South Riverside Racetrack

Wichita, Kansas – July 4, 1905

 

 

Attendance – 600

Admission – Free courtesy of the Rambler Automobile Company

The announced purpose of this event was to stir up enthusiasm to bring more automobile races to Wichita.  Each of the cars was owned by the Wichita Motor Company and each of the drivers were employed by that company in some capacity.

 

 

           

Eugene Cecil DeLong

1884 – 1920

 

Eugene C. DeLong at left with an unidentified boy “in one of the first cars in Wichita.”

The automobile was probably an REO.

 Photo from a 1920 pamphlet in the John Cyphert collection celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Schollenbergers’ Wichita Motor Company

 

            The first event was for one automobile against time for one mile.  The automobile was a new 18 h.p. stock Rambler with the body removed to make it lighter.  Even so, it weighed in at 1,500 pounds.  Driver Eugene DeLong of Wichita made six runs of two laps each from a flying start against time.  He completed each of the six, one-mile runs in:

1 minute, 35.00 seconds

1 minute, 34.00 seconds

1 minute, 31.50 seconds

1 minute, 30.75 seconds

1 minute, 35.00 seconds

1 minute, 35.00 seconds

 

 

            The second event was for one automobile (the same Rambler mentioned above and again, driven by Eugene DeLong) running 200 laps on the half-mile racetrack against time.  The run took a total of 3 hours and 12 minutes to complete which included several stops to change tires.  A total of seven nails accumulated in his tires along the way.  The first mile was run in 1 minute, 41.0 seconds.  The last mile took 1 minute, 37.5 seconds.  The fastest mile was the 85th which was run in 1 minute, 25.0 seconds.

 

Final Event 

Australian Pursuit – 4 Cars – 10 Laps:

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

1

Eugene C. DeLong

Wichita, Kansas

18 h.p. Rambler

2

George Schollenberger

Wichita, Kansas

18 h.p. Rambler

3

Mr. Jones

Wichita, Kansas

Winton

4

Morris H. Schollenberger

Wichita, Kansas

18 h.p. Rambler 

               This is the first known automobile race to take place in Wichita where the automobiles actually competed against each other instead of against a motorcycle or against the clock.  Brothers Morris and George Schollenberger owned the local Rambler franchise and Eugene DeLong worked for them as an automobile mechanic in their dealership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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