Race Cars 1909 Season

Buick Racing Team

Louis Chevrolet & The Buick Team

(Kettering University Archives)

Custom Rail Car for Buick Race Team

(Flint Daily Journal)

Louis Chevrolet & The Buick Team

(Kettering University Archives)

Lookout Mountain - Chattanooga, TN

April 1909 - Lookout Mountain, TN

Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

April 1909 - Lookout Mountain, TN

Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

April 1909 - Lookout Mountain, TN

Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

April 1909 - Lookout Mountain, TN

Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

April 1909 - Lookout Mountain, TN

Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

April 1909 - Lookout Mountain, TN

Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Detroit Public Library)

(Buick Heritage Alliance)

April 1909 - Lookout Mountain, TN

Buick Race Team Members

& event organizers

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

(Buick Motor Company)

   Giants Despair Hillclimb
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

May 1909 - Giants Despair Hill Climb

Large crowd gathers around wrecked

Buick machine of Louis Chevrolet (Luzerne County Historical Society)

May 1909  - Giants Despair Hill Climb

Large crowd gathers around wrecked

Buick machine of Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

May 1909 - Giants Despair Hill Climb

Official Race Program

(ProgCovers.com)

           Cobe Cup
Crowne Point, Indiana

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Detroit Public Library)

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Chicago History Museum)

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Chicago History Museum)

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

#10 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Pat Hathaway Archives)

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

#10 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

#10 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Chicago History Museum)

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

#10 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Chicago History Museum)

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

#10 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

#10 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Chicago History Museum)

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

#10 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Postcard Image)

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

#10 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

Race winner Louis Chevrolet is seen

with William Pickens, and Ira M. Cobe

(Detroit Public Library)

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

Race Winner

Louis Chevrolet

(Detroit Public Library)

June 1909 - Cobe Cup

(Lowell Public Library)

Brighton Beach, New York

July 1909 - Brighton Beach, NY

Louis Chevrolet at speed in

stripped down stock chassis Buick

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

July 1909 - Brighton Beach, NY

Louis Chevrolet racing Buick machine

wins 50-mile event

(Newspaper Clipping)

Circa 1909 - Brighton Beach, NY

Club House Grandstands

(Detroit Public Library)

                Indianapolis Motor Speedway
#34 Buick Model 16A with 298.5 CID Engine

August  1909 - Indianapolis, Indiana

#34 Buick Model 16A - 298.5 CID engine

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Detroit Public Library)

August  1909 - Indianapolis, Indiana

#34 Buick Race Car at the starting line

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Detroit Public Library)

August  1909 - Indianapolis, Indiana

#34 Buick belches castor oil fumes 

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

No 34 Buick Racer of Louis Chevrolet

Today - IMS Museum at Indianapolis

Surviving 1909 Buick Race Car which was campaigned by Louis Chevrolet

(Billy Dunbar Photo)

1909 Buick 298.5 CID Engine

Today - IMS Museum in Indianapolis

Buick Valve-in-Head Engine

298.5 CID Inline 4-Cylinder

(Billy Dunbar Photo)

History of 1909 Buick Race Car

May 1954 - Beloit, Kansas 

1909 Buick is revealed to the public,  

click photo for detailed history of car

(Trevon Richard Collection)

           Indianapolis Motor Speedway
#37 Buick Model 16B with 318 CID Engine

August  1909 - Indianapolis, Indiana

#37 Buick Race Car seen on pit road

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

August  1909 - Indianapolis, Indiana

#37 Buick Race Car at the starting line

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

August  1909 - Indianapolis, Indiana

#37 Buick Race Car in competition

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

August  1909 - Indianapolis

#37 Buick Race Car makes a pit stop

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Detroit Public Library)

August  1909 - Indianapolis

#37 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(ebay Auction)

August  1909 - Indianapolis

#37 Buick taking the checkered flag

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

August  1909 - Indianapolis, Indiana

#37 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

Louis Larsonneur.jpg

1909 - Location Unknown

Rare photo of Louis Larsonneur who was Chevrolet's riding mechanic

(Larsonneur Family Collection)

August  1909 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Rare Ticket Stub for Race

(National Indy 500 Collectors Club)

       Merrimack Park
Lowell, Massachusettes
1909 Buick race team with Louis Chevrolet, and Ray Harroun

September 1909 - Lowell, Mass

Buick Race Team is all smiles,

note Ray Harroun on bottom left

(Detroit Public Library)

September 1909 - Lowell, Mass

Buick Race Car with faint numbers on 

hood, Louis Chevrolet is at the wheel

(Lowell Sun)

