Editor’s Note: The following was the lead story on page 3 of the Sept. 16, 1953 issue of National Speed Sport News.
Detroit Open To Goldsmith In 1951 Ford
DETROIT — Paul Goldsmith, expert motorcycle racer from St. Clair Shores, Mich., switched to a four wheeled mount Sunday afternoon and came home the winner in the first annual “Detroit Open,” a late model stock car race open to feature winners and record holders from various stock car circuits.
Goldsmith, driving a 1951 Ford, was listed third at the finish, however a re-check of the scoring tape moved him into the top money spot and another 1951 Ford driver, Art Binkley of Louisville, into second position. Felix Brooks, local favorite, who was originally announced winner, was relegated to third position in the shuffle.
A cold and damp day greeted the promoters, B. E. Redkey Associates, Inc. of Chicago, after an all night rain. The track crews provided a good race track which stood up well for the 250 miles, with four cars flipping out of the 52 starters.
A crowd of 13,278 paid their way into the grounds for the race which paid a $10,454 purse, $2,102 of which went to winner Goldsmith.
Binkley’s second was worth $1,558 in prize money. He finished the race in the same lap as Goldsmith. Third, three laps behind, came Brooks, who drove a 1953 Olds ’88 to win $1,148.
– 25,000 See Derr’s Olds Win At D.M.
Ernle Derr escaped a serious challenge by Ralph Dyer to win the 125-mlle stock car race before 25,000 spectators at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
– Iggy Katona, Hudson Hornet 1st at Dayton
Iggy Katona guided his 1953 Hudson through 500 grueling laps to win the MARC-sanctioned stock car race at Ohio’s Dayton Speedway.
– Burany Bags Midget Title Go at Grove
Short and stocky Frank Burany drove to a victory in the 1ast lap of the AAA National Championship Midget 50-lap feature race at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway.