1912 American Grand Prize

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1912 American Grand Prize
Race details
Date October 5, 1912
Official name IV American Grand Prize
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Course Public roads
Course length 12.68 km (7.88 mi)
Distance 52 laps, 659.36 km (409.76 mi)
First Fiat
Second Benz
Third Stutz

The 1912 American Grand Prize was the seventh and final race of the 1912 Grand Prix season. It was held at the Wauwatosa Road Race Course in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was sanctioned by the Automobile Club of America.[1] Caleb Bragg won by over 15 minutes over Erwin Bergdoll. Bragg's average speed was 68.397 mph (110.074 km/h).[2]

The event was marred by the deaths of two-time and defending winner David Bruce-Brown and his mechanician Tony Scudellari in a practice accident.[3][4] Bruce-Brown's car was repaired by Barney Oldfield and driven to a fourth-place finish.[1] Ralph DePalma and his mechanician Tom Alley were injured when DePalma's Mercedes touched the rear of Bragg's Fiat and overturned, ejecting its occupants.[5]


The grid before the race
Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired
1 41 United States Caleb Bragg Fiat 52 5:59:27.44
2 40 United States Erwin Bergdoll Benz 52 6:14:58.38
3 43 United States Gil Andersen Stutz-Wisconsin 52 6:15:22.47
4 44 United States Barney Oldfield Fiat 52 6:19:54.69
5 39 United States George Clark Mercedes 50 +2 Laps
6 42 United States Joe Horan Benz 47 +5 Laps
7 35 United States Ralph DePalma Mercedes 51 Crashed
8 33 United States Teddy Tetzlaff Fiat 30 Broken Radius Rod
9 32 United States Louis Fontaine Lozier 21 Steering knuckle
10 34 United States Hughie Hughes Mercer 16 Broken fuel line
11 36 United States Spencer Wishart Mercedes 3 Drive shaft
12 31 United States Bob Burman Benz 2 Broken piston
DNS 47 United States Ralph Mulford Knox 0 Ignition


  1. ^ a b Ward, Harry (October 6, 1912). "Young millionaire racing driver is winner of classic". The Washington Times. Archived from the original on July 31, 2018. 
  2. ^ "American Grand Prize". ChampCarStats.com. Archived from the original on 2017-10-10. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Auto racer is killed during speed trial". The Gazette Times. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. October 2, 1912. 
  4. ^ "Tony Scudellari yields to death". The Chicago Daily Tribune. October 9, 1912. 
  5. ^ "Caleb Bragg wins Grand Prize race" (PDF). The New York Times. October 6, 1912. Archived from the original on January 8, 2016. 

Grand Prix Race
1912 Grand Prix season
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1911 American Grand Prize
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1914 American Grand Prize