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The Anderson Special – Kansas City Missouri

The “Anderson Special” is an interesting Pre-World War I racing car that apparently was based in the Kansas City, Missouri area. The naming nomenclature used by the Contest Board for cars entered in AAA races at the time point to the car being either built, owned, or sponsored by someone named Anderson. The driver is A. F. “Andy” Scott who earlier was a riding mechanic for the Stutz Factory racing team.

The first reference of the car and driver found in “The Automobile” magazine, dated July 1, 1915, lists Scott as the entrant of the car in the AAA Sioux City, Iowa race in July of 1915. Of the fifteen or so starters, only six cars finished the race and the “Anderson Special” was retired at Sioux City after 28 laps (56 miles) with a split fuel tank.

The second reference to the car found in “The Automobile,” dated August 5, 1915, covering the AAA Des Moines, Iowa race in August. Scott is listed only as deferring his time trial to the second day because of damage to his car. No mention was found of him qualifying or being in the race.

The third reference found in “The Automobile” August 14, 1915, issue lists Scott and the car as being entered in the second of two races at Elgin, Illinois which was held the day after the famous AAA Elgin Road Race. This event was held on the same course although no reference was found of him driving in race.

No other press coverage was found of either the car or the driver in 1914 or 1916. According to champcarstats.com, 1915 was is first and last year he raced on the AAA National Championship trail. Scott is listed as participating in three races during the 1915 season, with one did not qualify/did not start and a best finish of ninth in the two races he ran in.

Share with us what you find of interest in the photograph by the Bivins Bros. of Kansas City, Missouri courtesy of William Creswell.

  • Note the Anderson monogram on the radiator stone guard and the “Anderson Special” number 2 plaque on the side of the cowl.

32 responses to “The Anderson Special – Kansas City Missouri

  1. I can’t make out the script on the rock shield. It doesn’t look quite like a stylized “A.” An “AS,” perhaps? Or could it be connected to the car that the racer was built up from?

    A wonderful glimpse into racing history, David, thanks.

  2. Another beautifully photographed classic race car preserved on film. Super sharp photography of obviously professional equality with crisp details. Thanks for sharing Dave.

  3. A round shape being stronger, it makes you wonder if a round gas tank might not have changed history. Otherwise, the car might have been quite competitive. Wonder what was under the hood??

  4. Great looking car! I would love to find that hiding intact in a barn somewhere. I especially like that Motometer. One of the early types, thin die-cast body single plate screwed on in the front, no glass front or back. Don’t see many like that anymore (although I have one carefully stored in a cupboard!).

    Thank you David G! Carl S mentioned your “staff”. Say “HI!” to the cat for me.

  5. Obviously purpose-designed for racing on dirt–note the nicely sculpted “windshield” that served as an unbreakable deflector, the radiator screen, full engine hood, and the bottom pan to protect the drivetrain and rear-axle area. Rear brakes only, of course. Would be great to know the origins of the chassis, running gear, and powerplant. Tires and wheels look a bit spindly . . .

    • Too bad there is not a better photo of the front to help identify the radiator. I may have the ‘rock’ guard from it. The shape looks close and it has an S on it. I found it at a Colorado Swap Meet maybe 30 years ago.

  6. I wonder if the Stutz Club has any more information on Scott?

    The car looks like a typical racer of the period…fenderness and lightless with a rear fuel tank. Also note the crew seats are semi-enclosed in the cowl instead of being open buckets like production Stutz Bearcats, Mercer Raceabouts or other her sports cars of the time.

    Interesting that he had a DNF due to a split fuel tank, that should give you an idea how much abuse the machines and drivers took on those early tracks. It makes my kidneys hurt just thinking about it!

    Also I understand that’s why drivers had (unlit) cigars in their mouths, to keep their teeth from chattering due to the rough ride.

  7. A clue to the motor used in the Anderson Special can be found in Motor Age, July 8, 1915, Page 11, This article states, “The Anderson Special, which was fitted with a motor formerly used on the Tulsa car which ran at Indianapolis in 1914, was withdrawn in its fifty-sixth mile with a ripped gasoline tank” This is augmented by Robert Dick in the book Auto Racing in the Shadow of the Great War who states some of the same information and adds that it was, “. . . a 390-inch Wisconsin T-head, 4 3/4 X 5 1/2 inches” The car wore number 18 in the race.

    Regarding the Des Moines race Motor Age, in the August 12, 1915 issue, stated, “”Scott, driver of the Anderson Special, was eliminated near the close of the race when his car developed engine trouble” This was a 300 mile race. He had either number 14.

    The Lima News (Lima, Ohio) of August 22, 1915 reported that the Anderson Special failed to start the Saturday Elgin race and noted only, “. . . the Anderson Special failed to satisfy her owners.” Apparently the car didn’t start in the Friday race either as no mention of this car being in the race was found.

    Earlier in the year The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, Kansas) reported in their April 16, 1915 issue that A.F. Scott was to appear with the other more notable drivers at an Oklahoma City track for races on April 20th, 21st, and 22nd sponsored by the Southwest Auto Racing Association. The Rock Island Argus (Rock Island, Illinois) of April 30, 1915 reported as part of the results of the 200 mile race the following. “The car of A. F. Scott ran into a tree during the first lap and proceeded no further. This was the only accident that occurred.”

