Ballston Spa, New York is the site of Ivan's next race, in which it appears he was not actually scheduled to race. Ballston Spa today appears to be a very small village, situated twenty miles east and a little north of where Ivan grew up in Amsterdam, New York. I found the following information interesting:
The community was named in honor of one of its earliest settlers, Reverend Eliphalet Ball. Ballston Spa was officially incorporated as a village in 1807. This area was once famous for its mineral water spring, which was believed to have healing powers. Ballston Spa was also known as the site of the Souci Hotel, which was one of the largest hotels in the world in the 1800s. This village was also the birthplace of the supposed creator of baseball, Abner Doubleday.I've only included the text that pertains to Ivan's event from the newspaper clipping, this time. The papers seemed mostly interested in the motorcycle races at Ballston Spa, and gave it a good three quarters of the article. It seems that Ivan wasn't driving his Chalmers at this race in October of 1914, and we'll understand why, soon. Ivan did not participate in the ten mile race, so I also passed over that event.
This photo is the best of the bunch for the racing at Ballston Spa, but it's difficult to tell which race this is. Race one lists seven starters, and I count eight cars here. Race two lists ten starters, but it's possible that some cars didn't race. Like the last post, who knows, and who cares? It's just fun that there are photos of the event at all. It doesn't appear that the race was very well attended, though. I see a lot of empty seats in the grandstands.
So, Ivan is racing a "Stearns car owned in Saratoga" according to the article, and he finishes a familiar third out of perhaps ten starters. I'm making the assumption that this is his third race, since he was pretty avid about posting these clips and photos of his racing. It is possible that he has raced more, and we just don't have record of it. He's not doing badly if this is the extent of his experience, since there are considerably more cars which are starting these races. Seems like Jones and Stewart have local racing pretty securely tied up with their Fords.
This handbill from the race is tucked in between the pages of the scrapbook with the press clippings. This provides the answer to why Ivan wasn't racing his Chalmers; he wasn't even there to race! He came to serve as "Assistant Starter".
And the back of the handbill shows that Ivan raced in the place of a Mr. Hamm, for reasons that are not known. Did Ivan charm his way into a driving spot at the last moment? Maybe this was a customer of Wheaton Automobile Company, or perhaps a family friend.
I'll finish up this post with a photo of one of the motorcycle racers, just since it's such a fun photograph. Next up will be another race at Fonda.
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