Kansas Big Cars

Prior to 1950

 

The first nine photographs on this page are from the collection Dennis Dye.  His father, Paul Dye, worked on big cars driven by Paul's brother, George Bernard "Bernie" Dye, in the 1930s.  Few of these photographs were labeled so, if you have any information about any of the photographs on this web page, please contact Bob Lawrence

 

Arkansas City Speedway (a.k.a. West Madison Speedway), Arkansas City, Kansas - c1930

 

Anthony Downs, Anthony, Kansas - c1940

 

 

Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, Kansas – late 1930s

 

 

Unidentified cars at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – late 1930s

 

c1940.  Bill Swart, pictured walking at right, is wearing a shirt that reads:
                                  "Swart 9 Wichita"
Bill Swart co-owner the Swart brother's big car with his brother, Ben

 

Dodge City, Kansas – late 1930s – Cecil Maupin, Jr. collection

 

Dodge City, Kansas – late 1930s – Cecil Maupin, Jr. collection

 

Freddie Bass, of Tulsa, Oklahoma in the #9 Swart brothers' car at Anthony, Kansas in 1940 – Roy Pulver collection

 

#23 Wallace "Walt” Longhofer at Herington, Kansas in 1933 – Charles Pauley collection

 

Bud Bardy in the #9 Swart brothers big car at Hutchinson, Kansas in 1939.  The #500 was owned by Posey Reeves of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Swart family collection

 

An unidentified Hal big car at the Kansas State Fairgrounds racetrack at Hutchinson, Kansas c1939 – Marjorie Meyer collection

 

An unidentified big car at the Kansas State Fairgrounds racetrack at Hutchinson, Kansas c1939 – Marjorie Meyer collection

 

The #9 Joe Coniff Special McDowell Ford big car at the Kansas State Fairgrounds racetrack at Hutchinson, Kansas in the late 1930s.  Al Rogers drove this car to a second place finish in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1936 – Marjorie Meyer collection

 

Dodge City, Kansas – c1939 – Marjorie Meyer collection

 

 

 The Swart Brothers’ big car at Norton, Kansas c1939 – Marjorie Meyer collection

 

Anthony, Kansas - 1934 – Swart family collection

 

The second heat race at Belleville, Kansas on August 29, 1947 – L. A. Ward photo in the Swart collection

 

Harry West in Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1946 – Jack Earl collection

 

#1 Bob Vorbeck at Anthony, Kansas on July 17, 1937 – Don Radbruch collection

 

Tom Murie of Hutcinson, Kansas at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1928.  Murie appeared in this same car in the movie “The Crowd Roars” in 1932 – Al Murie collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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