Rupert Jeffkins was born in East Maitland, New South Wales on the 20th of October 1881.
He was an Australian racing pioneer who raced in first Indianapolis 500 in 1911 as a relief driver for Howard Hall, number 41 Velie Motors entry painted battle ship grey.
One of the most colourfull personalities in Australian racing history, Rupert moved to Europe both to work and race before a move to the United States in 1904 brought him fame.
He worked for a number of firms before moving back to Australia shortly after his Indy 500 attempt.
18th October 1954
Dedication Speedway Gazette (Australia)