|The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
|Harry Cox - mechanic
Milton Jones - driver
Milton C. Jones was born August 4, 1894 in Conwy,
Jones was involved in motor racing for many years, but
had only come to Indy to spectate for the past three years.
He was a motorcycle rider and toured the country in a
motordrome act with his wife Molly "the Mile-a-Minute
Girl." Jones was known by the nickname "Dare Devil
Jones." He also raced cars on the dirt tracks.
In 1931, he showed up at Indy with two new 4-cylinder
cars, but he let the more experienced drivers Stubby
Stubblefield and Frank Farmer race them. Stubby
Jones brought his own car in 1932 and decided to race it
At 12:30p.m. on May 28th, he started his last ride, with
Harold Gray as mechanic.
After a couple of warmup laps, Jones opened up his car
and was going abbout 103 mph when he lost control
coming out of turn 2. His car dashed tail-first into the
outer concrete wall, destroyed about 15 fee of the barrier,
close to where Harry Cox was killed the day before.
The car flipped backwards into the air and smashed
down about 15 feet outside the track in the grass,
momentarily pinning both men. The car then turned
another flip-flop, throwing Jones and Gray clear, and
came to rest on it's wheels about 40 yards from where it
had left the track.
Jones had raised the upper part of his body so that he
could be seen through the weeds and implored an
unidentified man running toward him, "Help me, for God's
sake please help me." He then lapsed into a coma.
Year Car No. Car Laps Completed Start Finish
1932 19 Jones Special died in practice - T2
In 1932, Harry MIller's racers were the first 4-wheel-drive cars to come to the Speedway.
|Acacia Masonic Memorial Park, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
In 1932 Harry Cox was the riding mechanic for Benny
Benefield. Both men were from Indianapolis. Cox was 28
and Benefield was 25.
Sergeant Harry Cox was a member of the 113th,
Observation Squadron of the Indiana National Guard.
On Wednesday, May 25, the pair went out on the track to
practice. They were just starting a circuit when the
accident occurred. They were traveling at low speed.
As the car emerged from the first turn, it lost the left front
wheel. The speedster swerved into the lower retaining
wall, then skidded to the top of the curving brick surface
and plunged over the outer wall. Both men were thrown
clear of the car. The car struck the top of one tree, then
fell 18 feet and crumpled against the trunk of another.
Cox was apparently killed instantly and Benefield suffered
The race car they crashed in was the same car in which
Joe Caccia and his mechanic were killed in while
practicing for the Indy 500 in 1931. It had been rebuilt for
Benefield to drive.
Thane Hauser, a prominent track mechanic, muttered
"Poor devil. He just drove over his head. He almost lost
his car on the previous lap. He was driving the turn faster
than he knew how."
Jones died in City Hospital about 5:30 p.m. as the result
of a crushed chest and internal injuries. Gray recovered
from a broken left arm, lacerations and internal injuries.
They were both from Cleveland and had planned to have
a long racing career together.
Jones, 38, was survived by his wife Molly and his son,
Milton Jones Jr. and a brother.
A week prior, Milton Jr, 19, was in a crash at the
speedway. Young Jones was riding in a Milton Jones
Special driven by Maurie Rose. The car struck the
outside wall on the south turn, careened down the sloping
track and skidded several feet before stopping. Although
the car was damaged badly, neither occupant was
injured. The car was going more than 100 miles an hour
at the time..
His wife and son were with him when he died.
|Milt Jones crashed racer.