Circa 1950, after being donated to The Henry Ford Museum by W.F. Thomas.
Circa 1990, after sitting idle in the Ford museum's basement for 50 years.
Circa 1992, this time in color, at Wheels Through Time.
Now, in its present form....the 1909 Reading Standard 1000cc Factory Boardtrack Racer.
One of one in existance. Perhaps the most rare and intricate early American racing motorcycle on the planet. I've heard it run only twice...once in 1994 and once in 2009. Its guaranteed to give you hearing loss and will send chills throughout. One of my favorite motorcycles ever built.
In today's world, what's new has become old, and whats old has become new. Confusion looms as to where we all started, and the ideas of individuality and personality have nearly become a thing of the past. Phrases like old school and new school have lost their meaning, and the only thing holding it all together is our desire to stay true to what is real.