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#251 fines

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 19:31

... including those of your own? :p

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#252 HDonaldCapps

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 20:23

Originally posted by fines
... including those of your own? :p


Of course.

Ignorance of various aspects of a topic that interests me is always frustrating.

As nice as it would be to have the time, inclination, and capabilities to dig into each and every topic that interests me, the many areas I would like to reduce -- or even eliminate -- my level of ignorance on a subject, it is simply beyond my abilities to do so.

I also think that there are times when it is best to get out of the way of the pros and let them work their magic. This is one of those times.

Plus, one of the things I realized early on here at TNF is my ignorance would simply grow with time. This has turned out to be quite true.

#253 fines

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 15:30

Before I will attempt to "flesh out" the story of the year a little bit by starting with a sort of season preview of teams, cars and drivers, another set of statistics may be in order - here is a more tabulated list of events with winners, team and car info:

Date		D  CR  St  Venue		 TT   RD  Winner				Team/Owner			Chassis			   Engine				Time



1946-03-31  C   -  GA  Atlanta	   D1   20  Jimmie Wilburn		Jimmie Wilburn		Morgan SC-39		  Offenhauser 270-292	 14'28.11"

1946-04-14  C   1  PA  Williams Gr.  D-   15  Walt Ader			 Ted Horn Enterprises  Schrader SC-32		Offenhauser			 14'27.01"

1946-04-28  C   2  PA  Williams Gr.  D-   15  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			 14'05.22"

1946-05-05  C   3  NJ  Trenton	   D1   20  Joie Chitwood		 Fred Peters		   Peters				Offenhauser			 15'02.01"

1946-05-19  C   4  PA  Williams Gr.  D-   15  Joie Chitwood		 Fred Peters		   Peters				Offenhauser			 14'45.01"

1946-05-26  C   5  PA  Reading	   D-   12½ Walt Ader			 Ted Horn Enterprises  Schrader SC-32		Offenhauser			 12'00.83"

1946-05-26  C   6  IN  Winchester	D-   15  Bus Wilbert		   Charley Engle		 Engle				 Offenhauser			 11'28.6"

1946-05-30  C   7  NY  Altamont	  D-   15  Bumpy Bumpus		  Bumpy Bumpus		  Bagley SC-36		  Hal DO				?

1946-05-30  C   9  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  George Robson		 Thorne Engineering	Thorne-Sparks IC-38   Thorne-Sparks 183	 4:21'26.70"

1946-05-30  C   8  NJ  Trenton	   D1   20  Johnny Shackleford	Ted Nyquist		   Peters				Offenhauser		   ?

1946-06-02  C  10  GA  Atlanta	   D1   25  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			 19'29.41"

1946-06-09  C  11  CT  Thompson	  P-   15  Oscar Ridlon		  Oscar Ridlon		  ?					 ?					 ?

1946-06-09  C  12  PA  Williams Gr.  D-   15  Joie Chitwood		 Ted Nyquist		   Peters				Offenhauser			 14'22.08"

1946-06-09  C  13  IN  Winchester	D-   15  Bus Wilbert		   Charley Engle		 Engle				 Offenhauser		   ?

1946-06-16  C  14  NJ  Flemington	D-   12½ Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser		   ?

1946-06-23  C  17  OH  Dayton		D-   15  Elbert Booker		 Lawrence Jewell	   Jewell				Hal					 12'58.20"

1946-06-23  C  16  NC  Greensboro	D-   12½ Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			 11'57.20"

1946-06-23  C  15  CT  Thompson	  P-   12½ Oscar Ridlon		  Oscar Ridlon		  ?					 ?					   10'17.98"

1946-06-29  C  18  OH  Dayton		D-   10  Bus Wilbert		   Charley Engle		 Engle				 Offenhauser		   ?

1946-06-30  C  20  PA  Langhorne	 D1  100  Rex Mays			  Bowes Racing		  Bowes IC-38		   Bowes 8			   1:10'28.14"

1946-06-30  C  21  OH  Columbus	  D-	7½ Joie Chitwood		 Ted Nyquist		   Peters				Offenhauser			  7'10.01"

1946-06-30  C  19  CT  Thompson	  P-   12½ Joe Verebly		   ? Cavalini			?					 ?					 ?

1946-07-04  C  22  GA  Atlanta	   D1   20  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			 14'08"

1946-07-07  C  24  GA  Atlanta	   D1   50  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			 36'22.00"

1946-07-07  C  23  PA  Williams Gr.  D-   15  Johnny Shackleford	Ted Nyquist		   Peters				Offenhauser		   ?

1946-07-14  C  25  PA  Reading	   D-   15  Joie Chitwood		 Ted Nyquist		   Peters				Offenhauser			 14'26.25"

1946-07-20  C  27  PA  Du Bois	   D-   10  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			 10'18.12"

1946-07-20  C  26  PA  Selinsgrove   D-   10  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser		   ?

1946-07-21  C  29  OH  Dayton		D-   10  George Connor		 Norm Olson			Olson				 ?					 ?

1946-07-21  C  28  PA  Langhorne	 D1   20  George Robson		 Paul Weirick		  Sparks-Weirick SC-32  Offenhauser		   ?

1946-07-22  C  30  PA  Selinsgrove   D-   10  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser		   ?

1946-07-27  C  31  DE  Harrington	D-   10  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser		   ?

1946-07-28  C  32  PA  Williams Gr.  D-   15  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			 14'11.91"

1946-08-03  C  33  PA  Washington	D-   10  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser		   ?

1946-08-04  C  34  OH  Columbus	  D-	7½ George Robson		 Paul Weirick		  Sparks-Weirick SC-32  Offenhauser		   ?

1946-08-10  C  35  PA  Bedford	   D-   10  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			  9'44.10"

1946-08-11  C  37  NY  Batavia	   D-   10  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser			  9'45.98"

1946-08-11  C  36  PA  Langhorne	 D1   20  George Robson		 Paul Weirick		  Sparks-Weirick SC-32  Offenhauser			 12'20.54"

1946-08-11  C  38  IN  Winchester	D-   10  Elbert Booker		 Lawrence Jewell	   Jewell				Hal				   no time

1946-08-18  C  39  ME  Skowhegan	 D-   10  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			  9'34.0"

1946-08-18  C  40  PA  Williams Gr.  D-   15  George Robson		 Paul Weirick		  Sparks-Weirick SC-32  Offenhauser			 14'33.99"

1946-08-24  C  41  NY  Hamburg	   D-   10  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			  9'25.54"

1946-08-25  C  43  OH  Dayton		D-   10  George Robson		 Paul Weirick		  Sparks-Weirick SC-32  Offenhauser			  7'56"

1946-08-25  C  42  PA  Uniontown	 D-   10  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			  7'58.01"

1946-08-30  C  44  VT  Essex Junct.  D-   10  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser		   ?

1946-08-31  C  45  NY  Altamont	  D-   10  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			  9'21.24"

1946-08-31  C  46  NJ  Flemington	D-   10  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser		   ?

1946-08-31  C  47  NY  Hamburg	   D-   10  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser		   ?

1946-09-01  C  48  NJ  Flemington	D-   10  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser			  9'09.54"

1946-09-01  C  49  IN  Winchester	D-   10  Charles van Acker	 ? Koz				 ?					 ?					 no time

1946-09-02  C  51  GA  Atlanta	   D1  100* George Connor		 Ed Walsh			  Walsh CC-46		   Offenhauser 270	   no time

1946-09-02  C  50  NJ  Flemington	D-   10  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser		   ?

1946-09-02  C   -  CO  Pikes Peak	HC   12½ Louis Unser		   Dick Cott			 Maserati 8CTF		 Maserati 8C-3000		15'28.7"

1946-09-06  C  52  VT  Rutland	   D-   10  Lee Wallard		   Ted Nyquist		   Peters				Offenhauser			  9'05.2"

1946-09-07  C  53  PA  Port Royal	D-	8  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			  7'59.44"

1946-09-08  C  54  PA  Williams Gr.  D-   15  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			 14'02.85"

1946-09-15  C  56  IN  Indiana SF	D1  100  Rex Mays			  Bowes Racing		  Bowes IC-38		   Bowes 8			   1:16'03.43"

1946-09-15  C  55  PA  Reading	   D-   12½ Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser		   ?

1946-09-22  C  58  OH  Columbus	  D-	5  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser			  4'28.76"

1946-09-22  C  57  MA  Great Barr.   D-	4  Joie Chitwood		 Ted Nyquist		   Peters				Offenhauser			  4'24.4"

1946-09-22  C  59  WI  Milwaukee	 D1  100  Rex Mays			  Bowes Racing		  Bowes IC-38		   Bowes 8			   1:10'44.57"

1946-09-23  C  60  PA  Allentown	 D-   10  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser		   ?

1946-09-28  C  63  GA  Atlanta	   D1   20  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser		   ?

1946-09-28  C  61  PA  Bloomsburg	D-   10  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser		   ?

1946-09-28  C  62  NC  Shelby		D-   10  Walt Ader			 Ted Horn Enterprises  Schrader SC-32		Offenhauser		   ?

1946-09-29  C  64  NJ  Trenton	   D1   20  Joie Chitwood		 Ted Nyquist		   Peters				Offenhauser			 14'55.25"

1946-10-05  C  66  GA  Atlanta	   D1   20  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser		   ?

1946-10-05  C  65  NC  Winston-Salem D-   10  Hank Rogers		   ?					 ?					 ?						9'21.0"

1946-10-06  C  70  OH  Dayton		D-   25  Hal Robson			Paul Weirick		  Sparks-Weirick SC-32  Offenhauser			 21'15.53"

1946-10-06  C  67  NY  Goshen		D1  100  Tony Bettenhausen	 Bill Corley		   Petillo CC-39		 Offenhauser 270	   1:17'16.52"

1946-10-06  C  69  NC  Greensboro	D-   10  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser		   ?

1946-10-06  C  68  PA  Williams Gr.  D-   15  Lucky Lux			 ? Sarasta			 ?					 ?					 ?

1946-10-12  C  71  VA  Richmond	  D-   10  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser			  8'27.0"

1946-10-12  C  72  NC  Charlotte	 D-   10  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser		   ?

1946-10-13  C  73  NC  Greensboro	D-	7½ Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser		   ?

1946-10-19  C  74  NC  Raleigh	   D-   10  Walt Ader			 Ted Horn Enterprises  Schrader SC-32		Offenhauser		   ?

1946-10-26  C  75  NC  Charlotte	 D-   15  Hank Rogers		   Ted Nyquist		   Peters				Offenhauser		   ?

1946-10-27  C  76  PA  Williams Gr.  D-   25  Bill Holland		  Ralph Malamud		 Malamud			   Offenhauser			 26'06.21"

1946-11-09  C  77  NC  Shelby		D-   15  Ted Horn			  Ted Horn Enterprises  THE SC-39			 Offenhauser		   ?

1946-11-10  C  78  VA  Richmond	  D-   12½ Tommy Hinnershitz	 Ted Horn Enterprises  Garnett SC-34		 Offenhauser		   ?
The "D" stands for "Division" (i.e. "C" for "Championship", "E" for "Eastern Circuit" etc.), "CR" = "Championship Round", "St" = "State", "TT" = "Track Type", "RD" = "Race Distance".

#254 fines

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 15:44

And, again for comparison, the story so far:

Note that this list only contains feature events, no heat results (as arguably it should). Also, as I have done a lot of research on these cars in the past, check out the car data which may differ from other sources (and, on occasion, quite significantly so), as well as containing car and engine type info not often seen elsewhere. Some of the data is still quite suspect, feel free to discuss any item with me! :)


Date		D  CR  St  Venue		 TT   RD  Winner				Team/Owner			Chassis			   Engine				Time



1916-05-13  C   1  NY  Sheepshead B. P+  150  Eddie Rickenbacher	Eddie Rickenbacher	Maxwell 300		   Maxwell 300		   1:33'31"

1916-05-30  C   2  IN  Indianapolis  P+  300  Dario Resta		   Peugeot			   Peugeot EX5		   Peugeot L45		   3:36'10.82"

1916-06-11  C   3  IL  Chicago	   P+  300  Dario Resta		   Peugeot			   Peugeot EX5		   Peugeot L45		   3:02'31.64"

1916-06-24  C   4  IA  Des Moines	P1  150  Ralph de Palma		Ralph de Palma		Mercedes GP-14		Mercedes M93654	   1:36'36.23"

1916-07-04  C   5  MN  Minneapolis   P+  150  Ralph de Palma		Ralph de Palma		Mercedes GP-14		Mercedes M93654	   1:38'49.24"

1916-07-15  C   6  NE  Omaha		 P1  150  Dario Resta		   Peugeot			   Peugeot EX5		   Peugeot L45		   1:30'43.88"

1916-08-05  C   7  WA  Tacoma		P+  290  Eddie Rickenbacher	Eddie Rickenbacher	Maxwell 300		   Maxwell 300		   3:21'40.81"

1916-09-04  C   8  OH  Cincinnati	P+  300  Johnny Aitken		 Indianapolis Motor S. Peugeot EX5		   Peugeot L45		   3:05'27.22"

1916-09-09  C   9  IN  Indianapolis  P+  100  Johnny Aitken		 Indianapolis Motor S. Peugeot EX5		   Peugeot L45		   1:07'05.04"