    That piece and the following two lead to believe that perhaps the home base for the Anderson Special was Kansas City, Kansas or there was a Kansas connection for the Anderson Special.

    The Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) had the following story on July 2, 1915. “A. F. Scott’s mount, the Anderson Special, coming from Kansas City. The car was delayed by bad freight routing. Scott expects to get it on the track this morning.”

    The Leon Journal-Reporter (Leon, Iowa) of August 12, 1915 printed the following. “One of the big racing cars which participated in the 300 mile auto race at Des Moines last Saturday, passed through Leon Tuesday evening. It was No. 14, an Anderson Special driven by A. F. Scott, and was one of the last cars to finish. The car was being taken to Kansas City to be overhauled after which it goes to Elgin, Illinois, for the big race meet there.”

    • Corrections and clarifications:

      “He had either number 14.” should read, “He had number 14”

      Newspaper accounts shows that Scott and the Anderson Special placed 8th in 300 mile race at Des Moines on August 7, 1915

      Published entry lists for the Elgin races in August 1915 make it clear that Scott did not enter the Friday 300 mile race.

  8. Ace…thanks for the interesting history.
    As an aside, the 390 c.i. Wisconsin T-head engine mentioned was the power plant in early Stutz Bearcats.

  9. My research had found some additional information and also raised some questions which I am unable to answer to my satisfaction at the moment. Due to time constraints and an inability to access the needed research materials at this time I shall post what I found and a few speculations which I will explore later when I’m able to.

    I had my information ready to post before seeing ACE’s information this AM so I will just post my additional race findings as none of them appears to be from the exact sources Ace used. I don’t have time right now to closely compare these reports I found with what Ace posted.

    Additional race participation:

    Motor Age had published a season summary under the date November 25, 1915. The article begins on page 5 of that issue. The Anderson special is mentioned 3 times in this summary.

    #1: Page 7 reports a table with a “RECORD OF CARS IN THE 1915 SPEEDWAY RACES”. The Anderson special is listed as being unplaced on 1 occasion as a footnote to the table which lists all such for the season.

    #2 Page 8 has another table with race results, the “Anderson special, Scott” appears in a footnote as “also started” in the Sioux City Iowa 300 mile race on July 3, 1915.

    #3 Page 9 has another table which lists the “Anderson special, Scott” as an “also started” in the 300 mile race in Des Moines Iowa on August 7, 1915.

    Also the historical record has frequent mentions of a “C.W. Scott” as a riding mechanic with Stutz (at least almost exclusively for Gil Anderson IIRC). However I have not yet found a single mention of either an “Andy Scott” or “A.W. Scott” nor any other variation of a similar name as a riding mechanic for Stutz during 1915 or any other time. Only a C.W. Scott, who had a number of rides as mechanic during the 1915 season.

    • My suspicion is that the driver of the Anderson Special wasn’t a former Stutz riding mechanic.

      My speculation is that the driver of the Anderson Special, “Andy Scott” might have been the riding mechanic C.W. Scott’s younger brother.

  10. Just now found some additional 1915 race result listings in modern compilations of old race results which have what is probably this car listed as a “Tulsa”, “Tulsa-Stutz” and other variations, all with driver “AF Scott” and similar.

  11. Helping to confirm the Kansas City connection, there is a 1915 Kansas City, Missouri license plate on the front of the Anderson Special.

  12. I too have been working on this for a bit, but my mind keeps chasing squirrels down rabbit holes, so here is what I have found so far – some of it already reported by others.

    The Anderson is for C. L. Anderson, a medical doctor who opened a practice in Kansas City, Kansas after graduating medical school in 1900. He was also an officer in a number of banks in both Kansas City and in the Indian Territory.

    In first running of the Indianapolis 500 in 1911, Anderson was the riding mechanic in the No. 9 Case car driven by the Austrian-born Joe Jagersberger. On the 87th lap Jagersberger’s tie rods broke and his wheels splayed outward in an extreme case of toe out. Anderson decided to try and kick the right wheel back over center so that both wheels would point to the left towards the pits. As the car slowed Anderson fell, jumped, or was thrown from the car, depending on which news article you read. The No. 8 Westcott swerved to miss Anderson and smacked into the No. 36 Apperson in the pits, then bounced into the No. 41 Fiat, putting all three out of the race along with the No. 9 Case.

    In the 1913 Indianapolis 500 George Clark drove the No. 25 Tulsa car to a 10th place finish, earning $1,400 for his nearly eight hour ordeal in which he averaged 62.994 miles per hour. The car, built by Tulsa Auto Manufacturing Company, was powered by a 4-cyclinder 340 cubic-inch Wisconsin engine.

    Sometime after the race Dr. Anderson purchased the engine from Tulsa Auto Manufacturing Company and had it shipped to Kansas City, where it became the heart of his Anderson Special (pictures of the Tulsa do not match the Anderson Special).

    In the next post I’ll try to give a more complete history of its racing career as well as and A.F. Scott’s.

    • Correct my last post to read No. 39 Fiat rather than No. 41, which was a Velie.

      You can see Dr. Anderson get thrown/jump/fall out of the car on YouTube in a video titled “The First Indy 500 Race” at the 2:44 minute mark. He was bruised and listed as one of six injured that day.

