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Louis Disbrow

Louis Disbrow, 1914. Originally in the Library of Congress, 1914, so copyright lapsed. JPEG copyright, Richard Jenkins, 2010.

Louis Disbrow, 1914. Originally in the Library of Congress, 1914, so copyright lapsed. JPEG copyright, Richard Jenkins, 2010.

Born:

23 Sep 1876
New York City, New York

Died:

09 Jul 1939
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nationality:

United States

Indy 500s:

4 (1911-1914)

Later became a garage owner, aviator, racing car and boat builder, then a engineer and spark plug manufacturer, before becoming a race official. He even carried on racing well into his 50's. All of these was achieved despite, or maybe because of, being accused and then acquitted of a double murder back in 1902. Disbrow fled to Jamaica after two people died in Long Island, but he was quickly found not guilty despite absconding. Louis died after a long battle with illness. Disbrow was one of America's first top racing drivers - he won the 1909 Atlanta Trophy and also won at Jacksonville and Philadelphia in 1911. Disbrow also raced in powerboat racing.

Biography last updated 7 Nov 2015