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Report on the 1913 Los Angeles to Phoenix Road Race

Reprinted from Touring Topics, November 1913, page 17.

 

The following is a portion of the article on the 1913 Los Angeles to Phoenix overland road race. It does not include the full text of the article, which mostly relates to when each car fell out of the race, or arrived at a checkpoint. All this is well summarized in the table. If no time appears for Phoenix, the car never made it. Car number 25, driven by Buxton and Webber, evidently made it, but no time is given for Phoenix. The winning car is shown in blue, with 2nd and 3rd in red and green respectively.

 

No

Car

Drivers

San
Diego

El
Centro

Yuma

Phoe-
nix

Elapsed
Time

1

Cadillac

Chas. Soules, G. Morris

8:40

12:27

4:40



2

Simplex

W. H. Carlson, Bob Zutner

8:20

Out at Mountain Springs.

3

Cadillac

Harry Ham, O. Austria

8:47

12:57

7:03



4

Locomobile

Olin Davis, Clarence Watts

8:20

11:45

4:08

1:48

18h 50m

5

Simplex

Omar Toft, Oscar Nelson

Wrecked near Santa Ana.

6

Cadillac

L. J. McKone, John Maganety

Ditched at Cardiff.

7

Simplex

Barney Oldfield, Bruno Seibel

8:21

11:48

4:45



8

Ford

Lowell Smith, John Sabra

Broke down near Fullerton.

9

Buick

J. M. Smith, G. W. Smith

9:10

1:19

5:50



10

Fiat

Tom Waters, “Spider” Campbell

9:01

Out at El Cajon.

11

Marmon

Guy Ball, Charles Muth

8:53

12:41

5:47

3:03

21h 45m

12

National

E. A. Tracey, Chester Grath

11:00

Out west of El Centro.

14

Fiat

Frank Verbeck, J. Ballish

8:49

12:38

6:49



15

Packard

A. T. Dickey, L. F. Riley

9:25

1:34

7:55



16

Apperson

F. Wallace, R. Allen, T. Caress

Out north of San Diego.

17

Blue Midget

W. A. Folcke, W. H. Snow

9:12

Out east of Imperial.

19

Buick

Henry Ellis, Boyd Ellis

9:19

1:26

7:05

5:33

24h 4m

21

Cole

H. J. Pink, T. Snead

Out near Anaheim.

22

Mitchell

R. L. Greer, H. Gibbons

9:37

1:34

6:42

5:36

24h 3m

23

Simplex

J. C. Rice, B. W. Jarres

9:06

12:35

4:56

5:59

22h 58m

24

Apperson

J. C. Tobin, Roy T. Rose

Ditched at Whittier.

25

Mercer

Ben B. Buxton, J. Webber

9:13

12:53

6:43

…..

23h 28m

26

Ford

Earl P. Schnack, T. Robinson

9:45

1:46

7:03

6:15

24h 40m

27

Buick

Louis Nickrent, Fred Nickrent

9:30

1:24

6:03

4:18

22h 45m

Time given is unofficial.

 

START—Stephenson Avenue and Whittier Boulevard at 5:30 a.m., November 3rd. Finish first day in Yuma, 368.4 miles. Second day, start from Yuma at 5:30 Tuesday morning. Finish of race at Phoenix, 574.4 miles from Los Angeles.

ROUTE—Via Santa Ana, San Diego, El Centro, Black Butte, Yuma, Castle Dome, Palomas, Arlington to the Phoenix Fair Grounds.

DISTANCES—130.4 miles to San Diego, 252.4 to El Centro, 358.4 to Yuma, 574.4 to Phoenix. Boulevards or good roads, 150 miles; mountain roads, 160 miles; desert, 254 miles.

TIME LIMIT—San Diego, 2:22 p.m.; Brawley, 8 p.m.; Black Butte, midnight; Phoenix, 6 p.m, (Tuesday.)

CHECKING STATIONS—Oceanside, 87.4 miles; La Jolla, 115.5; San Diego, 130.4; Descanso, 171.1; El Centro, 254.4; Imperial, 256.4; Brawley, 277.4; Black Butte, 354.4; Yuma, 368.4; Castle Dome, 413.2; Middle Wells. 439.4; Phoenix, 574.4.

PROTESTS—Only two points will be considered—failure to check in at the various stations and driving on the railroad tracks.

 

Links to people and cars mentioned in the article

Barney Oldfield wikipedia link

Omar Toft wikipedia link

Lowell Smith is likely the military pilot and air racer from Santa Barbara. wikipedia link

Apperson wikipedia link

Cole wikipedia link

Locomobile wikipedia link

Marmon wikipedia link

Mercer wikipedia link

Mitchell wikipedia link

National wikipedia link

Packard wikipedia link

Simplex wikipedia link

In addition, the more familiar Buick, Cadillac, Fiat, and Ford.

 

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