1916-09-30  C  10  NY  Sheepshead B. P+  250  Johnny Aitken		 Indianapolis Motor S. Peugeot EX5		   Peugeot L45		   2:23'04.03"

1916-10-14  C  11  IL  Chicago	   P+  250  Dario Resta		   Peugeot			   Peugeot EX5		   Peugeot L45		   2:24'16.68"

1916-10-28  C  12  NY  Sheepshead B. P+  100  Johnny Aitken		 Indianapolis Motor S. Peugeot EX5		   Peugeot L45			 56'37.65"

1916-11-16  C  13  CA  Santa Monica  RC  295  Dario Resta		   Peugeot			   Peugeot EX5		   Peugeot L45		   3:22'48.4"

1916-11-18  C  14  CA  Santa Monica  RC  405  H. Wilcox/J. Aitken   Indianapolis Motor S. Peugeot EX5		   Peugeot L45		   4:42'47"

1916-11-30  C  15  CA  Ascot		 D1  150  Eddie Rickenbacher	William Weightman	 Duesenberg 300-16	 Duesenberg 300-16V	2:13'15.2"



1920-02-28  C   1  CA  Beverly Hills P1  250  Jimmy Murphy		  Duesenberg			Duesenberg 300-16	 Duesenberg 300-S8	 2:25'17.59"

1920-05-31  C   2  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Gaston Chevrolet	  Monroe				Frontenac-Monroe 183  Frontenac 183		 5:40'16.14"

1920-07-05  C   3  WA  Tacoma		P+  200  Tommy Milton		  Duesenberg			Duesenberg 183		Duesenberg 183		2:23'28.0"

1920-08-28  C   4  IL  Elgin		 RC  250  Ralph de Palma		Ralph de Palma		Ballot 3L			 Ballot 3L			 3:09'54"

1920-11-25  C   5  CA  Beverly Hills P1  250  Roscoe Sarles		 Duesenberg			Duesenberg 183		Duesenberg 183		2:25'20"



1921-02-27  C   1  CA  Beverly Hills P1   50  Ralph de Palma		Ralph de Palma		Ballot 3L			 Ballot 3L			   27'56.0"

1921-04-10  C   2  CA  Beverly Hills P1   50  Jimmy Murphy		  Duesenberg			Duesenberg 183		Duesenberg 183		  27'27.4"

1921-04-30  C   3  CA  Fresno		P1  150  Joe Thomas			Duesenberg			Duesenberg 183		Duesenberg 183		1:29'56.8"

1921-05-30  C   4  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Tommy Milton		  Frontenac			 Frontenac 183-21	  Frontenac 183-21	  5:34'44.65"

1921-06-18  C   5  PA  Uniontown	 P1  225  Roscoe Sarles		 Duesenberg			Duesenberg 183		Duesenberg 183		2:18'19.42"

1921-07-04  C   6  WA  Tacoma		P+  250  Tommy Milton		  Cliff Durant		  Durant				Miller 183			2:34'30"

1921-08-14  C   7  CA  Cotati		P1  150  Eddie Hearne		  Eddie Hearne		  Duesenberg-ReVere 183 Duesenberg 183		1:21'19.2"

1921-09-05  C   8  PA  Uniontown	 P1  225  Red Fetterman		 Duesenberg			Duesenberg 183		Duesenberg 183		2:15'14.70"

1921-10-01  C   9  CA  Fresno		P1  150  Earl Cooper		   Duesenberg			Duesenberg 183		Duesenberg 183		1:29'18.1"

1921-10-23  C  10  CA  Cotati		P1  150  Roscoe Sarles		 Duesenberg			Duesenberg 183		Duesenberg 183		1:21'34.6"

1921-11-24  C  11  CA  Beverly Hills P1  250  Eddie Hearne		  Eddie Hearne		  Duesenberg-ReVere 183 Duesenberg 183		2:16'52.6"

1921-12-11  C  12  CA  San Carlos	P1  250  Jimmy Murphy		  Duesenberg			Duesenberg 183-21	 Duesenberg 183		2:15'11.2"



1922-03-05  C   1  CA  Beverly Hills P1  250  Tommy Milton		  Cliff Durant		  Durant				Miller 183			2:15'29.95"

1922-04-02  C   2  CA  Beverly Hills P1   50  Tommy Milton		  Cliff Durant		  Durant				Miller 183			  26'01.92"

1922-04-16  C   3  CA  San Carlos	P1  150  Harry Hartz		   Duesenberg			Duesenberg 183-21	 Duesenberg 183		1:21'58.80"

1922-04-27  C   4  CA  Fresno		P1  150  Jimmy Murphy		  Jimmy Murphy		  Duesenberg 183-21	 Duesenberg 183		1:27'30.47"

1922-05-07  C   5  CA  Cotati		P1  100  Jimmy Murphy		  Jimmy Murphy		  Duesenberg 183-21	 Miller 183			  52'01.23"

1922-05-30  C   6  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Jimmy Murphy		  Jimmy Murphy		  Duesenberg 183-21	 Miller 183			5:17'30.79"

1922-06-17  C   7  PA  Uniontown	 P1  225  Jimmy Murphy		  Jimmy Murphy		  Duesenberg 183-21	 Miller 183			2:12'15.13"

1922-07-04  C   8  WA  Tacoma		P+  250  Jimmy Murphy		  Jimmy Murphy		  Duesenberg 183-21	 Miller 183			2:33'55.4"

1922-08-06  C   9  CA  Cotati		P1  100  Frank Elliott		 Ira Vail			  Miller 183			Miller 183			  53'00.10"

1922-09-17  C  10  MO  Kansas City   P1  300  Tommy Milton		  Tommy Milton		  Milton				Miller 183			2:46'52.96"

1922-09-30  C  11  CA  Fresno		P1  150  Bennie Hill		   ? McDonald			Miller 183-22		 Miller 183			1:27'46.15"

1922-12-03  C  12  CA  Beverly Hills P1  250  Jimmy Murphy		  Cliff Durant		  Miller 183-23		 Miller 183			2:10'53.10"



1923-02-25  C   1  CA  Beverly Hills P1  250  Jimmy Murphy		  Cliff Durant		  Miller 183-23		 Miller 183			2:09'43.61"

1923-04-26  C   2  CA  Fresno		P1  150  Jimmy Murphy		  Cliff Durant		  Miller 183-23		 Miller 183			1:26'54.61"

1923-05-30  C   3  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Tommy Milton		  Tommy Milton		  Miller 122			Miller 122			5:29'50.17"

1923-07-04  C   4  MO  Kansas City   P1  250  Eddie Hearne		  Cliff Durant		  Miller 122			Miller 122			2:21'21.15"

1923-09-04  C   5  PA  Altoona	   P1  200  Eddie Hearne		  Cliff Durant		  Miller 122			Miller 122			1:47'37.35"

1923-09-29  C   6  CA  Fresno		P1  150  Harry Hartz		   Cliff Durant		  Miller 122			Miller 122			1:26'50.8"

1923-10-21  C   7  MO  Kansas City   P1  250  Harlan Fengler		George Wade		   Miller 122			Miller 122			2:12'27"

1923-11-29  C   8  CA  Beverly Hills P1  250  Bennie Hill		   Miller				Miller 122			Miller 122			2:13'25.0"



1924-02-24  C   1  CA  Beverly Hills P1  250  Harlan Fengler		George Wade		   Miller 122			Miller 122			2:09'14.6"

1924-05-30  C   2  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  L. Corum/J. Boyer	 Duesenberg			Duesenberg 122-24	 Duesenberg 122-2V-S   5:05'23.51"

1924-06-14  C   3  PA  Altoona	   P1  250  Jimmy Murphy		  Jimmy Murphy		  Miller 122			Miller 122			2:10'57"

1924-07-04  C   4  MO  Kansas City   P1  250* Jimmy Murphy		  Jimmy Murphy		  Miller 122			Miller 122			1:18'39.02"

1924-09-01  C   5  PA  Altoona	   P1  250  Jimmy Murphy		  Jimmy Murphy		  Miller 122			Miller 122			2:11'58.4"

1924-09-15  C   6  NY  Syracuse	  D1  150  Red Shafer			Duesenberg			Duesenberg 122-24	 Duesenberg 122-2V-S   1:54'25.20"

1924-10-02  C   7  CA  Fresno		P1  150  Earl Cooper		   Earl Cooper		   Miller 122			Miller 122			1:25'09.06"

1924-10-25  C   8  NC  Charlotte	 P1  250  Tommy Milton		  Tommy Milton		  Miller 122-24		 Miller 122			2:06'56.09"

1924-12-14  C   9  CA  Culver City   P1  250  Bennie Hill		   Miller				Miller 122			Miller 122-S		  1:58'18.6"



1925-03-01  C   1  CA  Culver City   P1  250  Tommy Milton		  Tommy Milton		  Miller 122-24		 Miller 122-S		  1:58'13.0"

1925-04-30  C   2  CA  Fresno		P1  150  Peter de Paolo		Duesenberg			Duesenberg 122-24	 Duesenberg 122-S	  1:25'49.0"

1925-05-11  C   3  NC  Charlotte	 P1  250  Earl Cooper		   Cliff Durant		  Miller 122-24		 Miller 122-S		  2:02'55.0"

1925-05-30  C   4  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  P. de Paolo/N. Batten Duesenberg			Duesenberg 122-24	 Duesenberg 122-S	  4:56'39.47"

1925-06-13  C   5  PA  Altoona	   P1  250  Peter de Paolo		Duesenberg			Duesenberg 122-24	 Duesenberg 122-S	  2:09'45.10"

1925-07-11  C   6  MD  Laurel		P1  250  Peter de Paolo		Duesenberg			Duesenberg 122-24	 Duesenberg 122-S	  2:01'37.0"

1925-09-07  C   7  PA  Altoona	   P1  250  Bob McDonogh		  Tommy Milton		  Miller 122-24		 Miller 122-S		  2:06'54.5"

1925-10-26  C   8  MD  Laurel		P1  250  Bob McDonogh		  Tommy Milton		  Miller 122-24		 Miller 122-S		  1:59'02.71"

1925-10-31  C   9  NH  Rockingham	P1  250  Peter de Paolo		Duesenberg			Duesenberg 122-24	 Duesenberg 122-S	  1:59'45.28"

1925-11-11  C  10  NC  Charlotte	 P1  250  Tommy Milton		  Duesenberg			Duesenberg 122-24	 Duesenberg 122-2V-S   2:00'41.67"

1925-11-29  C  11  CA  Culver City   P1  250  Frank Elliott		 Frank Elliott		 Miller 122			Miller 122-S		  1:57'18.2"



1926-02-22  C   1  FL  Fulford	   P1  300  Peter de Paolo		Peter de Paolo		Duesenberg 122-24	 Duesenberg 122-S	  2:19'12.95"

1926-03-21  C   2  CA  Culver City   P1  250  Bennie Hill		   Miller				Miller 122			Miller 122-S		  1:51'53.8"

1926-05-01  C   3  NJ  Atlantic City P+  300  Harry Hartz		   Harry Hartz		   Miller 122			Miller 122-S		  2:14'14.18"

1926-05-10  C   4  NC  Charlotte	 P1  250  Earl Devore		   Earl Devore		   Miller-Durant		 Miller 122-S		  2:04'54.60"

1926-05-31  C   5  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500* Frank Lockhart		Pete Kreis			Miller 91			 Miller 91			 4:13'37.58"

1926-06-12  C   6  PA  Altoona	   P1  250  Dave Lewis			Miller				Miller FD			 Miller 91			 2:13'24.61"

1926-07-05  C   7  NH  Rockingham	P1  200  Earl Cooper		   Miller				Miller FD			 Miller 91			 1:42'56.95"

1926-07-17  C   8  NJ  Atlantic City P+  120  Harry Hartz		   Harry Hartz		   Miller 91			 Miller 91			   58'20.50"

1926-08-23  C   9  NC  Charlotte	 P1  150  Frank Lockhart		Frank Lockhart		Miller 91			 Miller 91			 1:14'27.30"

1926-09-18  C  10  PA  Altoona	   P1  250  Frank Lockhart		Frank Lockhart		Miller 91			 Miller 91			 2:08'53.33"

1926-10-12  C  11  NH  Rockingham	P1  200  Harry Hartz		   Harry Hartz		   Miller 91			 Miller 91			 1:37'21.24"

1926-11-11  C  12  NC  Charlotte	 P1  100  Leon Duray			Leon Duray			Miller FD			 Miller 91			   49'09.73"



1927-03-06  C   1  CA  Culver City   P1  250  Leon Duray			Leon Duray			Miller FD			 Miller 91			 2:00'16.60"

1927-05-07  C   2  NJ  Atlantic City P+  200  Dave Lewis			Dave Lewis			Miller FD			 Miller 91			 1:32'15.97"

1927-05-30  C   3  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  George Souders		Bill White			Duesenberg 122-24	 Duesenberg 91		 5:07'33.08"

1927-06-11  C   4  PA  Altoona	   P1  200  Peter de Paolo		Peter de Paolo		Miller FD			 Miller 91			 1:42'56.80"

1927-07-04  C   5  NH  Rockingham	P1  200  Peter de Paolo		Peter de Paolo		Miller FD			 Miller 91			 1:36'30.22"

