Hughie Hughes

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Hughie Hughes in 1911

Hughie Hughes (c. 1885 – 2 December 1916) was a British racecar driver who participated in the 1911 Indianapolis 500 and the 1912 Indianapolis 500.


He was killed in an accident on 2 December 1916 at Uniontown Speedway in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Driver Frank Galvin, with his mechanic Gaston Weigle on board, crashed his car into the stands at about 100 miles an hour. Hughie had just crashed his own car and was talking to a teammate at the side of the track when he was hit.[1][2]

Indy 500 results[edit]


  1. ^ "Hughie Hughes Killed In Race. Standing By Press Box As Machine Goes Wild. Had Retired From Race After Near-Accident And Was Merely A Spectator When Galvin's Runaway Car Causes His Death,most Peculiar Accident". Los Angeles Times. 3 December 1916. Retrieved 2012-10-06. The body of Hughie Hughes, famous racing driver who was killed in a terrible accident at Uniontown, Pa. yesterday, is on its way to Los Angeles for burial. Mrs. Hughes was prostrated at the news of her ... 
  2. ^ "Uniontown's Speedway Is Given Second Baptism Of Blood". Daily Courier. 4 December 1916. Retrieved 2012-10-06. Hughie Hughes, internationally famous racing driver, and Gaston Weigle, a mechanician, were killed. Frank Galvin, another driver, was fatally injured, and 14 persons were hurt at the new Uniontown speedway Saturday afternoon about 3:30 o’clock when Galvin’s Premier car, traveling about 100 miles an hour, swerved from the course and crashed into the press stand, 20 feet away. Hughes had just eliminated himself from the race, after leading most of the way, by running his car into the guardrail to avoid striking one of the other racers which had boxed him. He was standing at the side of the track telling J. C. Hoskins, owner of the car he had driven, how it happened when Galvin’s machine came along and in the twinkling of an eye overturned and crashed into the group of men nest to the press box.