Woody Simmons, of Pelzer, South Carolina, the victor in the 100-mile national championship
In the second lap Kelly turned the course in 2 minutes, 21.8 seconds. Later it was to be found that this was not only the fastest lap of the 100-mile race, but faster than any single lap in the 200-mile event. For 27 out of 33 laps Kelly led the race. In the early stages Woody Simmons of Pelzer, South Carolina, moved to a position close to Kelly. So close was he that it was evident to the pits that a single slip on Mr. Kelly’s part would put Simmons in the lead. Laps continued to be fast.
After his fastest lap Kelly turned in several at a fraction of 2 minutes and 26 seconds, then as traffic began to bother him in some of the turns he varied back and forth between 2:23 and 2:31.
Lap after lap the checkers droned that number 42. Then on the 28th lap No. 56, Woody Simmons, came in first. Eyes scrutinized the numbers but there was no No. 42. As was finally determined, a valve spring dropped Kelly from the race.
Once he got into first place Simmons was not headed. He rode with hardly a shade less dash than had the previous leader and by his victory in the novice event won a deserved place in future expert events. His victory was a popular one and Simmons is a real champion.
As will be noted by the results, the first five men were approximately a minute apart. The next three men were very close together. And a total of 34 finished the race, out of 68 starters. This was a very good per cent and the novice event was so much a good show that it is almost unquestionably a regular feature in the future.
The winning time was one hour, twenty- three minutes, 51.3 seconds. Official average for the 100-mile event is 75.15 m.p.h.
Parades and Trophies
Saturday night offered a break between races in the form of parades, presentation of trophies, and a general good time for all. A huge amphitheatre had been arranged. There under changing colored lights the clubs paraded in all their different uniforms and dress. Prominent in the grand finale were Lou Rigsby of Chattanooga, Tenn., dressed completely in white and mounted on a white Indian, and Dot Robinson dressed in scarlet and grey and mounted on a Harley-Davidson of the same color combination.
The winning club in the club dress contest was the Miami Motorcycle Club of Miami, Florida. They were dressed in black outfits livened by dark red shirts. Their auxiliary followed the same theme but added black and red capes. Second place went to the Birmingham Motorcycle Club of Birmingham, Alabama. Those boys were dressed in white with Sam Brown belts. Their two road captains were distinguished by red caps, while the rest wore white caps. The Lexington Eagles of Lexington , Ky., took third place honors with the boys and girls dressed in outfits that combined blue and white. Fourth place went to the Dayton Ramblers of Dayton, Ohio, and honorable mention was accorded the Buckeye M.C. of Columbus, Ohio, and the Ohioan M.C. of the same city.
200-Mile National Road Race
Sunday afternoon brought out the cream of our country’s road race contenders. These boys knew their way around, not purely as a result of practice, but equally well as a result of previous battles on the same field.
The crowd seemed to sense a bitter struggle. Every preliminary to the actual start was charged with drama. Again positions were drawn and riders lined up in rows of ten men each. The start was handled as upon the day before.
At the drop of the flag the pack disappeared into the turn, almost instantly to pop back into view at the start. A keen interest attended the checking, for in this field were several who had won road race honors in other years, including the title holder Ben Campanale.