On Saturday, Jan. 9, 1915, AAA sponsored a 300 mile road race over a six mile course around Point Loma on roads that exist to this day.
Earl Cooper in Stutz #8 won the race averaging over 65 mph. Only 5 cars finished the grueling route out of 18 cars that started. Racing cars in those days carried a driver as well as a mechanic. Other notable drivers were San Diegan William Carlson (who finished 2nd), Barney Oldfield, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Bob Burman.
On the morning of the great race, an estimated 25,000 people spread out along the course to watch the spectacle. The San Diego Union newspaper proclaimed, “It was the greatest throng ever seen at one event in San Diego, excepting, perhaps, the opening of the exposition.”
On January 10, 2015, this event was commemorated with a living history horseless carriage and race car show in Balboa Park in the San Diego Automotive Museum Parking Lot. Some of the cars toured over the original Point Loma race course between 10 am and 11 am.