Race Cars 1917 Season

1917 Uniontown, Pennsylvania
        Universal Trophy Race
Louis Chevrolet surveys track at Uniontown

May 1917 - Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Members of Frontenac team survey track before a practice session

(Emedio Guerrieri Collection)

Louis Chevrolet 1917

May 1917 - Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Louis Chevrolet is seen at the track

prior to Universal Trophy Race

(Emedio Guerrieri Collection)

Louis Chevrolet in practice at Uniontown

May 1917 - Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Louis Chevrolet in the #1 Frontenac

gets acquainted with the big track

(Emedio Guerrieri Collection)

May 1917 - Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Starting Grid on the Boards

#3 Frontenac of Joe Boyer

(Detroit Public Library)

May 1917 - Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Traditional Driver's Line Up Photo,

Louis Chevrolet is on the far left

(Detroit Public Library)

May 1917 - Uniontown, Pennsylvania

#1 Frontenac of Louis Chevrolet

leads cars down main straight away

(Motor Age)

        1917 Cincinnati, Ohio
   Sharonville Sweepstakes

May 1917 - Cincinnati, Ohio

#1 Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Detroit Public Library)

May 1917 - Cincinnati, Ohio

#1 Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Detroit Public Library)

May 1917 - Cincinnati, Ohio

Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Gaston Chevrolet

(Motor Age)

May 1917 - Cincinnati, Ohio

Group of drivers at the track

Arthur Chevrolet (standing on far right)

(Detroit Public Library)

May 1917 - Cincinnati, Ohio

#24 & #1 Frontenac Race Cars with an

Unidentified Mechanician

(Detroit Public Library)

May 1917 - Cincinnati, Ohio

#1 Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Detroit Public Library)

May 1917 - Cincinnati, Ohio

#1 Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Walter Miller Collection)

May 1917 - Cincinnati, Ohio

#1 Frontenac race car of Chevrolet

leads #14 Hudson of Ira Vail

(Walter Miller Collection)

May 1917 - Cincinnati, Ohio

#1 Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Motor Age)

Cartoon of Louis and Gaston Chevrolet

May 1917 - Cincinnati, Ohio

Harold E. Russell cartoon drawing of

Chevrolet Brothers victory at speedway

(Cincinnati Inquirer)

Original Harold E. Russell Cartoon

Today

Original Harold E. Russell Cartoon

(Brannigan Family Collection)

Harold Russell Cartoon of the Chevrolet Brothers

June 1917 - Cincinnati, Ohio

Racing officials change results, and 

drop Gaston Chevrolet to 3rd Place

(Cincinnati Inquirer)

 1917 Chicago, Illinois
Maywood Board Track

June 1917 - Chicago, Illinois

Starting Grid & Driver Line-up

Louis & Arthur Chevrolet on right

(Marci McGuinness Collection)

June 1917 - Chicago, Illinois

#1 Frontenac gets prepped for race

Louis Chevrolet behind the wheel

(TavaresMotorsport.com)

June 1917 - Chicago, Illinois

#24 Frontenac of Joe Boyer Jr.

on front row with Oldfield & DePalma

(The Automobile)

     1917 Omaha, Nebraska

July 1917 - Omaha, Nebraska

Starting Grid for 150 Mile Race

Louis Chevrolet out of the picture

(The Automobile)

July 1917 - Omaha, Nebraska

#24 Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

Omaha Board Speedway

Track Diagram

(Dick Wallen Collection)

  1917 Minneapolis, Minnesota
     Twin City Motor Speedway

Twin Cities Motor Speedway

was a 2-mile high banked oval.

Unlike the board tracks of the day, this facility was paved with concrete

July 1917 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

#54 Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Billy Dunbar Collection)

July 1917 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ira Vail and Louis Chevrolet 

posing for photo in the Hudson pits

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

 1917 Coney Island - Brooklyn, NY
      Sheepshead Bay Speedway

August 1917 - Brooklyn, New York

#54 Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Library of Congress)

August 1917 - Brooklyn, New York

#54 Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Library of Congress)

August 1917 - Brooklyn, New York

#54 Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(The Automobile Journal)

August 1917 - Brooklyn, New York

#54 Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Automobile Topics)

August 1917 - Brooklyn, New York

Frontenac Race Car

Salvatore Barbarino & Louis Chevrolet

(General Motors)

August 1917 - Brooklyn, New York

#54 Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(New York Herald)

 1917 Chicago, Illinois
Maywood Board Track

Sept 1917 - Chicago, Illinois

Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Gaston Chevrolet

(Motor Age)

Sept 1917 - Chicago, Illinois

Official Race Program with

Frontenac Race Cars gracing cover

(ProgCovers.com)

