Posey Avery Reeves

1899 - 1959





    Posey Reeves of Oklahoma City, is shown here in his dual overhead cam Hal car that he raced at both Winfield, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas in 1933  – Don Radbruch collection

     According to Jack Earl, "This guy always ran last; just out to have fun.  He had a wrecking yard in Oklahoma City".

     The #500 car returned to Winfield in 1934, but with Waldo Barnett entered as driver.  Again, from Jack Earl:  "He (Reeves) put Waldo Barnett in the car one time.  After qualifying, he told Barnett to get out as he went too fast and got the car all dirty."

       Reeves suffered a stroke c1952 and passed away in 1959.  He is buried in Resthaven Cemetery in Oklahoma City.




Posey Reeves at the Kansas State Fair at Hutchinson, Kansas in 1937 – Charles Pauley photo




Posey Reeves at the Mid-America Fairgrounds in Topeka, Kansas – Don Radbruch collection




Posey Reeves purchased this D. O. Hal powered car from Peaches Campbell of Tulsa, Oklahoma at the end of World War II.  Posey eventually sold the car to Ohmart G. “Max” Bausch of Norman, Oklahoma and it became known as the “Bausch D. O. Hal” although Posey continued to drive it on occasion after the sale.  Posey is shown seated here in the car at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Don Radbruch collection




Posey Reeves seated in his first race car – Effie Meshew collection




This photo of Posey Reeves’ #30 Ford Frontenac was taken on August 1, 1931 on the front straightaway at Winfield, Kansas 

Russell D. Hill collection




Posey Reeves

Dolly Mayfield Berkman collection




Posey Reeves

Dolly Mayfield Berkman collection




Death Takes Retired City Auto Racer

Posey Avery Reeves Dies at 59

          Veteran city auto racer Posey Avery Reeves, 59, died Thursday morning in Capital Hill General Hospital.

          Reeves, who had been retired from racing since 1949, had suffered from high blood pressure but had not been hospitalized since his first stroke occurred seven years ago.  He was stricken in his home at 31 SE 44th (in Oklahoma City) Wednesday night.

          A 26-year veteran of auto racing, Reeves was never seriously injured although he used to crash drive through burning walls and perform other stunt driving some 30 years ago.

          Born in Waxahachie, Texas he moved to Carter, Oklahoma with his family when they homesteaded in 1909.  He came to Oklahoma City about 30 years ago.

          He devoted summer months to racing following state fair circuits through Minnesota and the Dakotas.  He had been employed as an airplane mechanic at Tinker Air Force Base, as a trailer and body builder with the H & H Equipment Co., and as a transport driver.  He was a Shriner and a 32nd degree Mason and attended the Methodist Church.  He is survived by his wife, Lillian of the home; his mother, Mrs. Annie Reeves of Carter, Oklahoma; a brother, Grandville Reeves also of Carter; and a sister Mrs. Swift Lundy of Elk City, Oklahoma.  Services are pending at the Hunter Funeral Home.