Collection:Marvin D. Boland CollectionSeries: G51.1-099
(Unique: 39020) Date: 07-05-1915 Description: The Mercer racing team had a very successful journey to the Tacoma Speedway in July of 1915 as young Grover Ruckstell won the big 250-mile Montamarathon on the 4th with Eddie Pullen in third place and Mr. Pullen emerging victorious in the 200-mile Golden Potlatch race the following day. Mr. Pullen is shown waving his arm to the thrilled crowd as he prevented the 1913 titleholder, Earl Cooper in his Stutz, from recapturing the title. Mr. Pullen's winning time of 2:21:14 paid off with $1500 and the Golden Potlatch trophy. 1915 also saw the first appearance of veteran driver Barney Oldfield in his Peugeot at the Tacoma Speedway. Mr. Oldfield, who had high praise for the new track, came in third in the Potlatch after a disputed finish and fifth in the Montamarathon. (TDL 6-27-15, p. 20-article on Mr. Oldfield; TDL 7-5-15, p.1-results; TDL 7-6-15, p. 1,2-results) Subjects:Pullen, Eddie; Tacoma Speedway (Lakewood); Racetracks--Lakewood--1910-1920; Automobile racing--Lakewood--1910-1920; Racing automobiles--1910-1920; Mercer automobile; Grandstands--Lakewood; Sports spectators--Lakewood; Image type: Black & White Print format: 8x10" Rights: See Tacoma Public Library for specific rights and permissions.