David Watts, Jr.

Photographer-Filmmaker-Historian

Collings Foundation - Race of the Century (2008 - 2018)

For eleven summers, Race of the Century was the Collings Foundation's annual living history event to tell the story of four decades (1900 - 1940) of transportation development. By racing vehicles of a given era against each other - from horse power to motor cars to aircraft - visitors could see for themselves how the world was changed in such a short time.

Dreyer-Ford sprint car. In the background is a  Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star jet trainer.

Hunter Chaney, CF Director of Marketing, begins the 2017 Race of the Century in front of the 1867 Concord stage coach driven by teamster Roland Barrett

Horse-drawn surrey.

Horseman John Catalfumo (as World War I German cavalryman). In the background are the 1909 Bleriot Model XI monoplane and Nortn American AT-6 Texan trainer.

John Frost driving his horse and racing sulky.

Horseman Dave Loda (portraying Frederick Burnham; possibly a model for the character of Indiana Jones)

German cavalryman (John Catafulmo) racing a hunting equestrian (Hugh Francis).

1906 Stanley Steamer, equestrian, and 1905 Cadillac,

Audience members pulling the 1890 horse drawn 12-person hand pumper.

Joe Scheill hand-starting the 1909 Bleriot Model XI monoplane, piloted by CF Executive Director and Chief Pilot Rob Collings.

Neck and neck as they approach the finish line, pilot Rob Collings, in the 1909 Bleriot Type XI monplane, and Kelsey Bjornson on her horse, Comet.

An Indian motorcycle and sidecar leads the 1906 Stanley Steamer touring car.

CF Director of Marketing Hunter Chaney introduces the 1914 Stutz Bearcat to the crowd.

Crew help driver Chris Cassidy roll his Dreyer-Ford sprint car off the flatbed of the 1931 Chevrolet Model C-Cab truck.

1937 Offenhauser 270 c.i. sprint car, driven by "Grass Burning" Bruce Harrison, leads the mini sprint car, driven by Chris Cassidy (as Buck Lightning), and the Dreyer-Ford sprint car, driven by "Shovelhead" Joe Scheil.

"Grass Burning" Bruce Harrison, in the Riley Racing Equipment Four Point sprint car, follows Chris Cassidy in the Dreyer-Ford sprint car.

Again, Chris Cassidy, in the midget sprint car, leads the Riley Racing Equipment Four Point sprint car, driven by "Grass Burning" Bruce Harrison.

The Dreyer-Ford sprint car, driven by Chris Cassidy, with the Boeing Stearman PT-17 Stearman biplane trainer in the background.

Four Port Nelson & Sons Special sprint car, driven by "Grass Burning" Bruce Harrison. In the background are Ford Model T motorcars, belonging to members of the Central Massachusetts Model T Club and the rear of the barn containing the motorcar collection.

Ford-Dreyer sprint car, driven by Joe Scheil leads the 1937 Offenhauser 270 c.i. sprint car, driven by Chris Cassidy, the Four Port Nelson & Sons Special sprint car, Bruce Harrison, and the mini sprint car.

The Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet biplane, piloted by Rob Collings, and "Grass Burning" Bruce Harrison in the1937 Offenhauser 270 c.i. sprint car on the first leg of their race.

1937 Offenhauser 270 c.i. sprint car, driven by "Grass Burning" Bruce Harrison, and the Waco UPF-7 biplane, piloted by Rob Collings.

1937 Offenhauser 270 c.i. sprint car, driven by "Grass Burning" Bruce Harrison, and the Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet biplane, piloted by Rob Collings.

A virtual tie in the making ... PIlot Rob Collings glances down from the cockpit of the Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet biplane at "Grass Burning" Bruce Harrison in the Dreyer-Ford sprint car.

PIlot Rob Collings, in the cockpit of the Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet biplane, follows "Grass Burning" Bruce Harrison in the Dreyer-Ford sprint car in the final run to the finish line.

The winner ... "Grass Burning" Bruce Harrison raises the checkered flag in triumph after winning his race against the aircraft. The win is announced by CF Director of Marketing Hunter Chaney.

CF Director of Marketing Hunter Chaney congratulates winner Ryan Keough.

© 2007 - 2020 David Watts, Jr. Photographer-Filmmaker-Historian