1905 AAA Championship Car season

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1905 AAA Championship Car season
AAA National Circuit Championship
Races 11
Start date June 10
End date September 29
National champion United States Barney Oldfield
Previous season Next season
None 1909

The 1905 AAA National Motor Car Championship consisted of 11 points-paying races, beginning in The Bronx, New York on June 10 and concluding in Poughkeepsie, New York on September 29. There was also at least two non-championship events held during the year. This was the first year that the AAA Contest Board officially recognized a National Champion in American Championship Car competition.

The 1905 AAA National Champion was Barney Oldfield. For reasons unclear, but likely due to a change in attitudes and opinions by AAA officials about the dangers of racing following several serious accidents, no national championship was officially recognized again until 1916.

Schedule and results[edit]

All races running on Dirt Oval.

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Winning Driver
1 June 10 New York Morris Park 5 Morris Park The Bronx, New York Michigan Louis Chevrolet
2 June 17 Connecticut Hartford 5 Charter Oak Park West Hartford, Connecticut Ohio Barney Oldfield
3 June 26 New York Empire City 10 Empire City Speedway Yonkers, New York Michigan Louis Chevrolet
4 June 28 Pennsylvania Brunots Island Brunots Island Driving Track Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Michigan Barney Oldfield
5 June 29 Pennsylvania Brunots Island 10 Brunots Island Driving Track Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Michigan Louis Chevrolet
6 July 4 New York Morris Park 1 Morris Park The Bronx, New York Iowa Webb Jay
NC August 8 Michigan Grosse Point 5 Grosse Point Track Detroit, Michigan Iowa Webb Jay
7 August 14 Ohio Glenville 5 Glenville Driving Track Cleveland, Ohio Ohio Charles Burman
8 August 19 New York Buffalo 5 Kenilworth Park Buffalo, New York Ohio Barney Oldfield
9 September 9 Massachusetts Readville 5 Hyde Park Readville, Massachusetts Ohio Barney Oldfield
NC September 18 New York Syracuse 5[note 1] New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, New York New York Guy Vaughn
10 September 23 Rhode Island Providence 5 Narragansett Park Pawtuxet, Rhode Island Ohio Barney Oldfield
11 September 29 New York Poughkeepsie 5 Hudson River Driving Park Poughkeepsie, New York Ohio Barney Oldfield
  Non-championship race

Leading National Championship standings[edit]

 #  Driver Car Points
1 Ohio Barney Oldfield Peerless "Green Dragon" 26
2 Michigan Louis Chevrolet Fiat 90 12
3 Iowa Webb Jay White Steamer 4
4 Ohio Charles Burman Peerless 4
5 Italy Emanuel Cedrino Fiat 4
6 Michigan Dan Wurgis Reo Bird 32 4
7 New York Herbert Lytle Pope-Toledo 2
8 New Jersey Montague Roberts Thomas 2
9 United States Frank Wridgeway Peerless 1
New York Guy Vaughn Decauville
France Maurice Bernin Renault
Massachusetts Frank Durbin Stanley

In 1951, Victor Hémery, winner of the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup, was retroactively awarded a National Championship.


Works cited[edit]


  1. ^ "Considerable and reasonable doubt is raised" (based on coverage in The Motor World) about the Syracuse event being a points-paying race in the 1905 National Championship; per research by Don Capps (February 14, 2015).