Nov 20 2013

The Demon of the Sky Versus The Daredevils of the Earth

Wayne Petersen, the great-great nephew of Barney Oldfield, has forwarded this amazing artwork of Oldfield racing a Curtiss Biplane and a Harley Davidson motorcycle in 1914.



Howard Kroplick


November 24, 2013: Update: Oldfield versus Beachey in Los Angeles in 1914. The above artwork was developed from this photo.

In 1914 Will Pickens  promoted a series of cross-country racing duels between the legendary driver Barney Oldfield and 26-year old Lincoln Beachey, the most daring stunt pilot and the "world's greatest aviator" of his day. 

This ad and the above photo are from Frank Marrero's book "Lincoln Beachey, The Man Who Owned the Sky."

In the above photo, Oldfield raced Beachey in a Christie racer.

This Library of Congress photo shows Oldfield in a Fiat racing Beachey at another track.



I can still recall when I was child that my father would always yell at people who sped by his car: "Who do you think you are? Barney Oldfield?"


Nov 24 2013 Tom Thompson 2:29 AM

A close look at both the airplane and motorcycle and it is clear that both of them were added in the darkroom. The motorcycle wheel’s spokes would not be clear if it were moving. Plus you can see how the road surface under the motorcycle is rougher than the rest of the road. Tom

Nov 24 2013 Howard Kroplick 11:27 AM

Tom, I found the above photo which was used to create this piece of art.

Nov 24 2013 Guy Frost 11:43 AM

I voted for George in remembrance of his son Crawford, who was an early member of
MASCDS (Chowder) until his demise about 20 years ago. He was a tall, distinguished gentleman of the old school, sadly missed.

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