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National Semi-Racing Roadster
National Semi-Racing Roadster
Resource Typeimage
TitleNational Semi-Racing Roadster
Coverage / Year1913
DescriptionThe 1913 National Semi-Racing Roadster is a two-passenger automobile. Its engine and hand crank are in the front. There are two large, tube-shaped gasoline tanks behind driver's seat. Behind the gas tanks is a storage shelf for two spare tires and luggage. The roadster has four rubber tires with wooden spokes. The National has three large headlights and a brake light. The driver and passenger compartment is open, and the car has no windshield. The car is painted gray with red and black trim.
InterpretationThis sporty National Semi-Racing Roadster reflects the racing tradition of its designer and manufacturer, racecar driver Arthur Newby. Originally involved with bicycles, Newby invented the famous six-day bicycle race during the national craze for bicycles. Along with James Allison and Carl Fisher, Newby built the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909. Its first race took place in 1911. The winning car had a rear-view mirror, the first time this technology was used, and the publicity following the race led to the mirror's quick adoption nationwide. Newby's own racecar won the race in 1912. The speedway is now internationally famous for its 500-mile race held annually on Memorial Day. The National Semi-Racing Roadster was manufactured by Newby's firm, the National Motor Vehicle Company.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities;
Learning Standards16 History; 10-12 Science; 13 Science, Technology and Society;
Author or CreatorNewby, Arthur
SourceDrackett, Phil, ed. The Encyclopedia of the Motorcar. New York: Crown Publishers, 1979. Matteucci, Marco. History of the Motor Car. Turin, Italy: Octopus Books, 1970; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Accession File #49.269
Subject / KeywordsCars; Automobiles; Racing cars; Racecars; Indianapolis, Indiana; Land transportation
Collection PublisherMuseum of Science and Industry, Chicago;
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
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Resource Identifier49.269
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