      In the first two races of 1915, A. F. Scott’s car was referred to as the Tulsa. On modern websites it is referred to as the Tulsa, the Tulsa-Stutz, or as a Stutz. It was none of those. Before I list the Anderson Special/Scott events, let me dive into the history of the Tulsa, which provided the engine for the Anderson Special.

      The real Tulsa car was the brainchild of oilman Carden Green with J.B. Avey, another rich oilman, helping finance it. Both men operated out of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, just outside of Tulsa. The car was built specifically for the 1913 Indianapolis race and George Clark was tapped to drive. He qualified second-to-last, but the starting positions were determined by a blind draw from a hat the night before the race, which is why Clark started dead last. Although news reports immediately after the race had the Tulsa finishing in ninth place, it actually had come in tenth place and the record was later corrected.

      In that same race Hughie Hughes had been Bob Burman’s relief driver in the No. 4 Keeton (which had its radiator behind the engine, giving the car a contemporary Renault look – a photo of it was posted on this site on December 23, 2011). Hughes was driving when Clark in the Tulsa crossed the finish line. Being 20 laps down, Hughes was flagged off the track. There were no other cars left behind him.

      In early June the Tulsa Car Company was incorporated and Hughes was hired away from being Burman’s teammate to become the Chief Designer. Hughes announced that he would immediately begin a new Tulsa race car and headed back to Indianapolis to Warren Electric and Machine Company in order to build it.

      The original Tulsa was stripped down and the engine sold to Dr. Anderson. Many of the parts, including the wheels, were used in the construction of the new car. Hughes incorporated some of his pet ideas into the new vehicle, such as installing a 45 gallon fuel tank and designing the vehicle to have four speeds forward. The car had a 108 inch wheelbase, weighed 2,500 pounds and had a 4-cylinder 449.5 cubic inch engine that developed 110 horsepower. The engine was built “so that any unit may be removed and repaired without tearing down any other part of the car.” This would prove handy after its first race. Hughes tested it on the Indy track by driving 150 miles at 80 miles an hour. He turned one lap at less than 1.5 seconds of the track record.

      The photo of the car, now dubbed The Tulsa No. 2, which appeared in the Friday, June 27, 1913 edition of “The Morning Tulsa Daily World” shows a markedly different vehicle than the one that had just run the Indy 500. For one thing, the car was now left-hand drive. In fact the only thing that the two cars appear to have in common on the outside are the wheels.

      After claiming that it was the fastest car he had ever driven, he had it shipped off to Tacoma, Washington to run in the Potlatch Trophy race on July 5 and the Montamarathon on July 6 with Hughes himself at the wheel. He lost his first practice race on July 1 to Teddy Tetzlaff and his Fiat.

      In the July 5 200-mile Potlatch Trophy race Hughes in the red Tulsa had been battling Earl Cooper in a Stutz, and was leading the race when a connecting rod broke and put him out of the race. Cooper won with Bob Burman in the Keeton finishing second, having run the last 72 miles on three cylinders.

      Hughes and his crew worked fast to get the Tulsa rebuilt in time for the July 6 250-mile (71 laps) Montamarathon race. Once again Cooper and his Stutz crossed the line in first with Dave Lewis in a Fiat coming in second. Hughie Hughes in the Tulsa crossed third to win a $700 purse. Burman, who had been driving a Benz for this race, had dropped out in the 40th lap due to a broken fuel feed tube.

      After the Tacoma races Hughes went to the city of Tulsa for the July 20 races where he did an exhibition run in what the local paper called the “Tulsa No. 1.” The car was then shipped to the Elgin race track where it arrived on the 28th, much to surprise of the track officials, who thought Hughes would be driving it in the Galveston races. Hughes had intended on using another car in the Galveston races, but while he was testing that other car on a country road outside of the city of Tulsa, two tires blew when he was rounding a turn, rolling him into a ditch. Passing farmers pulled him from the wreckage and took him to a hospital where he was found to have a broken shoulder, internal injuries and severe cuts and bruises. He missed the Galveston races.

      News articles dated August 10 reported that Hughes was practicing at the Elgin track, but the possibility remained that he might not be able to compete. He sent a letter to track officials on the 25th stating his intention to drive, if at all possible, in the races the following weekend. When the time came however, Hughes and the Tulsa car did not make an appearance. In fact, it appears that Hughie Hughes and the Tulsa car were never seen, or even mentioned together again.

      Hughes would not return to racing until 1914, but a month or so after the Elgin race he aligned himself with Zip cyclecars and announced that he would spend the winter in Davenport, Iowa where Zip had a factory. He planned to build two cars for the 1914 Vanderbilt Cup. When he resumed racing, it was for other teams and cars other than the Tulsa.

      The Tulsa did not appear in any other 1913 events either, but in 1914 it was back on the track, albeit with a new name. In April Clark reported that he had “another special under way, a Fort Worth (Texas) car this time” that he intended to race at Indianapolis. The Chicago Tribune still called it the Tulsa, while “The Automobile Journal” of May 29 noted that “George Clark will drive his Tulsa of last year’s race in this event as the Texas [No.] 33.” The renaming may have been an homage to where owner Carden Green got his start in the oil business.

      On the 23rd of May newspapers reported via wire copy that “A steering knuckle on George Clark’s Texas, a special racing car broke during practice yesterday afternoon, and the car while going at the rate of 75 miles an hour crashed its nose into the retaining wall on the first turn out of the homestretch.”

