1920 Harley-Davidson Board Track Racer
While Harley-Davidson’s early successes in reliability tests had proven the durability of its motorcycles, they were still not known for speed. In 1919, Harley-Davidson addressed their need to achieve distinction in competition by hiring a team of motorcycle riders informally called the “Wreckng Crew.” Together they won numerous competitions, including all eight National Championship races in 1922. Yet while the Wrecking Crew’s accomplishments generated interest among racers, the intentionally high price of Harley-Davidson competition bikes and restricted replacement parts availability dissuaded most private owners from competing against the factory team.
Collection of J. Mark Donaldson