Cowley County Fair
Saturday - October 13, 1928

The ad above appeared on page 7 of the
Thursday, October 4, 1928 issue of the

Winfield Daily Courier

 

The ad above ad appeared on page 3B
of the Saturday, October 6, 1928 issue of the
Winfield Daily Courier

 

The ad above ad appeared on page 9
of the Friday, October 12, 1928 issue of the
Winfield Daily Courier

 

Handbill

 

 

 

Winfield Daily Courier
Friday, October 12, 1928, Page 11:

Auto Races Saturday

     While the eighth annual Cowley County Fair officially ends tonight, there will be a big attraction at the racetrack tomorrow beginning at 2 o’clock when the auto races are scheduled to start.
     Fifteen cars are entered and business is sure to pick up when the demons of the dirt track bare their teeth in the dust clouds.  Last Tuesday afternoon, there were thrills every minute climaxed in the first 15 laps of the grand final race when three cars cracked up on the track.  Luckily, no one was hurt but the cars were damaged considerable.  This damage has been repaired and the cars will be ready tomorrow afternoon to finish the last 15 laps in the big race.  There will be seven events on the program, every race a good one.

 

 

 

Winfield Daily Courier
Saturday, October 13, 1928, Front Page:

County Fair Closes
Management is Pleased With
Success of Auto Races Today

    This afternoon, the week of events was brought to a fitting close with the auto races.  The track was in excellent condition and the drivers declared themselves as ready to go the limit.  There were seven events scheduled on the racing program.  Eleven starters were on the line as competitors.  A full report of the results of the races will be given in Monday's Courier.

 

 

 

Arkansas City Daily Traveler
Friday, October 12, 1928 - Page 12:

Will Race Again Saturday

    Joe Hutchinson's car, shown above, which turned over in the Tuesday auto races at Winfield, was not seriously damaged and has been repaired for the Saturday races.  The Tuesday time-trials showed that Arkansas City can be expected to show up well in Saturday's events.  The other Arkansas Citians racing at Winfield are: R. D. Hill, "Cokey" Fuller, and J. F. Pickens.

 

 

 

 

Winfield Daily Courier
Monday, October 15, 1928 - Page 10:

M'Intire Wins
In Race

Winfield Car Is First in
Opening Event Fords Speedy

   The weather was ideal and the track was in fine shape for the races.  A large crowd came out and a great number were observed south of the track on the railroad right-of-way taking in the events at slight investment.

 

EVENT

FINISH

CAR #

DRIVER

FROM

CAR

TIME

Time Trials:

1

43

Wendell A. Sparling1

Winfield, KS

Superior Hispana

32.4

11 cars

2

44

Ira McIntire

Arkansas City, KS

Rajo Ford

32.8

  1 lap

3

15

Russell D. “R. D.” Hill

Arkansas City, KS

Frontenac

33.4

 

4

7-11

Ralph Chrysler2

Omaha, NE

Rajo Ford

34.0

 

5

4

Joe Taylor

Arkansas City, KS

Chevrolet

34.0

 

6

571

Happy Fox

Topeka, KS

Front Wheel Drive

34.3

 

7

9

Bob Maze3

Topeka, KS

Scott Special

36.0

 

8

C-13

Leech Fox

Kansas City, MO

Mayfield Special

41.0

 

 

51

Jack Burton

Miami, OK

Leech Special

 

 

 

70

Tom Holden

Denver, CO

Chrysler 70

 

    “One driver mowed down several yards of fence during time trials but there were no other casualties, nor cars wrecked, during the entire program”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Heat:

1

43

Wendell A. Sparling1

Winfield, KS

Superior Hispana

4:25.4

  3 cars

2

44

Ira McIntire

Arkansas City, KS

Rajo Ford

 

  8 laps

3

15

Russell D. “R. D.” Hill

Arkansas City, KS

Frontenac

 

    “The Superior Hispana had a walk away.  Hill dropped out first then McIntire dropped out in the fifth lap.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Heat:

1

7-11

Ralph Chrysler2

Omaha, NE

Rajo Ford

3:25.5

  5 cars

2

70

Tom Holden

Denver, CO

Chrysler 70

 

  6 laps

3

571

Happy Fox

Topeka, KS

Front Wheel Drive

 

    “Holden took led for two laps before Ralph Chrysler went around.  On the fifth lap, Holden whipped through and passed the Ford on the north turn, but it was not a success.  He skidded to the outside of the track giving the Ford a chance to come back into the lead which it held for the next and final lap.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Heat:

