Lee Frayer

An automobile innovator, designer of one of the first air-cooled engines, and driver in the 1906 American Elimination Trial and the 1911 Indy 500 Race.

Nationality: United States
Born: October 2, 1974, La Grange, Missouri
Died: July 25, 1938 , 63 years


An automobile innovator, designer of one of the first air-cooled engines, and driver in the 1906 American Elimination Trial and the 1911 Indy 500 Race.

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  • Mar 25 2014

    Images of Automobile Designer/Driver Lee Frayer For His Family

    From Bud Frayer Abraham: "I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for your enthusiastic and knowledgeable participation in the AmeriCarna episode about the Vanderbilt Cup and the Black Beast race car. A very distant relative of mine, Lee Frayer, raced in the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup and the 1911

  • Dec 26 2012

    Profile of Driver Lee Frayer by his Great-Great Grandson

    Lee Frayer was an automobile innovator, designer of one of the first air-cooled engines, and a driver in the 1906 American Elimination Trial and the 1911 Indy 500 Race. Scott Noteboom has provided this profile of Lee Frayer, his great-great-grandfather.

  • Jul 06 2012

    Race Profile: The 1906 American Elimination Trial

    As in 1905, an American Elimination Trial determined the five racers to represent the United States in the Vanderbilt Cup Race. Of 16 entries, 12 cars survived the practice runs to race on Saturday, September 22, 1906.

  • Jan 05 2012

    Another Vanderbilt Cup Race Mystery: Was Eddie Rickenbacker the Mechanician in this 1906 Photo?

    John Bayer wrote: "Not sure the guy in mechanician's seat in Frayer-Miller is Rickenbacker, even at 16. Rick's nose was much broader, and several of the Auburn pics you have posted show that...mystery".

  • Jan 08 2011

    Drivers Who Raced in the 1911 Indy 500 and the Vanderbilt Cup Races (1904-1910)

    The decision of the Indianapolis Speedway to hold one major 500-mile race in 1911 with an unheard purse of $25,100 (equal to $571,000 today) attracted the best racing teams and drivers. Not surprisingly, many of the drivers who participated in the Vanderbilt Cup Races and its associated races also drove in the Inaugural

  • Nov 29 2010

    Article “Rickenbacker-King Of the Dirt Track” by Damon Runyon and Walter Kiernan

    In 1942, World War I "Ace of Aces" and veteran race car driver Eddie Rickenbacker was appointed by Secretary of War Henry Stimson to inspect air bases. During a late 1942 tour of bases in the Pacific, the B-17 Rickenbacker was flying in ran out of fuel. The crew ditched the plane

  • Nov 20 2009

    Starting Lineup: The 1906 American Elimination Trial

    As in 1905, an American Elimination Trial determined the five racers to represent the United States in the Vanderbilt Cup Race. Of 16 entries, 12 cars survived the practice runs to race on Saturday, September 22, 1906. Here are images and profiles of all 16 cars. (Remember to click on the photos to enlarge):

  • Nov 19 2009

    The 1906 Air-Cooled Frayer-Millers

    An innovative machine showcased in the 1906 American Elimination Trial was the unique, air-cooled Frayer-Miller entry with designer Lee Frayer at the wheel. The only car to place the driver on the left side, this entry (one of three Frayer-Millers entered in the American Elimination Trial) broke a radius rod on

  • May 15 2009

    Film “The Inaugural Indy 500 Race”

    In celebration of the Indianapolis 500 Race on Memorial Day, this film shows the first Indy 500 Race held on May 30, 1911. Highlights include:

  • Aug 02 2008

    Eddie Rickenbacker: America’s Ace of Aces and Vanderbilt Cup Participant

    Prior to becoming America’s World War I “Ace of Aces”, an aviation industry pioneer, owner of the Indianapolis Speedway and before changing his last name to Rickenbaker, Eddie was one of the leading race drivers in the country. He participated in one American Elimination Trial for the Vanderbilt Cup