Wichita Fairgrounds Racetrack

Wichita, Kansas – June 11, 1910

 

 

 

 

Newspaper ad that appeared in the:

Wichita Eagle

June 5, 1910

Page 7

 

Fair Grounds – Wichita

Saturday Afternoon, June 11th

 

Under the Management of F. J. Brooks and F. T. Roberts

 

Auto Races

Two Five Mile Events – Grand Prize, a $100.00 Loving Cup

Second Prize, a $75.00 Loving Cup

 

Two Speedy Motorcycle Races

First Prize, $75.00 Loving Cup - Second Prize, $50 Loving Cup

 

Grand Greyhound Coursing Meet

 

Introducing for the First Time the Electric Jack Rabbit

The Greatest Novelty of the Centaury

Entries for all Events Close Friday, June 10th

 

 

Races Start Promptly at Two O’Clock

Admission to the Grounds 50¢

 

 

 

 

This photo was taken on this afternoon at Wichita, Kansas

Photo from the Bob Lawrence collection

 

The photo above was taken on this day at the Wichita Fairgrounds in Wichita, Kansas.  The car at left was a new 4-cylinder Cole 30 Flyer that was being driven by C. W. “Will” Swain of Wichita, Kansas.  This Cole 30 Flyer was manufactured in 1910 by the Cole Motor Company of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Cole built over 40,000 automobiles from 1909 to 1925 but less than 100 of them were the Cole 30 Flyer model.  One was entered in the 1911 Indianapolis "500" and it finished in 26th place.

The car second from left was a 4-cylinder Rider – Lewis that was driven by H. M. Willis.  It had been manufactured in Anderson, Indiana between 1908 and 1910.

The other two cars on the racetrack and the one in the infield have not been identified yet.  If you can identify them, please contact Bob Lawrence.

As for the motorcycles in the photograph, the following was written by John Koller:

“I can tell you this, going from left to right, the bikes are a 1910 Indian Single (cylinder), the next is a 1908 Thor, the next is another 1910 Indian Single (cylinder), and the last is a 1910 Harley-Davidson Single (cylinder).”

            Note the sign for the Brown Sisters Millinery on the railing of the racetrack at right in the photo.4

            This program at the Wichita Fairgrounds was described as being “an afternoon of speed contests of real class”.  It included dog races, motorcycle races, and what the local newspaper reported as being the first automobile races in Wichita that were more than just an impromptu match between two vehicles.  The sun warped the rail on which the electric rabbit was to run and attempts to use live rabbits proved to be a colossal failure when the live rabbits turned out to be more afraid of the spectators than they were of the dogs.  The dog races were then canceled with a free program of those promised for a later date.  The motorcycle races were described as being “rather lame” but the automobile races, though very late in getting under way, were exciting and saved the day for the promoters.

            All of the drivers entered were from Wichita.

 

5-mile (10-lap) race for automobiles with engines not exceeding 30 HP:

Place

Driver

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

C. W. “Will” Swain5

Cole 30 Flyer

$100

6:54.0

2

F. Marvin Light7

Crawford

75

 

3

H. M. Willis

Lewis-Rider 4

 

 

4

William Kraver1

Regal

 

 

5

_____  Mahoney3

Sellers

 

 

Light finished in second place and would have challenged Swain for the victory if he had not experienced ignition problems for a couple of laps.

 

Australian Pursuit – 6 ½ miles (13 laps):

Place

Driver

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

Carl E. Evans6

Auburn 40

$100

9:21.0

2

F. Marvin Light7

Crawford

75

 

3

H. M. Willis

Lewis-Rider 4

 

 

4

 

Hupmobile

 

 

5

William Kraver1

Regal

 

 

This race had been scheduled for 7 miles (14 laps).  Light was not passed but dropped out of the race with a flat tire on the 13th lap.  Since only one car was left running, that gave the victory to Evans and ended the race.

 

Match Race – 5 mile (10 laps):

Place

Driver

Automobile

Purse 

Time

1

C. W. “Will” Swain5

Cole 30 Flyer

Silver Loving Cup

6:59.0

2

Carl E. Evans6

Auburn 40

 

 

                This race was started with the two cars nose-to-tail and Evans in the lead.  Swain passed for the lead shortly before the engine in Evans’ Auburn died so Swain completed the distance alone.

 

Free-for-All – 5 miles (10 laps):

Place

Driver

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

Carl E. Evans6

Auburn 40

Silver Loving Cup

6:38

2

F. Marvin Light7

Crawford

 

 

3

William Kraver1

Regal

 

 

4

H. M. Willis

Lewis-Rider 4

 

 

 

Ed Snaverly2

Ford

 

 

 

_____  Frataling

Buick Model 17

 

 

 

_____  Mahoney3

Sellers

 

 

 

C. W. “Will” Swain5

Cole 30 Flyer

 

wrecked

                In the third mile, Swain and Light were fighting for the inside position on the racetrack when Swain, who was slightly in the lead, lost control of his skidding Cole 30 Flyer and crashed into the fence on the outside edge of the racetrack.  The Cole 30 Flyer was considerably damaged but Swain had dropped down into the body of the car and escaped unhurt.

               The day after Evans' victory in this race, the local Auburn automobile dealer touted the victory in a newspaper ad saying that you too could own a new Auburn for only $1,650.

 

 

 

Race Promoters:

Presiding Race Judges:

F. J. Brooks

George D. Wilcox

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Detroit, Michigan

F. T. Roberts

Dr. Pittman

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Wichita, Kansas

 

Bert Howard

-

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

The Driver is Carl E. Evans6

Carl E. Evans6

Photographs are  from the Carl Evans collection and were published in the Feature Section of the Wichita Eagle on  Sunday -March 19, 1933

 

 

 

Wichita Beacon

June 25, 1910 – Page 11

 

 

 

1 William Kraver’s surname has been found spelled as “Krave” in one source.

2 Ed Snaverly’s surname has been found spelled as “Snaberty” and as “Snavely” in some sources.

3 Mahoney’s surname has been found spelled as “Mahaney” in one sources.

4 Charles A. Brown owned the Brown Sisters Company which was located on the second floor of the Schweiter Building on the northeast corner of Douglas and Main Streets in Wichita.

5 Charles William “Will” Swain (1884-?) owned the Swain Automotive Company at 142 N. Emporia St. (and later at 115 N. Old Lawrence Rd.) in Wichita.

6 Carl E. Evans (1886-1964) was a salesman for the Jones Motor Company in Wichita.

7 Fred Marvin Light (1890-1943) was born at Kingman, Kansas and was making his living as a taxicab driver in Wichita, Kansas.  By 1921, he had moved to Santa Barbara, California where he opened a Goodyear tire store.  He was residing in Santa Barbara, California when he passed away and he is buried in the Santa Barbara Cemetery at Santa Barbara, California.

 

 

 

 

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