Byron “Speed” Hinkley
Like many Nebraskans of the time, this Elba native honed his mechanical skills on the farm and cut his teeth on the dusty half-miles and fairground tracks in Nebraska and Kansas in the late 1910s. Following his family to California in 1920, Hinkley soon established himself on the 5/8- and mile-long tracks of California where he became one of the legendary early heroes of Ascot Speedway, winning many races and holding the track record for an extended period. His last win came in 1931 – a 60-lap contest at San Jose. He passed away December 31, 1989, at the age of 91.