Hot Rod Races

Oakley Birthday Celebration

Sportsman Park – Oakley, Kansas

Tuesday Afternoon, August 10, 1948

 

 

TIME TRIALS

PLACE

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

CAR OWNER

HOMETOWN

CAR #

1

Les Suter 6

Oakley, KS

 

 

44

 

Bill Ratcliffe 1

Hutchinson, KS

 

 

 

 

Charlie Lutkie

Wichita, KS

M. G. Trabue 8

Wichita, KS

355

 

Darrell Ratcliffe 2

Hutchinson, KS

Bill & Darrell Ratcliffe

Hutchinson, KS

66

 

Bob Thorne

Dallas, TX

Bob Thorne

Dallas, TX

24

 

Al Puckett 3

Wichita, KS

 

 

1

 

John Conley

Newton, KS

 

 

312

 

Ray Ash

Hutchinson, KS

 

 

131

 

Theron Kinzie 4

Newton, KS

 

 

101

 

Jim Roper 5

Halstead, KS

Earl Mills7

Newton, KS

81

 

Buddy Quick

Wichita, KS

 

 

304

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEAT RACE

PLACE

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

CAR OWNER

HOMETOWN

CAR #

1

Bill Ratcliffe 1

Hutchinson, KS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEAT RACE

PLACE

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

CAR OWNER

HOMETOWN

CAR #

1

Charlie Lutkie

Wichita, KS

M. G. Trabue 8

Wichita, KS

355

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEAT RACE

PLACE

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

CAR OWNER

HOMETOWN

CAR #

1

Darrell Ratcliffe 2

Hutchinson, KS

Bill & Darrell Ratcliffe

Hutchinson, KS

66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEAT RACE 

PLACE

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

CAR OWNER

HOMETOWN

CAR #

1

Bob Thorne

Dallas, TX

Bob Thorne

Dallas, TX

24

 

“One racing car became over heated and a fire threatened.  There were no serious accidents, but the experienced drivers from Wichita, Newton and Texas made a good show with their broadsides and on several occasions hub-to-hub speed on a dangerous curve.” – Oakley Graphic; August 13, 1948

These hot rod races were sponsored by the Oakley Chamber of Commerce of which Arnold Blankenburg was president and Emmitt Anderson was secretary.  The electronic timing system was owned and operated by Ernie Powell of Hutchinson, Kansas.  Only the four heat races were run so there was no feature event winner.

 

 

 

 

This photo of the Mercury powered hot rod that Bob Thorne of Dallas, Texas won a heat race in on this day was taken on the infield of the racetrack at Oakley on August 10, 1948.  The car had the number “24” painted on the other side and was owned by Thorne – The photo from the Punch Lemberg collection

 

 

 

 Charlie Lutkie of Wichita, Kansas is shown here in M. G. Trabue’s dark blue #355 Jayhawk Motors flathead powered track roadster that Lutkie raced throughout Kansas in 1948.  Trabue had recently purchased this roadster from Bill Flinchum of Oklahoma City.  Note that Lutkie’s helmet was way too small and very little of his head was actually inside it – Jim Edwards photo

 

 

 

Jim Roper in the #81 hot rod owned by Earl Mills of Newton, Kansas - 1949 program, Cejay Stadium, Wichita, KS from the collection of Bill Collins

 

 

 

Bill Ratcliffe of Hutchinson, Kansas is shown here seated in the #66 hot rod that Darrell Ratcliff won a heat race with at Oakley on this date - Paul and Opal Kammerer collection

 

 

 

 

1 Billie Lee “Bill” Ratcliffe (1928-1991)

 

2 Darrell Dean Ratcliffe (1924-1978) is buried at Casper, Wyoming

 

3 Warren “Al” Puckett

 

4 Theron D. Kinzie (1924-1987)

 

5 Christian David “Jim” Roper (1916-2000) is buried at Halstead, Kansas

 

6 Leslie Dwayne “Les” Suter (1927-1978)

 

7 Earl E. Mills (1907-1990)

 

8 Melvin George “M. G.” Trabue (1915-1984) 

  

 

 

 

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