Art Pillsbury exerted tremendous influence for the good of racing during his entire career. With Jack Prince, he was involved in the construction of most of the nation’s steeply banked board tracks in the 1920s and also figured prominently in the creation of the Roosevelt Raceway, Long Island, New York, in 1936. He founded the Gilmore Economy Run, later known as the Mobil Economy Run, but his greatest recognition was gained as a race official of the highest integrity.
Pillsbury supervised all of the important land speed record runs on the Bonneville (Utah) Salt Flats, from the long distance runs of Ab Jenkins, to the out-and-out assaults on the world land speed records by Malcolm Campbell, George Eyston, and John Cobb. He was a dominant figure on the American Automobile Association Contest Board for 25 years.
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