Hisso Racing Cars

Page 3

1935 – 1937

 

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Ken Fowler – #10 Ambler Hisso – 1935

Ken Fowler at Milwaukee, WI in the #10 Ambler Hisso from the Philadelphia, PA area – Larry Sullivan photo

 

Vern Orenduff – #8 Ambler Hisso – 1935

Vern Orenduff with the #8 Ambler Hisso – Jeff Adams collection

 

John Tersinor – #1 Tersinor Hisso – 1935

John Tersinor of West Frankfort, IL enjoyed good success with his Hissos until his retirement after a near fatal accident at Mexico, MO in 1937.  This is the same car as the #26 Tersinor Hisso – Tersinor collection

 

Tommy Thompson – #71 Thompson Hisso – 1935

Tommy Thompson of St. Louis was a successful Hisso pilot both on the racetrack and in the air – Larry Sullivan photo

 

Lloyd Axel – #35 Felt Hisso – 1935

Lloyd Axel is shown here in the Felt Hisso – Larry Sullivan photo

 

Johnny Wolhfeil – #2 Moore Hisso – 1935

Midwestern Hisso Chauffer Johnny Wolhfeil is shown here in Mel Moore’s Hisso which had formerly been the #2 Terry Hisso – Larry Sullivan photo

 

Johnny Cebula – #1 Vetere Special – Mid – 1930’s

Johnny Cebula of Manville, NJ is shown here in the #1 Vetere Special Hisso at Deer Park Speedway on Long Island, NY in the mid-1930s – Anthony Vetere collection

 

William “Al” Hamman – #1887 Berghoff Beer Hisso – 1936

William “Al” Hamman of Ft. Wayne, IN is shown here in the Berghoff Beer Hisso that he had purchased as the #1 “Pappy” Hough Hisso from Roscoe “Pappy” Hough.  One of the things that set this car apart was its custom cast iron crank case.  Andrew Berning drove this car at least once in 1937 – Tom Delagrange collection

 

Gail Lower – #404 Merkler Hisso – 1936

This photo of Gail Lower in the Merkler Hisso was taken at V.F.W. Speedway in Detroit, MI.  This car was sold to Tommy Kristin in the early 1940s.  After Kristin’s death in World War II, the car was purchased by Bayliss Levrett – Boyer photo from the Lewis collection

 

Art Challender – #c-3 Challender Hisso – 1936

Art Challender of Davenport, IA is shown here in his Hisso probably somewhere in South Dakota – Wood collection from the book Dirt Track Auto Racing, 1919–1941, A Pictorial History by  Don Radbruch

 

Frank Beeder – #4 Ambler Special – 1936

Frank Beeder in the Ambler Hisso at Milwaukee, WI in 1936 – Larry Sullivan photo

 

Ted Johnson – #44 Jeter Hisso – 1936

Ted Johnson is shown here in the famous Jeter Hisso.  Ray Pixley died in this car later this same year – Larry Sullivan photo

 

Ray Pixley – #44 Jeter Hisso – 1936

Ray Pixley is shown here driving the #44 Jeter Hisso at Roby Speedway at Hammond, IN on August 30, 1936 – Jerry Kalwasinski collection

 

Walt Brown – #4 Ambler Special – 1936

Walt Brown is shown here in the #4 Ambler Special Hisso.  Brown began his racing career in 1931 and went on to compete in the Indy “500” three times before being fatally injured in a crash at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania in 1951 – Larry Sullivan photo

 

Floyd Davis – #4 Ambler Special – 1936

Floyd Davis in the #4 Ambler Special – Jeff Adams collection

 

Chuck Tabor – #51 Ambler Hisso – 1936

Chuck Tabor is shown here in the Ambler Hisso at Milwaukee, WI – Larry Sullivan photo

 

Frank Wearne – #44 Jeter Hisso – 1930s

Frank Wearne is shown here in the #44 Jeter Hisso – Larry Sullivan photo

 

Clay Corbitt – #22 Bowles Hisso – 1930s

Clay Corbitt drove this Dreyer owned by Dr. M. E. “Doc” Bowles.  Corbitt is credited with coming up with the two-port exhaust system for the Hisso engine, an idea that greatly improved their performance.  Although it caused them to run hotter than would have been preferred, they did not overheat  The #22 Bowles Hisso was probably the first cross-flow Hisso engine ever built – Bruce Craig collection

 

Mike Little – #66 Ambler Hisso – Late 1930s

Mike Serokman raced under the pseudonym “Mike Little”.  This photo of him in the #66 Ambler Hisso was taken at Langhorne, PA – Jeff Adams collection

 

Lou Webb – #44 Jeter Hisso – 1937

Lou Webb is shown here in the Jeter Hisso – Larry Sullivan photo

 

Gail Lower – #3 Merkler Special Hisso – 1937

The number on the Merkler Special was changed from #404 to #3 after Gail Lower finished in third place with the car in the CSRA season points in 1936.  Lower was fatally injured when he crashed the #3 Merkler Special while leading the feature race at Ft. Wayne Speedway at Ft. Wayne, IN on May 23, 1937 – Jeff Adams collection

 

Gus Zarka – #66 Ambler Hisso – 1937

Gus Zarka of Doylestown, PA is shown here in the Ambler Hisso – Larry Sullivan photo

 

Clay Corbitt – #47 Bowles Hisso – 1930s

Clay Corbitt in Dr. M. E. “Doc” Bowles’s Hisso.  This is the same car as the #22 Bowles Hisso – Dr. Mark Bowles, Jr. collection

  

Bucky Whitmer – #47 Bowles Hisso – 1930s

This is believed to be Bucky Whitmer in what is probably the same #47 two-port Bowles Hisso that Clay Corbitt was driving in the photo just above – Jeff Adams collection

 

 

Gordon Chard – #16 Chard Hisso – 1937

Gordon Chard is shown here in his own Hisso – Larry Sullivan photo

 

Ora Bean – #55 Ambler Hisso – 1937

Ora Bean is shown here in the #55 Ambler Hisso at Milwaukee, WI on August 22, 1937 – Larry Sullivan photo

 

John Tersinor – #26 Tersinor Hisso – 1937

This is the same car as the #1 Tersinor Hisso – Ed Hitze, Jr. collection

 

Clay Corbitt – #8 Moore Hisso – 1937

Clay Corbitt in the Moore Hisso at Greenville, Ohio on August 15, 1937.  This car was once the Terry Hisso – Larry Sullivan collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

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