Automobile Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Friday, September 18, 1914

 

 

Sanctioned by – American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Sanction number – 754

 

 

Louis Disbrow in the Jay-Eye-See Case

Horey collection

 

 

 

            A crowd of 35,000 watched these races.  Even the roof of half-mile long horse barn on the back stretch was covered with people the full length.  The tango dancers performed, the band played, the equestrian acts were all given, and there was great difficulty in holding the huge crowd back from the racetrack.  After some urging, the crowd consented to move back from the fences enough to allow the racers to start.

 

 

 

Time Trials – 2 Laps – Trophy: Silver Loving Cup

Place

Driver

Automobile

Car Owner

Time

1

Eddie Hearne*

Yellow Case #8

Eddie Hearne

1:08.8

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

Joe Cleary

Italian Scat #7

Joe Cleary

1:17.6

The crowd stood and cheered wildly at the end of each driver’s run.

 

 

 

Race of 450-CID Engines or Under – 3 Cars – 6 Laps

Place

Driver

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

Eddie Hearne*

Yellow Case #8

$75

3:56.0

2

Heinie Ulbricht

Gray Streak Case #2

  25

 

3

Tommy Milton*

Mercer #4

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Pursuit – 3 Cars – 10 Laps

Place

Driver

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

Joe Cleary

Italian Scat #7

$75

6:56.6

2

Tommy Milton*

Mercer #4

  25

 

DNF

Johnny Raimey**

Case Comet #9

 

 

The Case Comet driven by Johnny Raimey blew a tire in this race and glided safely into the fence but took off several pickets in the process.

 

 

 

Exhibition Race – 3 Laps with Tire & Wheel Change

Place

Driver

Automobile

Car Owner

Time

1

Eddie Hearne*

Yellow Case #8

Eddie Hearne*

2:35.2

2

Louis Disbrow*

Gray Streak Case #2

Louis Disbrow*

 

The cars ran two laps and stopped at the “tape” so their crew could change a tire & wheel.  The cars then ran one more lap.  Hearne’s crew changed his tire & wheel in 15.8 seconds while Disbrow’s crew took 20.0 seconds to do the job.

 

 

 

Exhibition Run for Time – 1 Car – 4 Laps

Place

Driver

Automobile

 Car Owner

Time

1

Louis Disbrow*

Gray Streak Case #2

 Louis Disbrow*

2:20.8

 

 

 

Free-For-All Race – 10 Laps – 4 Cars

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*

Yellow 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 Race

Place

Driver

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

Tommy Milton*

Mercer #4

$75

2:24.8

2

Eddie Hearne

Yellow Case #8

  50

 

3

Joe Cleary

Italian Scat #7

  25

 

4

Johnny Raimey**

Case Comet #9

 

 

5

Heinie Ulbricht

Gray Streak Case #2

 

 

Tommy Milton received a 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.

 

 

 

 

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