Burman in 1911
April 23, 1884|
Imlay City, Michigan
|Died||April 8, 1916
|Cause of death||Car accident|
He was born on April 23, 1884 in Imlay City, Michigan. He was the winner of the Prest-O-Lite Trophy Race in 1909. He competed at the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. Racing for racing promoter Ernest Moross, Burman set world records in his 200 horsepower Blitzen Benz racecar on the sands of Daytona Beach and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1911.
He was killed on April 8, 1916 in a road race in Corona, California, when he rolled over in his open-cockpit Peugeot car. Three spectators were also killed, and five others were seriously injured. His death caused his friends Barney Oldfield and Harry Arminius Miller to join forces to build a race car that incorporated a roll cage inside a streamlined driver's compartment that completely enclosed the driver. It was called the Golden Submarine.
Indy 500 results
Bob Burman's Keeton racer finished 11th place at Indianapolis in 1913
- "Bob Burman's Crown". Retrieved 2011-10-14.
- "Bob Burman Killed in California Race. His Mechanician and a Track Guard Also Die When Machine Overturns.". New York Times. April 9, 1916. Retrieved 2010-11-04. "Bob Burman of Detroit, noted automobile racer; his mechanician, Eric Schroeder of Chicago, and a track guard are dead tonight as a result of the overturning of Burman's car in the Corona road race here today. Five spectators were injured, several seriously."
- "'Wild Bob' Burman and Chicago Boy Die in Auto Crash. Corona Guard also Killed When Demon Plunges into Crowd". Chicago Tribune. April 9, 1916. Retrieved 2010-11-04. "Wild Bob Burman of Detroit Mechanic Erie Schrader of Chicago and Track Policeman W. H. Speer dead and five spectators injured three of whom may ..."
- "13 Inductees set as Class of 2011 for National Sprint Car Hall of Fame". National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
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