Elmer Bergstrom who set a 24 hour record on a light weight motorcycle at the Tacoma Track. Photo by photo journalist Frank Richardson Pierce." The bike is rather unique. An Indian Model "O". Intended to be an entry level bike, power came from a 15.7 cubic inch (257 cc) fore and aft opposed twin, rated at 2.75 hp, propelling the machine to a top speed of 45 mph. Lightness, economy, and reliability didn't win too many people over; it became known as the Model "Nothing”. From Pacific Northwest Museum of Motorcycling page in Facebook.
Now a comment from Tom Samuelsen:
Elmer Bergstrom at the Tacoma Speedway May 23. 1918 rode 799 Miles, A New 24-Hour Lightweight Record on tis Indian. To be exact Bergstrom made 411 laps, but the speedway is 297 feet short of two miles, this cut his mileage to 798 miles, 4643 feet, according to the arithmetical sharks present. There was some disappointment as they were shooting for 800 miles. He was aided by Tacoma Indian dealer Ray E. Day and expert mechanic, Geo Austin. The track was just over the line in Lakeview WA. at the end of the street car line. Another note was Bergstrom had trouble after sunset till the moon came out and it helped some to see the track. But with the moon came the cold Bergstrom shivered and shook but stuck it out until time for oil and gas, when he borrowed a jersey from some kindly soul. His hands were in bearskin gloves.
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