- *Updated* L to R : Fellow record-breaker aviator Wiley Post, unknown, Mr. Oldfield, unknown, with what appears to be a 1934 Chrysler CB Custom Six Convertible Sedan. The photo was taken at the Century of Progress.
We’re quite sure that we don’t have to introduce our readers to Berna Eli “Barney” Oldfield. We can think of no other other driver who became so well known in his time that his name became part of the culture. If he had received a royalty every time a speed cop used the phrase, “Who do you think you are, Barney Oldfield?”, he would have become a very wealthy man, indeed.
- L to R: Barney makes a point with two unknown gentlemen – Two happy fellows, unknown on the right – Oldfield again in the center with two unidentified gentlemen.
The occasion of this post is to show the first in a series of photos that Wayne Peterson, Oldfield’s great-great nephew, has very generously chosen to share with us. He hopes to do a documentary on the fabled racer and promoter and has asked us to identify, with your help, the people and settings in these images. Any information you might have will be gratefully accepted and acknowledged. All photos from the Barney Oldfield Collection used courtesy of Wayne Peterson. You can also find many more posts about Barney Oldfield here on The Old Motor.
L to R: *Updated* by J.R. Gilmore: From left to right, Andy Henderson, Driver; Spencer T. Honig, Head of Nash California Company, Southern California Nash Distributor; Barney Oldfield; and Chris Sinsbaugh, Editor, Automotive Daily News and AAA Contest Board Honorary Referee. The photo was taken at the 1939 Gilmore-Yosemite Run.