The Meadows was a one-mile, dirt track for horse racing located south of Georgetown along the Duwamish River. In 1905, the Seattle Automobile Club organized a race. On August 12, at 1:00 p.m., auto owners assembled at 1st Avenue and Yesler Way. They drove their machines, some valued at $2,300, through the city, proceeded by a band. Racing began at 2:30 p.m. and approximately 3,000 fans watched eight races. A special ambulance staffed by Dr. McCracken and two nurses stood by.
The largest wager was said to be $500 between the Winton machine and a Rambler. The fifth race attracted the most interest. Harry Cummings won the 10-mile heat with his Winton Model "B" over H. P. Grant in a Franklin and H. B. Rector in a White Steamer. Two other machines dropped out before the race was half over.
Motorcycles competed for the first time as well with an Indian winning over both another Indian and a home-built model.
According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "There were no Barney Oldfields [a championship racecar driver of the day] developed, but Dr. F. A. Bryant, who drove his own machine in several races, gave a clever exhibition of handling an automobile going at full speed."
The Meadows was a popular attraction during the time before Georgetown was annexed to the city of Seattle. Saloons, brothels, and gaming thrived, and were largely unregulated.