      Repairs were made and May 28 Clark ran his last available qualifying attempt. The Chicago Tribune reported that carburetor trouble prevented his Tulsa from lowering his previously recorded time, leaving him out of the starting thirty. Two paragraphs later in a summary they noted “Those that failed to qualify today in their last trial were:…the Texas of George Clark;…”

      In the 50 mile Galveston Race 1 held on July 30, Clark’s No. 10 Texas did not finish. On the 1st of August Clark drove the No. 10 Texas to a fifth place finish in the 100 mile Galveston Race 2. The Tulsa/Texas does not appear again until 1916 when Carden Green wrote in the September 21 issue of “Motor Age” to relay a capsule history of the car. After the Galveston 2 race Green stored the car away until the summer of 1916, when he decided to convert the former race car into a speedster for the street. Photos of the car, now christened with a “?” instead of a name, can been seen on page 38 of the aforementioned journal.

      • There is another photo of A. F. Scott and the Anderson Special, taken on July 3, 1915 at the Sioux Clity Speedway. It shows a different car than the one shown above. I believe that sometime after that date the car was rebuilt, which would explain the “Anderson Special 2″ medalion on the side of the above car. A barely visible fuel tank in July 3 photo appears to be a smaller round tank rather than the large one in the above photo. That large tank looks like one from a Stutz racer, such as the one seen in the photo that David posted here on The Old Motor back on January 20, 2013. Interestingly, the rebuilt Tulsa 2 also had a similar tank.

        The Anderson Special was officially entered in a total of seven races, with Scott tapped to drive in five of them. All told, he ran three and did not finish any, one due to a crash and two due to mechanical failures. A summary of the races and drivers of record are as follows:

        Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Southwestern Sweepstakes – April 29 – No. 11 – Driver: A. F. Scott – Did Not Finish (crash)

        Galesburg, Illinois – June 9 – Driver: C. E. McLester – Did Not Qualify (wheels)

        Sioux City, Iowa – July 3 – No. 18 – Driver: A. F. Scott – Did Not Finish (fuel tank)

        Des Moines, Iowa – August 7 – No. 14 – Driver: A. F. Scott – Did Not Finish (engine)

        Elgin, Illinois – August 20-21 – Driver: A. F. Scott – Did Not Start (injuries)

        Minnesota State Fair – September 11 – No. 16 – Driver: A. F. Scott – Did Not Start (unknown)

        Kansas State Fair – September 24 – Driver: not stated – Canceled Due To Rain

        The news reporting mentioning the Anderson Special and/or A. F. Scott are included below. Each news snippet ends with the source and date. Note the story of troubles that Scott and two others had on the way home from the Oklahoma City race.

        Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Southwestern Sweepstakes – April 29 – No. 11 – Did Not Finish
        Driver, A. F. Scott
        Mechanician, James H. Combs

        [Car listed as a “Tulsa” in all news accounts.]

        [Originally scheduled for April 22- torrential rains caused 3 delays.]
        The Coffeyville Daily Journal (Coffeyville, Kansas) 27 Apr 1915, Tue, page 3

        “Speed Demons Who Will Race At Oklahoma City”
        “The other drivers in this race are two Kansas speedsters, Albert Strigel and A. F. Scott. The former has a Stafford racer and Scott will drive George Clark’s old Tulsa Indianapolis entry.”
        The Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, Oklahoma) 13 Apr 1915, Tue, page 4

        “…in the last practice yesterday afternoon A. F. Scott’s Tulsa car was disabled and has been withdrawn…”
        The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) 22 Apr 1915, Thu, page 1

        “Scott to Enter Race”
        “The delay of three days occasioned by unfavorable weather is responsible for all eleven of the original entrants being lined up and ready for the great event Sunday. A. F. Scott, who will drive the Tulsa car, announced Saturday that his machine, damaged slightly in practice Wednesday, had been thoroughly repaired and overhauled, and that he will take his place with the others when the hour for the start arrives.”
        The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) 25 Apr 1915, Sun, page 1

        “Cars start in pairs, twenty seconds apart, the first relay starting promptly at 2:30 p. m.”
        [Note: Scott started last and alone]
        The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) 29 Apr 1915, Thu, page 1

        “The car of A. F. Scott ran into a tree during the first lap and proceeded no further. This was the only accident that occurred.”
        Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota) 30 Apr 1915, Fri, page 13

        [Dr. Anderson would later state on several occasions that the car knocked the tree down.]

        ROBBED A POSTOFFICE AFTER CRACKING SAFE
        QUENEMO WAS THE SCENE OF YEGGMEN’S OPERATIONS.
        Money, Money Orders and Stamps Were Taken After the Depository Was Shattered With Explosive – Held Suspects Here.

        Yeggmen blew open the safe in the Quenemo postoffice probably about 3: 30 o’clock this morning, secured $90 in money and some stamps and money orders. It was estimated that the total would amount to $150.

        Following the looting of the safe’s contents the persons escaped and no definite clew was left. The wreckage was left this morning until the arrival of the postoffice inspector from Kansas City. This official will probably take charge of the case.

        Three Under Suspicion.

