Charlie Wiggins: The “Negro Speed King” of Motor Racing

2 Posted by - January 10, 2019 - Black First, BLACK MEN, LATEST POSTS

Charlie Wiggins was known as the “Negro Speed King.” He was an African American motor racing pioneer who competed in the segregated Midwest in the early 20th Century. He was also known for being a highly skilled mechanic during the time as well. Many white racing drivers often went to him when they had mechanical trouble with their vehicles.

Wiggins was born in 1897 in Evansville, Indiana. He grew up with his father a coalminer, after the death of his mother. Before becoming a great car racer, Wiggins worked as a shoe shine boy outside a car repair shop. He eventually was hired on as an apprentice in 1917. However, Wiggin’s big break came when most of the white mechanics were called off to serve in army. He then became the first black mechanic in Evansville and quickly gained popularity among people throughout the city. Soon, Wiggins married and left the city two years later. He opened his own mechanic garage along with his wife in Indianapolis. In his spare time, Wiggins assembled parts from auto junkyards to develop his own car, known as “the Wiggins Special.”


Wiggins later attempted to enter his car into an auto race, the Indianapolis 500, but he was blocked because he was black. However, that did not stop him; he and a few other black drivers decided to form their own racing league. They held races across the Midwest, and Wiggins always did outstanding in them, which later earned him the nickname “Negro Speed King.” Wiggin’s success soon caught the eye of many wealthy black residents of Indianapolis who later helped establish the “Gold and Glory Sweepstakes”, a 100-mile race for black drivers on a one-mile dirt path.

Wiggins’s fame and criticism of racial discrimination made him a target of the Indiana Ku Klux Klan which attacked him and vandalized his house on a number of occasions. Charlie Wiggins’ racing career ended in 1936. In the fourth lap of the Gold and Glory Sweepstakes race, he was seriously injured in a 13-car wreck, losing a leg. Wiggins died in 1979 at the age of 82; however up until his death he fought for the rights for Blacks to race in the Indianapolis 500.



Read more about Charlie Wiggins at:



  • gamefly free trial May 5, 2019 - 3:41 pm Reply

    Hi, this weekend is pleasant designed for me, since this moment i am reading this wonderful informative article here at my house.

  • minecraft download free pc May 8, 2019 - 8:16 pm Reply

    Can you tell us more about this? I’d love to find out
    some additional information.

  • download minecraft pc May 9, 2019 - 8:49 am Reply

    Hello, always i used to check webpage posts here in the early hours in the dawn, as
    i enjoy to learn more and more.

  • g May 11, 2019 - 5:49 pm Reply

    Hi there all, here every person is sharing these kinds of familiarity, so it’s fastidious
    to read this blog, and I used to visit this webpage all the time.

  • minecraft download free pc May 12, 2019 - 1:14 pm Reply

    I have been browsing on-line greater than 3 hours as of
    late, but I never found any fascinating article like yours.
    It is pretty value sufficient for me. In my view, if all site
    owners and bloggers made excellent content as you did, the web will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  • g May 12, 2019 - 11:43 pm Reply

    I believe everything said made a lot of sense.
    But, what about this? suppose you composed a catchier title?

    I ain’t saying your information is not solid, but what if you added
    a post title that makes people desire more? I mean Black Then | Charlie Wiggins:
    The “Negro Speed King” of Motor Racing is a little plain. You should glance at Yahoo’s
    front page and watch how they create post titles
    to get viewers to open the links. You might try adding a video or a
    pic or two to grab readers interested about everything’ve written. In my opinion, it might make your blog a little bit more interesting.

  • g May 13, 2019 - 7:51 pm Reply

    Hurrah! After all I got a blog from where I can really take helpful information regarding my study and knowledge.

  • minecraft download pc May 14, 2019 - 10:59 am Reply

    Having read this I believed it was very informative.

    I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together.

    I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time
    both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

  • gamefly free trial May 23, 2019 - 7:51 pm Reply

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog
    and wished to say that I have really enjoyed surfing
    around your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  • gamefly free trial May 31, 2019 - 8:32 pm Reply

    Greetings from Ohio! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided
    to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break. I love the info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m amazed at how fast your blog loaded on my phone ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, wonderful site!

  • gamefly free trial June 1, 2019 - 11:30 pm Reply

    Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually
    enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  • EllEffemn June 2, 2019 - 1:02 am Reply

    Viagra Kaufen Cialis Bestellen Zithromax Skin Rash Side Effects where to buy cialis online safely Erection Pills Vente Cialis 10mg Trecator

  • gamefly free trial June 6, 2019 - 3:31 pm Reply

    What’s up friends, nice paragraph and fastidious urging commented at this place, I am in fact enjoying by

  • EllEffemn June 10, 2019 - 12:59 am Reply

    Rumalaya cialis without prescription Priligyonlineusa Dove Comprare Cialis Line

  • EllEffemn June 18, 2019 - 2:19 am Reply

    Cialis 20 Prezzo Syphilis And Amoxicillin 1g cialis 40 mg Progesterone Hormone Replacement Mastercard Accepted Confezione Viagra Cialis Originale Online

  • Leave a reply