1927-09-05  C   6  PA  Altoona	   P1  200  Frank Lockhart		Frank Lockhart		Miller 91			 Miller 91			 1:42'49.04"

1927-09-19  C   7  NC  Charlotte	 P1  100  Babe Stapp			Norm Batten		   Miller-Locomobile J8  Miller 91			   50'02.13"

1927-10-12  C   8  NH  Rockingham	P1  200* Frank Lockhart		Frank Lockhart		Miller 91			 Miller 91			 1:06'31.03"



1928-05-30  C   1  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Louis Meyer		   Alden Sampson		 Miller 91			 Miller 91			 5:01'33.75"

1928-06-10  C   2  MI  Detroit	   D1  100  Ray Keech			 Maude Yagle		   Miller 122			Miller 122-S		  1:17'15.33"

1928-07-04  C   3  NH  Rockingham	P1  200* Ray Keech			 Maude Yagle		   Miller 91			 Miller 91			 1:30'26.50"

1928-08-19  C   4  PA  Altoona	   P1  200  Louis Meyer		   Alden Sampson		 Miller 91			 Miller 91			 1:42'54"

1928-09-01  C   5  NY  Syracuse	  D1  100  Ray Keech			 Maude Yagle		   Miller 91			 Miller 91			 1:19'40.55"

1928-10-12  C   6  NH  Rockingham	P1  200* Cliff Woodbury		Mike Boyle			Miller FD			 Miller 91			   32'03.00"



1929-05-30  C   1  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Ray Keech			 Maude Yagle		   Miller 91			 Miller 91			 5:07'25.42"

1929-06-09  C   2  MI  Detroit	   D1  100  Cliff Woodbury		Mike Boyle			Miller 91			 Miller 91			 1:18'42.95"

1929-06-15  C   3  PA  Altoona	   P1  200* Louis Meyer		   Alden Sampson		 Miller 91			 Miller 91			 no time

1929-08-31  C   4  NY  Syracuse	  D1  100  Wilbur Shaw		   Ralph Malamud		 Miller 122			Miller 122-S		  1:14'00.8"

1929-09-02  C   5  PA  Altoona	   P1  200  Louis Meyer		   Alden Sampson		 Miller 91			 Miller 91			 1:46'36.8"



1930-05-03  E   1  PA  Langhorne	 D1  100  Bill Cummings		 Karl Kizer			Miller 91			 Miller 91			 1:17'36.68"

1930-05-30  C   2  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Billy Arnold		  Harry Hartz		   Miller-Hartz IC-30	Miller-Hartz 151	  4:58'39.72"

1930-06-09  C   3  MI  Detroit	   D1  100  Wilbur Shaw		   Floyd Smith		   Smith IC-30		   Miller-Schofield 183  1:27'54.30"

1930-06-14  C   4  PA  Altoona	   P1  200  Billy Arnold		  Harry Hartz		   Miller-Hartz IC-30	Miller-Hartz 151	  1:47'56.4"

1930-06-22  C   5  OH  Akron		 P-  100  Shorty Cantlon		Bill White			Miller 91			 Miller-Schofield 183  1:27'32.15"

1930-07-04  C   6  PA  Bridgeville   P-  100  Wilbur Shaw		   Floyd Smith		   Smith IC-30		   Miller-Schofield 183  1:29'57.4"

1930-09-01  C   7  PA  Altoona	   P1  200* Billy Arnold		  Harry Hartz		   Miller-Hartz IC-30	Miller-Hartz 151	  1:01'35.0"

1930-09-06  C   8  NY  Syracuse	  D1  100  Bill Cummings		 Duesenberg			Duesenberg			Duesenberg			1:11'52.15"



1931-05-30  C   1  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Louis Schneider	   Louis Schneider	   Schneider IC-31	   Miller 122-152		5:10'27.93"

1931-06-14  C   2  MI  Detroit	   D1  100  Louis Meyer		   Louis Meyer		   Meyer IC-31		   Miller 230			1:19'30.89"

1931-07-04  C   3  PA  Altoona	   P1  100  Lou Moore			 Mike Boyle			Miller 230			Miller 230			  53'10.0"

1931-09-07  C   4  PA  Altoona	   P1  100  Shorty Cantlon		Louis Schneider	   Schneider IC-30	   Miller 122-152		  54'43"

1931-09-12  C   5  NY  Syracuse	  D1  100  Lou Moore			 Mike Boyle			Miller 230			Miller 230			1:19'59.83"



1932-05-30  C   1  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Fred Frame			Harry Hartz		   Miller-Hartz IC-32	Miller-Hartz 182	  4:48'47.46"

1932-06-05  C   2  MI  Detroit	   D1  100* Bob Carey			 Louis Meyer		   Meyer IC-31		   Miller 230-249		1:09'32.63"

1932-06-19  C   3  IN  Roby		  D1  100  Stubby Stubblefield   Sparks/Weirick		Sparks-Weirick IC-32  Miller 220			1:18'40.2"

1932-07-02  C   4  NY  Syracuse	  D1  100* Bob Carey			 Louis Meyer		   Meyer IC-31		   Miller 230-249		  59'53.52"

1932-09-10  C   5  MI  Detroit	   D1  100  Mauri Rose			Louis Schneider	   Schneider IC-30	   Miller 122-152		1:20'34.43"

1932-11-13  C   6  CA  Oakland	   D1  150  Bill Cummings		 Mike Boyle			Miller 230			Miller 230-268		1:39'29.8"



1933-05-30  C   1  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Louis Meyer		   Louis Meyer		   Miller 230			Miller 230-259		4:48'00.55"

1933-06-11  C   2  MI  Detroit	   D1  100  Bill Cummings		 Mike Boyle			Miller 230			Miller 230-268		1:21'11.31"

1933-09-09  C   3  NY  Syracuse	  D1  100  Bill Cummings		 Mike Boyle			Miller 230			Miller 230-268		1:13'17.57"



1934-05-30  C   1  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Bill Cummings		 Mike Boyle			Boyle IC-32		   Brisko 220			4:46'05.21"

1934-08-25  C   2  IL  Springfield   D1  100  Billy Winn			Deacon Litz		   Schneider IC-30	   Miller 220			1:17'09.52"

1934-09-09  C   3  NY  Syracuse	  D1  100  Shorty Cantlon		Bill White			White IC-33		   Miller 220			1:15'06.30"

1934-12-23  C   4  CA  Mines Field   RC  200* Kelly Petillo		 Sparks/Weirick		Sparks-Weirick IC-34  Sparks 239			2:24'43.14"



1935-05-30  C   1  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Kelly Petillo		 Kelly Petillo		 Petillo IC-35		 Offenhauser 255-262   4:42'22.71"

1935-07-04  C   2  MN  Saint Paul	D1  100  Kelly Petillo		 Kelly Petillo		 Petillo IC-35		 Offenhauser 255-262   1:17'38.8"

1935-08-24  C   3  IL  Springfield   D1  100  Billy Winn			Billy Winn			Duesenberg 122-30	 Miller 255			1:14'39.09"

1935-09-02  C   4  NY  Syracuse	  D1  100  Billy Winn			Billy Winn			Duesenberg 122-30	 Miller 255			1:11'49.28"

1935-09-07  C   5  PA  Altoona	   D1  100  Louis Meyer		   Louis Meyer		   Meyer IC-34		   Miller 255			1:09'20.0"

1935-10-13  C   6  PA  Langhorne	 D1  100  Kelly Petillo		 Kelly Petillo		 Petillo IC-35		 Offenhauser 255-262   1:05'17.6"



1936-05-30  C   1  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Louis Meyer		   Louis Meyer		   Meyer IC-34		   Miller 255			4:35'03.39"

1936-06-20  C   2  NY  Goshen		D1  100  Rex Mays			  Sparks/Weirick		Sparks-Weirick IC-34  Sparks 239			1:18'31.47"

1936-09-15  C   3  NY  Syracuse	  D1  100  Mauri Rose			Lou Moore			 Moore IC-35		   Offenhauser 255	   1:12'50.11"

1936-10-12  C   4  NY  Roosevelt	 RC  300  Tazio Nuvolari		Scuderia Ferrari	  Alfa Romeo C		  Alfa Romeo 12C-36	 4:32'44.05"



1937-05-31  C   1  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Wilbur Shaw		   Wilbur Shaw		   Shaw IC-36			Offenhauser 255	   4:24'07.80"

1937-07-05  C   2  NY  Roosevelt	 RC  300  Bernd Rosemeyer	   Auto Union			Auto Union C		  Auto Union C		  3:38'00.75"

1937-09-12  C   3  NY  Syracuse	  D1  100  Billy Winn			Billy Winn			Winn				  Miller 255			1:08'34.68"



1938-05-30  C   1  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Floyd Roberts		 Lou Moore			 Moore CC-38		   Offenhauser 270	   4:15'58.40"

1938-09-10  C   2  NY  Syracuse	  D1  100  Jimmy Snyder		  Joe Lencki			Lencki CC-38		  Offenhauser 270	   1:11'15.28"



1939-05-30  C   1  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Wilbur Shaw		   Mike Boyle			Maserati 8CTF		 Maserati 8C-3000	  4:20'47.49"

1939-08-27  C   2  WI  Milwaukee	 D1  100  Babe Stapp			Mike Boyle			Hartz CC-36		   Offenhauser 255	   1:11'43.60"

1939-09-02  C   3  NY  Syracuse	  D1  100  Mauri Rose			Lou Moore			 Moore CC-39		   Offenhauser 270	   1:20'06.48"



1940-05-30  C   1  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  Wilbur Shaw		   Mike Boyle			Maserati 8CTF		 Maserati 8C-3000	  4:22'31.17"

1940-08-24  C   2  IL  Springfield   D1  100  Rex Mays			  Bowes Racing		  Bowes IC-38		   Bowes 8			   1:08'36.65"

1940-09-02  C   3  NY  Syracuse	  D1  100  Rex Mays			  Bowes Racing		  Bowes IC-38		   Bowes 8			   1:10'22.68"



1941-05-30  C   1  IN  Indianapolis  P+  500  F. Davis/M. Rose	  Lou Moore			 Moore CC-39		   Offenhauser 270	   4:20'36.24"

1941-08-24  C   2  WI  Milwaukee	 D1  100  Rex Mays			  Bowes Racing		  Bowes IC-38		   Bowes 8			   1:12'55.97"

1941-09-01  C   3  NY  Syracuse	  D1  100  Rex Mays			  Bowes Racing		  Bowes IC-38		   Bowes 8			   1:10'57.48"


#255 kris

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Posted 29 February 2008 - 01:26

Hi, Mr Ferner , I wish to start my post with real great thanks for all the work you are sharing with us, TNF members.
I've just finished to read the thread, [ :lol: that's histhory-fying :lol: ]and would like to make just a little "remark" :
Is the table of the standings after 5 rounds [post from 02 dec 07] a retype from a newspaper or a racing program ?
What embarassed me was that the numbers of 1st, 2nd & 3rds don't match the finishers you gave on your post from 26 sep 07

To resume the 26.09.07 gave :
Round 1: Ader – Chitwood – Horn
Round 2: Horn – Chitwood – Ader
Round 3: Chitwood – Horn – Ader
Round 4: Chitwood – Ader – Horn
Round 5: Ader – Horn - Holland

That meant only 4 racers to share top 3 finishes : Chitwood (2,2,0) - Ader (2.1.2) - Horn (1.2.2) - Holland (0.0.1)


The table of the 02.12.07 instead gave:
Chitwood (2.2.0) - Ader (2.0.2) - Horn (1.2.1) - Holland (0.1.1) & Zalucki (0.0.1)

So it seems that betwenn the 2 posts, a 2nd went from Ader to Holland and a 3rd from Horn to Zalucki ...

That is not said to embarass, just would like to help if there is an error in typing, once again thanks a lot and I hope you're able to understand my "personal way of speaking english "

Christophe

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Posted 29 February 2008 - 15:44

Your "personal way of speaking english " is very charming if I may say so, I never think I have heard a word like "histhory-fying" before :stoned: Liked it, made me laugh! :kiss:

To answer your questions: no, the table in my post from Dec 2 was not copied from a newspaper or race programme, it was done all by myself. And it's already redundant, too - you see, this is an ongoing research, I find new "facts and figures" virtually all the time, that's why some of the older info is by now simply out of date.

It was between Sep 26 and Dec 2 that I found more complete and better results for most of these early events, so the later info stands as correct. But some of the points tallies are off, so that's why the Dec 2 post is also redundant by now. Watch this space, it will all come together in the end, but it will take a bit more than another weekend or two!;)

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 10:18

Progress on this subject has been painfully slow recently, partly due to the fact that I am making good progress on other years, so I am not too concerned! :D Anyway, to pick up the thread (literally!), I am delaying one or two of my planned items and starting another instead. In detail:

- Uniontown: I have finally found confirmation that the race was at Uniontown Speedway in Hopwood, not the Fayette County Fairgrounds track downtown - no surprise here, but I needed confirmation. What DID surprise me was the fact that I found several references to the track surface being "macadam", so we now have a third paved track besides IMS and Thompson Speedway!

- Flemington Fair: the evidence stacks up that there were only two races (Sep 1 & 2) but, frustratingly, confirmation is hard to find! : Still needs to be treated with care...

- Winston-Salem: status quo unchanged, most frustratingly of all! :( Still two sources only, and with two different winners...

