Indian Motorcycle

Name: Indian Tribute Motorcycle

Year Built: 1909

Livery Year: 1909

Livery Year Driver: Cannon Ball Baker

Chassis: Indian

Engine: Indian

The very first motorized competition ever held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a planned two days of motorcycle racing on August 13 and 14, 1909. Unfortunately, Friday the 13th was washed out by rain and deterioration of the track surface on Saturday caused the balance of the program to be canceled after the seventh of eight scheduled events. Winner of event number seven, a four-lap, 10-mile race for amateurs, was local competitor Erwin George Baker on an Indian motorcycle. A handful of years later, he would become the legendary “Cannon Ball” Baker, perennial record-breaker of coast-to-coast runs with both motorcycles and automobiles. Sometime in the 1950s, Baker commissioned longtime friend August Wolter to assemble a replica of Baker’s winning 1909 bike from original Indian motorcycle parts. The project was almost complete when Baker passed away in May 1960, after which Tony Hulman paid for its completion and then acquired the bike for the IMS Museum.

Adoption cost: $2,000

Adoption benefits:

* One-year membership in the Borg-Warner Society (the Museum’s most esteemed group of supporters)

* A vintage photo of your adopted car

* Recognition signage with the car during the run of the exhibit

* Recognition and on the Museum’s website under current exhibits

* Listing on the Adopt-an-Exhibit donor wall in the Museum

* An “I adopted” magnet of the car

* A certificate of adoption

* Invitation to the “From the Vault” members-only preview party