West Side Racetrack

Wichita, Kansas – Monday – October 8, 1917

Sanctioned by I.M.C.A.

 

Attendance:  10,000

 

 

 

Glenn Breed

in his Hudson Super-Six

Hutchinson Gazette photo

Louis Disbrow

Don Radbruch collection

Cliff Woodbury’s

Duesenberg

Jean Culligan Doris collection

 

 

 

First Heat – 6 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

3:40.25

2

Joe Allen

Marquette Buick

3

“King” Kelly

Chicago, Illinois

Mercer

4

Jimmy Milbourn

 

Cyclone

 

 

 

Second Heat – 10 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Louis Disbrow

Indianapolis, Indiana

Disbrow Special

6:10.50

2

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Sunbeam

3

Johnny Mais

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mais Special

4

Cliff Woodbury

Chicago, Illinois

Duesenberg

 

 

 

Time Trials– 1 Lap

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Sunbeam

34.25

2

Joe Allen

Marquette Buick

34.40

3

Johnny Mais

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mais Special

35.00

4

Cliff Woodbury

Chicago, Illinois

Duesenberg

35.40

5

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

35.75

 

 

 

Handicap – 10 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

6:05.40

2

Joe Allen

 

Marquette Buick

 

3

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Sunbeam

 

4

Cliff Woodbury

Chicago, Illinois

Duesenberg

 

5

Johnny Mais

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mais Special

 

 

 

 

Exhibition  

This event was canceled when Louis Disbrow was unable to get the Christie started despite considerable time spent trying to do so.  Many spectators left the grounds during the delay and missed the remainder of the racing program.

 

 

 

Novelty – 4 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

21.40

2

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Sunbeam

Two cars competed against the clock.  They had to run two laps as fast as they could go and then make a pit stop to change at least one wheel.  Strickler won the event but the announced time to accomplish the feat is highly unlikely.  A more realistic time would have been 2 minutes, 21.40 seconds and even that would have been very fast.

 

 

 

Match Race – 10 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Glenn Breed

Salina, Kansas

Hudson Super-Six

5:42.20

2

Louis Disbrow

Indianapolis, Indiana

Disbrow Special

5:55.00

Starting from a standing start or from a flying start was decided by the toss of a coin.  Disbrow won the toss and chose a standing start.  Breed's car shot into the lead at the start though and steadily pulled away to finish 12.8 seconds ahead of Disbrow.

 

 

 

International Wheat Show Sweepstakes – 6 Cars – 25 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time 

1

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Sunbeam

11:52.8 

2

Joe Allen

Marquette Buick

 

3

Cliff Woodbury

Chicago, Illinois

Duesenberg

 

4

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

 

5

Johnny Mais

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mais Special

 

DNF

Jimmy Milbourn

 

Cyclone

 

Wonderlich's Sunbeam leaped ahead at the start and maintained the lead throughout the entire race.  Milbourn's Cyclone dropped out on the ninth lap while Mais made a pit stop on that same lap.  Mais stayed in his pit for two laps before rejoining the fray.  By the sixteenth lap, Mais had lost another lap and spent the remainder of the race running hopelessly behind the field with no chance of winning.  On the twenty-third lap, Woodbury passed Allen to move into second place.  Allen regained second place on the next lap and the cars remained in that order until the finish.

 

 

 

Lewis H. Gertson made an exhibition flight in his airplane during the afternoon's events.

 

 

 

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