- I had planned to post an updated points standing as of round 9, May 30, but I am running against a wall here - it's only minor stuff, but it needs to be sorted. Only delayed, not cancelled at all! :)

- another thing I had planned was to "flesh out" the story of the year a little bit by starting with a sort of season preview of teams, cars and drivers, and although I have made some progress on this it is still a bit of a sorry mess, and ideally I'd want it to be better than that so I am delaying it.

Instead, I'll be posting some interesting data about the drivers and their careers, as I now have info on about 160 drivers competing in the 1946 AAA National Championship, and some of them will not be known very well to most of you. Also, my research has revealed some interesting titbits about well known drivers as well, juxtaposition and context of time being the operative words here.;)

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 10:23

:) Looking forward to it.

#259 fines

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 19:32

Arranged in order of known 1946 National Championship placings, and alphabetically after that, each mini portrait will be headed by the driver's name in bold type, followed by some statistical data:
- the home state, meaning not necessarily the state of residence nor even that of birth, but the one the person in question grew up in and hence is most likely to identify himself with,
- the age at the beginning of 1946, approximate in some cases,
- the number of feature AAA National Championship races the driver has competed in at the beginning of 1946,
- the year of his first AAA Big Car event, approximate in some cases,
- the number of AAA Big Car wins at the beginning of 1946, approximate in most cases, and a list of AAA Championship wins where applicable.
The main text will then relate to specific events and/or success in feeder series, as well as important personal info; this will not be limited to the years prior to 1946 in order to lend perspective. :)

Ted Horn (CA/35 years old/14 National Championship races), AAA Big Cars since 1931, 20 wins, Champion in 1938 (M) and 1939 (M)

Born in Ohio, raised in Pennsylvania, then California where he grew up and started racing at the tender age of 19 (some say 16!), initially devoid of success until he began winning on a visiting tour of the East in 1934, to the point that he was sometimes refered to as an Easterner after his return to California! In 1940, he finally moved to Paterson (NJ), where he settled into the famous "Gasoline Alley" community of racers to become a true icon of Eastern racing history. So much for his (complicated) geographical background!

By 1946, Horn was at the top of his game, which quite significantly wasn't confined to the art of "race car driving", but included considerable mechanical abilities: he had been campaigning his own car since 1936, and successively expanded his stable until he was running an unheard of four-car team by 1942! Horn was also adept at trying out new stuff, including magnesium pistons and nitromethane fuel additives, and consequently enjoyed quite a bit of an edge when he came to the starting line...

Not about to pass his engineering secrets on to fellow competitors, Ted slimmed down his team until in 1947 he was running only his own two cars, the Champ Car and the sprinter, then shifted into overdrive: his success in the final two years was unparalleled, and almost embarrassing for his rivals! The last twelve months of his life saw an almost uninterrupted run of wins, stretching from October 11 in 1947 to October 10 in 1948: in 43 races he scored 32 firsts, one second, five thirds and one fourth, against three mechanical retirements, and one (fatal!) accident.

In all, Ted Horn scored more than 100 Big Car wins, adding three Hankinson Circuit Championships (1938, '40 & '41) and two CSRA National Championships (1941 & '45) to his seven AAA titles (National in 1946, '47 & '48, and Eastern in 1947 & '48, in addition to the two pre-war ones). On that fateful day at Du Quoin (IL), more than an era ended...

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 19:41

According to Catlin's biography, Horn was persuaded into motor racing by a traffic cop fed up with catching him speeding, and the 1946 Indy 500 would have been his by a street had he not lost a number of laps due to sabotaged fuel. Of course the only time he was not at the sharp end of the 500 was as a rookie in the Miller-Ford, but he was the last one of them running, as well as one of the 4 of the 10 that qualified.

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 20:12

George Robson (CA/36/10), AAA Big Cars since 1934

The oldest of three racing brothers, handsome George never gained the accolades he was due, perhaps because of his rather shy and retiring attitude towards the public. After dabbling in AAA's Pacific Coast series during the time of Legion Ascot Speedway, George subsequently became a winner in California's WRA and ARA "Class B" circuits, then went east to again try his hand at AAA, and Indy.

Pre-war, Robson gained a solid reputation for fair speed at Indy and, especially, on the dirt miles where he scored a second, a fourth, a fifth and a seventh in 100-mile Championship affairs; he also qualified second twice, and once third. According to the legend, he wasn't Art Sparks's first choice for the 1946 500, but he must've come close - he was a reliable and fast competitor by any account, and certainly didn't disappoint by qualifying fifth fastest, then leading most of the way for a superb victory!

Sniffing a chance at the championship, George began to shop for rides at the halfmiles, and finally settled upon the famous 1932 Sparks-Weirick sprinter, "Poison Lil", freshly abandoned by Duke Nalon. Robson wrote the last successful chapter in the history of this, the greatest of all Sprint Cars, adding five more wins to its impressive tally, and even a couple of new track records. Based on that form, he was a serious contender for the crown until he perished in the dreadful dustbowl that Lakewood Speedway had turned into on Labour Day.

Emil Andres (IL/34/13), AAA Big Cars since 1934, 3 wins, Champion in 1940 (M)

The original member of the (in)famous Chicago gang, big and fun-loving Emil started out in jalopy racing in the early thirties, quickly finding success and moving on to AAA sprinters where he also was an instant hit, finishing second at Greenville (OH) in May of 1934. I no time at all was he at Indy, and he never looked back as they say.

Andres wasn't a frequent winner in Big Cars (although he may have won more than the three races I have found so far), but he was always there at the finish, always in the money. In 1939, he bought the Sprint Car of the late, great Jimmy Snyder and continued as an owner/driver, with much success as his championship win the very next year testifies.

The following year, he had the car rebuilt for Champ Car use, and finished seven times in the top five in eight starts before he sold the car on. He continued to be an excellent finisher throughout the forties, and managed top ten National Championship points placings every year, finally retiring in 1950 when he couldn't find anymore good cars to drive. In retirement, he stayed the good sport he'd always been and staged a number of driver reunions, until he passed away in his late eighties.

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 20:23

And Robson is also useful for trivia questions - the first English-born Indy 500 winner (as befits his surname he was a Geordie by birth).

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Bill Holland (PA/38/0), AAA Big Cars since 1938, 22 wins, Champion in 1941 (E)

At 26 a comparative late starter in racing, Holland quickly rose through the ranks and after finishing third in GSARA points in 1937, he made the bold step to compete in AAA the next year, almost immediately finding the way to victory circle at Mineola on July 30! The following year he relocated to New York to forge a strong bond with NY car owner Ralph Malamud, and for the next ten years Bill and the white Malamud sprinter became a common synonym for success. He very nearly snatched the crown off Joie Chitwood's head in 1940, and in 1941 he finally did it, but that was the year when most of the regular eastern stars were competing with the CSRA, and so the public took little notice.

Failing to attract the attention of an Indy Car owner even after his great year in 1946, Holland finally lucked in when Tony Bettenhausen decided to join the ASPAR strike for more money at Indy in 1947, with his car owner Lou Moore showing little sympathy - he invited Bill to take Tony's place! The rest, as they say, is history, and a week later he took pole position and won on his first Champ Car appearance to boot, all this while well on his way to another Sprint Car title! Somehow, though, during the summer he "lost the plot" and dropped away in the standings, ending the year 2nd, 7th and 11th in the three Big Car points chases, soundly beaten by Ted Horn and, apparently, himself.

Already was he beginning to divert his attention to his business interests, a number of skating rinks from Connecticut to Arizona (he had been a successful skater himself in his youth), and this may well have contributed to the sorry saga of his racing career. Sublimely talented, but somehow arrogantly he tried to "milk" race promoters for appearance deals, failing to show up or "phoning his performance in" on a number of occasions when his dealings went awry. Not only squandering his chances of another championship, he also slowly but surely acquired the wrath of AAA officialdom which finally cried enough in the fall of 1950, and Holland was suspended for a year, earning himself an extension when he complained through the media!

Keeping busy by buying and running the old Malamud in IMCA and CSRA events, Holland returned to AAA in 1953 and shocked everybody by qualifying second at Indy in a car he sat in for the first time that very day! In the summer, he won three more Sprint Car races, but the following year his form tailed off again and, based on previous experience, car owners in general weren't overly keen on him anyway, so that was that. In 1958, now in his fifties, Holland returned for a couple of years to run IMCA and URC sprints and even won some, but the overall verdict must be: a talent wasted...

Tommy Hinnershitz (PA/33/5), AAA Big Cars since 1933, 12 wins

A hard trier more than an inspired performer, Hinnershitz had been part of the Eastern circuit for more than a decade, with runner-up positions in 1936 and '38 points as well as the abbreviated 1942 CSRA campaign to show for his efforts. His breakthrough year had been 1935 in Park Culp's Green Engineering car, when Tommy had moved from consolation races in early summer to the fast heats and a second place finish in the fall, earning himself a ride in the top notch Strupp/Miller for the following year. By 1941, he was driving for "the master" in Ted Horn's team, and soon the teaching showed and Tommy matured to become a fine stylist of dirt track racing!

When Horn sold his cars off, Hinnershitz naturally bought the one he had been driving and quickly became a regular winner on his own. The following year, he had his own car built and took great pride in the fact that he had been the only person all year to defeat the great Ted Horn in a Sprint Car! Without the master, Tommy ruled in 1949, taking 14 wins but still almost losing out to Johnny Mantz and the modern tube-frame Agajanian-Kuzma. Everybody rejoiced in the fact that Hinnershitz, already 37 and balding, had finally won a championship and could now surely retire without regrets... But, would he?

Hindsight is a fine thing, but I doubt anybody in 1950 could have foreseen that Tommy's career was not yet even half finished! As the years rolled on, Hinnershitz continued to pocket race wins and championships, and the audience continued to be amazed by his vigour and pace. True, there were fewer and fewer races each year, and Tommy finally sold his equipment in 1957 to get rid of the double exposure as an owner/driver, but he never slowed down and was a force to be reckoned with until he retired - he won the second heat race on his penultimate appearance!

I have more than 360 entries for Tommy Hinnershitz in my records, all of them AAA/USAC and a few CSRA in their banner years 1941 to '45, and yet there must be close to a hundred, or maybe even more than that missing. Discounting the war years, he still had 26 years of "Class A" competition in a three-decade career, with more than 100 "Class A" wins and, at a rough guess, close to 300 top 6 finishes, maybe even more. Only Steve Kinser can match those numbers...

Walt Ader (NJ/33/0), AAA Big Cars since 1937

Ader started out in his home state championship (GSARA) in 1934, winning the title two years later when driving for a youthful car owner, Joe Barzda! He had already started competing in Central Pennsy events that year, and soon moved to AAA, but success was hard to find. Still, by 1941 he had climbed to third in Eastern points, earning himself his first "Offy ride" with Ted Horn's team in 1946.

To the surpise of many, Walt started winning main events immediately, and led the standings early in the season, much to Horn's chagrin (and Chitwood's consternation!). Order was restored in due time, but Ader's stock had sored out of sight. When Horn disbanded his team, Walt got picked up by Peaches Campbell, who was running the O'Day/Offenhauser, Chitwood's 1939 title mount, but the combination proved to be short-lived as Campbell was somewhat dismayed to see his car fighting for "crumbs", so he moved back to IMCA where the pickings were easier.

Ader was left scrounging for rides, and though occasionally he still found a modicum of success, the momentum had disappeared, added to which he crashed very badly in the summer of 1948. Two years later, after fulfilling his life long wish to compete (and finish) in the Indy 500, he retired from racing. He still tried to qualify his Indy mount, a brandnew and supercharged Sampson/Offenhauser, in a few Champ Car races after that, but gave up after three failures. Walt Ader died in 1982 of a heart attack.

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Jimmy Jackson (IN/35/0), AAA Big Car Rookie

It needs a post like this for me to realise that I know next to nothing about this man! He seems to have emerged from nowhere in particular to finish second in the greatest automobile race in the world, only to disappear again and lurk in the dark for another twelve months, repeating this plot for about half a decade! I can tell that his favourite colour was green, and his favourite number 61, but that is about all I know...

And yet, his "career" is most interesting, because he was not only part of the last two (but one) Indy attempts of the famous Boyle team, but also of the first two of the nucleus of what would evolve into Traco Engineering! Then, of course, he also qualified a supercharged Diesel for the 500, and in between made a couple of unsuccessful attempts at the Pikes Peak hill climb for good measure.

At the Hoosier capital he was a local boy, and appears to have been monied, as he was the official entrant for his debut, so with all due respect we can say that he apparently "bought his ride" in the parlance of our day, and that "ride" happened to be the 1938 Boyle front-drive, based on the running gear of the 1934 Speedway winner. Not a bad choice, as it would transpire...

Joie Chitwood (TX/33/2), AAA Big Cars since 1937, 21 wins, Champion in 1939 (E) and 1940 (E)

His early years are clouded in mystery and legend, as he was soon billed "Chief Wahoo", the full-blooded Cherokee Indian which he was not, but he appears to have been a restless wanderer between the Tex-Okie area and Kansas/Missouri in his early days, competing on many dusty county fairgrounds and developing his all-out driving style which made him so popular with the fans. And he was soon successful, too, finishing runner-up in CSRA points two years in a row, with many wins to show for in 1937 and '38.

