As the Panama-California Exposition approached reality for San Diego, it was thought that a big promotion was needed to attract people into town.

Rapidly, on Dec. 3 a committee of the Al Bahr Shriners officially decided to hold a road race under the auspices of theA.A.A.

the event scheduled for Jan. 9th, 1915 over a 5.982 mile course on Point Loma. It was to be a 300 mile race (51 laps) on existing city streets. Racing was very popular at the time and the date fit in nicely with other scheduled races, which allowed for several factory sponsored teams to participate. Stutz, Duesenberg, Peugeot, Mercer and Maxwell were all represented.

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