The #38-2 Deauchenan (or Deschano) Frontenac

and its

Driver

Owner / Driver

Tullio Mark “Toots” Campo  &  Rocco Binaggio

1904 - 1984

   1903 - 1951

 

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Photo from the Mike Cline collection

 

Toots Campo

          “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.

The 5’ 9” 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 Rocco 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, Campo 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 Campo was buried beside him three years later.

 

Rocco Binaggio

            Rocco Binaggio was born on August 9, 1903 at Beaumont, Texas, the second of five children born to Vito Binaggia and Lena (Congialosa) Binaggia (c1877-1937).  Veto was a cobbler who had immigrated to America from Italy in 1899 while Lena had immigrated to America from Italy in 1901.  After spending the late 1920s racing cars professionally in the Eastern United States, Rocco Binaggio became a member of the Charles Binaggio crime family in Kansas City.  Charles Binaggio was a younger brother of Rocco Binaggio’s.

Rocco Binaggio was first married in 1939 in Kansas City to Mary K. Lombardio (1912-1939) who was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head just six weeks after the wedding.  It was never officially determined if she was of a victim of suicide or a homicide.

Binaggio was married to his second wife, Josephine Matacio, in Kansas City in 1949.  He passed away in Jefferson County, Texas on March 6, 1951 and is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park at Beaumont, Texas.

 

 

 

 

Races that Toots Campo and Rocco Binaggio are known to have Competed in

The automobile was a #38-2 Deauchenan (or Deschano) Frontenac engine and owned by Rocco Binaggio in most of these races.  If they were driving some other car, the color of that row has been changed.

Date

Driver

Car Owner

Racetrack

Place

Races Sanctioned by

Race Promoter

Campo’s Known Race Results

Feature Winner

Winner From

Winning Car

June 5, 1926

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Mount Holly Fairgrounds

Mount Holly, New Jersey

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

June 12, 1926

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Ormstown Fairgrounds

Ormstown, Quebec, Canada

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

July 3, 1926

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

North Adams Fairgrounds

North Adams, Massachusetts

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

 -

-

-

-

July 5, 1926

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

North Adams Fairgrounds

North Adams, Massachusetts

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

 -

-

-

-

August 17, 1926

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Oneida County Fairgrounds

Rome, New York

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

August 20, 1926

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Caledonia County Fairgrounds

St. Johnsbury, Vermont

National Motor 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

American Fiat

August 28, 1926

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Twin-State Fairgrounds

White River Junction, Vermont

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

September 6, 1926

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Harrisburg Fairgrounds

Paxtang, Pennsylvania

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

September 7, 1926

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Harrisburg Fairgrounds

Paxtang, Pennsylvania

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

Harry Davies

Minneapolis, Minnesota

-

September 11, 1926

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Vermont State Fairgrounds

Rutland, Vermont

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

September 17, 1926

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Altamont Fairgrounds

Altamont, New York

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

September 18, 1926*

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Reading Fairgrounds

Reading, Pennsylvania

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

Bob Robinson

Salerno, Florida

Salerno special

October 2, 1926

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Hanover Fairgrounds

Hanover, Pennsylvania

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

October 9, 1926

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

York Fairgrounds

York, Pennsylvania

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

October 16, 1926

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Central Carolina Fairgrounds

Greensboro, North Carolina

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

May 30, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Riverhead Fairgrounds

Riverhead, New York

American Automobile Association

(A.A.A.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

1st in time trials

4th in feature behind Bud Campbell

Bob Robinson

Salerno, Florida

Salerno special

June 18, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Eddie Sejnost

Mineola Fairgrounds

Mineola, New York

American Automobile Association

(A.A.A.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

Binaggio drove the Richards Junior special

1st in heat over Bub Campbell

4th in feature behind Fred Yonally

Ray Keech

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Yagle Miller

June 25, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Richmond Fairgrounds

Richmond, Virginia

American Automobile Association

(A.A.A.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

5th in feature behind Barney Overton

Bob Robinson

Salerno, Florida

Salerno special

July 23, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Lancaster Fairgrounds

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

American Automobile Association

(A.A.A.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

July 30, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Kent-Sussex Fairgrounds

Harrington, Delaware

American Automobile Association

(A.A.A.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

4th in feature behind Jimmy Patterson

Billy Winn

Kansas City, Missouri

Dodge

August 20, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Orange County Fairgrounds

