Moto Leadership

This image first appeared in the August 15, 1909 Indianapolis Star. The occasion was coverage of the first motorcycle race meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The two men pictured are (left) Charles Wyatt, president of the Indiana Motorcycle Club and Earle Ovington, president of the Federation of American Motorcyclists (FAM). These were the top leaders of the two motorcycle organizations sanctioning and promoting the meet at the Speedway. Note that Ovington's named is misspelled as "Orington," a mistake I saw more than once in the news coverage. Ovington, like many men involved with pioneering internal combustion engines, was fascinated by all their applications. He is best remembered for his significant contributions in the field of aviation, especially for the U.S. Mail Service. His accomplishments in this field far overshadowed his work with motorcycles.

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