A Stoddard-Dayton won the first race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909. It was the Prest-O-Lite Trophy Race and car number 21 was driven by Jap Clemens for the weekend’s races.
Stoddard-Daytons were promoted and distributed by Carl Fisher, one of the founders or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The car currently displayed at #21 is a tribute model built on an original and correct Model K chasiss. Don Lyons purchased it in 1978 complete with engine, transmission, axles and wheels. Over top of this was fitted bodywork that matched the Model K first driven at the inaugural Indianapolis races.
In 2009 the car was auction by Gooding & Company for their Pebble Beach Auction. They described the car as “While it may not be the very car that ran in 1909, it closely resembles the Jap Clemens’ Stoddard- Dayton that ran in the first events at the Brickyard. The only deviation is a modern 12-volt starter, making it an easy and safe car to start, and a much friendlier proposition for the casual enthusiast. The car is beautifully presented in its original gray and red livery and accurately resembles a high-performance Brass Era speedster. It is said to perform beautifully, running effortlessly at 45 mph. Not only does it run well, it has been validated in concours competition and has been shown recently at the Ault Park Concours d’Elegance.”
It sold for $110,000 USD inclusive of buyer’s premium.
Single Updraft Carburetor
5801 cc / 354 in³
33.6 kw / 45 bhp
7.76 bhp per litre
Rigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension, Hartford Friction Shock Absorbers
Live Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension, Hartford Friction Shock Absorbers