Ira Thomas McIntire

1899 - 1929

 

Ira McIntire was born August 21, 1899 at Yewed in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma.  He was the third of seven children born to Edward Guy “Eddie” McIntire (1868-1936) and his wife, Larina Isabelle (Bennett) McIntire (1872-1955).  By 1910, the family had moved to Cherokee, Oklahoma where Ira had found work as an auto mechanic at the Northwest Ford Company in Cherokee by 1918.  Ira was married to Leila, whose maiden name is unknown.  She was born c1903 in Oklahoma.

 

By 1925, Ira and Leila McIntire had moved to Arkansas City, Kansas where Ira went to work as a mechanic at the Ruckel – Kilburn Chevrolet garage.

 

Following is the known record of Ira McIntire’s involvement in auto racing:

 

 

July 5, 1926 – ½ mile oiled dirt oval – Speedway Park one mile north of  Cushing, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  George Dwight Moody of Arkansas City, Kansas entered his own Chevrolet special #2 for driver Ira T. McIntire.

Attendance:  10,000 plus 500 who were turned away because there was no room for them.

Finish:  McIntire won the straw-hat derby finishing in front of Jess. E. Currie of Shawnee, Oklahoma who was driving his own Currie special #25.

          Feature race winner:  Harley Wells of Miami, Oklahoma who was driving a Ford Frontenac #27 owned by Ralph R. Scott of Miami, Oklahoma and sponsored by the Scott Motor Company of Miami.

 

May 30, 1928 – ½ mile oiled dirt oval – Speedway Park one mile north of Cushing, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Joe Hutchinson entered his own Ford Rajo special #44 to be driven by _____ Pearson(s) and Ira McIntire on this day.

Attendance:  5,000

Purse:  $35.

Finish:  Pearson(s) finished 3rd in the 5-lap championship dash behind Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Earl L. Hovenden of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving who was driving the double-overhead-cam Kerbs special Fronty Ford owned by Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas.

             McIntire finished 3rd in a 6-lap heat race behind Earl L. Hovenden of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving who was driving the double-overhead-cam Kerbs special Fronty Ford owned by Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas and Bill Tennill of Taylor, Texas.

Feature race winner:  Lee Bammel of Taylor, Texas who was driving his own Bammel special Fronty Ford #U2.

 

September 3, 1928 – ½ mile oiled dirt oval – Speedway Park one mile north of Cushing, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Joe Hutchinson of Arkansas City, Kansas entered his Rajo Ford special #44 for Ira T. McIntire.

Finish:  McIntire finished 2nd in the 2nd 15-lap heat race behind George Lawhon of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving his own Lawhon special #X-3.  That 2nd place finish won McIntire $50 from the purse.

             McIntire finished 3rd in the 15-mile Cushing Sweepstakes behind John Boling of Tulsa, Oklahoma who was driving the supercharged Ford Frontenac B & B special #700 that had been built by Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas and entered by Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri; and Earl L. Hovenden of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving who was driving the double-overhead-cam Kerbs special Fronty Ford owned by Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas.  3rd place in this race won McIntire $125 from the purse.

Feature race winner:  John Boling of Tulsa, Oklahoma who was driving the supercharged Ford Frontenac B & B special #700 that had been built by Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas and entered by Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri.

[Note:  Eddie Neva of San Antonio, Texas who was driving the #7-11 Ford Frontenac Well-Brook special owned by Maxie L. Brooks & M. T. Wells of San Antonio, Texas was fatally injured during the running of the 30-lap sweepstakes race on this afternoon.]

 

September 6, 1928 – ½ mile dirt oval – Ottawa County Fairgrounds at Miami, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Ira T. McIntire entered a Rajo Ford #44 owned by Joe Hutchinson of Arkansas City, Kansas.

Finish:  McIntire entered these races but his name does not appear in the published results.

Feature race winner:  Vern McComb of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving the Lawhon special #X-3 owned by George Lawhon who was also from St. Joseph.

 

October 9, 1928 – ½ mile dirt oval – Cowley County Fairgrounds on the west edge of  Winfield, Kansas

            Car:  Joe Hutchinson entered his own Rajo Ford special #44 for Ira T. McIntire.

Finish:  McIntire ran the 2nd fastest 1-lap tie trial of the afternoon of 33 seconds flat.

    McIntire finished in 2nd place in the 1st 5-car, 10-lap heat race behind James F. Pickens of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving a the Kerbs Ford special #K-1 that was owned by Leonard E. Kerbs of Otis, Kansas.

    McIntire finished in 2nd place in the 4th 4-car, 6-lap heat race behind Russell D. Hill of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving his own Ford Frontenac #15.

   The Rajo Ford special #44 that was driven by McIntire and owned by Hutchinson, was one of 4 cars involved in a spectacular crash “well into” the 8-car, 15-lap feature race with the car driven by McIntire turning over.  All four of the cars; the Superior special Hisso #43 driven by Wendell A. Sparling of Winfield, Kansas; the Kerbs Ford special #K-1 driven by James F. Pickens of Arkansas City, Kansas; a Hudson #15 driven by Dusty Deines of Topeka, Kansas and the Rajo Ford special #44 driven by McIntire, were too heavily damaged to continue in the race but, at least, there were no injuries.

Feature race winner:  Ralph Chrysler of Omaha, Nebraska who was driving a Rajo Ford #7-11.  [Note:  Ralph Chrysler was probably Ralph James Chrysler who was born in 1896 at Junction City, Kansas and died in 1963 in Los Angeles, California although some have speculated that “Ralph Chrysler” may have been a pseudonym used by “Speck” Heminger of Hastings, Nebraska when he competed in non-A.A.A. sanctioned races.]

 

October 13, 1928 – ½ mile dirt oval – Cowley County Fairgrounds on the west edge of  Winfield, Kansas

            Car:  Joe Hutchinson entered his own Rajo Ford special #44 for driver Ira Thomas McIntire of Arkansas City. Kansas.

Finish:  McIntire ran the 2nd fastest lap in time trials of 32.8 seconds in the 11-car field that took time trials.  His lap was only slower than the lap run by Wendell A. Sparling of Winfield, Kansas who was driving his own Superior special Hisso #43.

   McIntire was credited was a 2nd place finish in the 1st 3-car, 8-lap heat race for the fastest 3 cars in time trials.  McIntire dropped out on the 5th lap of the race leaving Wendell A. Sparling of Winfield, Kansas who was driving his own Superior special Hisso #43 as the only car running in the race.

   McIntire won the 5-car, 6-lap 4th heat race in 3:16.5.  Ralph Chrysler of Omaha, Nebraska finished in 2nd place in a Rajo Ford #7-11 after passing Russell D. Hill of Arkansas City on the final straightaway to take that position.  Hill was driving his own Ford Frontenac #15.

   McIntire started on the pole position in the 9-car field that started the race in a formation of 3-rows of 3-cars each.  He led every lap of the race winning in 8:10.0.  Russell D. Hill of Arkansas City, Kansas finished close behind McIntire in 2nd place driving his own Ford Frontenac #15.

Feature race winner:  Ira Thomas McIntire of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving a Rajo Ford special #44 owned by Joe Hutchinson who was also from Arkansas City, Kansas.

 

 

Ira McIntire was the shop foreman at Ruckel – Kilburn Chevrolet garage in Arkansas City, Kansas when he passed away on February 20, 1929 in Mercy hospital in Arkansas City due to complications from having a wisdom tooth extracted.  He is buried at Newkirk, Oklahoma.

 

 

 

Autograph signed in 1918