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Collection: Marvin D. Boland Collection
Date: ca. 1922
Description: This is Howard Samuel Wilcox, better known to racing fans as "Howdy" Wilcox. Winner of the Indy 500 in 1919, he was a newcomer to Tacoma racing. He came to the Tacoma Speedway for the Fourth of July race in 1922, bringing with him an English Peugeot instead of Louis Chevrolet's Frontenac. Racers at the Tacoma Speedway in 1922 shattered speed records with nine of them averaging 103 mph in qualifying, the fastest ever. Unfortunately, Mr. Wilcox was not one of them as his car qualified at 97 mph. It was a highly touted field which included Jimmy Murphy, Tommy Milton, Ralph Mulford, Harry Hartz, Roscoe Sarles, Eddie Hearne and Cliff Durant. The 250-mile race, the last run at the Speedway, was won by Jimmy Murphy with a time of 2:33:55 and average speed of 97.6 mph. Howdy Wilcox finished fifth at 2:45:34, averaging 90.8 mph. Mr. Wilcox passed away a year later in a wreck at the Altoona Speedway in Pennsylvania. (Tacoma Sunday Ledger, 6-25-22, C-1-article; 7-2-22, C-1; 7-3-22, p. 1-qualifying; 7-5-22, p. 1-results)
Subjects: Wilcox, Howard Samuel; Tacoma Speedway (Lakewood); Automobile racing--Lakewood--1920-1930; Automobile racing drivers;
Image type: Black & White
Print format: 8x10"
Rights: See Tacoma Public Library for specific rights and permissions.