Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Mr. Fisher rose to prominence near what might have been called the “Late Steampunk Era”, from 1900 to 1913 (yes, part of the Edwardian period, for those who insist)! His innovations include developing headlights for autos (so one can drive in the dark!), taking advantage of technological development and market growth to become a spare parts supplier for autos, and was instrumental for developing roadways for commercial and public transportation (e.g the Lincoln Highway, the Dixie Highway), but his crowning achievement is likely the development of the Indianapolis Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500!
I must admit I’m not a follower of automotive competition, but the stories behind the development and growth of the Speedway are a fantastic overview of the emergence and acceptance of technology (though a bit bloody, as one can learn). Vice trying to recount the stories behind the rise and ultimate fall of this innovator, please do consider a visit to a few associated websites for more regarding Mr. Carl Fisher, an unsung Steampunk Technologist, at…
His Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_G._Fisher
An excellent Popular Mechanics piece on Mr. Fisher: http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/vintage-speed/the-forgotten-man-who-built-the-indianapolis-motor-speedway
The scandal that almost destroyed Mr. Fisher and the Indianapolis Speedway:
The American Motorsport Journal piece on Mr. Fisher and his accomplishments:
Automobile Magazine: Indianapolis Motor Speedway – The Birthplace of Speed