Bob Burman

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Bob Burman
Bob Burman.jpg
Burman in 1911
Born (1884-04-23)April 23, 1884
Imlay City, Michigan
Died April 8, 1916(1916-04-08) (aged 31)
Corona, California
Cause of death
Car accident

Robert R. Burman (23 April 1884 – 8 April 1916) was an American racecar driver who participated in the 1911 Indianapolis 500.

Biography[edit]

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.[1]

He was killed on April 8, 1916 in a road race in Corona, California, when he rolled over in his open-cockpit Peugeot car.[2] Three spectators were also killed, and five others were seriously injured.[3] 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.

Awards[edit]

He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2011.[4]

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1911 45 39 19 126 0 Flagged
1912 15 12 84.110 7 12 157 0 Crash T2
1913 4 21 84.170 7 11 188 41 Flagged
1914 17 22 90.410 12 24 47 0 Rod
1915 8 7 92.400 7 6 200 0 Running
Totals 718 41
Starts 5
Poles 0
Front Row 0
Wins 0
Top 5 0
Top 10 1
Retired 2

Images[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bob Burman's Crown". Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  2. ^ "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." 
  3. ^ "'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 ..." 
  4. ^ "13 Inductees set as Class of 2011 for National Sprint Car Hall of Fame". National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Retrieved 8 July 2011.