Paul Anderson Returns From Europe

From the November 1925 issue of Motorcyclist magazine

Springfield, Mass., Nov. 1. -Paul D. Anderson, who with his Indian has been showing the Europeans, during the past several months, what the American machine can do, has returned from Europe and is now visiting at the Indian Motorcycle Company, Springfield, Mass. He has raced and entered record trials and championships in France, Holland, Denmark, Switzerland and Italy. According to this dashing motorcycle racer, everywhere he went “they, across” welcomed him with open arms and did everything in their power to make things pleasant for him. He had very little time to see the country for he was kept busy from early in the morning to dusk. However, he made many friends and a day or two now and then was spent in their company visiting points of interest. Of all the interesting and strange places he saw, Paul was most impressed with Venice. He spent two days of just sightseeing in this “residential pond” and was sorry to leave even though the mosquitoes found American blood unusually savory.

At every race meet and trials he attended, he found enormous crowds overflowing with enthusiasm. In Belgium and France, however, the race courses were so far away from the cities that the distance served more or less to keep the crowds away. The course in Belgium near Spa, was one of the most picturesque he visited. It was a 15 kilometer run; a good asphalt road which stretched itself away into the hills, meandering down thickly wooded slopes and twisting here and there like a mountain stream. There were, however, some pretty bad curves which necessitated extreme carefulness on the part of the racer.

In Holland, Paul found a grass track which could be used for both Kilo and 800 meter races, by closing in a fence which stood on the outside of the Kilo track. He won several noteworthy races in Holland and made many fast friends.

The latter part of August found Paul “doing his stuff” in Switzerland. There he competed in the Swiss Kilometer Record Trials in the 1000cc Class and established a new Swiss two way kilo record. His speed one way was 189 kilos or 117.369 miles per hour and average both ways was 173 kilos or 107.433 miles per hour. This was a queer track in that both the start and finish were at the bottom of a hill. This, of course, in racing either way, made a stiff start but an easy finish.

His last week in Europe was confined to France. There he signed up for the Annual Day of Records Speed Trials held at Aprajon Speedway under the auspices of the Motorcycle Club de France, October 11th. This was held under the sanction of the Federation Internationale des Clubs Motorcyclistes.

Paul entered both the Kilometer and Mile Record Trials, two ways and literally “burned-up” the French track. The French enthusiasts gazed, awe-stricken, as the American racer opened up his Indian and “zipped” over the measured distances. 159.08 miles per hour and no less was what Paul made one way in the mile. His mean average of two ways was 135.71 miles per hour. In the Kilometer he straightened out a mean average of 194.594 Kilometers per hour or 120 miles per hour. He rode an Indian Motorcycle, size 60.88 cubic inches 997.64 c.c.

The time of 159.08 is accredited to be the fastest ever made on wheels and therefore is a special tribute to the American made machine and its plucky and daring rider. The “Petit Parisien” a Paris newspaper, on October 12th referred to Anderson’s performance as a “wonderful and tremendous performance” stating that the speed was such as has never been obtained heretofore by any kind of vehicle.

Paul Anderson doing 159.08 miles per hour at Aprajon Speedway, France