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This panoramic photograph was taken with a cirkut camera on October 14, 1915 at the opening of the Wichita Speedway (later renamed Speedway Park) located on South Meridian Street in Wichita, Kansas.  The original print of this photograph measures 8” x 42” and once belonged to driver Fred Horey.

  The names of some of the participants and their cars appeared in the local newspaper but only some of the men and cars in this photograph have been identified to date.  To view the rest of this very wide photograph, use the scroll bar at the bottom of your screen.

The number 5 car at left is a Case that Eddie Hearne drove to a second place finish in the Sunflower Derby on this day.

The number 4 car, second from left, is also believed to be the Duesenberg Tornado that “Germany” Kiser drove to seventh place in the Sunflower Derby on this day.

The third car from left is the number 6 Maxwell Bullet that Irwin “Putty” Hoffman drove to tenth place in the Sunflower Derby on this day.

The fourth car from left is a Fiat and has a number 4 faintly painted in dark paint on the radiator.

The fifth car from left is the number 8 Briscoe that Louis Disbrow drove to fifth place in the Sunflower Derby on this day.  Note the very faint number 8 painted on the radiator.

The sixth car from left is the famous “Jay Eye See” Case dirt track racecar that was built at a cost of $18,000 and was raced by the Case factory racing team until their last race together just a few months before this photo was taken.  The car was equipped with a 1,083 cubic inch, 290 H.P. Fiat 4-cylinder engine.  Louis Disbrow set a track record and won the feature event in this car in its very first race that was on April 1, 1912 at San Diego, CA.  By 1914, the car had been sold to Louis Disbrow.  The “Jay Eye See” Case was in Wichita for exhibition purposes and was not race on this day.

The seventh car from left is believed to a Stutz and is probably the number 7 car that Lee Gunning drove to victory in the Sunflower Derby on this day.

The eighth car from left is a Briscoe with a four-cylinder Duesenberg racing engine.  There is a number 22 faintly painted on the radiator.  This is the car that Hugh Judson “Juddy” Kilpatrick drove in the Sunflower Derby on this day.

The ninth car from left is the number 11 Mercer with a Wisconsin 450 cubic inch T-head engine and a 96 inch wheelbase that was owned by Tommy Milton’s parents and that Tommy drove in the Sunflower Derby this day.

The fifth car from right is believed to be Albert “Dutch” Striegel’s Stafford Special.  It has a number 10 painted on the radiator.

The fourth car from right is believed to be the number 1 Simplex Zip that Louis LeCocq drove in the Sunflower Derby on this day.  The 100-inch wheelbase Simplex Zip, originally known as the Simplex Cyclone, was specifically built to be a racing car in the Simplex factory in 1910 and was acquired by Louis Disbrow in 1911.  Disbrow completely renovated the car over the winter preceding this race in Wichita at a reported cost of $12,000.  Some of the unusual features added were a Peugeot type body that had been modified to cut down on wind resistance and an electric starter making this the first self-starting racing car in the world.  The 4-cylinder engine turned out 161 H.P. at 2,100 r.p.m. with 80 pounds of oil pressure and 103 p.s.i. of compression.  The extremely high compression mandated the use of the electric starter as few mechanics were strong enough to crank the engine.  Other features included a dash-mounted radiator thermostat control, a Mercedes type radiator, and water cooled brakes.  This race in Wichita was the last known appearance of the car in competition.

The third car from right has what appears to be a number 2 painted on the side of the hood, although it could be either a number 7 or even a number 1 instead.  The car appears to be a Mason.

The second car from right may be a Duesenberg although the radiator is not a Duesenberg radiator.

The car on the far right has a number 9 painted on the side of its hood.  This car is the Case Comet that Bill Endicott drove to third place in the Sunflower Derby on this day.

Close-ups of the men in this photo have been provided below although some of the identities are tentative.  Please contact Bob Lawrence if you can further identify any of the cars or men pictured on this web page – Photograph from the Christine (Horey) Logan collection

 

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Eddie Hearne

 

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“Germany” Kiser

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Irwin “Putty” Hoffman

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E. Dwight Kessler

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Louis Disbrow

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Fred Horey

 

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Louis LeCocq

 

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Dave Koetzla

 

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Johnny Raimey

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Hugh Judson “Juddy” Kilpatrick

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Tommy Milton

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J. Alex Sloan

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Albert “Dutch” Striegel

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George Clark

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Lee Gunning

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Bill Endicott

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