World’s Record Jump By Price On Indian At Phoenix

From the January 1918 issue of Motorcyclist Magazine

Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 5.-Phoenicians got their first taste of a brand new thrill at the automobile-motorcycle fandango at the state fair grounds New Year’s and liked it immensely. Ask anyone who was there about the premier highfalutin’ leap of 84 feet, 9 1/2, inches, by Orlo Price on an Indian motorcycle. World’s record? Well, we should ejaculate yes.

As usual, motorcycles were stuck on the bill as a sort of fill-in, but again, as usual, they stole the show. Why that jumping inning alone had everything else in the way of happenings, short circuited and froze up in forty leven ways.

A motorcycle jumping contest was a brand new deal around here. It had been heard of vaguely from other parts but no one knew just what might be expected. Three of our nerviest rough riders of benzine bronchos volunteered to stake their necks against some applause and publicity, and they sure gave full measure in sensations.

Snider on an Indian was the first to play the role of human bullet and he traveled 44 feet in the air from the time his wheels left terra firma until he came down again. Applause. Already the fans decided they were going to like this stuff. Here comes Perry on a Henderson. Thump! Feel the ground quiver when he landed? What’s that, tapemen? Fifty-five feet? Whee! They’re lengthening the stroke some, eh bo?

“The Price of Two Jumps”

Introducing Orlo Price on an Indian. He’s off! Holy smoke, look at that combination aviate! He must have wings on that boat! Gee, he’s beat the others by a mile! What’s the distance? Seventy-nine feet, two and one-half inches! Now everyone has gone mad. Give him another trial! Maybe he can beat his record!

So Orlo gets another chance-and makes good. This time he caromed 84 feet, 9 ¼ inches, through atmosphere. World’s record! No wonder the crowd is strong for this stuff.

That’ll be all for the jumps. Now for a little speed over the five-mile route. Snider won it, showing the way home to Vaughn and Evans. Time, 4:58 2-5.

Don Johns, now county motorcycle officer if you please (Los Angeles papers please copy), supplied the chaser. He turned a mile in 50 seconds in a trial against the track record of 46.25, which he holds.