Jalopy Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Saturday – September 15, 1956

 

 

Promotional company – Hamilton Attractions of Hutchinson, Kansas

Race Promoter – Verne Hamilton of Hutchinson, Kansas 

Track condition – “dusty and bumpy” 

  

 

 

This is part of the 16-car pileup that happened in the back stretch on the third lap of the A Feature.  The driver shown here stretched in the foreground is Will Forrest – Hutchinson News-Herald newspaper

 

 

 

  

First Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Ralph Cole

Wichita, Kansas

5:34.83

2

Dale Reed

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

Bob Webster

Larned, Kansas

 

4

Buddy Quick

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

Troy Routh

Maize, Kansas

 

 

 

  

Second Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

5:35.52

2

Orval Beckel

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

Bill Nichols

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

Rodney Clark

Emporia, Kansas

 

5

Pete Jacobs

Wichita, Kansas

 

Lies started this race in last position.

  

 

  

Third Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

5:28.26

2

Clifford Durr

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

Doyle “Shot” Hampton

Newton, Kansas

 

4

Clyde Derringer

Wichita, Kansas

 

5

Bob Fiest

Junction City, Kansas

 

  

 

  

Trophy Dash – 4 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

2:01.09

 

 

  

B Feature Race – 20 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

K. O. Christian*

Wichita, Kansas

11:08.07

2

Richard Bridgman

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

John Bush

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

Bob Webster

Larned, Kansas

 

5

Grady Wade

Wichita, Kansas

 

6

Bob Jones

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

Jim Curley

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Curley was treated for cuts and burses after crashing his car into the fence.

 

 

 

A Feature Race – 32 Cars – 25 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

14:18.26

2

Dean Holbert

Concordia, Kansas

 

3

Bill Nichols

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

Lloyd Panzer

Wichita, Kansas

 

5

Buddy Quick

Wichita, Kansas

 

6

Slim Elder

McPherson, Kansas

 

Orval Beckel

Wichita, Kansas

 

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

 

Bob Webster

Larned, Kansas

 

 

Will Forrest

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

Orville Heaton

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

Troy Routh

Maize, Kansas

 

Roy Andrews

Wichita, Kansas

 

Ray Riner

Wichita, Kansas

 

There was a 16-car pile-up on the back stretch after becoming lost in the thick dust on the 3rd lap of this race.  Drivers taken to the hospital were Will Forrest, Troy Routh, Orville Heaton, Roy Andrews, and Ray Riner,  Three drivers were treated and released.

Holbert took over the lead on the 22nd lap only to be passed by Lies on the final turn.  Lies finished first by just over a car length.  Only nine cars were still running at the finish.

 

 

 

 This photo of the Ed-Hall-owned, Walt-McWhorter-built and Troy-Routh-driven car was taken after the car had been loaded onto the trailer after the 16-car crash on the third lap of the A feature on this afternoon at Hutchinson.  Routh received several broken ribs in the accident and was taken to the Hutchinson hospital for treatment – Larry Hall collection

 

 

  

Bob Webster

:Leland Salmans collection

Will Forrest

Bill Collins collection

Ralph Cole

Gary Virden photo

Clifford Durr

Gary Virden photo

 

 

 

Bill Nichols

Gary Virden photo

Frank Lies

Mary Ann Heaton photo

Buddy Quick

Gary Virden photo

Dick Hendershot

Todd White collection

 

 

 

Dale Reed

Loretta Cox collection

Orval Beckel

Gary Virden photo

Harold Leep

Gary Virden photo

John Bush

John Bush collection

 

 

 

Richard Bridgman

Gary Virden photo

Orville Heaton

Perry Luther collection

Grady Wade

Loretta Cox collection

K. O. Christian

Roy Pulver collection

 

 

 

Lloyd Panzer

Gary Virden photo

Roy Andrews

Roy Andrews collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Kenneth Ovid “K. O.” Christian (1914-1961) was fatally injured in a racing accident at Wichita, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

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