The United States suffered through a short-lived but sharp economic depression caused by the return to a peacetime economy after World War I between January 1920 to July 1921. It has largely been forgotten after the advent of the “Roaring Twenties,” a time when automakers used the publics interest in board track racing to stage high-speed runs on some of the wooden “Toothpick Palace” speedways as a means of gaining publicity for their offerings.
The Auburn Automobile Company quickly learned the value of this type of a staged event and prepared a 1927 8-88 Roadster for a speed run. The car is pictured below at the Atlantic City Speedway board track in Hammonton, New Jersey after it had covered a distance of 1000-miles at an average speed of 72.51 m.p.h. powered by a Lycoming L-head straight eight engine producing 88 h.p. The time required for the staged publicity run was thirteen and three-quarters hours including pit stops.
Learn more about Auburn’s later speed runs in our earlier coverage of the marque. The lead photo is courtesy of Old Car Advertisements, and the lower photo is courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection at the Detroit Public Library.