Earl Devore

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02 Dec 1889
Macksville, Kansas


12 Nov 1928
Lost at sea aboard the SS Vestris


United States

Indy 500s:

3 (1925-1928)

Father of post-war racer Billy, whom he saved during the ship's sinking, along with his wife and Norm Batten's wife. Devore Sr. was later eaten by a shark in the icy waters, after his cries of help were ignored by seamen on another lifeboat. Real name Francis, he was an automobile salesman. Devore, who started racing in 1909, rode horses in rodeos, a passion he passed onto his son. He raced for years, enjoying more success after moving to California, but also spent a while as a riding mechanic, most notably to Hughie Hughes.

Biography last updated 2 Nov 2015