After the recent article covering the rebuilding of the Blitzen Benz two readers have sent in more photos and information on the two cars. Frank Barrett sent in the image (above) along with the following information: “The photographer, Harry Rhoads, worked for the Rocky Mountain News; his work appears in the book Denver’s Man With A Camera.
The image came from the Western History Collection of the Denver Public Library. According to the library, it was shot in 1910. The site, Overland Park race course, on the east bank of the South Platte River, is now a golf course, with no trace of the old track”.
“The last reference I have ever been able to find about the Blitzen Benz No. 2 appeared in the July 13, 1920 Bismark Tribune (N.D.), reporting on a new record at the North Dakota State Fair track set by driver Larry Stone in a Blitzen Benz. He circled the half-mile oval in 1 minute, 8 seconds, clipping two-fifths of a second off the record made by George Clark the previous year”.
“I believe the fantastic photo of the Blitzen Benz being tuned up is of the original 1909 Blitzen, campaigned by Oldfield, as it was being refurbished for racing after Moross sold it to Bob Burman. It eventually went back to England and was raced at Brooklands before being broken up”.
“As far as what ultimately happened to the Blitzen Benz No. 2, there have been a few theories ranging from destruction in a Hollywood movie in 1923 to winding up in Australia. I certainly would like to know for sure what happened to it”.
Editors note: More research has lead to the conclusion we came to earlier while writing the first article and studying photos in William Boddy’s book Brooklands Giants and George Wingard’s Real Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing. It appears that Blitzen Benz No. 1 did, in fact, end up in England in the early 1920s in racer Count Louis Zborowski’s stable, minus its original radiator and can be seen (above). It appears the car may have later been broken up for parts, as Boddy reports the transmission later ended up in one of Zborowski’s other cars.