Check To Check In The Endurance National Championship

By Old Jack Piner, Photography by Unknown

This is beginning to feel like a long morning but Clare, the noon control, is next and road ahead looks pretty good. We are rolling along on good going and over a hill pops a secret. Why put a check here? But it served its purpose and cut down some more scores. Into Clare and an hour to eat but no rest. Too much checking-up to do on the bike and this comes first. Here comes Dorothy Robinson and she is late, but worse than that the sidecar tire is gone and she has driven in 20 miles on the rim and now the wheel is ready to fold-up. Too darned bad! She brought her outfit all through all the bad stuff and had a good score and now she is forced out. Time to check out again and the schedule is now stepped up to 30 m.p.h. Plenty of tough going to make your schedule and many didn’t make it either. Remus, Crystal and Pewamo pass in order and now only the home check left. This should be easy now but another secret on good going and then Lansing. A great crowd is on hand in front of the Capitol and everybody seems glad to see the riders back. Everybody wants to know how you came out, who won, but we will have to wait for that.

E.C. Smith was on hand at the finish and he and his board of strategy go into hiding with the control checking sheets and it is the wee small hours of the morning when we get the results. Some are surprised and others disappointed, but all agree to be back next year and try again. “Anyway, we had a swell time,” is the general comment and I am telling you we did.

We were glad to have a good entry from Cleveland this year for the first time and “Simmy” himself came down to see his charges do their stuff. He also has a bet to pay off. Jim Willson took back the Jack Pine Jug.

Washington, D.C., also came down for the first time and did not go back empty-handed either. Red Paulsen did a swell job of riding and won Class “B” solo, and only one point behind the champion.

Katherine Terry, the young lady from Ottawa, Ill., deserves a lot of credit for leaving the run to take an injured rider into town.

Bruce Walters club team, from Peoria, Ill., had to do some fancy riding to capture the club team prize.

By Old Jack Piner
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