INDEPENDENCE DAY
July 4, 1955

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photograph above was taken by Gary Virden, of Arkansas City, Kansas and has the following written on the back of it:
"Fairgrounds Racetrack
Winfield, Kansas
4th July 1955
8 ball - Bud Webster, Winfield, Kansas, driver
25 - W. D. Smith, Oxford, Kansas, driver
5 -
83 - Kenneth Jackson, Ponca City, Oklahoma, driver
Lyle Baker (right), Wichita, Kansas, flagman"

The #5 car in the photo belonged to Max Koons of Wichita, Kansas and was driven on this day by Jerry Everhart of Wichita, Kansas.  The #83 was a Hudson owned by Jack Norris of Ponca City, Oklahoma.  The driver of the #25 car was  Dalton William “Bill” Smith.



The advertisement at right appeared on page 3 of the
Winfield Daily Courier on Friday, July 1, 1955 along with this short article:

 

 

 

 

    The Winfield fairgrounds racetrack will be the location of another thrilling auto racing program the afternoon of July 4 under sponsorship of the Winfield Lions club.  Usual thrills of competitive racing sometimes are augmented with exciting collisions and other unscheduled events such as a wreck involving nine cars last Labor Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     The #33 Ford coupe was owned by Don Hartman of Arkansas City, KS.  Do you know who was driving any of those cars?  If so, please contact Bob Lawrence.

 

 

Bud Webster of Winfield, Kansas was driving the “8 Ball” Hudson coupe owned by Lawrence Brooks of Arkansas City, Kansas.  Do you know who was driving any of the other cars pictured here?

Photos from the Larry Brooks collection

 

 

 

 

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