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Barney Oldfield

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Barney Oldfield (June 3, 1878October 4, 1946) was an automobile racer and pioneer. He was also the first man to drive car a mile per minute.

He was born on a farm on the outskirts of Wauseon, Ohio. His accomplishments led to the expression "Who do you think you are? Barney Oldfield?"

Oldfield became famous after agreeing to race a race car made by a Detroit automaker named Henry Ford. He raced race car, called No. 999, against the current champion at the time, Alexander Winston. His victory put Ford on the map and led Barney Oldfield to be a household name.

Barney Oldfield helped fellow racer Carl G. Fisher found the Fisher Automobile Company in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is believed to be the first automobile dealership in the United States.

He was buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

In 1990, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

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