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.