After dipping a toe into the AAA water twice during the fall seasons, he competed full time on the Eastern circuit for the first time in 1939, and promptly won the Championship, then repeated the following year with a different car and owner to show it was the driver that counted! He also won the Hankinson Circuit Championship in 1939, and was leading both the IMCA and CSRA standings in 1942 when the ODT ban hit. When racing resumed in 1945, Joie resumed his winning ways as he was the pre-eminent racing driver of his era, feared by all and sundry, including Ted Horn and Rex Mays!

All this, however, changed when Chitwood bought the thrill show business of the late Lucky Teter in 1945. The "Joie Chitwood Auto Daredevils" soon cut into his racing activities, and his appearances became fewer and fewer, but he was still a force to be reckoned with as his win-per-race ratio of approximately 50 % will testify. After failing to qualify the old Petillo/Offenhauser for the 1948 Milwaukee 100-miler, he retired from dirt track racing and made only three more appearances in all, finishing 5th at Indy in both 1949 and '50, and seventh in his last race, the Darlington 200 in December.

After that, he concentrated all his efforts on his successful business. It is perhaps a moot point, but without the "distraction" of the thrill show (which, of course, was anything but to Joie himself!), Chitwood could have become so easily the driver to break all the records before him, and instead of Ted Horn and Tommy Hinnershitz we might be looking at him as the three time National and/or seven time Sprint Car Champion! Alas, it was not to be, and history had another, almost equally kind fate in store for him...

Rex Mays (CA/32/20), AAA Big Cars since 1932, 66 wins, Champion in 1934 (P), 1935 (P), 1936 (M), 1937 (M), 1940 (N) and 1941 (N)

Rex Mays was the poster boy of US autoracing in the thirties, he had the name, the looks and the success to go with it. He exploded onto the scene in early 1933, only just out of his teens, driving the big, brutish Fromm/Hisso to a couple of third place finishes at Ascot and Oakland, then relieved no-name driver Art Boyce in another car to score an upset victory back at Ascot, all within a fortnight! After that, there was no stopping, and within five months, after ten more wins he replaced superstar Ernie Triplett, sidelined by a racing accident, at the top of the Pacific Coast standings, and only an all-out late-season effort by Al Gordon prevented him from taking the crown in his first full year!

What followed was an almost unbroken run of championship wins until the outbreak of WW2, interspersed with four runner-up finishes in the various AAA divisions to go with no fewer than six titles in eight years! The 66 wins I have in my records may not even be the whole story, either... and he had virtually retired from running the halfmiles at the age of twenty-five! What else was left to conquer? Well, for one thing there was this speedway in the Hoosier capital, with an annual race on Memorial Day...

And exactly here's where the almost proverbial Rex Mays bad luck stories begin: he was a record three-times fastest qualifyer, a record four-times pole position starter, fifth in all-time lap leaders (behind winners de Palma, Shaw, Arnold and Meyer) and, to this day, he is the driver who led the most races at Indy without winning a single one: 9 times in twelve tries! He drove all the famous and successful cars, Duesenberg, the 4wd Miller, GP Alfa Romeo, Thorne-Sparks, the Bowes 8, the original front-drive Novi and, most famously of all, "Poison Lil", the Sprint Car legend from the Sparks-Weirick stable, whose number one driver Rex was from 1935 to '37, and beyond on occasions.

After WW2, his bad luck extended onto the dirt tracks, and he won only eight more races until 1949. His last came as a replacement driver for a young Californian, whose car owner had discovered that he was just celebrating his 19th birthday, two days before the race - soon, that driver would be likened to the young Rex Mays, it was... Troy Ruttman! Before the end of the year, Rex perished in a dirt track accident, and the following May Troy would turn record laps at Indy in the car that had been built for Mays the year before...

Duke Dinsmore (CA/32/0), AAA Big Cars since 1935

The "Duke", whose real name was Carlisle John Dinsmoor, was one of the "lost generation" of California drivers who was just beginning to blossom when Ascot Speedway closed its doors in early 1936, in fact he finished seventh in the last ever Sprint Car race there. On returning to the "outlaw" "Class B" events of the Pacific Coast he found he was wasting his talents, and in the summer of 1936 he made the track to the Midwest, soon to be followed by the likes of Johnny McDowell, Bayliss Levrett, Spider Webb and Jimmie Wilburn, to compete with the CSRA and its growing reputation.

Dinsmore settled near the CSRA headquarters in Dayton (OH), and found employment as a bus driver, prompting one trade cartoonist to sketch his idea of "why buses are on time in Dayton"! Duke became a regular winner and was in the top ten in points five years in succession, including a distant runner-up finish to Wilburn (1939). He followed promoter Frank Funk's defection to AAA in 1941, and landed a late season ride in the Johnston/Miller, as a substitute for Spider Webb, taking a couple of third place finishes in the process.

Thanks to Johnston's purchase of the old Sparks-Weirick two-man car, the very one which Mays had put on pole for the 500 twice, Dinsmore was one of less than a handful of drivers to have two cars at his disposal in 1946, one each for the miles and the halfmiles, and he used it to good effect, although he was to be replaced by Webb again before the season's end. Still, he was well liked in the community with his good-natured humour, and always managed to find good rides, so that eventually he was able to score three AAA Big Car wins before his career fizzled out in the fifties.

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Louis Durant (CA/35/3), AAA Big Cars since 1935

Another driver I know very little about, I have him crashing out of a 1935 Oakland event, and then nothing at all until a 1939 run of State Fair 100-mile finishes of third, seventh and sixth, netting him 11th and 8th place finishes in year's end standings. He was a non-starter in both the following years at Indy, too slow each time in qualifying, but managed to get in a few miles of relieve driving in the latter.

How he qualified to be chosen as the driver of Milt Marion's potent Alfa Romeo 308 in 1946 is anybody's guess, and he almost managed to get bumped from the field yet again, qualifying second to last, but starting sixth on the strength of his performing the feat on May 18 already. In the race he merely plugged away, taking almost five hours to finish second to last, again, and again it turned out to be sixth since there were only seven finishers!

Louis returned for two more tries at the 500, each time failing to find enough speed to qualify for the race, and be it noted that in the five years of trying, he qualified four times, only once fast enough to start, and never even cracked the five-minute mark for four laps which, as an aside, had first been done by Frank Lockhart, way back in 1927! Nuff' said...

George Connor (CA/39/19), AAA Big Cars since 1930, 1 win

George Connor is a bit of an enigma, and perhaps it is most telling that even after more than two decades of AAA competition, the sanctioning body was still in the habit of misspelling his name in official publications, meaning they got it wrong more often than not! I have also read of the version that "George Connor" was merely a nom de course, and that his real name was actually Charles Miller - perhaps our biography experts are able to chime in here, Richie? Reinhard? Jim ?

However, Connor actually had an excellent finishing record, which meant that he usually won at least some money for his owners, so he was never short of work. His best championship result was a third in the Midwest in 1939, and he had also been third in Class B Pacific Coast points in 1933, to which can be added at least eight other top ten championship placings. He had a long career at the top and quite a bit of success, and he survived, which is more than can be said about a number of his contemporaries!

Hank Rogers (NJ/29/0), AAA Big Cars since 1938, 1 win

Another one to survive a long career, Hank's real name was Rakowski and, much like Connor, he didn't win very often, but was a regular finisher in the money - and his name was misspelled almost as often! I am guessing that Rogers started out in local "outlaw" organisations like GSARA or AMRA, but the first note I have of him is actually trying to qualify (unsuccessfully) for the New York State Fair 100-miler in 1938!

He soon became a regular of the Eastern circuit, where he raced almost exclusively - I have only a few Midwestern starts for him in 1949 and '50. His best championship result was second to Holland in 1941, and he had six more placings in, and several more just outside the top ten. In his early forties, he finally began to experience trouble keeping up with the top stars, and in mid 1958 made a sudden switch to the URC, where he enjoyed a veritable Indian Summer, scoring 26 wins and four more top ten placings in points before retiring in 1966, to let Hank junior carry on the family tradition.

Tony Bettenhausen (IL/29/2), AAA Big Cars since 1941, 3 wins

Big, brash "Tony" was one of a kind, and rarely has the proverb of the broken mould been more aptly applied! A late starter in Big Cars after half a decade of running the Midgets, Bettenhausen was an instant hit, finishing second in his first race and then, after three wins over the rest of the season, second as well in the championship. The same year, he drove his first Champ Car race, coming home sixth, and racing for the first time on the East Coast the very next week, again in a Champ Car, he finished second, the only one not be lapped by the great Rex Mays - beat that!

But, like Rex, Tony wasn't very fond of racing the halfmiles, and rarely ran them at all after the war. The Midgets remained his first love, and he got to be one of the best ever Champ Car drivers, winning a staggering 21 dirt track 100-milers, plus a 100-miler on pavement with a dirt car - he was simply mesmerizing in the really big 'uns! But he would probably have given it all for a single win at Indy, which proved to be his undoing in the end.

Earl Johns (NJ/28/0), AAA Big Cars since 1939

According to different info I've found, Earl may have been any age between 26 and 32, actually. In any case, his career was still on the up and up when he was killed in 1947 at Thompson Speedway (CT), after a collison with another young charger from New Jersey, Mike Magill. Only three months earlier Johns had won his first AAA event at Alcyon Speedway (NJ), establishing three track records on the way. Before that, winning the Penn-Jersey Club Championship in 1941 had been his biggest success. Often misspelled as Earl John, or even Earl Jones!

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 18:47

Michael, thank you for posting these :up:

Do you have the file of Paul Rhodes' bios of Big Car and Champ drivers from the 30's-50's?

I ask here because your mailbox is full!

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Luigi Villoresi (I/36/0), AAA Big Car Rookie

Well, Gigi took a break from running Grands Prix in Europe, fresh from winning at Nice... and no, I am not giving a full career update here, don't worry! Just a few words on his Indy performance which, "on paper" at least, doesn't look all too sparkling, but there were certainly mitigating circumstances. First of all, the entire team arrived late, only a week or so before the actual race, at a time when the first four or five rows of the starting grid were already filled. Worse, the cars arrived even later! In the end, Villoresi only had three days to accustom himself to car and track, take his "rookie tests" and qualify the car, which he did successfully, and to his credit.

Come race day, and Gigi very quickly made up for all the trouble and labour by pushing the Maserati into the top ten within the first ten laps! And, given the high rate of attrition early in the race, he was bound to progress even further but for the fact that he suffered severe mechanical ailments himself, losing more than half an hour during a number of pit stops quite early on. Again, to his credit, he struggled on to the finish, which he reached about 36 ¼ minutes behind the winner, and still within the limit that qualified him for membership in the "Champion 100 MPH Club" - not that he can have cared too much!

More importantly, he had been able to pass all later race finishers in those opening laps, except for Robson and Andres, with both of them not running very far ahead. In a way, his performance was similarly promising to that of Alberto Ascari six years later, and more's the pity that both adventures proved to be one-offs! Gig was back in Europe to compete at Albi, on July 4...

Johnny Shackleford (OH/32/0), AAA Big Car Rookie

Johnny had been around for ten years, mostly unspectacular, but highly versatile, and refreshingly adventurous! Reared on the midwestern circuit of the CSRA (his "hometown club", since he hailed from Dayton), he would travel as far as California, where he finished 10th in the 1939 Oakland 500! By 1941, he had developed into one of the finest in CSRA competition, and that by now included doing well on some Eastern tracks, where he also captured a couple of wins in 1945.

He did very well in his first year with the AAA, too, including another couple of wins, and continued to run reliably and up front throughout the following year as well, which netted him the Midwestern Circuit Championship, to the surprise of many. Sadly, though, he was killed early the next year at Dayton Speedway, of all places. At the time of his death, his "civilian job" had been... "Hell Driver" in the Joie Chitwood Show!

Lee Wallard (NY/34/1), AAA Big Cars since 1938, 2 wins

Wallard appears to have been a bit of a wild one in his youth, with plenty of crashing and boozing, but towards the end of the thirties he was beginning to polish his performance for a serious attempt at AAA. He was generally scrounging for rides, but had his own car to fall back upon, and took quite a fair number of wins, mostly at minor events, though, but by early 1948 he was generally moving in the right direction - all he needed now was a break! And that's exactly what he got, and at Indy, of all places!

There Lee, who had originally been entered with another, apparently hopeless car, took a last gasp qualifying attempt in the Iddings, an old Sprint Car that had its Hal engine replaced with an Offy, and Wallard proceeded to qualify it fifth fastest! As if that wasn't enough of an upset, Lee brought the car home seventh in the 500, ahead of a number of fancy and expensive machinery, and he was finally "made". For the next three years, Lee was a regular top ten man, until his crowning achievement and the accident four days later.

Red Byron (AL/30/0), AAA Big Cars since 1938

Byron had a reputation for racing everything on wheels, and since Big Cars were still popular in the pre-war south, it was only natural to see him run them. 1946 proved to be the only year he was taking the sprinters anywhere near seriously, and soon after he disappeared into the world of "strictly stock", where he was modestly successful.

Tommy Mattson (DE/28/0), AAA Big Car Rookie*

Starting out in Big Cars at the tender age of 20, Mattson seems to have done quite a bit of "outlaw" racing before WW2, although I can find little evidence of it. *He finished third at Frederick (MD) in 1939, in a race that may have carried AAA sanction, otherwise he was a rookie in '46, and proved to be one of the "finds" of the season. He continued his promise in 1947, now running one of the former Horn team cars for Dutch Culp, scoring lots of top finishes, including a win, and coming second in Eastern points!

