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The original "gasoline alley"

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Title:
The original "gasoline alley"
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Automobile repair shops -- Florida -- Ormond Beach   ( lcsh )
Garages -- Florida -- Ormond Beach   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Ormond Beach (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the development of auto racing and repair shops in Ormond Beach.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 20, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002221404
oclc - 649066252
usfldc doi - D33-0112
usfldc handle - d33.112
System ID:
SFS0000493:00001


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-h03THE ORIGINAL "GASOLINE ALLEY" ORMOND BEACH --At the turn of the century, the hangout for the hot rodders of the nation was a drab-looking, rambling building with a peaked roof on Granada Avenue here, near the then-fabulous Ormond Hotel. The structure housed the Ormond Garage and today is still in use as a private garage for vehicles of Oceanside Country Club and headquarters of the annual antique car meet. The original "Gasoline Alley" came into being with development of the first auto races at the "Birthplace of Speed." The great Florida developer, Henry M. Flagler, had purchased the ornate Ormond Hotel and brought his railroad here, and the wealth of the country congregated here to vacation. An imaginative newspaperman who was a hotel guest, J. F. Hathaway, is credited with "discovering" Ormond Beach as a site for racing. He'd noticed that bicycle tires made little impression on the hard sand and the large stretch of oceanside would make an ideal track for the primitive autos. The Flagler company built the garage. Here the racers were constructed, modified, tested and serviced. In 1904, a frustrated thrill-seeker named Henry Ford borrowed funds to bring his "999" to Ormond to race, then broke an axle. He lacked funds for a new one. He, by the way, wasn't a guest at the hotel; he slept in a tent by the garage and ate cheese and crackers. Others who labored here included Louis Chevrolet, R. E. Olds, Barney Oldfield and many more pioneers. The first race sanctioned by the American Automobile Association, was staged in 1903.

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