Living a Life of Thrills

Flirting with death for twenty-eight years

By Cannonball Baker, Photography by Unknown

Cannonball” Baker

“CANNONBALL” Baker, known as the meteor of the motor world, has among his other achievements written a huge chapter in world-wide motorcycling. He holds more automobile and motorcycle records than any other rider in the world. He has emerged from twenty-eight years of flirtation with death the veteran of more than 500 contests on road and track and has made more than 100 cross-continent trials in America. His records are so numerous he can not remember them all ; his awards in medals alone fill a half-bushel basket.

“Bake” has carved a glorious niche in the annals of competition and a place in the hearts of all who have known him. At present he lives in Indianapolis where he is developing and manufacturing miniature racing cars.

He is still a devotee of speed, endurance and mechanics. Justly proud of his own accomplishments he looks forward with the keenest interest to the records yet to come.

Motorcycle Records Set By “Bake”

Neracar Economy Record-New York to Los Angeles-3,364.2 miles on 45 gallons gas 45 pints of oil. Running time, 7 days, 5 hours, 28 minutes.

World’s Transcontinental Record-Los Angeles-New York-3,332 miles. (Ace.) 6 days 22 hours, 52 minutes.

World’s 12-hour (track), Cincinnati-321 miles. (Indian.)

World’s 24-hour (track), Cincinnati-1,534’,4 miles. (Indian.)

World’s 500-mile (track), Cincinnati-6 hours, 59 minutes, 15 seconds.(Indian.)

World’s 1,000-mile (track), Cincinnati-16 hours, 14 minutes, 15 seconds. (Indian.)

Tasmania Island Road Championship-124 miles, 2 hours, 36 minutes. (Indian.)

World’s 24-hour (road record), Mortlake, Australia-1,028 miles. (Indian.)

All World’s Road Records-200 to 1,028 miles, Mortlake, Australia. (Indian.

Hawaiian Road Championship, Oahu Island Circuit-90 miles 2 hours 4 minutes 36 seconds. (Indian.)

Three Flag Sidecar, Canada-Mexico-1,716 miles, 2 days, 17 hours, 53 minutes. (Indian.)

New York-Indianapolis, Sidecar-889 miles, 27 hours, 5 minutes. (Indian.)

New York-Indianapolis, solo-802 miles, 21 hours, 20 minutes. (Indian.)

New York-Albuquerque, N. M.-2,368 miles, 3 days, 19 hours, 22 minutes. (Indian.)

El Paso-Phoenix, Borderland Derby Race-537 miles, 15 hours, 52 minutes. (Indian.)

34 Perfect Scores in 40 Interstate Endurance Runs since 1909

All the above records were made with 61 cubic inch displacement motor

By Cannonball Baker
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