Monday, May 10, 2010

Motorcycle Racer

Good morning to you all. Today, we feature a picture from 1913 of Motorcycle Racer Andre Grapperon. I am not sure of the brand of the motorcycle.

15 comments:

  1. Good Afternoon, The brand is Indian.

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  2. A quick search reveals that Andre Grapperon was a French motorcycle racing champion. He we bested by an American racer, Arthur Chapple, at Brighton Beach Stadium on August 18, 1913.
    This was board track racing which was very popular at the time. You can see the track in the background of this photo.
    The track was constructed by putting down 2X4's on edge. They often weren't maintained very well and became a very dangerous surface on which to race motorcycles.

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  3. I don't understand what people like your #2 commentor get out of writing that kind of stuff.

    It doesn't add anything to the blog and is just plain stupid.
    I guess he just wanted to show how STUPID he was.
    Rolo

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  4. It looks like he is wearing leather pants, smart, but no real upperbody protection, not smart.
    The comment just before was mine also not Rolo
    R

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  5. You have to wonder exactly how much head protection the leather helmet would have provided in a crash. Interesting photo - the motorcycle is a bicycle with an engine!

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  6. I am curious when the racing sweater went out of fashion.

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  7. Perhaps this is an early "crotch rocket". These bikes are popular these days with the younger men. Give me a nice touring motorcycle and I will be happy.

    As for comments made by GeezerNYC, Keep it up I for one enjoy the information you took the time to research and post.

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  8. Smokes! Riding on top of the engine like that doesn't seem altogether safe.

    Where to you find all of these photos? I am looking for old photos related to western water.

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  9. "Anonymous said...
    I don't understand what people like your #2 commentor get out of writing that kind of stuff."

    WTF? Was a comment removed or are you talking about GeezerNYC? If you are, it is you that's STUPID.
    The value of the comments section is the additional information readers add to the post.

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  10. Bruce,
    Someone made a potty mouth, say nothing post yesterday as Anon. When I saw it, I erased it. The comment was directed towards the erased comment.
    PJM

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  11. This guy looks mean.

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  12. That was me. Browser trouble.

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  13. It's an Indian brand motorcycle.

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  14. Arthur was thr first winner of any motor race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway August 14 1909

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