        Three men in a racing automobile who passed through Quenemo last night were under suspicion at Quenemo after the safe breaking was discovered this morning and on advices to Sheriff Nick Johnson here the men were held for investigation until officers from Quenemo arrived.

        C. Gleisburg, city marshal of Quenemo, and W. S. Harris arrived in Ottawa and after an examination of the three men, the suspects were released. The three gave their names as A. F. Scott, 1124 East Fifteenth street, Kansas City, and Pat Murphy and J. H. Combs, also of Kansas City.

        Spent the Night Here.

        The men said they shipped their racing automobile to Oklahoma City about April 22 and because of rains did not get to race until April 29. Then a tire came off in the event and the automobile struck a tree, according to Scott who said he was the driver. Combs claimed to have been injured in the accident. Scott bore a cut on his left cheek.

        The trio said they stopped near Quenemo last evening at 6:30 o’clock when the car was not working well, that they reached the Houser & Gilliland garage here about 7:30 o’clock, worked on the engine until after 10 and then slept in the garage. Sheriff Johnson said the garage men knew that the three slept all night in the garage and could not have been away. The men left in the car this afternoon.

        Ottawan Heard Report.

        Early Carder of this city who is in business in Quenemo is reported as having heard a report between 3 and 3:30 o’clock this morning. This is believed to have been the report when the safe was blown open. Mr. Gleisburg and Mr. Harris said they believe nitro-glycerin was used in blowing the safe which was wrecked. Mr. Carder also heard an automobile on the streets.

        Miss Maude Parrish is postmistress at Quenemo. The postoffice is situated in the brick building owned by Rankin & Credit almost in the center of the business section. The explosion was muffled and the robbery was not discovered until about 6 o’clock this morning.

        Description of Money.

        The missing money is said to consist of four $20.bills and one $10 bill. It is said the numbers or the bills are known.

        There was nothing on the person of any of the three men here to indicate they had had any connection with the robbery. William Gilliland, a garage proprietor, said the only time during last night that the racer left the garage was from about 10:30 to 11o’clock.

        When the marshal from Quenemo arrived he called up a Doctor Anderson in Kansas City who, the three men held said, was their employer, and their story of attending races in Oklahoma was corroborated.
        The Ottawa Herald (Ottawa, Kansas) 06 May 1915, Thu, page 1
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        Galesburg, Illinois – June 9 – Did Not Qualify
        Driver, C. E. McLester

        Quad-City Times article states that trials for Galesburg’s second annual 100-mile race will need to be held to narrow the field to only 14 cars for the next night’s race.

        “The list includes: Tulsa – A. F. Scott or C. J. McLester” [sic – C. E. McLester]
        Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) 08 Jun 1915, Tue

        “He was ruled out of the Galesburg race because of wire wheels. The car is a Kansas City creation.”
        Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 03 Jul 1915, Sat

        [Racing Reference lists C.E. McLester as driver of the Tulsa – Did Not Start. No racing number assigned.]
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        Sioux City, Iowa – July 3 – No. 18 – Did Not Finish
        Driver, A. F. Scott
        Mechanician, C. E. McLester

        Started middle of back row in fourteenth, depending on source, ran only 7 laps, finished thirteenth.

        “Twenty Cars Entered For Sioux City Race”
        “Dr. C.L. Anderson, Amderson Special, A. F. Scott”
        Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 24 Jun 1915, Thu, page 6

        “C. E. McLester, relief driver and mechanician for A. F. Scott, who will drive the Anderson Special in the race Saturday, arrived in the city yesterday and visited the speedway. He was highly enthusiastic over the big oval after taking a spin around the two-mile course in a touring car. ‘Fast time will be made on this track,’ said McLester.”

        “The Anderson Special was entered in the Oklahoma City race in April, but turned over on its first lap and had to leave the race. The same car was intered in the Galesburg race, but was ruled out by the referee because it was equipped with wire wheels. The car finished second [sic] in the Indianapolis race in 1913.”
        Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 28 Jun 1915, Mon, page 8

        “C. E. McLester, of Kansas City, relief driver of the Anderson Special, a Kansas City car, was the first out of towner to visit the track. Mr. McLester will take the wheel in event any mishap befalls F. A. Scott [sic], the regular driver.”
        Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 29 Jun 1915, Tue, page 6

        “Among other arrivals today were A. F. Scott, driver of the Anderson Special, and J. Cooper, who pilots the Sebring. Both of the drivers began to repair their cars for Saturday’s grind”
        Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 01 Jul 1915, Thu, page 6

        “A. F. Scott’s mount, the Anderson Special, arrived, coming from Kansas City. The car was delayed by bad freight routing. Scott expects to get it on the track this morning.”
        Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 02 Jul 1915, Fri, page 11

        “Du Chesneau and Anderson Special Test Track in First Spins, Drovers Expressing Satisfaction with Results”
        “The Du Chesneau, driven by W. W. Brown, made its first appearance on the track. The car arrived at noon yesterday and was working at 5 o’clock.”
        “The Anderson Special also made its initial appearance on the track last evening. Both cars appeared to be in fine condition and made good time. Driver Brown, during his four years as a racing pilot, has never been on a track larger than one-half mile. He said it was a revelation to him to get on a two-mile speedway. He expects to land within the money tomorrow.”
        Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 02 Jul 1915, Fri, page 1

