Automobile Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Friday – September 23, 1932

 

 

Race Director:  Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas

 

 Attendance:  8,000

 

Total Purse:  $825

 

16 cars and drivers from 7 states competed

 

 

Pat Cunningham

Betty (Kerbs) Able collection

Maynard Clark

Roy Eaton collection

John Gerber

Roy Eaton collection

 

 

 

Time Trials – 1 Lap

Purse:  $25 for first place

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Maynard Clark

Milan, Illinois

Gerber Special

28.1

2

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

Kerbs Special

29.1

3

John Gerber

Stanwood, Iowa

Gerber Special

29.3

4

Art Martinson

Denver, Colorado

Miller Gilmore Olympiad Special

29.4

 

 

First Heat Race – 6 Cars - 10 Laps

Purse:  $125 divided among the first three finishers

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Maynard Clark

Milan, Illinois

Gerber Special

5:00.5

2

John Gerber

Stanwood, Iowa

Gerber Special

 

3

Pat “Skinny” Jones

Kansas City, Missouri

C. L. Richards Special

 

4

Bill Carroll

Lewis, Kansas

Kerbs Special

 

5

Tex West

Mound City, Missouri

B & B Special1

 

6

Rex Edmonds

Houston, Texas

Packard Special

 

            

 

Second Heat Race – 6 Cars - 10 Laps

Purse:  $125 divided among the first three finishers

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

Kerbs Special

5:03.0

2

Art Martinson

Denver, Colorado

Miller Gilmore Olympiad Special

 

3

Tex West

Mound City, Missouri

B & B Special1

 

4

Rex Edmonds

Houston, Texas

Packard Special

 

5

Bill Carroll

Lewis, Kansas

Kerbs Special

 

6

Curtis Harper2

Argonia, Kansas

 

 

 

 

Third Heat Race – 6 Cars - 10 Laps

Purse:  $125 divided among the first three finishers

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Ted Davis

Junction City, Kansas

Milliken Special

5:08.0

2

Bill Carroll

Lewis, Kansas

Kerbs Special

 

3

Herb Hunter

Hoisington, Kansas

White Special

 

4

Glen Dunlap

Newton, Kansas

Rajo Special

 

5

Speck Heminger

Hastings, Nebraska

 

 

6

Rea Bray

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

 

Helmet Dash – 3 Cars - 3 Laps

Open to the 3 fastest cars in time trials

Purse:  First place received a trophy helmet valued at $75 and a kiss from the Mildred Keys, the state fair beauty queen

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

Kerbs Special

1:32.0

2

John Gerber

Stanwood, Iowa

Gerber Special

 

3

Maynard Clark

Milan, Illinois

Gerber Special 

 

 

 

Consolation Race – 6 Cars - 12 Laps

Purse:  $50 divided among the first three finishers

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Rex Edmonds

Denver, Colorado

Houston, Texas

6:30.0

2

Al Banks

Hastings, Nebraska

Banks Special

 

3

Glen Dunlap

Newton, Kansas

Rajo Special

 

4

Speck Heminger

Hastings, Nebraska

 

 

5

Charles Pauley

Herington, Kansas

Pauley Special3

 

6

Curtis Harper2

Argonia, Kansas

 

 

 

 

Sweepstakes Race – 9 Cars - 25 Laps

Purse:  $300 divided among the first three finishers

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Maynard Clark

Milan, Illinois

Gerber Special

12:22.25

2

John Gerber

Stanwood, Iowa

Gerber Special

 

3

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

Kerbs Special

 

4

Ted Davis

Junction City, Kansas

Milliken Special

 

5

Bill Carroll

Lewis, Kansas

Kerbs Special

DNF

6

Pat “Skinny” Jones

Kansas City, Missouri

C. L. Richards Special

DNF

7

Tex West

Mound City, Missouri

B & B Special

DNF

8

Herb Hunter

Hoisington, Kansas

White Special

DNF

9

Art Martinson

Denver, Colorado

Miller Gilmore Olympiad Special

DNF

Clark pulled away at the start and had built up a comfortable lead by the finish.  Second place Gerber finished the race well ahead of Cunningham in third place.  Of the five cars that did not finish, two were involved in a crash, two suffered mechanical problems, and one threw a real tire.

 

Hutchinson Daily Herald

September 24, 1932 – page 2

“Two cars hurtled off the speedway, through a steel wire fence, and over the embankment to provide the one big thrill of the auto race program… Bill Carroll, veteran driver of Lewis, Kansas and Buford Mosher, Hutchinson National Guardsman, are in the hospital as a result of the accident.  Pat Jones, another driver from Kansas City, was injured but not seriously.

“The crash occurred in the sixth lap of the scheduled 25-lap sweepstakes race, the last on the program.  Carroll and Jones were taking the north turn of the track at terrific speed.  In some manner, their cars locked wheels and went straight to the outside fence.  Three of the heavy steel posts supporting the fence were knocked loose from their concrete bases and the fence was leveled to the ground as the two cars hurtled through and out into the air.  While flying through space, one of the cars (the Richards Special) struck the horse bearing Mosher who was patrolling the fence.  Mosher was knocked to the ground.  The cars did not stop until Carroll’s racer hit a tree and twisted into a wreck 75 feet from where it left the track.  Carroll was thrown 15 feet to one side, clear of the wreckage.  Jones was also thrown out of his car and lay in a heap nearby.

            “An ambulance rushed the three injured men to Grace Hospital.  First aid treatment was administered to Jones and he left a few minutes later.  Mosher was badly bruised and cut about his hands and arms but had no broken bones.  Carroll had a severe cut and burn on his left arm and other minor injuries but will recover.  A gash more than an inch deep was opened in the side of the horse Mosher was riding.”

  

 

 

 

 

Rex Edmonds

Barbara (Plant) Thompson collection

Art Martinson

Don Radbruch collection

Charles Pauley

Charles Pauley collection

 

 

 

 

1The B & B Special driven by Tex West was owned by C. O. Bennett of St. Joseph, Missouri.  Tex West was an alias used by Austin E. Wetzler.

 

2One source states that Curtis Harper was from Newton, Kansas.

 

3The Pauley Special #14 driven by Charles Pauley was a Chevrolet powered bobtail owned by Charles’ uncle, Henry Pauley of Herington, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

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