Even better, the next year he finished third in points in both the Eastern and the Midwestern Circuit, a rare feat those days. By then, he was mostly running his own car, and scoring four wins along the way. He also competed in a few Pacific Coast events during the winter, but without much success, also hoping in vain to attract the attention of an Indy Car owner. To this end, he concentrated on the Midwestern Circuit in 1949, and was in contention for the championship when he crashed fatally at Salem, July 24.

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 21:18

Yes, Jim, I have the file - at least I think it's the same, it says "Sprint Car Drivers 1945-1959 - by Paul Rhodes" on my copy! :confused:

It's been partly an inspiration for these here, because I thought I could do better... :D

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 21:55

Originally posted by fines
Yes, Jim, I have the file - at least I think it's the same, it says "Sprint Car Drivers 1945-1959 - by Paul Rhodes" on my copy! :confused:

It's been partly an inspiration for these here, because I thought I could do better... :D


:up: That's it. Just checking, and I agree that you can do better.

Rhodes did a remarkable job considering he was on an island in the South Pacific when he assembled much of it.

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 23:21

Originally posted by fines
Here's someone who's paying close attention to this thread! The site is huge, with data mainly copied directly from Phil Harms's records, but the author has done some research of his/her own, including for the 1946 season.


Non-Championship Events - Debuts - Zora Arkus-Duntov :eek: :)

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 09:47

Ardun fan, eh?;) Wait for him, he'll be in the... eighth instalment from here! :lol:

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 19:08

Originally posted by fines
Ardun fan, eh?;) Wait for him, he'll be in the... eighth instalment from here! :lol:


That was a pleasant suprise . I knew about his life before he left Germany , being friends with Bernd , racing his "Bob" . But didn't know much about him after he moved to the US , other than his experience with the Vette and of course the Ardun co .

I knew he had a couple of class wins at Le Mans , though I think he was in the UK then with Allard . Didn't know he had any Big car , or was it Sprint , experience . Looking forward to seeing more.

Good work on all this , by the way . :up:

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Elbert Booker (MI/43/0), AAA Big Cars since 1941, 1 win

"Pappy" Booker was a regular of the independent Big Car races in the Michigan/Ohio/Indiana triangle, and quite naturally he became a CSRA regular when that organisation was founded. Though already in his late thirties, he continually improved until he finished third in 1940 points, then followed promoter Frank Funk to the AAA the following year where he also finished third, winning at Fort Wayne. It was back to CSRA for the war years (1942 and '45), and he continued his winning ways, driving almost exclusively the black Jewell/Hal sprinter.

After the war, most people refered to him as "Grandpappy" Booker, but he kept on improving, winning two more AAA features, at Dayton and Winchester. He also ventured east, and competed successfully at events in New York, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. Early in 1947, he qualified fastest twice in succession at Dayton and Winchester, but failed to win, then crashed fatally while leading the first heat at the next Dayton meeting, six years to the day after his first AAA win, and driving the same car.

Eddie Zalucki (MI/31/0), AAA Big Cars since 1939

Several years the junior of Booker, Eddie's career followed the same path, except that by 1939 already he was running Eastern as well as Midwestern tracks for sanctioning bodies like the CSRA, STRA, MDTRA, and AAA! Generally, though, he was a CSRA man, and in that organisation's banner year in 1941 he finished an excellent fifth in points. After WW2 he concentrated on AAA, and though he never won at this level, he was a consistant top 6 finisher, and was seventh in Midwestern points in 1947.

Frank Wearne (CA/32/7), AAA Big Cars since 1933, 3 wins

Wearne was a holdover from Legion Ascot days, having finished in the top ten of the last two years of the Pacific Coast Championship. After spending the year 1936 winning the North Pacific Coast Championship (WARA?), he returned to AAA competition and continued to do well in the Midwest, and sometimes even the East. He was not a prolific winner, but could be relied upon to win some dough.

He also had a good run going at Indianapolis, where he finished in the top ten five times in a row, and the lovers of trivia will appreciate the fact that he not only failed to grace the first six finishing positions in doing so, but also did it driving, exclusively, cars that had won or would win a National Championship race. Also, he finished twice in succession in the same position, five years apart but with the same car number, actually the very same car, but for different owners.

Al Fleming (VA/~35/0), AAA Big Car Rookie

A. I. "Al" Fleming, a veteran of at least ten years in pre-war racing, was mostly a backmarker in AAA, but ran most every race on the East Coast in his own car. Astonishingly, he still managed top twenty points finishes in AAA, CSRA and IMCA during the forties! He quit AAA in 1951, but continued to run Sprint Cars until 1955 with more top twenty finishes in NASCAR (including a third) and URC points, then apparently retired after a crash on Labour Day weekend in Nazareth (PA).

Mauri Rose (OH/39/27), AAA Big Cars since 1927, 16 wins, Champion in 1936 (N)

In the late twenties, Mauri was a terror on the independent tracks of the Midwest, but from 1931 onwards he ran AAA exclusively, soon becoming a regular winner. He stopped racing the halfmiles after 1937, and many must've been surprised to see him continue racing at all after WW2, with his list of achievements before the war including a National Championship and an Indy win! Perhaps he had been made privy to Lou Moore's plans and, having driven for the wily team owner for many years, decided it would be worth to stick around for a few more years...

Ottis Stine (PA/37/0), AAA Big Cars since 1939

Having won the rather obscure EVRA tile in 1938, Ottis quickly became a regular of the Eastern AAA circuit, and continued to do well there until early 1954, with the occasional start in the Midwest. After a third place in the inaugural URC Championship (1948), he finally got the chance to lay his hand on an Offy in a regular manner, and responded by improving his results in leaps and bounds: six wins and three top ten finshes in AAA points, including a very distant runner-up to Tommy Hinnershitz in 1950!

Ed Zimmerman (NY/?/0), AAA Big Car Rookie

I have several entries for him in 1946, usually listing his hometown as Franklin Square (NY), but the only other mention I have found about Ed Zimmerman so far has been an entry in a Midget race in Pennsylvania, 1936 - anyone out there with more info?

Danny Goss (NJ/?/0), AAA Big Cars since 1939

Goss had been a regular top twenty finisher in AAA points pre-war, and continued to be so after the conflagration. He usually ran his own car, and would often let top drivers in search of a ride take his seat. Eventually, he gave up driving after 1949, but continued to own and mantain racing cars.

Charlie Rogers (MI/28/0), AAA Big Car Rookie

Easily confused with the better known Hank Rogers, or even Pikes Peak veteran Al Rogers, I draw a complete blank on Charlie! Hometown listed as Detroit (MI).

Walt Brown (NY/34/1), AAA Big Cars since 1932, 1 win

Walt seemed to have been around forever, even before WW2, but I have found only one feature win for him so far, in 1939 when he was also fifth in Eastern points. He ran almost exclusively in the East, just occasionally at the larger Midwestern tracks, but this gradually changed after the war when he became a regular of the Champ Cars. With his fine finishing record, and a couple more wins, he became one of the dominant figures in the late forties, but his luck appeared to desert him in the fifties, and he starred on 'Black Sunday'.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 19:45

Warren Bates (NJ/?/0), AAA Big Car Rookie

Fifth in Penn-Jersey points in 1941, Warren stayed around until the early fifties, without much in the way of success. I have as his best race result a fifth in a race at Alcyon Speedway on July 4, when most of the stars were either at Salem (IN) or at Dover (NJ), and his best AAA championship result was 24th in Eastern points, in 1947 as well as 1950. There was a Jack Bates racing AAA in the fifties, but I believe he was from Indiana.

Spider Webb (CA/35/0), AAA Big Cars since 1941

The "Spider" was another one with a very unique personality, returning from "terminal" retirement in 1946. Before WW2 he, like many of his West Coast contemporaries, had gone East in search of competitive racing, and spent many years racing the CSRA circuit where he finished fourth in 1940 points. Following promoter Frank Funk to AAA the following year, he again finished fourth in points, with many second place race finishes but no wins. In the last race of the season, he had a lucky escape from a horrific crash, and decided to quit while he was still able to.

But the lure of speed was strong, and he couldn't resist the temptation, so he was soon back but suffering from his version of "Rex Mays luck": he would often qualify fastest, win his heat and then lead the feature, only for his car to break down. On July 4 in 1947, he finally won his first AAA race, then went on a rampage that left his opposition speechless: from September 1947 to July 1948, he won nine out of the twelve races on the Midwestern circuit, finished second twice and third in the remaining race!

It was too late to catch Shackleford in the earlier year, but he won the latter championship much as he pleased, then followed it up with third and fifth place finishes the next two years. After that, he concentrated on the Champ Cars, but without much luck, finally hanging his helmet up for good in 1955.

Buddie Rusch (FL/31/0), AAA Big Cars since 1939, 3 wins

Often listed as a Texan, Buddie would race all over the south, mainly with CSRA and IMCA in the thirties. In 1939, he won the obscure Southern Championship (SAST?), then switched to AAA where he was soon a winner, too. From now on he would concentrate on the North, with only occasional visits to Georgia and the Carolinas. His best AAA points finish was tenth in the 1940 Eastern circuit.

Bud Bardowski (IN/31/0), AAA Big Car Rookie

A small-time racer pre-war, Bardowski returned from WW2 to be fêted as a war hero, and from his PoW compensation he bought the old LMN/Studebaker two-man car, enjoyed running at the rear of the Champ Car fields for a couple of years, and then retired again to obscurity.

Steve Truchan (IN/32/0), AAA Big Cars since 1940, 1 win

Hailing from Gary (IN), it was small wonder that he would line up with the legendary Marks team, winning the 1941 AAA Midwest opener at Jungle Park, and ending the year eighth in points. He made an unsuccessful attempt at Indy in 1946 with the former two-man Marks, then ran his own car on the miles until 1949, gradually slipping to the back. The last entry I have for him is him trying, unsuccessfully, to qualify one of Ralph Miller's supercharged sleds in 1950.

Billy Devore (KS/35/7), AAA Big Cars since 1935

The son of board speedway veteran Earl Devore, Billy could be said to have had a two-decade career with hardly anybody noticing! To be fair, he never shied away from competition, and always ran with the best in AAA, but his slight build and inconspicuous appearance didn't help things, either. He did, however, have quite a few decent results in those few races where he had a decent car, especially on the dirt miles, so perhaps I'm being a tad unfair...

Eddie Casterline (MA/31/0), AAA Big Cars since 1941

Casterline was mainly a Midget driver who, supposedly, raced all over the country, including the West Coast, but I haven't been able to find him in results outside of New England and New York. He was also a pavement specialist, and so Thompson Speedway in Connecticut was his natural "hometrack", but unfortunately he perished in a Midget crash in June of 1947, trying to defend his BSMRA Championship title.

Buddy Shuman (NC/30/0), AAA Big Car Rookie

Not related to the famous Shuman clan of Arizona, Buddy ran CSRA before the war, and spend the forties running the southern races of the Eastern AAA circuit, never troubling the leaders too much. He also competed in a few NASCAR races in 1952, where he had his highest points finish with 17th, then gave up the sprints for Stock Cars.

Charles van Acker (IN/33/0), AAA Big Car Rookie

A regular of the independent tracks in the Midwest pre-war, he took no time at all to run with the leaders on AAA's Midwestern circuit after the conflagration, and on September 1 in 1946 took a lucky win at Winchester when George Robson retired on the penultimate lap. Robson, of course, went on to race at Atlanta the following day...

Van Acker had a brilliant season in 1947, driving the old Lyons/Offenhauser for owner Joe Lencki, and finished 4th in National Championship points, including a win at Milwaukee. He then bought the car with the help of sponsor Walt Redmer, and ran it for several years, after Indy in 1950 with other drivers doing the chauffering.

Lucky Lux (PA/25/0), AAA Big Car Rookie

Harold "Lucky" Lux should not be confused with fellow Pennsylvanian, Stock Car and later also Sprint Car driver Lucky Loux!

Lux was one of the better "Class B" drivers who would, on occasion, even win a main event when the competition wasn't too hot. He was one of the early stars of the URC, finishing second and third in points the first two years, but then decided to stay with AAA when the stock block club went off on its own. Unfortunately, Lucky's hopes for an "Offy ride" never materialised, and so he returned to URC competition in 1954 to become a regular top ten man in that organisation. His day job was that of a "truckie", and he eventually perished in a gruesome, fiery oil tank truck accident in October of 1956.

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 17:59

Funny how you often find things just a tick too late...

Lucky Lux must have led the URC standings in 1948, because he missed the last two races after crashing badly in August, and Bob Cooney took the title with just a few points to spare! Lux returned in 1949, only to again crash with injury in August, this time in a Midget! Interestingly, during this time he was mayor of Avon (PA), and fellow racing driver Carl Becker was chief of police in Palmyra (PA)!

I was also reminded again of the fact that Jimmy Jackson, like many other "lesser" drivers, competed in several Indy 500s of the Junk era as a riding mechanic: He rode (and crashed!) with Al Miller in 1936, and probably 1937 as well, so he didn't really come "out of nowhere" in 1946; what I meant was that I haven't found any appearances of his as a driver so far!

