield has the fastest car in the world, and now he must prove himself as America’s champion and ensure the success of his friend Carl Fisher’s titanic battle to raise the modern Indianapolis Motor Speedway up from a fallow cornfield. It’s May 1910 and you have a front-row seat.
First Super Speedway thrusts you into the early 20th century with vivid interpretations of auto racing and what it would be like to walk among the peo- ple and grasp their world view. You will meet the rugged characters of the era as they get “corned” on whiskey, chew “chaw,” and violently bounce as they scorch the bricks of America’s first speedway. You will ride with them on trains, bound across the jag- ged terrain of road races, and step over dead hors- es rotting in the street. The world convulsed with technological change, and the winners mastered it. Everything unfolds through the eyes of protagonists Barney Oldfield and Carl Fisher as they grapple with a cultural battle for the soul of American auto racing. Most importantly, early auto racing’s good, bad, and ugly are put before you in an unvarnished fashion. Why? Because it really happened. No story- teller needs to dramatize a single detail because the amazing events actually took place, and the awe-in- spiring people behind them walked the Earth just as you do now.
What Readers Are Saying
“The Legend of the First Super Speedway captures the essence of what Indy means from a unique angle and in a creative fashion. “
– Al Unser Jr., two-time Indy 500 Champion
“I say with total confidence that Mark is the perfect person to tell this previously untold tale. He brings to the surface the true-life characters that created American auto racing. There’s no sugar coating on this one.”
– Willy T. Ribbs, first black driver to qualify for the Indy 500
“This book is fantastic. It’s a monumental effort worthy of respect.”
– Brian Blain, Founder, Ragtime Racers
“Mark gets it right every day at www.firstsuper- speedway.com, and extends that throughout this story. He is easily one of the leading experts of this racing history and his book is nothing short of brilliant.”
– Johnny Parsons, Jr., 12-time Indianapolis 500 starter
“The Legend of the First Super Speedway rocks.
It’s fast-paced, entertaining and puts readers into the middle of a wild and amazing era as if you were walking among the racers of the day, fresh from a time machine.”
– Jimmy Kite, 5-time Indianapolis 500 starter
“The Legend of the First Super Speedway touches my heart in that Fisher and Oldfield were entrepreneurs, and that is how I have led my life. Like me, they were built to carve their own way.”
– Tony Parella, President & CEO of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.
Born in Indianapolis, Mark Dill has a life-long involvement with auto racing. While studying journalism at Indiana University, Mark worked as news director of Indianapolis Raceway Park. He then took a turn racing cars in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) competition. Later, Mark led Nortel’s sponsorship of the car that won the 1997 Indianapolis 500.
In 2010, he became Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) for three racing seasons. He has written articles about the sport’s early history for IMS programs, historical society magazines, and auto racing journals. Mark assisted New York historian Howard Kroplick to complete his book, “The Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island.”
Currently, Mark consults the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) in public relations. He also operates the Website, First Super Speedway www.firstsuperspeedway.com, the largest online archive of pre 1920 auto racing history in the world.