September 1909 - Lowell, Mass

#31 Buick with 298.5 CID 4-cylinder 

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Motor Magazine)

September 1909 - Lowell, Mass

#31 Buick Racer kicking up dust

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

September 1909 - Lowell, Mass

#31 Buick Race Car - Model 16A

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

September 1909 - Lowell, Mass

#31 Buick races by group of spectators

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Motor Age)

September 1909 - Lowell, Mass

Louis Chevrolet wins the Yorick Cup

in the 298.5 CID Model 16A Buick

(American Motorist)

September 1909 - Lowell, Mass

Race Medal

(eBay Auction)

September 1909 - Lowell, Mass

Buick Race Team with Ray Harroun,

#31 Buick of Chevrolet featured

(Herald Republican - Salt Lake City)

1909 Model 16B Buick

September 1909 - Lowell, Mass

#17 Buick Model 16B with 318 CID mill,

Louis Chevrolet in time trial event

(Motor Age)

September 1909 - Lowell, Mass

Close up photo of Louis Chevrolet

(Motor Magazine)

Louis Chevrolet wins time trial at Lowell

September 1909 - Lowell, Mass

#17 Buick flashes by main grand stand,

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Motor Age)

 Riverhead Road Race
       Long Island, NY

September 1909 - Long Island, NY

#11 Buick Race Car - Model 16A

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Motor Age)

Louis Chevrolet photographed at Riverhead 1909

September 1909 - Long Island, NY

Louis Chevrolet is pictured with his

trademark headgear and racing goggles

(Motor Age)

September 1909 - Long Island, NY

#11 Buick Race Car rounds corner

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Motor Age)

Louis Chevrolet enroute to victory at Riverhead

September 1909 - Long Island, NY

#11 Buick Race Car kicks up dust

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(The Automobile)

September 1909 - Long Island, NY

#11 Buick Race Car near the finish line

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(The Automobile)

1909 Buick driven by Louis Chevrolet

September 1909 - Long Island, NY

#11 Buick Race Car with 298.5 CID mill

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Motor Age)

       Fairmount Park
       Philadelphia, PA

October 1909 - Philadelphia, PA

#13 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

October 1909 - Philadelphia, PA

#13 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Motor Magazine)

October 1909 - Philadelphia, PA

#13 Buick Race Car

Driver -Louis Chevrolet

(Detroit Public Library)

Brighton Beach, New York
           24 Hour Race

October 1909 - Brighton Beach, NY

#6 Buick with Louis at the wheel,  brother Art is standing in background

(Detroit Public Library)

October 1909 - Brighton Beach, NY

#6 Buick of the Chevrolet brothers races

#5 Buick of Bob Burman

(Motor Age)

October 1909 - Brighton Beach, NY

Official Scoreboard for the

24-Hour  Race

(Detroit Public Library)

Vanderbilt Cup Race       Long Island, NY

October 1909 - Vanderbilt Cup Race

#15 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Peter Helck Collection)

October 1909 - Vanderbilt Cup Race

#15 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Peter Helck Collection)

October 1909 - Vanderbilt Cup Rae

Rare Race Program

(VanderbiltCupRaces.com)

  Coca-Cola Cup
Atlanta, Georgia

November 1909 - Atlanta, Georgia

Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Detroit Public Library)

November 1909 - Atlanta, Georgia

Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Atlanta Journal Constitution)

November 1909  - Atlanta, Georgia

#31 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Buick Motor Company)

November 1909 - Atlanta, Georgia

#31 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

November 1909 - Atlanta, Georgia

Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Library of Congress)

November 1909 - Atlanta, Georgia

#31 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Delco-Remy Postcard)

November 1909 - Atlanta, Georgia

Louis Chevrolet standing with

Coca-Cola President Asa Chandler

(Atlanta Journal Constitution)

November 1909 - Atlanta, Georgia

Race Medal

(eBay Auction)

November 1909 - Atlanta, Georgia

Louis Chevrolet standing with

Lewis Strang & George Robertson

(Detroit Public Library)

November 1909 - Atlanta, Georgia

Buick Race Car

Driver - Arthur Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

November 1909 - Atlanta, Georgia

Buick Team Photo

(Atlanta Journal Constitution)

November 1909 - Atlanta, Georgia

#29 Buick Race Car

Arthur at the wheel, Louis standing

(Georgia Historical Society)

November 1909 - Atlanta, Georgia

#31 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

November 1909 - Atlanta, Georgia

#31 Buick Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

November 1909 - Atlanta, Georgia

Louis Chevrolet is seen watching a race

from the Buick pit box

(Detroit Public Library)