Tin Lizzie Derby on the

Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Sunday – July 30, 1939

  

Race organizer – C. W. “Chick” Franklin

Entry fee – $15

Attendance – 5,000

Total purse – $500

 

 

 

Hutchinson News

July 30, 1939 – Page 2

 

 

 

 

 Jack Hanselman of Burrton, Kansas in the Cleo Vess Bottling Company Special that he finished in second place in the 200-lap Tin Lizzie Derby

Wichita Beacon photo

 

 

 

Published List of Entries

Car #

Driver

From

00

Clifford VanBuren

Haven, Kansas

  1

Clyde Darland

Hutchinson, Kansas

  2

Patrick DeVine

Hutchinson, Kansas

  3

Leon Patten

Hutchinson, Kansas

  5

Frank Blazier

Hutchinson, Kansas

  6

Raymond Gibson

Hutchinson, Kansas

  7

Don Brown

Pretty Prairie, Kansas

  8

Chester Goble

Hutchinson, Kansas

  9

Harold Salmon

Hutchinson, Kansas

10

Dean “Casey” Case

Lyons, Kansas

11

Dee Ward

Hutchinson, Kansas

13

Melvin Widup

Hutchinson, Kansas

18

Morris “Red” Pennington

Stafford, Kansas

25

Robert Ghormley

Hutchinson, Kansas

31

C. D. “Chet” Aschman

McPherson, Kansas

47

Johnny Weims

Newton, Kansas

All entries must be Ford Model Ts.  Cars must remain completely stock.  The only allowed modifications are the removal of the windshield and fenders.  There are to be no professional drivers and all drivers must reside within 100 miles of Hutchinson.

Pennington entered this race using the name “Oscar Pennington”.

 

 

  

Tin Lizzie Derby – 200-Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Purse

1

31

 C. D. “Chet” Aschman

McPherson, Kansas

$250

2

 

Jack Hanselman

Burrton, Kansas

  150

3

 

Keith Showalter

Sterling, Kansas

    75

4

25

Robert Ghormley 

Hutchinson, Kansas

    25

5

 

 

 

 

6

18

Morris “Red” Pennington

Stafford, Kansas

 

DNF

  1

Clyde Darland

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

DNF

 

C. Tipton

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

DQ

13

Melvin Widup

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

                The cars driven by Pennington and Tipton collided and both overturned.  Uninjured, Pennington climbed from his car and assisted Tipton from his demolished auto and stand up.  Tipton’s injuries turned out to be minor although his clothing was “badly ripped.”  Pennington’s auto was “equipped with a protective rail resembling the rounded head-end of a bed.”  Pennington’s car had landed on its side but with the help of bystanders, he was able to set it back on its wheels and finish the race.

                Darland was involved in a minor crash after a wheel spindle broke.

                Widup finished in fourth place but was disqualified when his car was found to have 3-to-1 ratio gears which were not stock.

Aschman only made one pit stop for water, oil, and a “minor car overhaul.”

 

 

 

This photo appears to show a pre-race meeting on this afternoon – Marjorie Meyer photo

 

 

 

It took two photographs to capture the 18-car starting field in this Tin Lizzie Derby run at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson on this afternoon.  The photograph above shows all but the front row while the photograph below shows all but the back row.  The only car to be identified in this photo so far is the #2 driven by Patrick DeVine of Hutchinson that is shown started on the outside of the second row which is the first row from the right that is visible in this photo – Marjorie Meyer photo

 

 

 

Note the new 1/5 mile midget racetrack that had just been built on the infieldThe only car to be identified in this photo so far is the #2 driven by Patrick DeVine of Hutchinson that is shown started on the outside of the second row from the right – Marjorie Meyer photo

 

 

 

 

Tin Lizzies race through the fourth (north) turn and onto the front straight-away on the half-mile racetrack at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson on this afternoon – Marjorie Meyer photo

 

 

 

 

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