While reading through H.A.M.B. comments about the Vanderbuilt Cup, I stumbled across an incredible archive of American race winners called Rumbledrome. It is full of photos and details of American racing history. It got me thinking that there is a bit of my family’s history that I don’t think I’ve shared.
The photo above is of 1946 Indianapolis 500 winner, George Robson. Mr. Robson was my grandfather’s cousin. Robson died in a racing crash in September of that same year. As a 40 year old, this was 41 years before I was born but there is still a bit of living history. My grandmother remembers visiting England as a newlywed to visit the Kirkland and Robson families. Apparently the Robsons were quite well off and had a magnificent country home. she remembers George as a handsome and very charming man. This lifestyle made quite an impression on a young girl from Pennsylvania. Unfortunately is wasn’t too long after that George was killed.
On the Labour Day Weekend race in Atlanta, Robson crashed into the ailing car of Billy De Vore, likely as a result of the heavy dust in the air. Following the initial collision, George’s car was hit by George Barringer and Bud Bardowski. Robson and
Bardowski Barringer (corrected April 08) both died as a result of their injuries.
I’ve never had any connection with oval track racing and I’ve never even been to Indy, but it’s still pretty cool to know that there really was an Indy 500 winner in the family!