Automobile Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Friday, September 19, 1919

 

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

 

 

 

 The racetrack was very rough.  The crowd was estimated to be the largest crowd to ever attend any kind of event in front of the State Fair grandstand.

 

 

 

Elmer J. Negy of Hutchinson, Kansas in his 5-passenger Essex stock car - The Hudson Triangle

 

 

 

 

Stock Car Race – 10 Laps – 4 cars

Place

Driver

Automobile

Laps Completed

Purse

Time

1

Bill Hendricks

Mercer roadster

10

$300

6:41.4

2

Elmer J. Negy**

5-passenger Essex

10

 

 

3

Will Swain

Mercer touring car

  7

 

 

4

Louis Vickery

Oakland roadster

  5

 

 

            Hendricks had his brother riding along in this race.  Negy was about 100 yards behind at the finish.  Swain “abandoned” the race.  Vickery dropped out with a burned bearing.

A. E. Kirk of the Hutchinson Motor Co. posted $400 to go to any automobile that could beat Negey’s Essex but he did not pay the money to the winner of the race.  Hendrix and Kirk had agreed ahead of time that Hendrix’s car did not meet the stipulations that Kirk had set forth when he posted the money.

            Hendricks, of Wichita, Kansas, was presented with the State Fair Cup for his victory.

 

 

Time Trials – 1 Lap

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Purse

Time

1 - tie

George Clark*

Dallas, Texas

Duesenberg

$100

34.2

1 - tie

Harvey Demster

Indianapolis, Indiana

Peugeot

 

34.2

1 – tie

Dick Seip

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Chevrolet

 

34.2

4

John Boling*

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Hudson

 

35.2

5

Tuck Fordyce

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Mercer

 

36.2

6

Mark Jenkins

Des Moines, Iowa

Stutz

 

37.2

7

John Boyd

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Packard

 

37.4

8

Dwight Mercer

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Lust Ford Special

 

40.4

            An extra $400 was posted if the fastest time was a world record for one lap around a half mile racetrack.

 

 

Three Cornered Match Race – 4 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Total Purse

Time

1

Harvey Demster

Indianapolis, Indiana

Peugeot

$500

3:11.4

2

Dick Seip

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Chevrolet

 

 

3

George Clark*

Dallas, Texas

Duesenberg

 

 

 

 

Exhibition Run Against Time – 2 Laps

 

Driver

From

Automobile

 

Time

 

Dick Seip

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Baby Mine

 

1:13.0

 

 

Australian Pursuit – 8 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

 

Time

1

Harvey Demster

Indianapolis, Indiana

Peugeot

 

4:16.4

2

John Boling*

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Hudson

 

 

3

Tuck Fordyce

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Mercer

 

 

4

Mark Jenkins

Des Moines, Iowa

Stutz

 

 

5

John Boyd

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Packard

 

 

 

 

Special Division “B” Race – 6 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Total Purse

Time

1

Tuck Fordyce

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Mercer

$500

3:46.0

 

 

Free-For-All – 30 Laps from a standing start

Place

Driver

Automobile

Laps Completed

Purse

Time

1

George Clark*

Duesenberg

30

$750

18:36.2

2

Tuck Fordyce

Mercer

30

  450

 

3

Dick Seip

Chevrolet

27

  225

 

4

Harvey Demster

Peugeot

9

    75

 

 

John Boyd

Packard

6

 

 

            Clark started in the “second bank” of machines and carefully threaded his way up through the big field of starters until he found what he felt was a safe place to ride.  In the final few laps, he crept past Fordyce in a Mercer to takeover the top position.  Fordyce’s Mercer was the only other car to finish.  Boyd dropped out with a flat tire.  Demster dropped out with engine trouble.

 

 

 

* George Clark (1890-1978) and John Boling (1884-1932) have both competed in the Indianapolis “500”.

 

** Elmer John Negy (1891-1985) moved to Texas in the 1920s and became the owner of two Ford automobile dealerships.  One of those was in Throckmorton, Texas.

 

 

 

 

John Boling

Gary Wolfe collection

Dick Seip

Daily Oklahoman photo

 George Clark

Sigurd W. Haugdahl collection

 

 

 

 

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