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.

 

 

           

Eugene Cecil DeLong

1884 1920

 

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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