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Jeffries Loses Car; Wins Race, Regains

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Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Bill Jeffries

Jeffries Loses Car; Wins Race, Regains

The Afro-American
July 14, 1928


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Bill Jeffries, Chicago auto-racer, who carried off first honors in the fifth annual 100-mile automobile race here, July 4, piloting his four-cylinder Frontenac, not only had the plaudits of the crowd bestowed upon him but won back his car which was pawn and a diamond ring that he had given officers as security on his gas steed on which he owed a bill of some three hundred dollars.

Bill arrived on the scene a few days before and was preparing for the race when officers of the law appeared at the track to serve attachment papers on the car on which Bill had pinned his hopes for victory. The attachment was some three hundred dollars indebtedness to the Chevrolet Brothers. He asked the officers to permit him to finish the race before serving the papers but they refused and he was forced to hand over a $1,000 diamond ring before they agreed to let him go on in the race with the car.

With a chance to win, not only the race, but sufficient funds to redeem his ring, Bill hopped out and showed the vast crowd that attended the classic just what speed was and today he has his car and his ring, as well as the emblem of victory.



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