Middletown, New York

American Automobile Association

(A.A.A.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

September 5, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Waterloo Fairgrounds

Waterloo, New York

American Automobile Association

(A.A.A.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

September 10, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Indianapolis State Fairgrounds

Indianapolis, Indiana

American Automobile Association

(A.A.A.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

Lou Schneider

Indianapolis, Indiana

Woodbury Miller

September 16, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Altamont Fairgrounds

Altamont, New York

American Automobile Association

(A.A.A.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

September 17, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Mineola Fairgrounds

Mineola, New York

American Automobile Association

(A.A.A.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

Rick Decker

Staten Island, New York

#41

September 24, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Tennessee State Fairgrounds

Nashville, Tennessee

American Automobile Association

(A.A.A.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

Harry Lewis

Chicago, Illinois

Dodge

October 1, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Waterloo Fairgrounds

Waterloo, New York

American Automobile Association

(A.A.A.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

October 8, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Bloomsburg Fairgrounds

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

American Automobile Association

(A.A.A.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

Norval DeLelys

Seneca Falls, New York

-

October 8, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

York Fairgrounds

York, Pennsylvania

American Automobile Association

(A.A.A.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

October 15, 1927

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Central Carolina Fairgrounds

Greensboro, North Carolina

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

August 17, 1928

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Kingston Fairgrounds

Kingston, New York

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

August 25, 1928

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Canadian Exhibition

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

Ralph de Palma

South Pasadena, California

#1 de Palma Miller

August 30, 1928

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Republic County Fairgrounds

Belleville, Kansas

 -

Harley L. Pierce

4th fastest in time trials behind Harry Gage

Was not injured when he crashed into the fence

     on the 4th lap of the 10-lap Class A heat

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

#700 B & B special Supercharged

 Ford Frontenac

September 3, 1928

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Paxtang Fairgrounds

Paxtang, Pennsylvania

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

September 3, 1928

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Warren Exposition Place

Warren, Pennsylvania

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

Mack McClure

 

100 McClure Frontenac

September 8, 1928

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Chautauqua County Fairgrounds

Dunkirk, New York

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

Ralph de Palma

South Pasadena, California

#1 de Palma Miller

September 17, 1928

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Kansas State Fairgrounds

Hutchinson, Kansas

-

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

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Kansas State Fairgrounds

Hutchinson, Kansas

-

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

September 21, 1928

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Kansas State Fairgrounds

Hutchinson, Kansas

-

W. W. Bowen & Don C. Olney

Binaggio drove his own Model A Ford coupe

1st in 4-lap stock car race ahead of F. J. McFadden

Rocco Binaggio

Kansas City, Missouri

Model A Ford coupe

October 22, 1928

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Raleigh, North Carolina

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

-

-

-

November 3, 1928

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Spartanburg County Fairgrounds

Spartanburg, South Carolina

National Motor Contest Board

(N.M.C.B.)

Ralph A. Hankinson

-

Bob Robinson

Salerno, Florida

 

July 4, 1929**

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Kansas State Fairgrounds

Hutchinson, Kansas

-

W. W. Bowen

2nd fastest time in time trials behind

     George Barringer

2nd in the Class A heat behind

     George Barringer

George Barringer

Los Angeles, California

#21

July 4, 1929

Rocco Binaggio

Rocco Binaggio

Kansas State Fairgrounds

Hutchinson, Kansas

-

W. W. Bowen

Binaggio drove his own Model A Ford coupe

1st in 10-lap stock car feature over Red Gardner

     in 6:42.0

Rocco Binaggio

Kansas City, Missouri

Model A Ford coupe

August 24, 1929

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Missouri State Fairgrounds

Sedalia, Missouri

-

-

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

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Franklin Fairgrounds

Franklin, Nebraska

-

-

-

-

-

-

August 8, 1930

Toots Campo

Rocco Binaggio

Ozark State Fairgrounds

Carthage, Missouri

-

-

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 Tullio Mark “Toots” Campo, Rocco Binaggio, or their Deauchenan (or Deschano) automobile, please contact Bob Lawrence at sprintguy @ cox.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* The winner of two out of three heat 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you:

Michael Ferner and Trevon Richard