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#1 HistoricMustang

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 20:12

These two photographs were presented to our group during our annual event this weekend and we are attempting to locate additional information.

On back of the photograph on left is "Jack LaCain" and on back of photograph on right is "DeResta". We do believe these were taken in 1910/1911 in Savannah, GA.

Thanks to all!

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#2 B Squared

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 20:21

On first sight, Dario Resta on right. I'll take a longer look for driver on left.

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 20:34

A quick look at my Jack Fox authored Indianapolis 500 book shows that Jack LeCain participated at the Speedway from 1914-1916. No photos that would let me say that the photo you posted is of him. I'll look further into the archives.

#4 lil'chris

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 22:41

I agree, that's Dario Resta on the right. Have been browsing my recently received 1950s Motor Sport CD and there's a photo of him in the March 1950 edition.

#5 fines

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 17:08

Yes, definitely Dario Resta on the right. And that looks like Bob Dahnke, his usual riding mechanic in America, in the background. That would date the picture 1915 to 1919, I'd say. Not the Vanderbilt or Grand Prize in '15, because there he had another mechanic.

As for Jack LeCain, I don't recall any pictures of him that I would have access to, so I can't really comment. That steering wheel certainly looks like an early teens car. Needs more research.

Who will be the first to come up with something, Brian?;)

#6 robert dick

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 17:31

Possible that the photo(s) was/were taken on 1 June 1918, Harkness Handicap, Sheepshead Bay.

Jack LeCain drove a Delage,
and Resta his Resta Special:
http://memory.loc.go...6900/26949v.jpg

(see
http://forums.autosp...hlight=harkness )

#7 robert dick

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Posted 16 September 2008 - 08:40

Photo of Jack Le Cain at the wheel of the Delage:
http://memory.loc.go...3100/23112v.jpg
(compare the steering wheels in the photos)

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Posted 16 September 2008 - 15:49

Originally posted by fines
Who will be the first to come up with something, Brian?;)

Well, I guess we're both beaten! :D

Well done, Robert! :up:

#9 robert dick

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 11:28

Jack LeCain in 1916:

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#10 bradbury west

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 11:47

I applaud the notion of the drilled spokes on the steering wheel
Roger Lund