Big Car Races on the

Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Wednesday – July 4, 1934

 

 

Promoter – Joseph F. Ziobro of Wichita, Kansas

Attendance – 2,500

 

 

 

Murray Earl

Charles Pauley photo

Charles Pauley

Charles Pauley collection

Lou Durant

Charles Pauley photo

 

 

 

            Pat Cunningham (1903-1972) of Otis, Kansas was practicing in the Kerbs Special #K–1 Riley on this racetrack for these races the day before (Tuesday, July 3, 1934) when his car overturned.  Cunningham received three broken ribs in the accident and was unable to compete on this date.

            Leonard Kerbs had never gotten this car to run to his satisfaction and, now that it was wrecked, he decided to sell it and retire as a car owner.  Jack Keys of Dallas, Texas purchased the car from Kerbs and Cunningham moved to Texas to drive it for him.

 

 

 

First Event – 7 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Charles Pauley*

Herington, Kansas

Pauley Special #28 (Chevrolet)

3:40.0

2

Murray Earl

Hutchinson, Kansas

Fronty #7  (Ford)

 

3

Lou Durant**

Los Angeles, California

D. O. Fronty #9  (Ford)

DNF

                Durant sideswiped another car in a turn.  The damage was so significant that he as out for the rest of the day.

 

 

Second Event – 7 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Carl Mayfield

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mayfield Special #C-13  (Fronty Ford)

3:51.0

2

Jack Kannapel***

Newton, Kansas

Fronty #44  (Ford)

 

3

Tige Beal

Anthony, Kansas

Hale Special

 

 

 

Third Event – 7 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Posey Reeves

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Cragar Ford

3:49.0

2

Tige Beal

Anthony, Kansas

Hale Special

 

3

Jack Kannapel***

Newton, Kansas

Fronty #44  (Ford)

 

 

 

Fourth Event – 5 Cars - 7 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Charles Pauley*

Herington, Kansas

Pauley Special #28  (Chevrolet)

 

2

Posey Reeves

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Cragar Ford

 

                Three cars were involved in a “general mix-up” in one of the turns.  No one was injured but the cars were damaged too badly to continue.

 

 

Feature Race – 20 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Charles Pauley*

Hutchinson, Kansas

Pauley Special #28  (Chevrolet)

7:30.0****

2

Tige Beal

Anthony, Kansas

Hale Special

 

3

Posey Reeves

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Cragar Ford

 

4

Murray Earl

Hutchinson, Kansas

Fronty #7  (Ford)

DNF

                Murray Earl’s throttle stuck in the south turn causing his car to crash and overturn.

Tige Beal appears to have entered one car (pictured with him below) but then driven the Hale Special belonging to John Hale (also pictured below) in these races.

 

 

Pat Cunningham

Betty (Kerbs) Able collection

Carl Mayfield

Charles Pauley photo

 

 

Tige Beal

Charles Pauley photo

John Hale

Charles Pauley photo

Posey Reeves

Don Radbruch collection

 

 

 

*Charles Pauley not only won every race he entered on this date, he also took the photographs of Murray Earl, Lou Durant, Carl Mayfield, Tige Beal, and John Hale that appear on this web page.  Pauley collected a total of $86.25 for winning three races and got to keep $29.25 of it.  His uncle and car owner, Henry George Pauley (1897-1962) got the rest.  Henry Pauley had purchased the White Special #28 from Jim White who had won the feature race at Hutchinson in this same car on September 21, 1928.  The elder Pauley installed the Chevrolet engine from his Pauley Special #14 bobtail, changed the name of the #28 car to the Pauley Special, and entered it in the races on this day with Charles as the driver.

 

**Louis “Lou” Durant (1912-1972) went on to compete in the Indianapolis “500” in 1946.

 

***Charles Daniel “Jack” Kannapel (1908-2002) is buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Huntington County, Indiana where he had resided since the late 1940s.

 

****It is much more likely that this race was run for 12 laps rather than 20 laps as reported in both the Hutchinson Herald and the Hutchinson News on July 5, 1934.  For this to have been the correct time for 20 laps, Pauley would have had to have run an average of 22.5 seconds per lap.  Such a feat on the state fair racetrack would have been virtually impossible given the tires and other equipment available in 1934.

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Charles Pauley

For the use of your photographs and for graciously submitting to being interviewed for this project.

 

 

 

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