the world’s first aviation meet, St Louis, Missouri, 1923
You wonder if there actually were races like those depicted: what if one plane caught up to another? The "Veiled Prophet" reference is a local tradition dating back to 1878. "Each December, St. Louis’s prominent members of society gather at the
Veiled Prophet Ball, a venue for introducing young ladies, generally in
their sophomore year of college, to the St. Louis Community."