The History of Motor Sports in Hibbing and Northern Minnesota - A Timeline


The July 4th Race

                                                                     1934        There were two major racing events this year. The first was on the 4th of July.
                                                                                                     This event featured two of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame’s greatest
                                                                                                     drivers, Schrader and Emory Collins here together for the first time. The race,
                                                                                                     an IMCA sanction, is being billed as one of the greatest automobile race meets 
                                                                                                     in the United States this year. The Police Relief Association, sponsors of the
                                                                                                     event, are expecting a crowd of 20,000. Harold Hagen, an official with the IMCA
                                                                                                     had this to say; “In all my years of following dirt track racing in every part of
                                                                                                     the country, I have never seen a track in as perfect condition as the track here
                                                                                                     was, until the heavy rainfall. If it had not been for the terrific down-pour, and
                                                                                                     we had been able to go ahead with our plans to sprinkle the track in the morning
                                                                                                     just enough so it would have dried properly, even faster times might be set. The
                                                                                                     composition of this track is right for breaking world records”
. This statement is
                                                                                                     probably due to the fact that track officials spent an entire two weeks preparing
                                                                                                     the track. And their hard work paid off. The next day’s headlines were
                                                                                                                                        “Two World Dirt Track Auto Racing Marks Smashed Here”
                                                                                                                              and      “Schrader Wins Most Honors in Thrilling Races”
                                                                                                                                The record times set were:
                                                                                                        The 1 mile (2 laps) record was set by Emory Collins at 54.20 Seconds
                                                                                                        The ˝ mile (1 lap) was set by Gus Schrader at 26.20 Seconds.

The 1/2 mile Hibbing Raceway had become the fastest dirt track in the world


The August 7th and 8th Races

                                                                      1934        The field for this race was made up of much lesser known drivers with the
                                                                                                      exception of Sig Haugdahl. Frankie Sands wins the feature race

© David L. Aho 2012

Dave is a member of the Hibbing Historical Society and the Minnesota State Historical Society and is a City of Hibbing Heritage Preservation Commission board member.