Fall Speed Classic Auto Races at Oakley, Kansas

Sunday Afternoon, October 23, 1927

Total Posted Purse: $360

Attendance:  “5,000 or more”

 

 

Entry List:

 

 

DRIVER:

HOMETOWN:

 

 

Vic Felt

Deer Trail, CO

 

 

Pierre “Pete” Bertrand

Johnny Klann collection

Willard Prentiss1

Denver, CO

 

Jack Iseman9

Hugo, CO

 

Lenord Kerbs

Otis, KS

 

Jim White2

Sharon Springs, KS

 

Walter Krhut4

WaKeeney, KS

 

Lee Hillery6

Winona, KS

 

Leslie Neff5

Winona, KS

 

Pierre “Pete” Bertrand

Oakley, KS

 

Harry Kurtz3

Oakley, KS

 

 

Harley Viers10

Stockton, KS

 

 

 

The 10-mile and 25-mile races each started the nine fastest cars in three rows with three cars abreast in each row:

 

Race Results – 10 Mile Race

PLACE:

DRIVER:

HOMETOWN:

TIME:

LAPS:

REASON OUT

1

Willard Prentiss1

Denver, CO

9:45.00

10

running

2

Jack Iseman9

Hugo, CO

9:46.25

10

running

3

Vic Felt

Deer Trail, CO

9:52.00

10

running

4

Lee Hillery6

Winona, KS

 

 

 

5

Walter Krhut4

Wakeeney, KS

 

 

 

6

Glen Spena7

WaKeeney, KS

 

 

 

7

Leslie Neff5

Winona, KS

 

 

 

8

Jim White2

Sharon Springs, KS

 

 

 

9

Pete Bertrand

Oakley, KS

 

3

threw a tire

 

 

25 Mile Feature Race

PLACE:

DRIVER:

HOMETOWN:

TIME:

LAPS:

REASON OUT:

1

Vick Felt

Deer Trail, CO

24:30

25

running

2

Willard Prentiss1

Denver, CO

24:55

25

running

3

Jack Iseman9

Hugo, CO

25:03

25

running

4

Lee Hillery6

Winona, KS

 

 

running

5

Jim White2

Sharon Springs, KS

 

 

running

6

Glen Spena7

WaKeeney, KS

 

 

radiator and hood

7

Walter Krhut4

WaKeeney, KS

 

17

spun out

8

Pete Bertrand

Oakley, KS

 

 

DNF

9

Leslie Neff5

Winona, KS

 

 

DNF

 

 

5 Mile Stock Car Race

PLACE:

DRIVER:

HOMETOWN:

AUTOMOBILE:

1

Pete Bertrand

Oakley, KS

Chevrolet

2

Charles Smith

Page, KS

Stripped Ford

3

Tom Harned8

Oakley, KS

Chevrolet

4

George Kinsley

Oakley, KS

Essex roadster

 

Race Judges:

            Dr. M. J. O’Connor

            Wayne Churchill

            Harley Fulton

 

 

Glen Spena in front of his Spena Ford garage at WaKeeney, Kansas with the Ford racer he drove in these races at Oakley, Kansas – Freda Spena collection

 

 

Jack Iseman of Hugo, Colorado is shown here in his Fronty

 

 

 

1 Willard Cable Prentiss (1897-1959) ran the last three laps of the 25-mile feature race at Oakley, Kansas with a flat rear tire.  Prentiss went on to compete in the Indianapolis “500” in 1933, starting 40th and finishing 13th.  He tried to qualify two different cars for the 1934 Indianapolis “500” but failed to gain enough speed in either to start the race.  He is buried in the Ft. Logan National Cemetery at Denver, Colorado.

 

2 Jim White ran off the track three times on his way to a fifth place finish in the 25-mile feature race.

 

3 Harry Kurtz (1893-1965) was the Buick dealer at Oakley, Kansas for a number of years.

 

4 Walter Frank “Guts” Krhut (1893-1984) is buried in the Union Cemetery at Collyer, Kansas.

 

5 Leslie Levie Franklin “Spec” Neff (1907-1962) who also went by the nickname “Babe” Neff.  Spec’s father, John William Neff (1885-1946), owned the race car.

 

6 Robert Lee Hillery (1888-1953).

 

7 Glen James Spena (1907-1977) is buried in the WaKeeney City Cemetery at Wakeeney, Kansas.

 

8 Thomas Randolph “Tom” Harned (1902-1962) is buried the Maple Grove Cemetery at Dodge City, Kansas.

 

9 John P. “Happy Jack” Iseman, Jr. (1902-1982) is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery at Hugo, Colorado.  He was also a noted airplane racer.

 

10 Harley D. Viers (1902-1979) is buried in the Topeka Cemetery in Topeka, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

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