        “A. F. Scott – Driving an Anderson Special. He miraculously escaped death in the Oklahoma City race in March when his mount turned over. He was ruled out of the Galesburg race because of wire wheels. The car is a Kansas City creation.”
        Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 03 Jul 1915, Sat, page 13

        “At the 250-mile mark, the cars stood in the following positions: …Scott, Anderson Special, twelfth…”
        Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 04 Jul 1915, Sun, page 10

        “Brown, in the Du Cresneau [sic], dropped out in the seventy-fifth lap on account of engine trouble. The Anderson Special lasted only seven laps. The Nation, driven by K. Butler, went 30 laps.”
        Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan) 04 Jul 1915, Sun, page 13

        “The Anderson Special, which was fitted with a motor formerly used on the Tulsa car which ran at Indianapolis in 1914 [sic], was withdrawn in its fifty-sixth mile with a ripped gasoline tank”
        “Motor Age” July 8, 1915, page 11

        [1915 AAA National Championship listing on speedfreaks website states that the “Tulsa-Stutz ‘Anderson’” dropped out after 28 laps due to the fuel tank.]

        “A. F. Scott’s Anderson Special was powered by the engine used in the Tulsa in the 1914 [sic] Indianapolis race, a 390-inch Wisconsin T-head, 4 ¾ x 5 ½ inches.”
        “Auto Racing in the Shadow of the Great War” by Robert Dick (2019), page 73
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        Des Moines, Iowa – August 7 – No. 14 – Did Not Finish
        Driver, A. F. Scott
        Mechanician, James H. Combs
        Engine reported to be 420 cubic inches

        [Des Moines had a new board speedway – banked curves, triple radius construction]

        MotorSport Magazine states on the 1915 Des Moines Indycars page of its website the car is a Tulsa-Stutz belonging to the Anderson team.

        “Scott has entered two cars, an Anderson Special and a Deschnau.”
        Des Moines Tribune (Des Moines, Iowa) 15 Jul 1915, Thu

        “A.F. Scott has entered both his cars, an Anderson Special and a Duchesnau, but has not nominated his drivers.”
        The Des Moines Capital (Des Moines, Iowa) 15 Jul 1915, Thu
        Full page advertisement:
        “Here Are The Drivers Now Entered”
        “Anderson Special (A. F. Scott)”
        “Duchesnau (A. F. Scott)”
        The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) 20 Jul 1915, Sun, page 4

        “SPEEDWAY RACERS ARRIVE IN CITY FOR BIG EVENT”
        “The first of the Speedway racers has arrived in Des Moines. A. F. Scott, who has entered an Anderson Special and a Deschnau in the Speed derby, and James H. Combs, the mechanic, arrived this morning from Sioux City. The Anderson will be here tomorrow of Friday. The Speedway management does not know whether Scott’s machine will participate in the matinee event next Sunday.”
        Des Moines Tribune (Des Moines, Iowa) 21 Jul 1915, Wed, page 11

        “Enthusiastic Over New Motor Track”
        “Driver A. F. Scott Declares the Speedway One of Most Perfect Ever Built”
        “FASTER THAN MACHINES”
        “Estimates 110 Miles an Hour Would Be Easy if Cars Could Stand It.”
        “If enthusiasm of race followers is a criterion Des Moines has one of the most perfect mile tracks ever constructed. A. F. Scott, the first of the drivers who will compete in the speed derby to arrive here, visited the track yesterday afternoon. After he had inspected it he declared it to be a great deal faster than any racing automobile that as yet has been built.”

        “’If the motor would stand up, a driver should be able to pound along on that track at the rate of 110 miles an hour, and never be in great danger,’ he said. ‘The tracks that are being built this year are too good. They are faster than the racing machines now in the game, and new motors must be perfected before they can really be tested.’”

        “Car Capacity the Only Limit.”

        “’All the cars that finished in the money at Chicago were half torn to pieces. I believe that the speed that can be safely attained on the Des Moines speedway is limited only by the capacity of the motors. In short dashes—one to five miles—it seems to me that there is a very good chance for new marks to be made that will not be surpassed until better motors are made.’”

        Scott will drive an Anderson Special, a machine of 420 cubic inches displacement, in the big race on July 31. The car is too large to enter in most of the big speed events, which are limited to cars of 300 inch displacement or less.”
        The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) 22 Jul 1915, Thu, page 9

        “A. F. Scott, who will not appear in the matinee [Oldfield’s world record attempt], but who will drive an Anderson Special in the 300 mile race a week later, has been here for a day or two.”
        The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) 24 Jul 1915, Sat, page 4

        “List of Drivers.”
        “A. F. Scott, Anderson Special, C. L. Anderson”
        The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) 27 Jul 1915, Tue. Page 5

        “Speedway Drivers Average 90 Miles Per Hour In Tests”
        “All But One Driver Participate”
        “Everyone except for A. F. Scott, plot [sic] of an Anderson Special, ran at least one elimination trial yesterday, and Scott would have been in the running had he not broken some of the insides of his machine while trying to pilot it over the road to the speedway. Of the ten who ran elimination heats, only two failed to make the required speed of eighty miles an hour, and those two will have other chances to put themselves into the big race next Saturday.”
        The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) 01 Aug 1915, Sun, page 7

        “The Speedway management announced yesterday that six drivers remain to qualify. These are Scott (Anderson Special),…”
        The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) 02 Aug 1915, Mon, page 6

        According to the August 12, 1915 issue of “The Automobile” eleven cars started the race and two cars were eliminated due to fatal accidents, one at the 39th mile, and the other at the 240th mile. The only other car not to finish was the Anderson Special as the journal noted “Scott withdrew his Anderson near the finish because of motor trouble.” At the 260 mile mark Scott was dead last and about 2 hours behind the leader, who, along with 3 others including Brown in the Du Chesneau, had already finished the 300 mile race.

