Big Car Races on the

Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Thursday – September 18, 1947

 

 

Sanctioned by – International Motor Contest Association (I.M.C.A.)

Sanction number:  1479 

 

Promotional company – National Speedways Incorporated of Chicago, Illinois

Starter / Flagman / I.M.C.A. Official / Promoter – Al Sweeney of Chicago, Illinois

 

 

 

 

Time Trials – 1 Lap  

Place

Driver

From

Car

Car #

Car color

Time

  1

Emory Collins

Le Mars, IA

Riverside Special Offy

7

red

25.40

  2

Deb Snyder

Kent, OH

Snyder Offy

3

red / white

25.96

  3

Rabbit Musick1

Dallas, TX

Campbell Offy

2

red / white

25.97

  4

Billy Snyder

Minneapolis, MN

Snyder Miller

13

red / white

27.02

  5

Wally Stokes2

Willoughby, OH

Dunlop Offy

2

blue

27.05

  6

Red Hodges

Dallas, TX

Campbell 220 Offy

1

black

27.47

  7

Bill Anderson4

Long Beach, CA

Earl D. O. Dreyer

27

yellow

28.77

  8

Harry King

Tampa, FL

Shellenberger Hal

24

gold

29.15

  9

Joe Baker

Indianapolis, IN

Rutherford

4

black

29.70

10

Ted Stubbe

St. Joseph, MO

Wilson Mercury

2

blue / white

29.83

10

Loren Fondoble

Wichita, KS

Riley 

10

red

29.83

12

Bill Swart

Wichita, KS

Swart Cragar

9

cream

29.96

13

T. E. Russell3

Denver, CO

Syler Gallivan

63

blue

30.09

14

Ted Stubbe

St. Joseph, MO

 

5

red / white

30.68

15

Carl Larson

Davenport, IA

Ford

44

blue

31.12

16

Wayne Wright

Quincy, IL

Mercury

2

maroon

31.15

17

Swan Peterson

Los Angeles, CA

Hal

5

blue

31.24

18

Guy Lindsay

Plevna, MO

Alexander 

5

cream / red

31.95

19

Bill Anderson4

San Pedro, CA

Anderson Miller

7

red / white

31.98

20

Posey Reeves

Oklahoma City, OK

Bausch D. O. Hal 

7

yellow

32.45

21

Bob Sledge

Houston, TX

 

47

 

NT

Time trials for these races were run on Sunday afternoon, September 14, 1947.

 

 

 

First Heat Race – 6 Cars – 5 Laps – Time 2:17.01

Place

Driver

From

Car

Car #

Car color

Purse 

1

Deb Snyder

Kent, OH

Snyder Offy

3

red / white

$40

2

Emory Collins

Le Mars, IA

Riverside Special Offy

7

red

 30

3

Billy Snyder 

Minneapolis, MN

Snyder Miller

13

red / white

 20

4

Rabbit Musick1

Dallas, TX

Campbell Offy

2

red / white

 

5

Red Hodges

Dallas, TX

Campbell 220 Offy

1

black

 

6

Wally Stokes2

Willoughby, OH

Dunlop Offy

2

blue

 

            Collins held the lead throughout most of the race but slid wide on the last turn allowing Snyder to pass and win by a tiny margin. 

 

 

 

Second Heat Race – 6 Cars – 5 Laps – Time 2:16.42 

Place

Driver

From

Car

Car #

Car color

Purse 

1

Rabbit Musick1

Dallas, TX

Campbell Offy

2

red / white

$35 

2

Red Hodges

Dallas, TX

Campbell 220 Offy

1

black

  25

3

Wally Stokes2

Willoghby, OH

Dunlop Offy

2

blue

  20

4

Harry King

Tampa, FL

Shellenberger Hal

24

gold

 

5

Bill Anderson4

San Pedro, CA

Earl D. O. Dreyer

27

yellow

 

6

Joe Baker

Indianapolis, IN

Rutherford

4

Black

 

  

 

 

Third Heat Race – 6 Cars – 5 Laps - Time 2:26.24

Place

Driver

From

Car

Car #

Car color

 Purse

1

Bill Anderson4

Long Beach, CA

Earl D. O. Dreyer

27

Yellow

 $30

2

Harry King

Tampa FL

Shellenberger Hal

24

gold

  20

3

Billy Snyder

Minneapolis, MN

Wilson Mercury

2

blue / white

  15

4

Loren Fondoble

Wichita, KS

Riley

10

red

 

5

Joe Baker

Indianapolis, IN

Rutherford

4

black

 

6

T. E. Russell

Denver, CO

Syler

63

blue

 

   

 

 

Invitational Handicap Race – 2 Cars – 3 Laps – Time 1:28.66

Place

Driver

From

Car

Car #

Car color

Purse 

1

Emory Collins

Le Mars, IA

Riverside Special Offy

7

red

$30 

2

Deb Snyder

Kent, OH

Snyder Offy

3

red / white

 20

Collins gave Snyder a 20-yard head start but caught up with him in the first corner.  Collins then went on to win the race by two car lengths.

