West Side Racetrack

Wichita, Kansas – November 7, 1917

 

Wichita Eagle

November 8, 1917

Page 7

 

Glen Breed Won Automobile Race

Lowered Track Record in the Time Trials

 

Kansan Also Won close Race from Wild Bill Endicott

 

            Glen Breed in his Hudson Super-Six proved too daring and speedy yesterday for the Automobile racers brought here for a two-day meet at the West Wichita track.  Breed lowered the track record for a half-mile by one-fifth of a second and equaled the state record:

 

 

Wichita Beacon

November 8, 1917

Page 6

 

New Half Mile Record Set by Glenn Breed

Salina Speedster Lowered City Mark One-Fifth Second and Tied State Time for Same Distance

 

Lampkin’s Sun Ray is Crippled

He and Breed Are Matched for Three-Heat Meet Today

Endicott Lost in Two Straight Heats

 

            Glenn Breed established a new half-mile record for Wichita and tied the state record for the same distance yesterday afternoon at the West Side track when he clipped one-fifth of a second off the record of the local oval.

            During the Wheat show races, Jerry Wonderlich piloted his English Sunbeam around the track in 33.6 seconds tying the record for the track.  Breed’s new record for the track ties the state record of 33.4 seconds.

            Nearly all of yesterday’s races were very fast and came as a surprise to the officials as the track did not look very promising.  It had hardened so much on the surface that it was too smooth at the turns and the cars skidded wickedly on the first but the surface soon loosened and aside from one or two bad spots, the whole circle became good.

 

Glenn Breed

#1 Hudson Supper-Six

“Wild Bill” Endicott

#1 Sweeney special

Paul “Farmer” Henderson

#22 De Chesneau

Ray Burr Lampkin

#8 Sun Ray Duesenberg

 

 

Time Trials – 1 Lap from a Flying Start

Place

Car #

Driver

Automobile

Time

1

1

Glenn Breed

Hudson Super-Six

33.4

2

Floyd Bowen

Mercer

34.6

3

Cliff Young

Wildcat

35.1

4

1

“Wild Bill” Endicott

Sweeney special

35.2

5

22

Paul “Farmer” Henderson

Du Chesneau *

36.4

6

8

Ray Burr Lampkin

Sun Ray Duesenberg

NT

 

 

 

            The big cars gave the spectators an idea of what they could do on a large track when they picked up speed on the short-straightaway.  The cars were so long that it was necessary to slow down in making the turns and one had to go ahead of the other to eliminate the possibility of an accident.

 

 

#2 Blitzen Benz

 

 

Exhibition Race #1 – 2 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

 

Automobile

Time

1

2

“Wild Bill” Endicott

 

300-HP  Blitzen Benz

1:19.0

2

 

 Ray Burr Lampkin

 

290-HP  Fiat

 

 

 

 

Exhibition Race #2

Hazel Nichols was forced to cancel her exhibition as her car was crippled.

 

 

 

Exhibition Race #3 – 2 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

 

Automobile

Time

1

14

Florence Edwards

 

Baby Mine

1:22.2

2

 

Cliff Young

 

Wildcat

 

Baby Mine was described as a “miniature racer capable of making terrific speed in spite of its size”.  It was owned by Ray Claypool. 

Young was also given an undisclosed handicap in this race.

 

 

 

First Match Race – 6 Laps

Best two-out-of-three series

Place

Car #

Driver

Automobile

Time

1

1

Glenn Breed

 Hudson Super-Six

3.45.6

2

1

“Wild Bill” Endicott

 Sweeney special

 

Breed won by one foot.

The 450 cu. in. Maxwell powered Sweeney special got its name because it was built at the Sweeney Automotive School in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

 

 

Second Match Race – 6 Laps

Best two-out-of-three series

Place

Car #

Driver

Automobile

Time

1

1

Glenn Breed

 Hudson Super-Six

3.42.0

2

1

“Wild Bill” Endicott

 Sweeney special

 

Breed won by mere inches.

 

 

 

Free-for-All – 10 Laps

Although entered, Ray Burr Lampkin’s Sun Ray Dusenberg did not start this race due to a broken housing

Place

Car #

Driver

 

Automobile

Time

1

Floyd Bowen

 

Mercer

6:09.4

2

Cliff Young

 

Wildcat

 

3

22

“Farmer” Paul Henderson

 

Du Chesneau *

 

4

8

Ray Burr Lampkin

 

Sun Ray Duesenberg

 

 

 

Auto Polo

American Team

British Team

Driver:  “Farmer” Paul Henderson

Driver:  Ray Burr Lampkin

Mallet Man:  Ivan Hall

Mallet Man:  Ray Claypool

Final Score: 4

Final Score: 2

 

 

Ralph Hankinson of Wichita, Kansas was the promoter of this racing program.  The crowd of spectators was described as small.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* This Du Chesneau appears to be the Buick “Bearcat II” racing car originally built by W. W. Brown of Kansas City, Missouri and sold to J. F. Jersezy of Chanute, Kansas in 1914.  Jersezy passed away in 1916 leading one to believe that Ralph Hankinson had probably purchased the car from Jersezy’s estate. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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