1912 Elgin, Free For All Trophy Race
31 August - Elgin, IL: 36 laps x 13.631 km = 490.720 km
Pole Position: N/A Fastest lap: N/A Results: 1 4 Ralph DePalma Mercedes 4:25:36.25 2 8 Erwin Bergdoll Benz 4:30:28.28 3 1 Ralph Mulford Knox 32 laps Retirements: 5 Eddie Hearne Fiat 16 Broken transmission 15 Hughie Hughes Mercer 15 Burned crank bearing 2 George Clark Mercedes 5 Wrecked Relief Drivers 1 Billy Chandler Knox Rel Mulford 33-36 Did Not Start: 9 David Bruce-Brown Fiat 9 arrived late 9 Ted Tetzlaff Fiat 9 Sheared diff bolts 11 Neil Whalen National 11 broken magneto Race Notes 1) Free-for-all class, no engine limits 2) The Free for all race wasrun concurrently with Elgin Trophy race. The Trophy race was limited to 600 ci engines and went for 30 laps. Bergdoll's Benz was over 600 ci so he was only elgible for the FFA. For some reason which I've never been able to explain, some only ran the 30 lap race while others stayed on the course for the additional 6 laps. 3) Mulford relieved after being overcome with heat 4) Weather was extremely warm 5) Bergdoll challenged DePalma for lead until pit stop on 35th lap. Tire on fire and delays experienced changing.