Dec 18 2017

Mystery Foto #50 Solved: Harry Grant at the 1914 Indy 500 Race

Chuck Rudy Jr. needed your help to identify details on last weekend's Mystery Foto.

Mystery Foto questions:

  • Identify the driver (known) and his claim to fame

Harry Grant, winner of the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races.

  • Identify the race car (unknown)

Sunbeam. Likely, the Sunbeam driven in the 1914 Indy 500 Race by Jean Chassagne.

  • Identify the race and its date (unknown)

The 1914 Indy 500 Race held on May 30, 1914.

Comments (6)

Congrats to Ted, Greg O. Ariejan Bos, Steve Lucas and Frank Mendyk for correctly identifying Harry grant.

Special kudos to Ariejan Bos of the Netherlands for recognizing the 1914 Indy 500 Race and the Sunbeam.


Howard Kroplick


Harry Grant in Chassagne's #12 Sunbeam racer. Note: The windscreen on top of the dash.

Bos' Bonus- 1914 Indy 500 Race (Submitted by Ariejan Bos)

Driver Harry Grant in the #27 Sunbeam. Note: The absence of a windscreen.

Driver Jean Chassagne in the #12 Sunbeam

From the 1914 Indy 500 Race Program


Dec 15 2017 Ted 9:42 PM

Got to be kidding on the driver,got to know who that is,the driver of the Black Beast,Harry Grant,no doubt,but not here, have to search a little for the rest. I’ll try to get back.

Dec 16 2017 Greg O. 4:25 PM

Mr. Harry Grant
Winner of the 1909 & 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races in the Alco Black Beast

I’ll be looking into the car and race…

Dec 17 2017 Ariejan Bos 5:06 AM

The picture shows Harry Grant in one of the1914 Indy Sunbeams. The picture is confusing, because he is not sitting in his own car, but in the car of Jean Chassagne. Most car details are identical like the dash-line, the cloth-wrapped steering wheel, the flimsy seats and the relatively high gas tank. A difference is the windscreen on top of the dash, which is continuous (and slightly different in shape) on Grant’s car, but divided on Chassagne’s car (cf. the crashed car photo). Also the color of the car seems lighter than his own car. Another confusing detail by the way is the sweater with the white strip, almost identical to the 1910 Alco sweater, but without lettering.
Chassagne indeed crashed during the 20th lap, turning turtle while taking a turn. Grant was more successful and finished on 7th place.

Dec 17 2017 Dick Gorman 6:25 PM

Mystery Foto #50….I want to call the driver Johnny Aitken and his claim to fame was that he started in 41 races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the most starts of any driver in the track’s history.
Going out on a limb and calling the car a Peugeot. I can’t document it though.

Dec 17 2017 Steve Lucas 9:10 PM

Running out of time for research so I’ll guess !909 & !910 VCR winner Harry Grant at the Elgin National Trophy Race, August, 1913, driving an Isotta.

Dec 18 2017 Frank Mendyk 4:43 PM

I would have to say that the driver looks like Harry Grant.

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