historicracing

Born on this day (25th - March)

Washington Roebling

1881 - 1912


Karl von Waldthausen

1907 - 1933


1911 - 1988


Breno Fornari

1925


Don Freeland

1925 - 2007


Fritz d'Orey

1938


Tom Weickardt

1947


Butch Lindley

1948 - 1990


Giniel de Villiers

1972


Danica Sue Patrick

1982



Died on this day (25th - March)

Billy Cotton

1899 - 1969


Juan Gaudino

1893 - 1975



Louis Julius Irwin
Louis Julius Irwin
Lew
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UNITED STATES

Born
23 / 3 / 1904
Died
10 / 11 / 1987
Lew Irwin raced against some of the best outlaw racing talent between 1921 and 1931 scoring numerous victories on the oval tracks of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Texas and Nebraska.

Lew Irwin was born on March 23, 1904 at Altamont, Kansas. His family soon moved to Erie, Kansas before settling at Iola, Kansas. He was married in 1921 at Iola to Rebecca J. Betty Mewhinney and they had one daughter, Eileen.

It is unknown just when or how he started driving racing cars but between 1921 and 1931 he scored numerous victories on the oval tracks of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Texas and Nebraska. Lew Irwin had raced competitively against some of the best outlaw racing talent of his time.

It is not known when or why he gave up racing but a young driver named George Chitwood (later known as Joie Chitwood) replaced him in the Lawhon special in 1935 and went on to have a successful career in motor sports including competing in the Indianapolis 500 seven times.

In the early 1940s, Irwin moved his family to Irvington California where he started a number of businesses including one to convert busses into motor homes. In 1981, Irwin moved back to Iola, Kansas where he passed away on November 10, 1987. He is buried in Highland Cemetery on the north edge of Iola.

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