Of the others listed so far, Billy Devore also had riding mechanic experience in 1931 (with Deacon Litz), 1933 (with Wilbur Shaw) and 1935 (with Doc MacKenzie), although I have to say that my info about riding mechanics is neither complete nor free of error!

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 02:02

After experimenting with ways to convert my microfilm to digital -- without She Who Must Be Obeyed killing me when she saw the cost of the neat gadget to do that -- I finally broke down and ordered a simple, basic microfilm reader. This was necessitated in part due to the only semi-working one in the regional library finally seeming to be down for the count: it has not been working for literally months now.

I should now be able to review the sanction book for 1946 and all least make the small contribution of sanction numbers and other such information for the events.... From what little I saw before the damned thing died the last time, it looked interesting with the postponements and cancellations of sanctions being mentioned as well as being able to see the sanction sheets -- of course it died before I could make much in the way of notes.

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 07:58

Looking forward to it, Don! Initially, I was going to purchase a number of microfilms from Gordon White early this year, but for various reasons I took a Newspaperarchive subscription instead. While that was certainly a good choice, it has postponed my 1946 research quite a bit - with the newspapers, research is more like "hit and miss", not what I had originally envisaged, but the scope is a lot wider, and I have been able to do a massive bit of groundwork. I still want to "do it the microfilm way", but probably not for some time now. Let us know how it works out - there should be some info about cars and owners that is as of yet missing! :(

Btw, the reason I have stopped my driver portraits is that with the amount of info I'm currently gathering, much of what I had written or was going to write is already becoming obsolete! Really, I'm making progress in bounds and leaps, so I chose to interrupt these posts, which I will continue later on, with more and better info! Just like in the commercials, "We're soon going to serve you again, dear customer, only BETTER and FASTER and CHEAPER! Promise"! :lol:

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 11:52

Star player, Michael...

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 00:48

My microfilm reader arrived today. The first reel I put in the machine was the one that has all the 1946 information on it -- and which, due to nothing but inoperable machines, I had yet to even skim.

Ah, apparently I now have the sanction folders for the 1946 season.

It will take a bit of time to actually sort through everything, but I now seem to have the results of the time trials, the entries, and just about everything else they jammed into the folder. By the way, it was literally a file folder.

I have already had one Eyebrow Raiser -- Sanction No. 3970 at Trenton on 30 May was "Open to race cars with maximum displacement limits of 183 cu. in. supercharged and 24 cu. in. unsupercharged. All cars with displacement limits in excess of 210 cu. in. must carry minimum weights as specifiec in national championship regulations." It also states that any car with more than 210 cu. in. displacement must have ceritification from the tech committee that its weight conforms to the requirements before it can qualify. Cars could not carry more than 100 lbs. of ballast. According to the entry list, none of the cars entered had a displacement of over 210 cu. in.

Car No. 6, Bob Sall, led the time trials with a time of 43.03 sec.; 30 cars participated in the time trials.

Here is how the events were set up up, something I was very curious about:

Event No. 1 -- Time Trials

Event No. 2 -- 8 mile Heat // Starters: Cars qualifying 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th, 13th, and 16th in time trials, starting in
inverted order. Cars finishing 1st, 2nd & 3rd qualify for Event 7. Cars finishing 4th, 5th, & 6th, start Event 5.

Event No. 3 -- 8 mile Heat // Starters: Cars qualifying 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th, 14th, and 17th in time trials, starting in inverted order. Cars finishing 1st, 2nd, & 3rd qualify for Event 7. Car finishing 4th, 5th, & 6th, start in Event 5.

Event No. 4 -- 8 mile Heat // Starters: Cars qualifying 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th, 15th, & 18th in time trials, starting in inverted order. Cars finishing 1st, 2nd, & 3rd qualify for Event 7. Car finishing 4th, 5th, & 6th, start in Event 5.

Event No. 5 -- Consolation Race, 8 miles // Starters: non-winners in Events 2, 3, & 4 and remainder of field from time trials up to a limit of 16 starters in inverted order. Cars finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th start in Event 7.

Event No. 6 -- Special Match Race : Starters and distance to be announced.

Event No, 7 -- Feature Race - 20 miles // Starters: cars finishing 1st, 2nd, & 3rd in Events 2, 3, & 4, and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th in Event 5 starting in conventional order. Cars will start according to qualifying time. Fastest car on pole.

Prize Money was as follows:
Event no. 2 // 1st, $40; 2nd, $30; 3rd, $25
Event no. 3 // 1st, $30; 2nd, $25; 3rd, $20
Event no. 4 // 1st, $25; 2nd, $20; 3rd, $15
Event no. 5 // 1st, $45; 2nd, $34; 3rd, $20; 4th, $19; 5th, $18; 6th, $17; 7th, $16; 8th, $15; 9th, $14; 10th, $14
Event no. 6 // $75
Event no. 7 // 1st, $450; 2nd, $300; 3rd, $200; 4th, $150; 5th, $100; 6th, $80; 7th, $60; 8th, $50; 9th, $40; 10th, $30; 11th, $23

Here are the pay-outs per event -- this is all hand-written so not easy to make out at times:
Event no. 2 // Wilbert, $40; Cooney, $30; Chronister, $25
Event no. 3 // Holland, $30; Zubuski, $25; Verbely,$20
Event no. 4 // Ader, $25; Light, $20; Hinnershitz, $15
Event no. 5 // Stableford, $45; Bailey, $34; Frick, $20; Stine, $19; Johns, $18; Koenig, $17; Jones, $16; Hoffman, $15
Event no 6 // Schackleford, $75
Event no. 7 // Schackleford, $450; Holland, $300; Ader, $200; Wilbert, $150; Zalucki, $100; Bailey, $80; Verbely, $60; Stine, $50; Cooney, $40; Johns, $30; Chronister, $23

Needless to say, what you find varies from sanction folder to sanction folder. The 9 June event at Winchester actually has the AAA Form 4-A, Summary of Results, in the folder which gives the results for each heat.

It will take ages to wade through all this....

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 09:28

:kiss:

But, to be honest, also a bit disappointing at first glance. No info about cars, except for Sall time trialing #6 (*) which I knew already :( Or is there a seperate entry list which you haven't posted? Info about winners times would also be useful, also non-winning drivers in the heats... at a guess, it's all there but you didn't want to type it all up? Well, I can sympathize with that...

(*) A bit of background to this: Sall had retired from driving after 1945, but the designated driver for #6 (Johnny Shackleford) failed to arrive on time at Trenton, and the car's new owner (Ted Nyquist) put Sall behind the wheel. Bob knew the car well, six years to the day before he had driven it to victory at Altamont (NY) in (one of) its first appearance(s) under then-owner Fred Peters, who sold it to Nyquist just prior to the Trenton event. Sall, an undervalued driver if ever there was one, put the car on pole with a reputed track record, but I have Joie Chitwood taking pole at the May 5 Trenton event in the very same car at 42.73"... you always have to treat those record announcements with extra care!;)

In the event, Shackleford arrived in time for the Consi, which he won. He then went on to win the match race and the feature event - he probably stayed on to win the dance contest in the evening as well!? :D

Originally posted by HDonaldCapps
It will take ages to wade through all this....


Not ages, but months of dedicated detective work! Don, thank you very much for posting this! I know, it has to be a real hassle to type this all up, but there's always one who has to do all the dirty work! :lol: Seriously, I'd really LOVE to join you in your efforts, will have to reconsider my waiting tactics...

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 09:43

Originally posted by HDonaldCapps
Here are the pay-outs per event -- this is all hand-written so not easy to make out at times:
Event no. 2 // Wilbert, $40; Cooney, $30; Chronister, $25
Event no. 3 // Holland, $30; Zubuski, $25; Verbely,$20
Event no. 4 // Ader, $25; Light, $20; Hinnershitz, $15
Event no. 5 // Stableford, $45; Bailey, $34; Frick, $20; Stine, $19; Johns, $18; Koenig, $17; Jones, $16; Hoffman, $15
Event no 6 // Schackleford, $75
Event no. 7 // Schackleford, $450; Holland, $300; Ader, $200; Wilbert, $150; Zalucki, $100; Bailey, $80; Verbely, $60; Stine, $50; Cooney, $40; Johns, $30; Chronister, $23

Purse info is very useful! I know, hand-written ledgers such as these are a pain to read, but I have seen quite a few of those now and you get used to it - knowing those names helps a lot, and it comes with the territory, and pay-out sheets often provide a real boon: signatures to check name spellings!

A few comments: "Zubuski" in event #3 has to be Eddie Zalucki, and "Verbely" Joe Verebly (although I'm not 100 % sure of the spelling - is there a signature?). "Stableford" in event #5 is Johnny Shackleford, as is "Schackleford", of course. "Bailey" has to be Mike Bailey, brother of 1936 Champ Frankie, "Frick" should be Jimmy Fearick or Ferrick (I've seen both spellings several times, would be good to confirm one way or another through a sig!). Other first names are: Bus Wilbert, Bob Cooney, Bob Chronister, Bill Holland, Walt Ader, Mark Light (that was his first race after his serious Williams Grove crash in the fall of '45), Tommy Hinnershitz, Ottis Stine, Earl Johns, Len Koenig, Stan Jones and Dub Hoffman. I have also the info that Lucky Lux was there, probably retiring in one of the heat races or the Consi.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 11:00

Michael,

I have whatever was in the sanction folders for the Sprint/210 cu. in. events for 1946 on that particular reel. At the end of the reel there is also some material on 1947, but that is not something I am very concerned about.

Most of the sanction folders have the basic event info, but those with the Form 4-A included have the heat results and usually the points awarded for the placings. There is usually a standard form which has the car no., the registration no., the name of the car, displacement, entrant, driver, mechanician, and other information. I am not all that focused on the cars themselves because you and others seem to have that market cornered, but rather on the broader picture, which I obviously lack the detailed knowledge you others have as well.

Elsewhere on the reel, at the begining is additional information on the sanction for each event, usually containing a typed sheet of those entrants, drivers, and mechanicians obtaining temporary licenses for an event. This information is rarely in the sanction folder intself. You can see where there is quite a bit of collating and assembling of information involved.

On another reel there is a lisiting of the sanctions for each season. I finally found 1946 and it is an interesting source of information and headaches in and of itself. More material to be processed and sifted and lined up with the other records. One interesting item that caught my eye just as I was shutting down was the notation for the September event at the Indiana State Fairground -- "non-champ." I will see if I can go back and make sure I saw what I thought I did. There were other notations in the sanction listings, but it was late, and I already had a headache looking at all the other material, so I was just skimming at that point.

Keep in mind, I have not looked at the reels I have in any detail for years now, and certainly not with the care and scrutiny I would liked to have at any point, basically skimming for the either the specific items or for anything that stuck out. Maybe now I can dig deeper in a few areas or realize that there really isn't that much to begin with.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 22:56

I am looking at the AAA lap chart for the 2 September Lakewood event, and it has the last lap completed as:

No. 24, Horn -- lap 97
No. 38, Connor -- lap 96
No. 28, Truchan -- lap 95
No. 44, Andres -- lap 93
No. 37, Bardowski -- lap 89
No. 16, Robson -- lap 87
No. 7, Barringer -- lap 75
No. 55, Langley -- lap 70
No. 17, DeVore -- lap 55
No. 3, Dinsmore -- lap 52
No. 12, Mays -- lap 19

Just thought that was interesting.....

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 23:33

WOW! :up:

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 07:48

Hmm, according to that Dinsmore should've scored 30 points... :

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:42

Originally posted by fines
Hmm, according to that Dinsmore should've scored 30 points... :


At the moment, I am just skimming and trying to both remember and discover where the 1946 material is other than the reel with the Sprint material. It is spread over about three or four reels, so, more fun & excitement as part of our Adventures in Research continues.

What is listed reflects the original results of the race, of course, prior to the protest and the adjustment in the standings.

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 00:05

I knew I would regret finally getting the microfilm reader....

I am currently slowly working my way through the material on the Gordon White reel and "transcribing" it into a Word document. I am just putting all the information I can sort out into the document because it contains such things as registration lists (usually with typed names, thank goodness!) and do forth for many of the events in addition to what is in the sanction folders.

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 14:35

... which may be as good a moment as any to remark that I have had trouble entering the Case History group for quite a few weeks now, do I have to "re-enlist"? :confused:

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 16:27

Originally posted by fines
... which may be as good a moment as any to remark that I have had trouble entering the Case History group for quite a few weeks now, do I have to "re-enlist"? :confused:


AHA! I knew that someone might have been "waxed" when I was going some work on the site some weeks ago when my old computer had a hiccup before its death rattle -- but I could not figure it out for the life of me who it was. Re-enlist and I take care of it ASAP. Sorry, I am glad you told me. It has been bothering me for several weeks.

* Postscript: Michael, you are taken care of, back on the list, but now I wonder if there was anyone else?