1

70

Tom Holden

Denver, CO

Chrysler 70

4:32.8

  5 cars

2

571

Happy Fox

Topeka, KS

Front Wheel Drive

 

  8 laps

3

4

Joe Taylor

Arkansas City, KS

Chevrolet

 

 

4

9

Bob Maze3

Topeka, KS

Scott Special

 

 

5

51

Jack Burton

Miami, OK

Leech Special

 

    “This was a two-race event.  Holden took the lead and kept well ahead of the other four who paired away and roared around the oval.  Fox and Taylor made one pair and Maze and Burton the other.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Heat:

1

44

Ira McIntire

Arkansas City, KS

Rajo Ford

3:16.5

  5 cars

2

7-11

Ralph Chrysler

Omaha, NE

Rajo Ford

 

  6 laps

3

15

Russell D. “R. D.” Hill

Arkansas City, KS

Frontenac

 

   “Hill was ahead of Chrysler until the home stretch on the last lap when the little Ford jumped over the clods and under the flag a nose ahead.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Pursuit:         1

70

Tom Holden

Denver, CO

Chrysler 70

1:52.0

  4 cars

2

9

Bob Maze3

Topeka, KS

Scott Special

 

 

3

571

Happy Fox

Topeka, KS

Front Wheel Drive

 

 

4

C-13

Leech Fox

Kansas City, MO

Mayfield Special

 

    “This race was short and sweet.  Fox was eliminated in the second turn of the first lap by Happy Fox but Happy was obliged to go to the pit when he was passed on the home turn of the first lap by Maze.  The race was then between Maze and Holden.  On the east side of the track in the beginning of the third lap, Holden gave Maze the dust and the race was over.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Final:

1

44

Ira McIntire

Arkansas City, KS

Rajo Ford

8:10.0

  9 cars

2

15

Russell D. “R. D.” Hill

Arkansas City, KS

Frontenac

 

15 laps

3

7-11

Ralph Chrysler

Omaha, NE

Rajo Ford

 

 

4

4

Joe Taylor

Arkansas City, KS

Chevrolet

 

 

5

70

Tom Holden

Denver, CO

Chrysler 70

 

    “Ira McIntire, driving his fast little Rajo Ford #44, won the last race on Saturday.  Close behind was R. D. Hill.  McIntire, Hill, and Holden started on the front line.  In the first lap, McIntire was first, Holden second, and Hill third.  In the second lap, Hill passed Holden.  Ralph Chrysler was running in fourth place.  No places changed in the thrid lap.  In the fourth lap, Chrysler beat Holden out of third place.  In the fifth lap, Holden dropped to fifth place giving way to Taylor and the top five held their places for the final ten laps.”

 

 

The above photo of Tom Holden (left) with his Chrysler 70 was taken at Oakley, Kansas just two weeks after he raced this car at Winfield – Carolyn (Felt) Junod collection

 

 

1Wendell Arthur Sparling was born on February 8, 1896 at Chillicothe, MO and moved to Winfield, KS c1927.  He purchased the Superior Garage (606 N. Main St.) shortly thereafter.  The car that he raced as the "Superior Special" sported a dual ignition Hisso engine built by Hispano-Suiza.  A witness who saw the car in competition, remembers it as being the largest car on the racetrack and very fast.  Wendell sold the Superior Garage c1930 and moved to Gladewater before going on to California a few years later.  Wendell spent much of his life working as a mechanic and operated a 500 acre dairy in Stanislaus Co., CA.  He died on July 4, 1954 at Ceres, CA and is buried it Pomona, CA.

 

2This was probably Ralph James Chrysler who was born in 1896 at Junction City, KS and died in 1963 in Los Angeles, CA. although some have speculated that “Ralph Chrysler” may have been a pseudonym used by Speck Heminger of Hastings, NE when he raced in non-AAA sanctioned races.

 

3Robert Mevin “Bob” Maze (1906-1978) occasionally claimed Milwaukee, WI as his hometown to help make it appear a race was drawing participants from far off places but he actually lived in Topeka, KS his entire life.  He is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Hiawatha, KS.

 

 

A FEW OF THE DRIVERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THESE RACES:

Wendell A. Sparling

1896 - 1954

 

Tom Holden

1906 - 1987

 

Robert M. “Bob” Maze

1906 - 1978

 

 

 

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