Tullio Mark “Toots” Campo

1904 - 1984

 

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Photo from the Mike Cline collection

 

          “Toots” Campo was born “Marco Tullio Campo” on November 3, 1904 in Kansas City, Missouri.  He was a son of Paolo Campo (1859-1933) and Marianna (Siano) Campo (1872-1956) who had immigrated from Italy to America in 1882.  By 1910, the Campo family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming but they had returned to Kansas City, Missouri by 1920.

Campo is shown above behind the wheel of a #38-2 Deauchenan (or Deschano) powered by a Frontenac engine, before the races at the Ozark State Fair at Carthage, Missouri on August 8, 1930.  The car was owned by Roscoe Binaggio who was also from Kansas City, Missouri.  This was the fastest car in time trials that day at Carthage, Missouri, but a flat tire forced it out of the heat race and engine trouble ended Campo’s feature race hopes.

            Sometime before 1935, Toots moved back to Cheyenne, Wyoming and married Iza Merle, whose maiden name is unknown.  By 1940, Toots had married Wanda Lee Jacobs (1909-1987) and found work as an auto mechanic at the Tyrrell Chevrolet Company in Cheyenne.

            Campo passed away at Wheatland, Wyoming in May of 1984 and is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery at Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Wanda was buried beside him three years later.

           

 

 

 

Races that Toots Campo is known to have Competed in

Campo drove a Deauchenan (or Deschano) #38-2 powered by a Frontenac engine and owned by Roscoe Binaggio in all of these races.

Date

Place

Racetrack

Sanctioned by

Race Promoter

Campo’s Race Results

Feature Winner

Winner From

Winning Car

June 12, 1926

Ormstown, Quebec, Canada

Ormstown Fairgrounds

National Motors Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

July 5, 1926

North Adams, Massachusetts

North Adams Fairgrounds

National Motors Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

 -

-

-

-

August 17, 1926

Rome, New York

Oneida County Fairgrounds

National Motors Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

August 20, 1926

St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Caledonia County Fairgrounds

National Motors Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

Tied with Tony Galliano for 3rd in time trials

2nd to Tony Galliano in 3rd heat

3rd in the feature behind Tony Galliano

Bob Robinson

Benson Springs, Florida

Fiat

September 7, 1926

Paxtang, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg Fairgrounds

National Motors Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

Harry Davies

Minneapolis, Minnesota

-

September 18, 1926*

Reading, Pennsylvania

Reading Fairgrounds

National Motors Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

Bob Robinson

Benson Springs, Florida

-

October 16, 1926

Greensboro, North Carolina

Greensboro Fairgrounds

National Motors Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

September 17, 1928

Hutchinson, Kansas

Kansas State Fairgrounds

-

W. W. Bowen & Don C. Olney

1st in the 6-car, 10-lap Class A heat over Pat Cunningham in 5:27.8

Rex Edmonds

Houston, Texas

#77 Chevrolet

September 21, 1928

Hutchinson, Kansas

Kansas State Fairgrounds

-

W. W. Bowen & Don C. Olney

Led the 1st 7 laps of the 10-lap Class A heat before engine trouble forced him to the pits.

Jim White

Sharon Springs, Kansas

#28 White special Frontenac

July 4, 1929**

Hutchinson, Kansas

Kansas State Fairgrounds

-

W. W. Bowen

2nd fastest time in time trials behind George Barringer

2nd in the Class A heat behind George Barringer

George Barringer

Wichita Falls, Texas

#21

August 24, 1929

Sedalia, Missouri

Missouri State Fairgrounds

-

-

2nd in time trials running 1-lap in 50.2 which was slower than Sam Hoffman’s lap of 48.2.

3rd in the 5-mile classic behind Sam Hoffman and Augusts “Cotton” Grable.

2nd in a 3-mile match race behind Augusts “Cotton” Grable.

2nd in the 50-mile sweepstakes behind Sam Hoffman.

     (Campo was relieved by Pat “Skinny” Jones for the final 26 miles.)

Sam Hoffman

Sioux City, Iowa

Fronty Ford

September 21, 1929

Franklin, Nebraska

Franklin Fairgrounds

-

-

-

-

-

-

August 8, 1930

Carthage, Missouri

Ozark State Fairgrounds

-

-

1st in time trials running 1-lap in 32.6.

Dropped out of the 3rd 8-lap heat with a flat tire.

Lost to Happy Fox in the straw-hat derby.

Dropped out of the 8-lap, 10-car sweepstakes with engine trouble.

P. C. “Dad” Harrier

Hiawatha, Kansas

#52 Fronty

 

 

 

If you know anything more about “Toots” Campo, please contact Bob Lawrence at sprintguy @ cox.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* The winner of two out of three match races between Toots Campo and “Benny” Galliano (who was probably an alias for driver Tony Gilliano).  The victor was to receive the right to marry an unnamed girl from Kansas City, Missouri who had consented to the marriage.  This was almost certainly a promotional gimmick that had been worked out between the two drivers and the promoter as such promotional gimmicks were common at auto races of the era.  The ploy must have been successful as the races were run before a large crowd although the results of those races have yet to be located.

 

** Toots Campo’s name was used in prerace promotional advertising for races run on July 4, 1929 at the West Madison Speedway at Arkansas City, Kansas but he did not show up to compete in those races.