Harry Grant, who first attracted attention as a driver in 1907, won the prestigious Vanderbilt Cup race on Long Island, New York, in 1909 and 1910, driving a six-cylinder Alco 60. An agent for Alco in Boston, Grant previously had won approximately 20 hill climb events in New England, while also enjoying success in road racing at Readville, Pennsylvania. He competed in three races in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s July 4th weekend program in 1910, winning two intermediate distance races and finishing fourth in the 200-mile race for the Cobe Trophy.
Returning the following May with the Vanderbilt Cup-winning Alco, he was one of the 40 starters in the inaugural Indianapolis 500. In 1913 he drove an Italian Isotta-Fraschini and in 1914 and 1915 an English Sunbeam, placing seventh in 1914. He was fatally injured while practicing for the Astor Cup race on the wooden-board track at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, on October 8, 1915.
Courtesy of Indianapolis Motors Speedway Museum