The collection of vintage racing memorabilia of Ben Duncan, ex-Peter De Palo Chief pit attendant, circa 1920s

Summary

  • Type 
    Automobilia
  • Lot number 
    68
  • Location

Description

The collection of vintage racing memorabilia of Ben Duncan, ex-Peter De Palo Chief pit attendant, circa 1920s, a variety of interesting keepsakes from Ben Duncan over the years he spent in racing and later on in life at the service station. Mostly custom framed monochrome images personalized by the drivers themselves to Mr. Duncan. Seeing a few of the drivers included, you can gather that he was well respected. Peter DePalo had written "To Benny Duncan my most valuable assistant with sincere best wishes Pete De Palo" This particular reference was to Ben Duncan's role as Chief Pit Attendant for Pete De Palo during his greatest victory at the 1925 Indianapolis 500 mile race. De Palo also achieved world record speeds at Indy for the time at over 100MPH all with the help of his reliable Benny Duncan. That record stood for seven years.
Amongst the personal photographs are a few of Ben's spoils from that most important win for De Palo and the Deusenberg team. Items include the original Boyce Moto-Meter used on De Palo's winning car in the Indy 500, 1925. Enclosed in a custom display case, the Moto-Meter appears to have a small photo of De Palo in the temperature gauge. Probably added after the fact. Said to be the prized piece of the collection. Also, the trouble light and tire gauge used during the race.
Lot also includes a 1920 and a 1926 panoramic line up photographs for the Indy 500. (Qty)