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Brighton Beach 24 Hour races…. July 1909

              

According to this article above from the Motor Age, the track was ready to close but the Motor Racing Association came thru at the last moment and saved the racing action at Brighton. After two years the Brighton races had become very popular, as you can see the large crowd in the first photo above at this event. The race started at 9 pm on July 30, 1909 and ran until 9 pm the next evening. The photo at the top shows George Robertson and Al Poole in the Simplex after winning the race again, this time covering 1091 miles. The second place number 7 Rainer is to their right.

The center two photos show them at work during the daylight hours and the last photo shows a pit stop. Al Poole is behind the wheel and the crew appears to be changing tires and topping it up with fluids. We will follow with more Peter Helck Collection Brighton photos in a future post. Photos courtesy of Racemaker Press.

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