F. H. Wells

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19 Aug 1899
Manhattan, New York


22 Apr 1925
nr. Brentwood, New York


United States

Indy 500s:

0 (1923-1924)

F.H. stood for Frederick Hollis. Killed in a racing accident on public roads, whilst testing a car near Brentwood and Long Island, just before the 1925 event. An accomplished mechanic and technical author, he published a book in 1921 called High Speed Internal Combustion Engines. He entered his own built car on both occasions at Indianapolis; one was a FHW powered by a Roland-Pilain engine and the other was the Wells Hornet, but the same result occured both times, non-qualification. Wells, also listed as Fred Wells, was racing that Wells Hornet when he crashed, dying of a broken neck. He was based in Newark, New Jersey at the time of his death. Wells, who attended the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, followed his father into engineering, as Arthur, his father, was an electrical engineer.

Biography last updated 20 Aug 2017