Big Car Races on the

Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Friday – September 23, 1938

 

 

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

Race director – William M. “Bill” Bryant 

Announcer – Jack Story 

Attendance – 10,000

Track condition – “slick and treacherous”

 

 

 

 

Ralph Norman

Wood collection

Bill Morris

Charles Pauley Photo

Al Rogers

Marjorie Meyer collection

 

 

 

Oscar Coleman

Roy W. Coleman collection

Shorty Burns

Larry Sullivan photo

Posey Reeves

Don Radbruch collection

 

 

 

List of Entries                                   

Driver

From

Lyn Musick

Dallas, Texas

Bill Morris1

Dallas, Texas

Win Fenstermaker3

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ralph Norman

St. Paul, Minnesota 

Bayliss Levrett4

Glendale, California

Hal Cole5

South Gate, California

Oscar Coleman6

Dallas, Texas

Waldo Barnett2

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Harold Shaw7

Indianapolis, Indiana

Les Adair8

Indianapolis, Indiana

Shorty Burns9

St. Louis, Missouri

Dan McCloskey

Peoria, Illinois

Bert Hellmueller14

St. Paul, Minnesota

Al Rogers

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Larry Slattery

St. Paul, Minnesota

Posey Reeves

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Bo Bocock10

Wichita, Kansas

Wes Johnson12

Kansas City, Missouri

Val Jameson11

Wichita, Kansas

Bud Bardi13

Hammond, Indiana

 

 

  

First Heat Race – 6 Cars - 7 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Lyn Musick

Dallas, Texas

3:30.0

2

Win Fenstermaker3

Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

3

Bayliss Levrett4

Glendale, California

 

4

Hal Cole5

South Gate, California

 

5

Ralph Norman

St. Paul, Minnesota

 

6

Harold Shaw7

Indianapolis, Minnesota

 

            After a dispute with officials over who would start where in this race, Morris Musick loaded his up his car and left the fairgrounds just before the start of the race.

 

 

 

Second Heat Race – 7 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Hal Cole5

South Gate, California

3:32.0

2

Ralph Norman

St. Paul, Minnesota 

 

3

Les Adair8

Indianapolis, Indiana

 

4

Oscar Coleman6

Dallas, Texas

 

5

Harold Shaw7

Indianapolis, Indiana

 

            Cole was able to pass Norman on the final lap to win this race.

 

 

 

Invitational Handicap Race - 6 Cars - 5 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Les Adair8

Indianapolis, Indiana

2:35.41

2

Dan McCloskey

Peoria, Illinois

 

3

Bud Bardi13

Hammond, Indiana

 

4

Larry Slattery

St. Paul, Minnesota

 

5

Posey Reeves

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

6

Bert Hellmueller14

St. Paul, Minnesota

 

            Adair was able to just edge out McCloskey to win what turned out to be the closest race of the afternoon but the finish was so close that it took a 3-2 vote of the judges to declare Adair the victor.  Bardi finished one car length behind the leading pair.

 

 

 

Consolation Race - 5 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Oscar Coleman6

Dallas, Texas

2:32.36

2

Waldo Barnett2

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

3

Harold Shaw7

Indianapolis, Indiana

 

4

Al Rogers

Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

5

Wes Johnson12

Kansas City, Missouri

 

 

 

 

State Fair Championship Race – 8 Cars - 7 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Lyn Musick

Dallas, Texas

3:36.1

2

Hal Cole5

South Gate, California

 

3

Ralph Norman

St. Paul, Minnesota

 

4

Bayliss Levrett4

Glendale, California

 

 

Win Fenstermaker3

Minneapolis, Minnesota

DNF

            Fenstermaker was near the lead when his Checkerboard Special did a complete spin entering the south turn at the beginning of the second lap.  That required the other drivers in the tightly bunched field to make evasive measures to miss his stalled car.  Some bumped his car as they went by but all made it past safely.

 

 

 

 

This photo was taken at the Kansas State Fair in 1938.  Left to right are unidentified, Ted Davis, Bud Bennet, car owner Murray Earl, and driver Waldo Barnett.  The car had been build by Jack Kannapel and Murray Earl with an engine from Leonard Kerbs.  Earl choose the number 75 for the car as he thought it sounded like a French 75mm cannon that he heard during World War I – Don Radbruch collection 

 

 

 

 

Win Fenstermaker

Wood collection

Bayliss Levrett

Don Radbruch collection

Wes Johnson

Charles Pauley photo

 

 

 

Harold Shaw

Larry Sullivan photo

Val Jameson

Swart family collection

Bud Bardi

Roy Pulver collection

 

 

 

 

Les Adair 

Osmer collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Bill Morris was an alias used by Benjamin Franklin “Ben” Musick, Sr. (1908-1966) and a brother of Lynton Howard “Lyn” Musick (1914-1939).

 

2 Charles Waldo Burnett (1905-1947) was fatally injured in a racing accident at Ord, Nebraska in 1947 and is buried at Terrel, Oklahoma.

 

3 T. Win Fenstermaker (1911-1972) is buried in St. Hubert’s Catholic Cemetery in Chanhassen, Minnesota

 

4 Bayliss D. Levrett (1913–2002) went on the compete in the Indianapolis “500” twice.

 

5 Hal Cole (1912-1970) went on to compete in the Indianapolis “500” three times.

 

6 Oscar Lloyd Coleman (1905-1938) was fatally injured just seven weeks after these races while attempting to qualify for a midget race in Dallas, Texas.

 

7 Harold J. Shaw (1906-1941) was fatally injured in a racing accident at Franklin, Indiana.

 

8 Lester James “Les” Adair (c1908-1948) was fatally injured in a racing accident at Franklin, Indiana.

 

9 Shorty Burns was an alias used by Tom Scheck.

 

10 Gail Arthur “Bo” Bocock (1903-1972) operated a midget racetrack in Wichita, Kansas in the late 1930s.  He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Wichita

 

11 Valentine U. “Val” Jameson (1905-1971)

 

12 Wes Johnson was known by the nickname “Feather Foot”

 

13 Bud Bardi is believed to have been an alias used by Bud Bardowski (1914-2000) who was also from Indiana

 

14 Engelbert H. “Bert” Hellmueller, Jr. (1906-1985) listed his home as a number of different places but his family home was in Louisville, Kentucky and that is where he retired to.

 

 

 

 

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