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American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Elgin Road Race Collection Pre-WWII Racing


The New York Times
August 12, 1912

Eighteen Entries Received for the National Event—Soldiers to Guard the Course.

The entry list for the Elgin road races, Aug. 30 and 31 has been increased by another star nomination.  "Teddy" Tetzlaff has entered both the Elgin trophy and free-for-all events and will be at the wheel of E. E. Hewlett's Fiat.  This makes a total of 18 entries to date.  Tetzlaff reached Chicago last week and shortly will pitch his camp on the course at Elgin.  It is quite likely that Mr. Hewlett, the Los Angeles motor enthusiast, will send the big grand prize race Fiat for the free-for-all, the only event at Elgin for which it would be eligible.  Dave Lewis, who won the 100-mile race at Old Orchard on July 4, and who has done notable work in Pacific Coast races, may have this mount.

F. S. Dusenberg has entered a Mason car in the "baby car" race for the 231 cubic inches and under class.  This is a remarkably fast little car and in practice trials on the Indianapolis speedway has developed a speed of 75 miles an hour.

George Clark of Texas, will drive a high powered Mercedes car, and it will appear in the Elgin trophy and free-for-all.  This car was seen at the recent Galveston meet.

Owing to the fact that the Schacht cars have been suspended from competition, the entry which Harry Endicott was to have piloted has had to be eliminated.  In the Elgin National entries at present are Bruce-Brown, Fiat; Ralph Mulford, Knox; Len Zengel, Stutz; "Bill" Knipper, Stutz; two Mercers, one to be piloted by "Hughie" Hughes; Clark, Mercedes, and Tetzlaff, Fiat.  In the free-for-all, Bruce-Brown, Fiat; Bergdoll, Benz; Mulford, Knox; a pair of Mercers; George Clark, Mercedes; Tetzlaff, Fiat.  In the Aurora Trophy event there are a Falcar and Ohio, with drivers not yet nominated, and in the Illinois Trophy a pair of Stutzes, with Merz and Anderson up, and a Falcar.  The baby car event probably will have a couple of Herreshoffs and two Studebaker entries to keep the little Mason company.

Gov. Deneen has informed the Chicago Automobile Club that he will permit soldiers being used to guard the course on both racing dates.  It is probable that the Second, Third, and Fourth Regiments of Illinois will do the patrolling, negotiations with the Colonels of these regiments already having been taken up.

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