Automobile Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Thursday - July 4, 1929

 

 

Promotional company – The Bowen Company of Auto Races 

Promoter – W. W. Bowen

 

Attendance – 4,000

Track Condition – “Dry and very dusty”

 

 

  

 

 

George Barringer

Bill Barringer collection

Toots Campo

Mike Cline collection

Carl Mayfield

Charles Pauley photo

 

 

Time Trials – 9 Cars - 1 Lap

Place

Driver

From

Car Number

Automobile

Time

1

George Barringer*

Los Angeles, CA

21

Barringer Special

31.4

2

Toots Campo

Milan, Italy

38-2

Deschano Special

 

3

“Hotfoot” Evans**

Bluefield, WV

14

Frontenac

 

 

_____  Murdock

Tulsa, OK

 

Brown Special

 

 

Carl Mayfield

Oklahoma City, OK

C-13

Mayfield Special

 

 

Henry “Wingey” Williams****

Wichita Falls, TX

12

 

 

 

Harry H. Norris

Houston, TX

50

Chevrolet

 

 

W. J. “Willie” Mahovel

Houston, TX

11

 

 

 

J. K. McFadden***

Hutchinson, KS

 

 

 

 

 

Class A Race – 10 Laps – Fastest Cars from Time Trials

Place

Driver

From

Car Number

Automobile

Time

1

George Barringer*

Los Angeles, CA

21

Barringer Special

5:31.0

2

Toots Campo

Milan, Italy

38-2

Deschano Special

 

3

“Hotfoot” Evans**

Bluefield, WV

14

Frontenac

 

 

 

Class B Race – 10 Laps

For all Cars not in the Class A Race

 Place

Driver

From

Car Number

Automobile

Time

1

_____  Murdock

Tulsa, OK

 

Brown Special

5:51.8

2

Carl Mayfield

Oklahoma City, OK

C-13

Mayfield Special

 

3

Hotfoot Evans**

Bluefield, WV

14

Frontenac 

 

 

 

Special Match Race – 10 Laps

 Place

Driver

From

Car Number

Automobile

Time

1

George Barringer*

Los Angeles, CA

21

Barringer Special

5:53.0

2

Harry H. Norris

Houston, TX

50

Chevrolet 

 

3

“Hotfoot” Evans**

Bluefield, WV

14

Frontenac

 

 

 

Straw Hat Derby – 10 Laps 

 Place

Driver

From

Car Number

Automobile

Time

1

W. J. “Willie” Mahovel

Houston, TX

11

 

5:58.8

2

Carl Mayfield

Oklahoma City, OK

C-13

Mayfield Special

 

            Mayfield had tied his hat on his head in violation of the rules “but got away with it”.

 

 

Stock Car Race – 10 Laps

 Place

Driver

From

Car Number

Automobile

Time

1

Roscoe Binaggio

Kansas City, MO

 

Modal A Ford coupe

6:42.0

2

_____  Gardner

Tulsa, OK

 

Chevrolet roadster 4

 

3

Carl Mayfield

Oklahoma City, OK

 

Chevrolet 6

 

            Only two cars finished this race with Binaggio beating Gardner by 500 feet.

 

 

Hutchinson Sweepstakes – 20 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Car Number

Automobile

Time

1

George Barringer*

Los Angeles, CA

21

Barringer Special

11:03.0

2

“Hotfoot” Evans**

Bluefield, WV

14

Frontenac

 

3

Harry H. Norris

Houston, TX

50

Chevrolet

 

4

_____  Murdock

Tulsa, OK

 

Brown Special

 

            Barringer’s car seemed to show more speed, function more smoothly, and handle easier than the other cars.  Evans finished second over Norris after a see-saw battle between the two.  The cars of Evans and Norris were even going into the last lap but Evans’ Frontenac found a burst of speed on the back stretch to pull away to a two second advantage at the finish.

 

 

 

 

Wingey” Williams

Jeff Adams collection

J. K. McFadden

Don Radbruch collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

* George Barringer had built the Barringer Special himself.  He went on to compete in the Indianapolis “500” six times before being fatally injured in a racing accident at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia in 1946. 

 

** These races at Hutchinson appear to have come early in the racing career of “Hotfoot” Evans.  Over the next couple of years, he gave his hometown as being San Antonio, Texas; Harlingen, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Wewoka, Oklahoma but nothing as far away as West Virginia.  A check of 1930 census records indicates that he was probably George Evans (1895-?) who worked as a “helper in a garage” in Wewoka, Oklahoma.

 

*** According to a newspaper account that appeared on page 3 of the July 4, 1929 issue of the Hutchinson Herald, J. K. McFadden was involved in an altercation on the racetrack in the morning before these races were run that afternoon.  McFadden took his car onto the racetrack for a tune-up at about the same time that F. O. Ceideberg took out one of his race horses.  Ceideberg suggested that McFadden get his car off of the racetrack while McFadden suggested other things.  Ceideberg soon reappeared with a shotgun whereupon McFadden promptly knocked him down.  Ceideberg’s son picked up the shotgun and stood guard until his father could recover from the blow.  The elder Ceideberg grabbed the shotgun from his son and promptly “dropped it heavily” over McFadden’s head.  McFadden swore out complaints and both Ceidebergs were arrested.  The elder Ceideberg was charged with assault with intent to kill while his son was charged with simple assault.

 

**** Henry F. “Wingey” Williams (1882-1941) drove racing cars from 1913 to 1931.  He only had use of one arm as the other one was rendered permanently useless in an accident while he was working at a municipal pumping station in Childress, Texas back before he took up racing cars.

 

 

 

 

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