Barney Oldfield established a new land speed record

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16 Mar 1910

1910 - Barney Oldfield established a new land speed record of 131.7 miles-per-hour at Daytona Beach on this date.  Oldfield was driving the “Blitzen Benz,” manufactured in Mannheim Germany in 1909 by the Benz & Cie which boasted an inline four cylinder engine producing 200hp. The Daytona/Ormond Beach area was ideal for these early land speed attempts and is often referred to as the “Birthplace of Speed.” 

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1910

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03

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16