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Prime 5 Colored Racers

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The dawn of the auto age at the beginning of the last century was also the beginning of auto racing around the world. In America the this was also the height of the “Jim Crow” era. Which meant that “Colored” people, as African-American’s were called then, could not equally to participate in sports, business and society. This did not mean that Black’s had no interest in automobiles and racing. To the contrary. Colored people bought, maintained and raced automobiles. Here is our Prime 5 listing of the early Colored racing pioneers. Colored Racers you tube link

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 Colored Speedway Association
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During thr early 1920’s a group of Black and white, Indianapolis business leaders, created the Colored Speedway Association. The goal was to create a racing series for Colored, ( African-American), drivers and mechanics of the day. This association sponsored the “Gold And Glory Sweepstakes” from 1926 to 1936. The race was run on the 1 mile dirt track at the Indianapolis State Fair grounds on July 4th of each year

Original members of the Colored Speedway Association. From left to right, seated, Harry Dunnington (billiard parlor entrepreneur), William Rucker (community civic leader), George LeMon (advertising specialist); standing, Oscar E. Shilling (railroad executive), Earnest Jay Butler (advertising), Alvin D. Smith (event planning) and Harry A. Earl (Shilling colleague and manager of Walnut Gardens Speedway). This and other images from For Gold & Glory.

Charlie Wiggins
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Rajo Jack

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Dewey Gatson, better known as Rajo Jack or his pseudonym Jack DeSoto, lived from (July 28, 1905 – February 27, 1956). He won races on the West Coast in stock cars, midgets, big cars and motorcycles. Rajo Jack was inducted in the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in 2003 and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2007


Joseph Reynolds "Joie" Ray Jr.
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In 1947, Ray was the first African American licensed by the American Automobile Association. Ray raced primarily in the Midwest and raced in AAA, USAC, CSRA and other organizations, (September 29, 1923 – April 13, 2007)


 Wendell Oliver Scott
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Wendell Oliver Scott lived August 29, 1921 – December 23, 1990. He was one of the first African-American drivers in NASCAR, and in 1963 the first African-American to win a race in the Grand National Series, The series is Now known as NASCAR Cup Series. The Movie Greased Lightening Starring Richard Prior & PAM Grier was based on his life.


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