        “Des Moines Track Opening Marred by Two Deaths”
        “De Palma, who handled a Stutz car, was declared winner after a dispute over the time of the race. Ralph Mulford, in a Dusenberg, was second. O’Donnell, in a Dusenberg, was third.”

        “Brown, in a Duchesnau, finished fourth,; Barndollar, in a Clergy Special, fifth; Henderson, in a Cooling, sixth; Shrunk White, seventh; Scott, Anderson Special, eighth, Lombardi, O’Connell Special, out with tire trouble; Alley, Dusenberg, out with tire trouble.”
        Chicago Examiner (Chicago, Illinois) 8 Aug 1915, Sun, page 1

        “One of the big racing cars which participated in the 300 mile auto race at Des Moines last Saturday, passed through Leon Tuesday evening. It was No. 14, an Anderson Special driven by A. F. Scott, and was one of the last cars to finish. The car was being taken to Kansas City to be overhauled after which it goes to Elgin, Illinois, for the big race meet there.”
        Leon Journal-Reporter (Leon, Iowa) 12 Aug 1915, Thu, page 7
        —-

        Elgin, Illinois – August 20-21 – Did Not Start
        Driver, A. F. Scott
        “Sixteen entries for Elgin’s Road Races”
        “Chicago, Aug. 12”
        “…Scott’s Anderson Special…[was] named for the Elgin national trophy race the second day.”
        Santa Ana Daily Register (Santa Ana, California) 08 Aug 1915, Thu, page 12

        “Those reserving their cars for Saturday who will not be seen tomorrow, are…Scott in an Anderson Special,…”
        Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) 20 Aug 1915, Fri, page 9

        Page 33 of the Sunday, August 22, 1915 edition of the “Pittsburgh Daily Post (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
        listed the starting lineup and, wire copy from Elgin notwithstanding, of the 14 entries 12 (not 10) were there when the flag dropped. The Anderson Special was not among them. Even then, only 11 left the line as one broke down while it waited.

        Dozens of newspapers quoted the aforementioned wire copy that ended with “and the Anderson Special failed to satisfy her owners.”

        “Scott and his Anderson Special failed to show up.”
        The Ithaca Journal (Ithaca, New York) 23 Aug 1915, Mon, page 7
        —-

        Minnesota State Fair – September 11 – No. 16 – No Record

        “Plenty of Speed on Saturday Fair Card”
        “Speed Kings Entered”
        “Among the drivers who are to take part are…Scott in an Anderson Special…”
        Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota) 08 Sep 1915, Wed, page 13

        No. 16 Anderson Special, Scott
        Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota) 09 Sep 1915, Thu, advertisement page 8

        No race results found.
        —-

        Kansas State Fair – September 24 – No Record

        Event No. 1 – Distance 1 Mile
        (Five fastest cars to qualify for half century, fifty lap sweepstakes Saturday.) Name of car Anderson Special, Name of driver [blank]

        Event No. 2 – Distance 3 miles
        Class C (now-stock) open to cars of 450 cubic inches piston displacement and under.) Name of car Anderson Special, Name of driver [blank]

        Event No. 3 – Distance 3 Miles
        First heat class D Free-for-all – (Four cars to qualify for final heat, first and second in each qualifying feat, final heat for a distance of five miles. Name of car Anderson Special, Name of driver [blank]
        The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, Kansas) 23 Sep 1915, Thu, page 1

        “Another Car Entered in Automobile Races”
        “Anderson Special Will Arrive Today”
        “The Kansas State Fair management learned late yesterday afternoon that another car in addition to the half dozen already here would be entered in the motor car races Friday and Saturday. It is the Anderson Special, a car owned by the wealthy Kansas physician, Dr. C.L. Anderson. The driver’s name was not given by Dr. Anderson in his wire. The car is expected to arrive today. This car was in the money in the Indianapolis race of 1912 [sic], and in the recent Southern sweepstakes at Kansas City ran into a tree and knocked it down.”
        The Hutchinson Gazette (Hutchinson, Kansas) 23 Sep 1915, Thu, page 5

        Results for Friday race do not mention Scott or the Anderson Special.

        “Last Day’s Program of Races Is Called off Because of .84 Inch Downpour of Rain.” [Saturday]
        The Hutchinson Gazette (Hutchinson, Kansas) 26 Sep 1915, Sun, page 1
        —-

        As a side note, the Duchesnau car mentioned was not owned by Scott, nor did he have anything to do with it other than delivering it. The correct name of the car was DuChesneau Special, a creation of William. W. Brown who was the chauffeur for Charles DuChesneau, owner of the Banner Restaurant in Kansas City. DuChesneau liked W. W. Brown’s ideas on racing car construction well enough to pay for the build. DuChesneau was killed in late April 1917 as he was speeding away from a constable after a traffic violation. The officer called ahead to the next town, where local citizens misunderstood the nature of the offence, thinking they were looking for a car thief. When DuChesneau didn’t stop on command, two citizens opened fire and hit him in the abdomen. He died a day later.

