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
← 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 were also at least two non-championship events held during the year, this was the first year that the AAA Contest Board (then known as the Racing 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 (state) 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 (state) Empire City 10 Empire City Speedway Yonkers, New York Michigan Louis Chevrolet
4 June 28 Pennsylvania Brunots Island Brunots Island Driving Track Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Ohio Barney Oldfield
5 June 29 Pennsylvania Brunots Island 10 Brunots Island Driving Track Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Michigan Louis Chevrolet
6 July 4 New York (state) 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 (state) Buffalo 5 Kenilworth Park Buffalo, New York Ohio Barney Oldfield
9 September 9 Massachusetts Readville 5 Readville Trotting Park Readville, Massachusetts Ohio Barney Oldfield
NC September 18 New York (state) Syracuse 5[note 1] New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, New York New York (state) Guy Vaughn
10 September 23 Rhode Island Providence 5 Narragansett Park Speedway Pawtuxet, Rhode Island Ohio Barney Oldfield
11 September 29 New York (state) 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 (state) Herbert Lytle Pope-Toledo 2
8 New Jersey Montague Roberts Thomas 2
9 United States Frank Wridgeway Peerless 1
New York (state) 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).