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Spirit Lake Race 1915

The Donaldson Boys Make An Exceptionally Good Showing At The Big Race.

The Donaldsons returned, yesterday from Indianapolis, where they had been
attending the big automobile races, with their racer, the Emden. There
were twenty-five cars started in the race, the Emden being the last to
start. As stated last week the officials would not permit either of the boys,
Grant or Lou, to drive as neither had ever driven on a brick track. The car
was driven by Willie Haupt, of the Bergdoll team, and Lou rode as mechanic
for the first 250 miles and Grant rode for the last 250. . The car was
awarded eleventh place, but a contest has been filed by the drivers' association
asking that No. 1, a Sunbeam car, be declared out of the race on account
of running several laps without a hood, which is contrary to the rules. If the
association wins the contest the Emden will be placed in tenth place and
within the money, as winner of $1400. The contest was not made by the Donaldsons,
but by the drivers' association. The full 500 miles was run without a
change of tires and but two stops were made, one to change spark plugs, which
Took 4 minutes, and once for gas, oil and water, which took one minute and
52 seconds. The last 250 miles was made without a stop. Haupt started
to drive the car at the rate of 75 miles per hour, figuring that that rate would
get within the money, which would have been the result in any year except this
year. The car was shipped home Tuesday morning and will be tuned up for
the big races at Sioux City, on July 3rd. The boys also expect to enter another
car, the U-9, in the Sioux City races. We must correct an error made by
the Sioux City papers, which persist in speaking of the Emden as a Sioux City
car. The car was made entirely in Milford, except a bit of machine work,
which Grant did himself, in Sioux City, not having the necessary machinery to
do it here. The boys did all and more than they expected to do at Indianapolis and at
Sioux City and will give the other cars a run for their money. (Spirit Lake Beacon June 3, 1915)

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