Henry Kohlert

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08 Mar 1892
St. Charles, Illinois


18 Dec 1939
St. Charles, Illinois


United States

Indy 500s:

2 (1927-1928)

Retired after being badly injured in a race. A garage owner, selling Nash and Ford cars, and a friend of Norm Batten, he had a relatively short career. Of Danish ancestry. Kohlert served in the US Army during World War 1 in their Balloon Corps., which started an aviation passion. Kohlert then became a qualified automobile mechanic. He converted his own car to appear at the Indianapolis 500. Henry then bought a Waco biplane once his racing had finished and then leased land so he could find suitable space to land and take off. After a few years, Kohlert sold the land, which, in time, would become Dupage Airport. He also invented an oiling system for cars and then became an Indianapolis 500 entrant, with the likes of Duke Nalon racing for him in 1938 and 1939.

Biography last updated 16 Aug 2017