   

 

 

Australian Pursuit Handicap Race – 8 Cars – 14 Laps – Time 6:27.09 

Place

Driver

From

Car

Car #

Car color

Purse 

1

Bill Anderson4

Long Beach, CA

Alexander

5

red / white

$40

2

Billy Snyder

Minneapolis, MN

Wilson Mercury

2

blue / white

  30

3

Guy Lindsay

Plevna, MO

Alexander

5

cream / red

  20

4

Loren Fondoble

Wichita, KS

Swart Cragar

9

cream

  10

5

Carl Larson

Davenport, IA

Ford

44

blue

 

 

Posey Reeves

Oklahoma City, OK

Bausch D. O. Hal

7

Yellow

 

 

Swan Peterson

Los Angeles, CA

Hal

5

blue

 

 

Jim Roper

Halstead, KS

Miller

7

red / white

 

All but the first two cars had been eliminated by the 7th lap.  Snyder’s car overheated and he dropped out on the 14th lap giving the victory to Anderson. 

   

 

 

Feature Race – 9 Cars – 10 Laps – Time 4:27.67

Place

Driver

From

Car

Car #

Car color

Purse 

1

Emory Collins

Le Mars, IA

Riverside Special Offy

7

red

 $200

2

Rabbit Musick1

Dallas, TX

Campbell Offy

2

red / white

  150

3

Deb Snyder

Kent, OH

Snyder Offy

3

red / white

  125

4

Wally Stokes2

Willoughby, OH

 

2

blue

  100

5

Billy Snyder

Minneapolis, MN

Snyder Miller

13

red / white

    75

6

Loren Fondoble

Wichita, KS

Riley

10

red

    50

7

Bill Anderson4

Long Beach, CA

Earl D. O. Dreyer

27

yellow

 

8

Red Hodges

Dallas, TX

Campbell 220 Offy

1

black

DNF

9

Harry King

Tampa, FL

Shellenberger Hal

24

gold

DNF

  

 

 

 

 

 “Wild Bill” Anderson is shown seated in Murray Earl’s Dreyer on the front straight-away at Hutchinson in 1947.  That is Murray Earl dressed in dark clothing third the right.  The man smoking the pipe at the rear of the car is Leonard Kerbs - Don Radbruch collection

 

 

 

“Wild Bill” Anderson is shown in his own Miller powered racing car.  Anderson drove both this car and the car above in the races in Hutchinson on this date  - Don Radbruch collection

 

 

 

Both Billy Snyder and Ted Stubbe drove this Bud Wilson Mercury at Hutchinson on this date  - Darrin McKim collection

 

 

 

 This photo of Emory Collins in his pit area in front of the stage was taken at these races in Hutchinson in 1947 - Darrin McKim collection

 

 

 

 

 

Wally Stokes

Don Radbruch collection

Harry King

Don Radbruch collection

Rabbit Musick

Bill Hill collection

Red Hodges

Les Butler collection

Loren Fondoble

Roy Eaton collection

 

 

 

Deb Snyder

Larry Sullivan photo

T. E. Russell

Joe Taylor photo

Swan Peterson

Don Radbruch collection

Posey Reeves

Don Radbruch collection

Bob Sledge

Roy Eaton collection

 

 

 

Billy Snider

Don Radbruch collection

 

 

 

 

  

1 Elmer Ray “Rabbit” Musick (1918-1962)

 

2 Wallace “Wally” Stokes  (1913-1949)

 

3 Thornton Elgie “T. E.” Russell  (1918-1967)

 

4 William Terry “Wild Bill” Anderson (1917-1950) of Long Beach, California and William Anderson of San Pedro, California were the same person.  Anderson entered two cars in these races, one each under the name and hometown listed above.  Since the cars were not in any of the same races, Anderson was able to drive both.   Anderson was fatally injured in a race at the Mitchell Speedroam in Mitchell, Indiana when he became the third driver to loose his life in the former Gus Schrader Offy.

  

 

 

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