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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