Hot laps at Laguna Seca in a 1911 National? That's the Ragtime Rush
In 1911, the morning after the first Indy 500, The Indianapolis Star listed on page one the butcher's bill: Samuel P. Dickson, mechanician, Amplex No. 44, "dead;" David Lewis, mechanician, Lozier No. 34, "fractured left hip and left foot cut;" C.L. Anderson, mechanician, Case No. 8, "run over; bruised knee and shoulder," and so on. https://www.hagerty.com/media/driving/laguna-seca-1911-national-ragtime-rush/
I thought the same, and looking closer found it is a different car, #17, with central gearshift, and steering wheel on the left. Missing from it is the outside gearshift lever mentioned in the article.
Something is fishy with that interior shot. Obviously a different car. A caption would have helped. Anyway, I can attest after whizzing around Maine riding in a Bugatti T-37, these open air vintage cars provide a thrill that can't be matched in any other vehicle.