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#1 Darren Galpin

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 11:29

While going through some old newspapers, I came across a meeting in Lebanon, PA, held on the 4th September 1920, in which "Eugene Correnal, who arrived in this country several weeks ago from Brazil, where he holds the Brazilian track records for five, ten, twenty-five and one hundred miles" was due to compete. I've never heard of him before, and seemingly neither has Google. The claims might just be a pumped up piece of US journalism given that there weren't exactly many tracks in Brazil then, but as events around dirt ovals were held in South America, it is possible I guess. Any ideas, about the man or events referenced?


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#2 Michael Ferner

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 16:16

I believe that gentleman's real name was Irenen Correa, but I've seen it spelt "Carrea", "Correal" and the first name Eugene, too. He raced a Stutz or "SS Special" for several years in Pennsylvania and Maryland, probably Delaware, too. Always described as a Brazilian, but that may be promoter's BS.

He was second to Bill Strickler in a ten-mile main event at Pottstown's Mill Park in Pennsylvania on November 6 in 1920, and also third in a five-mile heat that day, his only results in my records. Apart from Strickler, Elwood Wolfe and Harry Reckstine were the best known drivers competing in that meeting.

#3 David McKinney

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 16:21

Congratulations, Michael - you're the first poster on the sub-forum since it went "live" :up:

Ireneo Meyer Correa da Silva was a top man in Brazilian racing in the '30s - abit of a stretch from Eugene Correnal?

#4 Michael Ferner

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 16:28

Congratulations, Michael - you're the first poster on the sub-forum since it went "live" :up:


Er... yes, thank you! :confused: :blush:

Don't really know what's going on, but I'll take the flowers and welcome cheque anyhow. :lol:

#5 Vitesse2

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 18:51

I think Michael's nailed it, actually: here's the Wiki page for Irineu Corrêa (in Portuguese, but I'm sure Darren has no problem with that!) which says he was the first Brazilian to win a motor race abroad:

http://pt.wikipedia....i/Irineu_Corrêa

#6 Darren Galpin

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:36

I think Michael's nailed it, actually: here's the Wiki page for Irineu Corrêa (in Portuguese, but I'm sure Darren has no problem with that!) which says he was the first Brazilian to win a motor race abroad:

http://pt.wikipedia....i/Irineu_Corrêa


Many thanks for the help one and all. That wikipedia link was actually one of the easier pages to read - I didn't need help with the translation for once! The page also confirms that he raced in the US in 1920, so it looks like we have our man.

#7 Graham Clayton

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:59

Excellent biography in Portuguese, including film footage:

http://www.bandeiraq.....eu Correa.htm