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 20:14

Thnx! :up: :smoking:

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 19:33

Standings as of June 1, 1946:

Events

1946-04-14  Williams Grove Speedway	  15m   Walt Ader		Schrader/Offenhauser	  14'27.01"   62.28 mph

1946-04-28  Williams Grove Speedway	  15m   Ted Horn		 Horn/Offenhauser		  14'05.22"   63.88 mph

1946-05-05  New Jersey State Fairgrounds 20m   Joie Chitwood	Peters/Offenhauser		15'02.01"   79.82 mph

1946-05-19  Williams Grove Speedway	  15m   Joie Chitwood	Peters/Offenhauser		14'45.01"   61.01 mph

1946-05-26  Reading Fairgrounds		  12½m  Walt Ader		Schrader/Offenhauser	  12'00.83"   62.42 mph

1946-05-26  Winchester Speedway		  15m   Bus Wilbert	  Engle/Offenhauser		 11'28.6"	78.41 mph

1946-05-30  Altamont Fairgrounds		 15m   Bumpy Bumpus	 Bagley/Hal				15'06.48"   59.57 mph

1946-05-30  New Jersey State Fairgrounds 20m   John Shackleford Peters/Offenhauser		??		  ?? mph

1946-05-30  Indianapolis Motor Speedway 500m   George Robson	Sparks-Thorne		   4:21'26.70"  114.74 mph



  P Driver	  Total   R 1  R 2  R 3  R 4  R 5  R 6  R 7  R 8  R 9	   E   R   C 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th  FT

 1 G Robson	  1000	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	- 1000	   1   1   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -

 2 T Horn		 844	28   38   48	-   30	-	-	-  700	   5   5   5   1   2   2   -   -   -   -

 3 J Jackson	  800	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-  800	   1   1   1   -   1   -   -   -   -   -

 4 E Andres	   600	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-  600	   1   1   1   -   -   -   1   -   -   -

 5 L Durant	   400	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-  400	   1   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   1   -

 6 J Chitwood	 311½   34   34   56   40   10	-	-	-  127½	  6   6   5   2   2   -   -   0.3 -   4

 7 L Villoresi	300	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-  300	   1   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

 8 F Wearne	   250	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-  250	   1   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

 9 B Sheffler	 200	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-  200	   1   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

10 W Ader		 186	40   10   37   28   31	-	-   40	-	   6   6   6   2   -   3   -   -   -   -

11 B Holland	  123	14	-   13   34   20	-	-   48	-	   5   5   4   -   2   1   -   1   -   -

12 E Zalucki	  115	 -   24   26   14	-   18	-   25	-	   5   5   5   -   -   2   1   2   -   -

13 J Shackleford   64	 -	-	-	8	-	-	-   56	-	   2   2   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -

14 H Rogers		63	 -   11   25   20   11	-	-	-	-	   4   4   3   -   -   -   1   1   1   -

15 B Wilbert	   60	 -	-	-	-	-   30	-   32	-	   2   2   2   1   -   -   1   -   -   -

16 T Hinnershitz   54	 6   20	-	-   18	-	-   10	0	   5   4   2   -   -   -   1   1   -   -

17 E Johns		 53	10	-   22   12	3	-	-	6	-	   5   4   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

18 D Goss		  51	13	6   13   13	-	-	-	-	-	   4   4   2   -   -   -   -   -   2   -

19 B Warke		 46	 8	-	-	6	-	-   32	-	-	   3   3   2   -   1   -   -   -   -   -

20 O Stine		 40	 -   10	-	6	0	-	-   12	-	   4   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

21 J Gibbons	   39½   16	8	-   10	5½   -	-	-	-	   4   2   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

22 B Bumpus		38	 -	-	-	-	-	-   38	-	-	   1   1   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   1

23 E Terry		 35	 -   10	-	6   19	-	-	-	-	   3   3   2   -   -   -   -   1   -   -

24 S Webb		  32	 -	-	-	-	-   24	-	-	-	   1   1   1   -   1   -   -   -   -   -

25 B Cooney		31	 -	-	-	8   10	-	-   13	-	   3   2   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

26 F Carpenter	 28	 -	-	-	-	-	-   28	-	-	   1   1   1   -   -   1   -   -   -   -

27 J Verebly	   26	 -	-	-   10	-	-	-   10	-	   2   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

28 D Nalon		 22	 0   22	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   3   2   1   -   -   -   1   -   -   1

29 L Smith		 22	 6	6   14	-	6	-	-	-	-	   4   3   1   -   -   -   -   -   1   -

30 T Mattson	   22	 -	-	-	-	0	-   22	-	-	   2   1   1   -   -   -   1   -   -   -

31 M Bailey		21	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-   21	-	   1   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   1   -

32 D Toran		 20	20	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	   1   1   1   -   -   -   1   -   -   -

33 A Fleming	   20	 -	-   16	-	4	-	-	-	-	   2   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

34 S Jones		 20	 -	-   10	4	-	-	-	6	-	   3   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

35 E Zimmerman	 20	 -	-	6	-	-	-   14	-	-	   2   2   1   -   -   -   -   1   -   -

36 L Duncan		18	12	6	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	   2   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

37 C Breslin	   18	 -	8   10	-	-	-	-	-	-	   2   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

38 D Pehlman	   18	 -	0   10	8	-	-	-	-	-	   3   2   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

39 L Wallard	   16	 8	8	0	-	-	-	-	-	-	   3   2   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

40 C Szekendy	  16	 -	-	-	-	-   12	-	-	-	   1   1   1   -   -   -   1   -   -   -

41 D Dinsmore	  14	 6	-	-	-	-	0	-	-	0	   3   3   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

42 G Cavanna	   14	 -	-	-	-	-	-   14	-	-	   1   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

43 M Light		 13	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-   13	-	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

44 A Hill		  13	 -	-	-	-	-	-   13	-	-	   1   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   1   -

45 S McFee		 12	 8	4	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	   2   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

46 B Rose		  10	 -	-	-	-	-	0	-	-	0	   2   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

47 B Chronister	10	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-   10	-	   1   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

48 J Fearick	   10	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-   10	-	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

49 S Sanford	   10	 -	-	-	-	-	-   10	-	-	   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   L Volk		   8	 -	4	-	-	4	-	-	-	-	   2   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   H Steiger		8	 -	-	-	-	8	-	-	-	-	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   H Gritzbach	  8	 -	0	-	-	-	-	8	-	-	   2   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   W Walker		 6½	-	-	-	-	6½   -	-	-	-	   1   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   1   -

   G Rutty		  6	 -	0	0	6	-	-	-	-	-	   3   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   J Langley		6	 -	-	-	-	-	6	-	-	0	   2   1   1   -   -   -   -   1   -   -

   E Edwards		6	 -	-	-	-	-	-	6	-	-	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   J Goodwin		6	 -	-	-	-	-	-	6	-	-	   1   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   C McNeal		 6	 -	-	-	-	-	-	6	-	-	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   F Luptow		 4	 0	4	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	   2   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   J Matera		 0	 0	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   J Sanco		  0	 0	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   L Koenig		 0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	-	   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   D Hoffman		0	 -	-	0	-	-	-	-	0	-	   2   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   D Culp		   0	 -	-	-	-	0	-	-	-	-	   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   L Lux			0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	-	   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   B Sall		   0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	-	   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   1

   S Hanks		  0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   1   -   -   -   -   0.7 -   -

   B Devore		 0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   M Hansen		 0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   R Snowberger	 0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   H McQuinn		0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   J Wilburn		0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   R Hepburn		0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   1

   G Connor		 0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   A Putnam		 0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   C Bergere		0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   R Mays		   0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   C Miller		 0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   L Tomei		  0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   T Bettenhausen   0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   D Kladis		 0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   M Rose		   0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   H Robson		 0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   H Banks		  0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   S Cantlon		0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   G Barringer	  0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   H Cole		   0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   P Russo		  0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   B Rusch		  0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

   C van Acker	  0	 -	-	-	-	-	-	-	-	0	   1   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -
Yet again, not a 'perfect' table - the Winchester event proved almost impenetrable to research, and I was able to find only the most basic of info, and much of it suspect! Thus, it didn't make too much sense to try and solve the few remaining inconsistencies between the period point standings (many thanks to Brian Pratt!) and my data, so that differences in the points totals of the following drivers should be noted: Chitwood (- 10), Holland (+ 6), Zalucki (- 8), Rogers (+ 4), Wilbert (+ 2), Goss (- 6), Stine (- 12), Webb (- 8), Verebly (- 6), Smith (+ 10), Szekendy (- 4), Dinsmore (- 8) and Bud Rose (- 10).

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 21:00

Sam Hanks didn't score points from his shared drive with Chitwood then? Not formally entered/allowed?

Interesting just how many Indy drivers did not enter the other AAA Championship races.

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 23:23

Hanks started the race in another car (the Sampson 16 with the ex-Lockhart LSR engine), and hence didn't score points driving in relief. This rule was still an aftereffect of 1916, I'd guess.

As for Indy drivers not entering other events during the season, that has always been an issue, and probably still is today - Indy is so big an event, that many drivers "unretire" just for one more attempt, or simply race nowhere else. But don't let that table fool you, this is still early in the season - many more drivers will join Horn, Chitwood and Co. on the dirt tracks!;)

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 18:34

I think I have finally figured out the Horn cars, after going over the available pictures again and again, and evaluating the material that I have. It's not an easy task, believe me, and there's still quite some confusion as it appears that he owned up to five different cars at one time, and the whys and whats are not always easy to follow! Remarkably, though, the team cars were involved in very few accidents, so that the continuity is relatively straightforward. Some of this has been hotly discussed in the past, and I will make a few notes as I go along. We'll start with the car...

#3, driven by Tommy Hinnershitz in 1946

This car was originally built in 1932 by...

Read on at http://www.oldracing...terprises-cars/

You believe that was complicated? Wait for tomorrow, and the next installment of "Horn Racing Car Histories"... :stoned:

Edited by fines, 01 September 2009 - 15:07.


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Posted 04 March 2009 - 10:12

#4, driven by Walt Ader in 1946

It is quite difficult to know where to start here, as will become obvious...

Read on at http://www.oldracing...terprises-cars/

Edited by fines, 01 September 2009 - 15:06.


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Posted 05 April 2009 - 13:44

Addendum to the previous post: The Los Angeles Times reported on January 5 in 1936, in a preview for what would turn out to be the last ever Sprint Car race at the former Legion Ascot Speedway: "(Floyd) Roberts (...) will defy a jinx when he rides today in the cockpit of Russ Garnant's Glendale creation. The car is the one in which Harris Insinger met death at Oakland." So, apparently it wasn't scrapped after all, just like I was speculating! Roberts won that race, by the way, and so it's not entirely unimaginable that a photo record of that car exists, which would be the icing of the cake!
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#5, driven by Ted Horn in 1946

For 1939, Ted Horn had a completely new car built by...

Read on at http://www.oldracing...terprises-cars/

Edited by fines, 01 September 2009 - 15:06.


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Posted 14 April 2009 - 02:21

Hi Michael ,

At the Richmond International Speedway website there is a pic of the car Al Fleming drove at the Oct 1946 race won by Ted Horn .(It is Listed in the April Fan Submitted Photo section) It was shown at either the 2006 or 2007 Suntrust race in the paddock outside the track and many fans took photos of it.
Basically it had minor updates done to it til it's retirement in about 1960.Not sure who the current owners are but from what i recall it has sat basically untouched since 1960.Hopefully someone with more info might give a more detailed listing about this car . But this is an example of a car that competed in the Big Car races in 1946 that still exists for all to marvel at what the guys actually drove back then in all it's glory.


Since i'm not that frequent a poster i'm not sure if i can post the link here , but if the powers that be approve it can be posted here i hope someone with more puter skills than i will gladly do it.Plus perhaps some of the other photos taken that weekend will show up for all to enjoy.


Thanks

Paul

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 22:08

Fines. just finished your recap of the Ted Horn cars. Enjoyed it very much, in fact, I'm going to have to go back & look over again.
I just wanted to add info on his sprint car & the rumors of where it was located etc, Bruce Craig showed me pix of the parts of the car laying on the ground behind someone's garage in N. Jersey ( I think Jersey). He told me the car had been severely crashed & the car was dis-assembled & left to rot. He also showed me a pic of the car after the above mentioned crash. To repeat, the pieces would not have a complete car. There was some sheet metal & other misc. pieces. Wish I could remember more but its been a good many years since I spoke to Bruce. However, I wonder if Lynn Paxton might know more. mlight9.

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 09:33

Originally posted by Lemnpiper
Hi Michael ,

At the Richmond International Speedway website there is a pic of the car Al Fleming drove at the Oct 1946 race won by Ted Horn .(It is Listed in the April Fan Submitted Photo section) It was shown at either the 2006 or 2007 Suntrust race in the paddock outside the track and many fans took photos of it.
Basically it had minor updates done to it til it's retirement in about 1960.Not sure who the current owners are but from what i recall it has sat basically untouched since 1960.Hopefully someone with more info might give a more detailed listing about this car . But this is an example of a car that competed in the Big Car races in 1946 that still exists for all to marvel at what the guys actually drove back then in all it's glory.


Since i'm not that frequent a poster i'm not sure if i can post the link here , but if the powers that be approve it can be posted here i hope someone with more puter skills than i will gladly do it.Plus perhaps some of the other photos taken that weekend will show up for all to enjoy.


Thanks

Paul

http://www.rir.com/i...ns_101_1246.JPG should be it - thanks for the hint!


Hello and welcome also to Dennis! :wave: Are you the same "mlight9" from the H.A.M.B. forum? Love the "Vintage Sprint Car" thread over there! :up:

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 19:01

Fines, yes I am. Pleased to meet you. I just love your info on the 1946 points for AAA & all the different things involved in your research. Anyway, it is very interesting, keep it coming.
mlight9.