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Barney Oldfield

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Pioneering American car racer Barney Oldfield signed his most famous slogan "You know me / Barney Oldfield" in green ink on 2" x 3" beige card.

Barney Oldfield (1878-1946) was an American automobile racer and pioneer. On June 20, 1903, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Oldfield became the first driver to run a mile track in one minute flat or 60 miles per hour.

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Oldfield raised his speed in 1910 to 70.159 mph in his "Blitzen Benz" (pictured) and became so popular he would be paid $1,000 to show up for a race. He began to hobnob with the rich and famous and also starred in several movies, including a 1913 Mack Sennett silent film, Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life. In the film's dramatic climax, Oldfield races a train to save heroine Mable Normand, who has been tied to the tracks by the black-hatted villain played by Ford Sterling.

Much to the chagrin of racing's elite, however, Oldfield's "outlaw" reputation only added to his fame and popularity with the public. Always the showman, Oldfield would sometimes play with another driver, holding his car back, only to step on it during the final lap and cross the finish line first, waving at the cheering crowd. He would then bellow out, "You know me, Barney Oldfield," a tag line that became so famous he used it to sign his personal correspondence.