Benjamin Franklin “Ben” Musick
a.k.a. William “Bill” Morris
1908 – 1966
This photo of Ben Musick a.k.a. Bill Morris was taken on July 21, 1934 at Anthony, Kansas just one week before Musick won the feature race at Winfield, Kansas in the #4 McDowell Ford. The man in the darker shirt is the car's owner, Carl Goalsby – Charles Pauley collection
Ben Musick, a.k.a. Bill Morris is shown here in 1936 in the yellow #3 Messer Special Cragar owned by Chelsie Johnson at V.F.W. Speedway in Detroit, Michigan – Don Radbruch collection
Ben Musick with the #4 Messer Special Cragar owned by Chelsie Johnson that Ben drove at the Kansas State Fair at Hutchinson, Kansas in September of 1937 – Charles Pauley collection
Ben Musick, a.k.a. Bill Morris is shown here in the #4 Messer Special Cragar owned by Chelsie Johnson
Bruce Craig photo from the book, “Valley County THUNDER, the History of Racing at Ord, Nebraska” by V. Ray Valasek and Bob Mays
This photograph of Ben Musick was taken in 1939 at Topeka, Kansas. Note that the trees are inside the fence around the track. The fence must have been more for keeping nonpaying spectators from watching the race than it was for the protection of the participants - Buddy Carroll collection
There is an old storty that, for a time, Ben Musick was wanted by federal agents in connection with the theft of a truck load of moonshine while it was impounded by authorities during Prohibition. Musick continued to drive racing cars under the alias “Bill Morris” while trying to elude capture. He was eventually apprehended, convicted, and served time in prison for the offence.
There is no real evidence to support that story though. It appears that the alias was just something dreamed up by I.M.C.A. promoter J. Alex Sloan and used when Musick competed in races outside of Texas. At the same time, Musick continued to use his own name while competing in local races in his home state of Texas.
Ben Musick is buried in Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas.