INDEPENDENCE DAY AUTO RACES

American Legion One-mile Dirt Oval Racetrack

Oakley, Kansas

Wednesday Afternoon - July 4, 1928

Adult General Admission: 75˘

 

 

The Neff Special (actually the Roof Chevrolet Special) passes Bob Fridley of Salina, Kansas at Oakley on July 4, 1928 - Oakes photo from the Hillery family collection

 

 

 

TIME TRIALS – 1 Mile – (listed in the order they went out for their time trial)

PLACE

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

ENGINE

MAKE / MODEL

CAR #

LAPS

TIME

2

____ Barch

WaKeeney, KS

4 cyl.

Ford Frontenac6

7

1

46.00

7

____ Anderson

Colby, KS

4 cyl.

Ford Laurel

1

1

59.60

5

Leslie Neff1

Winona, KS

4 cyl.

Chevrolet Roof Special4

13

1

48:40

6

Bob Fridley

Salina, KS

4 cyl.

Chevrolet Special

17

1

57.60

1

Bill Epps9

Oakley, KS

4 cyl.

P.E.B. Special2

44

1

45.00

4

Lee Hillery5

Winona, KS

4 cyl.

Wright Special3

99

1

47.20

3

C. R. Hoag

Denver, CO

6 cyl.

Hinton Special8

11

1

46.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST RACE – 10 Miles

PLACE

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

ENGINE

MAKE / MODEL

CAR #

LAPS

TIME

1

Bill Epps9

Oakley, KS

4 cyl.

P.E.B. Special2

44

10

8:10

2

Lee Hillery5

Winona, KS

4 cyl.

Wright Special3

99

10

8:33

3

Leslie Neff1

Winona, KS

4 cyl.

Chevrolet Roof Special4

13

10

8:36

DNF

____ Barch

WaKeeney, KS

4 cyl.

Ford Frontenac6

7

6

DNF

DNF

C. R. Hoag

Denver, CO

6 cyl.

Hinton Special8

11

6

DNF

DNF

Bob Fridley

Salina, KS

4 cyl.

Chevrolet Special

17

4

DNF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOCK CAR RACE – 5 Miles

PLACE

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

ENGINE

MAKE / MODEL

CAR #

LAPS

TIME

1

____ Hunter

Oakley, KS

Hudson

Hudson sedan

 

5

5:15

2

____ Moore

Monument, KS

Ford

Stripped Ford

 

5

6:24

DNF

A. Carrol

Oakley, KS

Hudson

Hudson coach

 

4

DNF

DNF

William Hinton

Denver, CO

Gardner

Gardner touring

 

4

DNF

DNF

Ernie Bertrand7

Oakley, KS

Whippet

Whippet coupe

 

4

DNF

DNF

Ray Richardson

Oakley, KS

Ford

Stripped Ford

 

3

DNF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAST RACE – 25 Miles

PLACE 

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

ENGINE

MAKE / MODEL

CAR #

LAPS

TIME

1

C. R. Hoag

Denver, CO

6 cyl.

Hinton Special8

11

25

20:50

2

Leslie Neff1

Winona, KS

4 cyl.

Chevrolet Roof Special4

13

25

29:32

3

____ Barch

WaKeeney, KS

4 cyl.

Ford Frontenac6

7

25

37:06

4

Bill Epps

Oakley, KS

4 cyl.

P.E.B. Special2

44

21

DNF 

5

Bob Fridley

Salina, KS

4 cyl.

Chevrolet Special

17

16

DNF

6

Lee Hillery5

Winona, KS

4 cyl.

Wright Special3

99

4

DNF

 

 

 

 Oakes photo from the Gayle Hoyle collection

 

 

 Oakes photo from the Hillery family collection

 

 

Official race starter Pierre “Pete” Bertrand can be seen at right waving the green flag to start the 25-mile feature race.  Note the other flags lying on the ground beside him ready to be used.  From left to right, the cars are the #99 Wright Special driven by Lee Hillery; the #11 Hinton Special, a Curtiss driven by eventual race winner C. R. Hoag; and the #44 P. E. B. Special driven by Bill Epps.

With the largest engine, the Hinton Special was clearly the fastest car in the field on this day, that is, when Hoag could keep it running.  The finishing order of the 25-mile last race does not tell the whole story.  Epps gave Hoag somewhat of a challenge by gaining on him in the corners but the Curtiss powered racer easily pulled away down the straight-aways.  After Epps dropped out with four laps to go, Neff and Barch wound up with good finishes but they were far behind the Hinton Special – Oakes photo from the Hillery family collection

 

 

 

1Leslie Levie Franklin “Speck” Neff (1908-1962), also known by the nickname “Babe” Neff.

 

2The P.E.B. Special was named for brothers Pierre and Ernie Bertrand.

 

3The Wright Special was owned by Leo Cecil Wright (1901-1990).

 

4The Chevrolet Roof Special was owned by John William Neff (1885-1946).

 

5Robert Lee Hillery (1888-1953). 

 

6The Ford Frontenac #7 driven by ____ Barch was owned by Walter Frank Krhut (1893-1984).

 

7John Ernest “Ernie” Bertrand (1903-1972) is buried at Oakley, Kansas.  The Whippet coupe he drove in this race was his family car.  It is said to have been fast but unreliable.

 

8The Hinton Special was owned by William Hinton of Denver, Colorado who occasionally drove it himself at the Overland Park racetrack at Denver although he had also entered it a year earlier in races at Ord, Nebraska.  It was powered by a 573 cu. in., 160 H.P. Curtiss K6 aircraft engine that was much larger than any other engine in competition at Oakley on this day.

 

9William Raymond “Bill” Epps (1900 - before 1953).

 

 

 

 

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