Auto Racingby Malcolm A. Strauss
Automobile Club of America Savannah Race
Poster for the 400 mile Grand Prix in Savannah, Gerogia.This poster for the 400-mile Grand Prix in Savannah, Georgia in 1908 is arguably the rarest and finest of all early American racing posters. It is a most powerful image, showing the driver and mechanic on the open road at dawn, amidst the palmettos with the wheels and front exhaust spewing out a cloud of smoke, fumes, sparks and dust. It must have been hell - but it looks very glamourous. America was the second country (after France) to stage a Grand Prix. The winner was Louis Wagner in a Fiat, going at an average 65.2 mph over the 16 laps of the 25.13 mile road circuit; no American cars ran the full distance, Strauss was a lifelong resident of New York City who honed the illustrative skills we see here creating magazine covers and advertising art.