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*Updated*The Anderson Special of Kansas City, Missouri, 1915

The Anderson Special shown in this excellent photo, appears to have been based in the Kansas City, MO., area. The stone guard carries a monogram at the top, and it is also wearing a 1915 Kansas City licence plate. The photo is signed by the Bivins Bros., of K.C., who appear to have taken it. The first reference found about the car and driver, A. F. Scott, was in the tough AAA Sioux City, Iowa, race in July of 1915, of the fifteen or so starters, only six cars finished the race and Scott dropped out for an unknown reason. The first press article (below) from The Automobile Magazine, dated July 1, 1915, lists him as an entrant in the car.

The next event to which a reference was found, was at the AAA Des Moines, Iowa race in August, but he is listed only as deferring his time trial to the second day because of damage to his car, as is shown in the second press article (below), in The Automobile, dated August 5, 1915. No mention was found of him in the race.

The third reference found to both him and the car, shown in the last press article (below), tells of the entry in the second of two races at Elgin, which was held the day after the famous AAA Elgin Road Race. This race was held on the same course although no reference was to be found of him in that race also.

                      

After a long search the only references that were to be found about the driver or car in the national press, are all from the year 1915 and are seen (below). Nothing was found about 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. There he 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.

                      

As to the car itself, the chassis appears to be quite Mercer-like, but on closer examination  it appears that is not the case. One interesting feature spotted, is that the front axle is mounted above the springs to lower the front of the car. The screen on the right side of the hood tells us that the carburetor was most likely was on the side and is another clue to its make-up. One more interesting detail is the round plaque on the cowl with the specials name and the number two, leading one to think this may have been the second Anderson Special built.

With this car being such a nicely constructed and very professional looking racing car that was entered in a few big-time races, we are hopeful that someone can tell us more about it and also A.F. Scott. Photo courtesy of William Creswell.

*Update* Infomation for Michael Ferner: The driver is Andy F. Scott, who I believe had been a riding mechanic with the Stutz factory team. Scott appears to have been from Oklahoma, originally, although just now I can’t say how or why. As for the car’s performance, it retired at Sioux City after 28 laps (56 miles) with a split fuel tank, and for unspecified reasons at 260 laps/miles at Des Moines. It does not seem to have arrived at Elgin, as it was not mentioned in practice reports and the driver was still reported missing two days before the race.

3 responses to “*Updated*The Anderson Special of Kansas City, Missouri, 1915

  1. You may already have looked, but I do find several “Anderson” cars in The Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1805-1942. The closest to this one appears to be a car built in Rock Hill, South Carolina, from 1916 to 1925 — although your car is at least a year younger than the company’s first production model. Curious.

  2. The naming nomenclature for cars under the Contest Rules was fairly narrow in 1915, meaning that the “Anderson Special” was either built by someone named Anderson or was sponsored by someone with that name. A.F. “Andy” Scott was I believe, as noted by Michael Ferner, a former member of the Stutz team, serving as a mechanician. I will double-check to be sure.

    This “Anderson Special” has absolutely nothing to do with the Anderson that was built in South Carolina.

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