Lawrence Ray Weishaar
"The Kansas Cyclone"
Lawrence Ray Weishaar
9. September 1890 - 13. April 1924
In Oklahoma geboren und in Wichita, Kansas aufgewachsen,
begann Ray "Pop" Weishaar 1908 seine Karriere als Rennfahrer.
Bereits 1914 nahm er an nationalen Rennen teil und gewann
das 300 Meilen Rennen in Chicago und ein 100 Meilen Rennen
in Pratt, Kansas. 1916 wurde er Harley-Davidson Werksfahrer.
Ray Weishaar Hung on to his Helmet Four Laps With his Teeth
(Chicago Speedway, September 12, 1915)
"In the 13th lap, however, his helmet became unfastened, Weishaar
hung on to the strings with his teeth for four laps and then threw the
helmet into the pits.
Chairman John L. Donovan of the F.A.M. copetition committee and
Referee Frank E. Yates saw the helmet go into the pits and insisted
on knowing to whom it beloged. There was considerable dispute for
several laps as a result of their determination to make Weishaar stop
and put on his helmet again.
As Weishaar came around each lap in the lead, those of us who where in
the pits did out best to argue the officials out of their idea of forcing
Weishaar to make an extra stop but they were determined in their course
and as a result we had to call Weishaar into the pits in the 27th lap. This
undoubtedly cost Weishaar the race."
(The Harley-Davidson Dealer September 1915)
Ray Weishaar verunglückte am 13. April 1924,
auf der Ascot Park Rennbahn in Los Angeles, tödlich.
October 11, 1919
Sheepshead Bay, N.Y.
50-Mile National Champion
and Holder of World's Record for that Distance
Der größte Erfolg seiner Karriere war der Gewinn des
200-Mile "Cornfield Classic" Road Race 1920 in Marion, Indiana.
Er verbesserte den bisherigen Rekord um 18 Minuten.
Ray Weishaar "dirt trackin'"
Johnny Seymour drafted past both Walker and Weishaar, sending Weishaar's bike
into a high-speed wobble.
The bike went into a skid and he fought to save it before hitting the outside fence.
Weishaar went through the wooden fence and was still conscious and not thought to be seriously hurt.
His wife, Emma, drove him to Los Angeles General Hospital where he died just hours later from
was a pall bearer. Weishaar was laid to rest at
Inglewood Park Cemetery in California.
and paid off the house
which the Weishaars were buying.