        Brown had already started building another car during the idle winter months over the course of a few years, and in March 1919 he began campaigning his Richards Special, named for his new benefactor. That car was a Hudson Super-Six, but with steel cylinders and 24 valves rather than the stock twelve.

        And that’s all I know.

  13. Hi ,the front springs have a large curve ,right hand drive and gear change,could make this a much earlier chassis frame which was built into a special for 1915 ?

  14. Do a Google search on Joe Jagersberger, and read the fine bio Hemmings did. If his name sounds familiar it is because he invented the RAJO head for Model T Fords, he used the RA in Racine Wisconsin and JO from his first name to come up with RAJO.

  15. The 1916 A.A.A. listing of “Registered Drivers: includes the names of Scott, C. W. ( number 318) and Scott Harry A. (number 228). However, the Anderson Special is not mentioned on the A.A.A. list of 1916 Registered Racing Cars.
    These lists are quite accurate in both spelling and name listings, so I think we can accept the names. However, my assumption is that after their poor 1915 season, the owner (either C.W. or Harry A.) parked the car or used it for local non A.A.A. events. I think we can also infer that the car was not competitive, even when it was not up against a tree or broken.

  16. One other comment. If you look at the photo carefully you will see that the gas tank appears to be strapped on by a metal or canvas strap, attached to the fuel pickup fitting on the tank. If this is the case, then it would be no surprise that after some rough laps, the pickup might have been torn from the tank.

  17. WOW! This is turning into one of the best early racing threads I have seen in some time!
    In addition to David G and his staff (the cat and dogs!), I wish to thank Ace Zenek, Tin Indian, and Steve Bogdan for some wonderful research. Also a quick thanks to Bob Swanson for connecting the dots to “Rajo Joe Jagersberger (I knew that, however, many people reading this may not).
    There is so very much interesting history in and amongst the early racing world. A nearly unknown car such as this with an excellent surviving photo has now been connected to the first Indy 500 as well as to the 1913 running. There also are now a few famous names associated with this car, its owners and drivers.
    That era, the generation between the late 1890s and the mid 1920s, was the giant leap forward from ancient man into modern man. We, as a human race, went from agrarian and nomadic peoples into manufacturers and businesses. Whereas fire was our only common source of lighting our nightlife, now electricity reigns. Mechanization and automation, things that hardly existed 150 years ago, feed more people today than lived that same 150 years ago. The automobile was both a cause and an effect of all that change and development. And automobile racing was a very important part of that.
    In order to continue to build and improve our world today, we (as a people) need to understand and appreciate that history. History, and understanding history, IS important. And early automobile racing is an important part of that history.

  18. Wayne:
    Well-written comment. I’ve been reading “The American Car Since 1775” by the editors of AQ, an old but invaluable survey on the subject, and you are right about our need to understand and appreciate.

    Thanks also to all of the enthusiasts who comment on this blog!
    =rds

  19. Looks like the buckle on the first bonnet tie has been replaced with tape, as it wouldn’t have to be removed to lift up the bonnet.

  20. There sure are some puzzlers in this story. There are at least 12 photos in existence, of what appear to be possibly 4 distinct cars –

    1. Tulsa No. 1, painted white, before the bulgy driver fairing, before Indy 1913.
    2. Tulsa No. 1, painted dark, with driver fairing, at Indy 1913.
    3. A closeup shot of the previous photo.

    These first 3 clearly show the brake and shift levers mounted high, perhaps on top of the frame. The steering shaft comes through the frame.

    4. A June 27, 1913 photo of Tulsa No. 2 with Hughes. This shows the square gas tank, and the crank out in front of the frame horns. This car had the 449.5 CI T-head.

    5. A July 6, 1913 photo of Hughes in Tulsa No. 2, doing an exhibition lap with the governor before the race at Tacoma.

    6. A very poor photo of Hughes in the Tulsa No. 2 at Tacoma.

    7. A photo of George Clark in the Texas at Indy in 1914. This car looks similar to the Tulsa No. 1, with the small round gas tank and high- mounted levers. Reporting said that it was the 1913 Indy car, with a bigger engine.

    8. A photo of Clark and the Texas in practice at Indy, running alongside Friedrich’s Bugatti.

    9. A photo of the Texas, wrecked in the infield after a practice accident.

    10. The 1915 Sioux City photo labeled Anderson Special, showing a left-hand-drive car with a windscreen. The visible portion of the number jives with the car’s number in that race, 18.

    11. The Old Motor photo of Anderson Special 2, with square gas tank, low-mounted levers, steering box above the frame, underslung front axle, and C. L. Anderson’s monogram on the stoneguard. This car’s frame horns do not describe as much of a downward angle as appear on the Tulsa No. 1 and the Texas. The rivet patterns on the frame horns are also different.

    12. The Carden Green roadster photo, showing a car with a square gas tank, high-mounted levers, crank out in front.

    Was there only ever one car, with dramatic changes back and forth in frame and control configurations? Or 2, or 4? Was the Sioux City LHD photo simply a mislabeled photo of some other car? Printed in reverse, maybe?

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