Sept 1917 - Chicago, Illinois

#54 Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(ebay Auction)

Maywood Track Diagram

(Dick Wallen Collection)

Sept 1917 - Chicago, Illinois

#54 Frontenac Race Car

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Motor Age)

Stock Certificate for the

Speedway Park Association 

(Scripophily.com)

 1917 Providence, Rhode Island    Narragansett Park Race Track

Sept 1917 - Narragansett Park

Providence, Rhode Island

Frontenac race cars on starting grid

(The Automotive Journal)

Sept 1917 - Narragansett Park

Providence, Rhode Island

Louis Chevrolet eating ice cream cone

(The Automotive Journal)

Narragansett Racing Association

Stock Certificate

(ClintonCollins.com)

 1917 Coney Island - Brooklyn, NY
      Sheepshead Bay Speedway
1917 Harkness Trophy Race at Sheepshead Bay

Sept 1917 - Harkness Trophy Race

Capacity crowd in the grand stands

watches race cars in side by side action

(Motor Travel)

Louis Chevrolet leads pack at Sheepshead Bay

Sept 1917 - Harkness Trophy Race

Rare glimpse of backstretch, Louis is

seen leading a large group of cars

(Motor World)

Sept 1917 - Harkness Trophy Race

#4 Packard of Ralph De Palma

#54 Frontenac of Louis Chevrolet

(Wayne Herstad Collection)

Louis Chevrolet celebrates in Victory Lane

Sept 1917 - Harkness Trophy Race

Louis Chevrolet accepts trophy from

Harry Harkness after victory

(Motor Travel)

Sept 1917 - Harkness Trophy Race

Ray Bigby & Louis Chevrolet

accept trophy from Harry Harkness

(Kettering University)

Sept 1917 - Harkness Trophy Race

#54 Frontenac makes headlines

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(New York Herald)

               1917 Dayton, Ohio
  Montgomery County Fairgrounds

Sept 1917 - Dayton, Ohio

Newspaper Announcement for Match

Race between Oldfield & Chevrolet.

(Dayton Herald )

Louis Chevrolet in 1917 Match Race

Sept 1917 - Dayton, Ohio

Side by Side Race Action!  National Cash Register Factory is seen in the distance.

(Charles Test Collection)

Today - Dayton, Ohio

Montgomery County Fairgrounds Track,

NCR Factory is no longer there.

(NOAA Satellite Image)

 1917 Birmingham, Alabama
        Alabama State Fair
Barney Oldfield vs. Louis Chevrolet
 1917 New Orleans, Louisiana
      Fairgrounds Race Track

Oct 1917 - New Orleans, Louisiana #1 Frontenac

Louis Chevrolet & Vera Morel

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

Oct 1917 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Match Race with Barney Oldfield

Sketch by local reporter Vera Morel

(New Orleans Item)

Oct 1917 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Fair Grounds Race Track 

Louis Chevrolet

(New Orleans Times Picayune)

Oct 1917 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Fair Grounds Race Track 

Match Race with Oldfield & Chevrolet

(New Orleans Daily State)

Summer & Fall 1917

Official Race Program for the 

Oldfield / Chevrolet match races

(xxxxx)

Oct 1917 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Frontenac race car on display 

at local Buick dealership

(New Orleans Daily State)

 1917 Uniontown, Pennsylvania
             Autumn Classic

Oct 1917 - Uniontown, Pennsylvania  

Autumn Classic 

Wrecked Frontenac of Gaston Chevrolet

(Desnoyers Family Collection)

Oct 1917 - Uiontown, Pennsylvania

Gaston Chevrolet seriously injured

in racing accident

(Wire Report)

Gaston Chevrolet wrecks car at Uniontown 1917.

Oct 1917 - Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Gaston Chevrolet  has bad accident following contact with outside fence

(Emedio Guerrieri Collection)

1917 Los Angeles, California
          Ascot Speedway

Nov 1917 - Ascot Speedway

#1 Frontenac

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Los Angeles Herald Examiner)

Nov 1917 - Ascot Speedway

#1 Frontenac on the starting grid

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Revs Institute)

Nov 1917 - Ascot Speedway

#1 Frontenac

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Revs Institute)

Nov 1917 - Ascot Speedway

#1 Frontenac on the race track

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Revs Institute)

Nov 1917 - Ascot Speedway

Louis Chevrolet & Friends

(Revs Institute)

Nov 1917 - Ascot Speedway

#1 Frontenac

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

Nov 1917 - Ascot Speedway

#1 Frontenac rounding the corner

Driver - Louis Chevrolet

(Revs Institute)

Nov 1917 - Ascot Speedway

Louis Chevrolet & Friends

(Oakland Tribune)