West Side Racetrack

Wichita, Kansas – November 8, 1917

 

 

Wichita Eagle

November 9, 1917

Page 9

 

Good Events Close Year’s Racing Card

Several Drivers Victims of General Hard Luck during Stay Here But Manage to Make Fast Time

 

Breed Feature of Entire Program

 

            Old Man Jinx camped on Manager Hankinson’s trail yesterday and worked him under a handicap all day long.  Five cars were disabled.  New parts for Lampkin’s Sun Ray Duesenberg failed to arrive in time to make repairs and a bad head wind swept the dust over the track in heavy clouds.

 

 

Glenn Breed

Hudson Super-Six

“Wild Bill” Endicott

Sweeney special

Paul “Farmer” Henderson

Du Chesneau

Ray Burr Lampkin

Sun Ray Duesenberg

 

 

Time Trials – 1 Lap

From a Flying Start

Place

Car #

Driver

 

Automobile

 

Time

1

1

Glenn Breed

 

Hudson Super-Six

 

33.8

2

Cliff Young

 

Wildcat

 

34.6

3

1

“Wild Bill” Endicott

 

Sweeney special

 

35.0

4

22

“Farmer” Paul Henderson

 

Du Chesneau *

 

35.6

5

Floyd Bowen

 

Mercer

 

36.0

6

14

Ray Claypool

 

Baby Mine

 

36.8

7

8

Ray Burr Lampkin

 

Sun Ray Duesenberg

 

NT

Baby Mine was described as a speedy miniature racing car.

 

 

 

Blitzen Benz #2

 

 

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

 

It was said that the time was slow due to the strong head wind and the fact that these machines were not built for circular track racing.

 

 

 

The best two-out-of-three match races between Glenn Breed and Ray Burr Lampkin were canceled after one race when parts to repair Lampkin’s Sun Ray Duesenberg failed to arrive in time to make repairs.  Hazel Nichols was also forced to cancel her exhibition laps as “her car was still crippled”.

 

 

 

Match Race – 4 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

Automobile

Time

1

Cliff Young

Wildcat

2:31.0

2

1

“Wild Bill” Endicott

Sweeney special

 

 

 

 

Australian Pursuit – 7 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

Automobile

Time

1

22

“Farmer” Paul Henderson

Du Chesneau *

4:37.0

2

1

Glenn Breed

Hudson Super-Six

 

3

1

“Wild Bill” Endicott

Sweeney special

 

4

Floyd Bowen

Mercer

 

Bowen started on the pole with Henderson starting second.  Endicott started third and Breed starting fourth.  Bowen was quickly eliminated and Endicott dropped out with a flat tire.  Breed and Henderson continued for several more laps but, since Breed was not closing on Henderson, the scheduled 10-lap event was ruled complete after seven laps.

 

 

 

The Kansas Sweepstakes Free-for-All – 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

Automobile

Time

1

1

“Wild Bill” Endicott

Sweeney special

6:06.0

2

Cliff Young

Wildcat

 

3

Floyd Bowen

Mercer

 

4

22

“Farmer” Paul Henderson

Du Chesneau *

 

5

8

Ray Burr Lampkin

Sun Ray Duesenberg

 

Young finished this race a close second while Floyd Bowen was a distant third.  “Farmer” Paul Henderson dropped out on the 8th lap with engine trouble.  Ray Burr Lampkin did not start due to a broken housing.

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

 

 

 

Auto Polo

American Team

British Team

Driver:  “Farmer” Paul Henderson

Driver:  Ray Burr Lampkin

Mallet Man:  Ivan Hall

Mallet Man:  Ray Claypool

The American team won in two periods but the score was not recorded.

 

 

 

Ralph Hankinson of Wichita, Kansas was the promoter of this racing program.  The crowd of spectators in attendance 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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