|Ralph Kirkman Mulford|
Mulford at the 1911 Vanderbilt Cup
December 28, 1884|
Brooklyn, New York
|Died||October 23, 1973
Asbury Park, New Jersey
There is an ongoing urban legend that Ralph Mulford may have won the 1911 Indianapolis 500 over Ray Harroun. However, contemporary newspaper accounts and substantiated research, namely by Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian Donald Davidson, have produced no credible evidence to support the claim.
Mulford was retroactively declared the National Driving Champion for 1911 and 1918. He retired from racing on tracks after 1922, but continued to compete for several more years in hill climbs, and -- at one time -- held the record for both the Mount Washington and Pikes Peak climbs.
He died on October 23, 1973 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Indianapolis 500 results
- "Ralph Mulford In Lozier Wins Vanderbilt Trophy". Christian Science Monitor. November 28, 1911. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
Motor enthusiasts who are now in this city are looking forward to the running of the big grand prize automobile race over the local course here Thanksgiving day with much interest, following the opening of the big road meet Monday when the Vanderbilt, Tiedeman and Savannah...
- The Talk of Gasoline Alley. May 18, 2010. WFNI.
- Jaslow, Russell (1997). "Who Really Won The First Indy 500?". The North American Motorsports Journal. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
- The Talk of Gasoline Alley. July 27, 2008. WFNI.
- "The History of the 500 - Episode 10 (Mythbusters)", WIBC 93.1, April 14, 2013
- The Talk of Gasoline Alley. May 25, 2011. WFNI.
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