Barney Oldfield in the Peerless Green Dragon in 1905
Webb Jay with Whistling Billy
Bob Burman in a Buick
The Buick Factory Auto Racing Team at Flint, Michigan around 1908
Louis Chevrolet, Louis Strang, and Bob Burman were the headline drivers on the Buick factory racing team. In a four year period from 1906 to 1910 the Buick racing team compiled the best record of any American automobile manufacturer including winning more than 500 racing trophies and victories at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in its inaugural 1909 season. Sales were directly affected by this record of success in competition. By 1908, Buick was the American automotive industry leader in sales. One of the men pictured above may be Glenn Breed although the only ones to be identified in this photo so far are Louis Strang (seated on the car in front of the rear tire); Walter L. Marr (fifth from right) who was Buick’s first engineer; Joseph R. Common (ninth from left) who was a team mechanic; Bob Burman (seated in car nearest the camera); and Louis Chevrolet (seated in the car beside Burman). The car is a Model 16 Buick that had been modified for racing. Click your mouse on the photo to see another of the same group of men that was taken at the same time and place. If you can identify anyone else in this photo, please contact Bob Lawrence.