Automobile Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Friday, September 17, 1915

 

 

Louis Disbrow in the Jay-Eye-See Case

Horey collection

 

 

Races sanctioned by – International Motor Sports Association (I.M.C.A.) ****

I.M.C.A. Representative for Kansas – W. S. Thompson of Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

            This was the largest crowd to ever assemble in Kansas to watch a sporting event.  After all of the seats and the standing room were sold; the crowd filled the infield; climbed on sheds, horse barns and fences; and hung from poles.  The crowd was beyond the powers of the fairgrounds police to control.  It was only after “Foghorn” Clancy with his megaphone had gone around the track and threatened there would be no races, did the crowd withdrew to a safe enough distance that the program could begin.

 

 

Time Trials – 2 Laps – Trophy: Silver Loving Cup

Place

Driver

Automobile

Car Owner

Time

1

Eddie Hearne*

Case #8

Eddie Hearne

1:08.4

2 – tie

Heinie Ulbricht

Gray Streak Case #2

Louis Disbrow

1:09.8

2 - tie

Johnny Raimey**

Case Comet #9

Johnny Raimey

1:09.8

4

Louis Disbrow*

Jay-Eye-See Case

Louis Disbrow

1:10.6

5

Tommy Milton*

Mercer #4

Tommy Milton

1:15.6

6

Huff Doward***

Scat #7

Joe Cleary

1:17.5

 

 

 

Cars of 450-CDI or under – 6 Laps

Place

Driver

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

Eddie Hearne*

Case #8

$75

 

2

Heinie Ulbricht

Gray Streak Case #2

  25

 

3

Tommy Milton*

Mercer #4

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Pursuit – 10 Laps

Place

Driver

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

Huff Doward***

Scat #7

$75

 

2

Tommy Milton*

Mercer #4

  25

 

3

Johnny Raimey**

Case Comet #9

 

 

Raimey blew a tire and had to drop out.

 

 

 

Novelty Race – 3 Laps with Tire & Wheel Change

Place

Driver

Automobile

 

Time

1

Eddie Hearne*

Case #8

 

2:36.2

2

Louis Disbrow*

 

 

 

Hearne’s crew changed his wheel & tire in 15.2 seconds.  Disbrow’s crew took 20.0 seconds to change his wheel & tire.

 

 

 

Exhibition Run for Time - 4 Laps

Place

Driver

Automobile

 

Time

1

Louis Disbrow*

Gray Streak Case #2

 

2:20.8

 

 

 

Free-For-All – 10 Laps

Place

Driver

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

Louis Disbrow*

Gray Streak Case #2

$100

6:19.0

2

Johnny Raimey**

Case Comet #9

  50

 

3

Eddie Hearne*

Case #8

  25

 

4

Tommy Milton*

Mercer #4

 

 

Disbrow got a bad start and had to trail the field through thick clouds of dust.  He caught the leaders on the 8th lap and hugged the pole to creep ahead to win by a small margin.

 

 

 

Consolation Handicap – 4 Laps

Place

Driver

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

Tommy Milton*

Mercer #4

$75

2:24.8 

2

Eddie Hearne*

Case #8

  50

 

3

Joe Cleary

Scat #7

  25

 

4

Johnny Raimey**

Case Comet #9

 

 

5

Heinie Ulbricht

Gray Streak Case #2

 

 

Tommy Milton received the handicap and won easily.

 

 

 

 

 

* Eddie Hearne (1887-1955), Louis Disbrow (1888-1939), and Tommy Milton (1893-1962) have all competed in the Indianapolis “500”. 

 

** John R. “Johnny” Raimey (1880-1964) was from Cincinnati, Ohio and later moved to Memphis, Tennessee.  He drove racing cars for 20 years before turning his attention to promoting automobile races in the Tennessee area.  Johnny lost a leg in 1931 when an errant racing car struck him after it had run off of a Memphis racetrack.

 

*** One source lists his name as “Duff” Doward.

 

**** The International Motor Contest Association (I.M.C.A.) also sanctioned auto races that were run on the racetrack at the “Kansas State Fairgrounds” in Topeka, Kansas on this same afternoon.  Both fairs were calling themselves the Kansas State Fair in 1915 although neither had been officially designated as such at the time.  On this afternoon, eight spectators were injured when a speeding race car, driven by Hugh Judson “Juddy” Kilpatrick of New York, experienced a broken steering knuckle and plunged into the massive crowd that had lined the racetrack to watch the races in Topeka.  With auto races being run by the same sanctioning body on both racetracks at events calling themselves the Kansas State Fair, there was a lot of confusion as to what Kansas city the accident had happened in.

 

 

 

 

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