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Ralph DePalma and his Miller go to Yale University

This is a press photo that was taken at Yale University in New Haven, CT., during the late twenties or early thirties. The photo shows DePalma and his last competitive racing car, a straight-eight-powered Miller, on a chassis dynamometer at the school.

DePalma a clever racer and mechanic, who never missed a trick, is shown tuning his car with professors and students in the background. The rear tires of the car can be seen on the wheels of the dynamometer and a chain is visible behind the car to secure it from moving forward.

Partially visible on the (left) is a blower forcing air through the radiator to keep the engine cool while testing. The tower in the background, holds a Model T Ford gas tank at the very top for providing a reliable gravity feed of gasoline to the pair of Winfield carburetors. The dark colored vertical device, with a meter on the (right), appears to be the dyno instrumentation.


4 responses to “Ralph DePalma and his Miller go to Yale University

  1. David –
    Fantastic photos as usual. An interesting side note, it is written that Briggs Cunningham met Ralph DePalma while at Yale – and that this meeting inspired his love of motor sports. I’m estimating that Briggs attended Yale around 1924 – 1828. Could Briggs be pictured in this photo?

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