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Willie Haupt

Willie Haupt, 1913. Originally in the Library of Congress, 1913, so copyright lapsed. JPEG copyright, Richard Jenkins, 2010.

Willie Haupt, 1913. Originally in the Library of Congress, 1913, so copyright lapsed. JPEG copyright, Richard Jenkins, 2010.

Born:

10 Jul 1885
East Cameron, Pennsylvania

Died:

16 Apr 1966
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

Nationality:

United States

Indy 500s:

4 (1913-1920)

Started racing in 1906 and in 1908 raced (and indeed won in) the very first supercharged racing car. Won many hillclimbs and later became a works driver for Benz and Duesenberg. Haupt also worked as an aircraft engineer, working in the Philadelphia Navy Yard in the aircraft engine division, but also for his own business, Haupt & Shaffer Co., which was also based in Pennsylvania. Haupt was the son of two German immigrants who moved over to America in 1864.

Biography last updated 30 Jul 2017