Don, Kaye

Admit card signed by the Irish-born motorcycle, car and speedboat racer

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(b. Kay Ernest Donsky, 1891-1981) Irish-born world record car & speedboat racer, created Ambassador Motorcycles in 1940. Began as a motorcycle racer but soon switched to cars and won the inaugural 1928 Ards-Belfast circuit, Northern Ireland, Tourist Trophy. In 1928 he had 3 ex-works Sunbeam cars, "Cub", "Tiger" and "Tigress". Don regularly raced at Brooklands and driving a Sunbeam on Sept. 22, 1928 set an outer circuit lap flying start record of 131.76mph, then 134.24mph on Aug. 5, 1929. Driving a Wolseley Viper at Brooklands, he set many class records 1928-30. Driving the V-12 Sunbeam Tigress at Brooklands on June 9, 1930, he set a new Outer Circuit lap record of 137.58mph. The Sunbeam Silver Bullet built in 1929 for Kaye Don was Sunbeam of Wolverhampton's last attempt on the land speed record. With 2 Sunbeam 24 liter supercharged aero-engines, it failed to achieve any records. In 1931 Don competed in the Harmsworth Trophy Race Race on the Detroit River, billed as a match between the Wood brothers, Gar (in Miss America IX) and George (in Miss America VIII), and "Englishman" Kaye Don, driving Lord Wakefield's Miss England II. While preparing for the race, Gar Wood became the 1st to exceed 100mph on water but 3 days later, Don became the new world record holder beating Wood by 1.25 mph. Before some 1 million spectators, he won the 1st heat of the race. Miss America IX suffered hull damage from pounding through Miss England's wake and barely ready the next day, Wood requested a delay to allow repairs to be completed; Don, however, stuck to the rules. Miss America IX made it to the 2nd heat, but only by Wood racing flat-out to the start line. During another close race, Wood was leading Don when Miss England II flipped over rounding a turn, fortunately without injury to Don and his co-driver. Gar Wood finished the race first, but he and Don were disqualified for jumping the starter's gun by 7 seconds; George Wood won the trophy. On May 28, 1934, Don was preparing to race an MG Magnette on public roads on the Isle of Man. He was involved in an incident which caused the death of MG employee Francis Tayler. After a morning test, Don complained of poor steering. Late in the evening, Tayler told Don the car had been worked on and tested; Don took the car out for a further test at 10pm, Tayler his passenger. The car had no lights, number plates or insurance, and was driven on open public roads. The MG was in a glancing collision with a hackney carriage, lost a wheel and overturned; Don was injured, Tayler died. The Coroner's Court found Tayler's death due to Don's negligence and he was tried for manslaughter in the Isle of Man Tynwald court. Found guilty and sentenced to 4 months in prison, he was treated as a privileged prisoner, continued to receive medical treatment, and released on Dec. 10 on medical grounds. In the 1940s he created Ambassador Motorcycles which produced many different models until taken over by DMW in 1962 and he retired. Yellow 2 1/4 x 4 rounded-corner admission card to Leonard Thomson, Inc., River Front Station, 8050 E. Jefferson (possibly in St. Louis) for Chicago candy heir Philip Schnering (typed) boldly signed at bottom. Undated but likely 1930s. The Curtiss Candy Company was founded by Otto Schnering (1891-1953) of Chicago in 1916. In 1920, he decided to make a 5c candy bar and by 1921, Baby Ruth was a major national success. In 1926, Curtiss introduced Butterfinger. Robert & Philip Schnering (1917-2012) , Otto’s sons, took over the company after his 1953 death. Curtiss Candy was sold to Standard Brands in 1964; Nestlé owns the rights to Baby Ruth & Butterfinger, still sold today. Philip left Evanston in 1959 for Baltimore, became an executive with McCormick & Co., and was active in organizations benefitting youth.

Condition: Very good, minor mount remnants verso
Type:Signed card






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