Motorsport Memorial is a bit short on detail about Art Hines; maybe I can help:
The death notice in Portland's "Morning Oregonian" (Tuesday, Sep 5, 1933) read:
HINES - September 3, Arthur (Art) Durant Hines, husband of Bernice Hines, father of William James and Arthur D. Hines Jr.; brother of Hubert Alvin and Albert Frederick Hines. Edward Holman & Son, S. E. 27th ave. and Hawthorne blvd., directors. Funeral notice later.
Despite many reports to the contrary, the accident happened on Sunday (Sep 3), and not Saturday (Sep 2). Hines had just completed (the first lap of) his time trial when he lost control, rolled over and down a 15-foot embankment outside of the track (ibd. Sep 4):
He died in a Portland sanitarium at 7:30 P. M. without recovering consciousness. He suffered a fractured rib, a puncture of the right lung and a dislocated left hip. His lips were badly cut. (...) Hines lived in the Wauna court apartments, Portland.
Art Hines was often listed as being from Denver, or Longmont (CO) to be more precise. MM's listing of his birthplace as Toronto (CDN) still makes sense, in view of the French nature of his and his brothers names. Perhaps the family moved from Canada to Colorado? His first appearance in my records is a July 4, 1925 race at Lincoln (NE), and exactly a year later he appears for the first time in the Northwest, at Everett (WA).
Hines quickly became one of the leading independent drivers of the area, and stayed there for the rest of his career, except for a short spell with the AAA in California (1929/30). He was an exceptional qualifier, taking many fast times and lap records, but a rather infrequent main event winner, it seems - the only two I have for him (prior to 1933) both came, ironically, at Gresham Speedway (May 4 and June 15, 1930), the little "speed bowl" in a Portland suburb that came to be his undoing. He had his share of accidents, too, but nothing out of the ordinary - he was sidelined twice from racing injuries, though, ending both the 1927 (at Vancouver, BC) and 1928 seasons (at Gresham) prematurely.
His big break came in the winter of 1932/3, when he was signed by fellow Portland driver/owner, Fred Roach to drive the potent #1 Roach/Miller (with a 183 cubic inch "medium block" marine Miller engine). With it, he won at Vancouver (WA) June 18, Gresham (OR) July 4, Yakima (WA) July 23 and Eugene (OR) August 6, besides taking a run of trophy dashes and heat wins, and a few track records to boot. He was leading the standings of the Western Auto Racing Association (WARA) in August, but young Arthur "Shorty" Scovell from Seattle (WA) was running a close second. Scovell, almost a full generation younger than Hines, had been driving at Legion Ascot Speedway in 1931 and '32, and brought an Ascot car with a fast Miller-Schofield engine on a Model A Ford block to the Pacific Northwest in '33. When the going got tough, he also enlisted the help of his older brother Bob Scovell, a veteran of WARA and AAA racing for almost a decade, and the two of them began rattling Hines's cage in no uncertain manner.
Things became quite heated, and suddenly newspapers were refering to Art "Suicide" Hines, a somewhat irky moniker, especially in view of what was to come! At Myrtle Point (OR), on August 13, Hines crashed into one of the Scovell brothers (newspaper reports are somewhat confused as to which one) while trying to wrest the lead from him, putting both out, and a week later Art Scovell defeated him at Gresham to take over the championship points lead, just prior to the season's final at the same track only a fortnight later - oh boy! The final Gresham show was going to be a double header, with racing both on Sunday (Sep 3) and Labor Day Monday (Sep 4), but it all came to nought when Hines crashed fatally in qualifying for the first day. Art Scovell apparently decided to sit out the racing activities after the accident, but still won the championship on the strength of his earlier performances; Hines won runner-up honours posthumously.
Hines appears to have been a well respected member of the "racing fraternity", and on one occasion he was chosen to head a commitee of drivers that was going to promote a race meeting at Bagley Park Speedway in Vancouver (WA) - the fellows just didn't want to sit out a free weekend (June 24, 1928), and decided to go ahead without a professional promoter. I haven't been able to find out if the meeting was a success, but in any case it wasn't repeated.
Edited by Michael Ferner, 18 June 2012 - 16:06.