Sunday, April 28, 2013

Death Head Derby

Another photo of Gwenn Myers, this time from the Death Head Derby. No date is referenced but I'd guess it's from around 1945. His bike appears to be a Val Page era Triumph. I don't know those bikes very well but I'd guess it's about a '36. I'd love to know a little more about this guy. Tom  Samuelsen or the Jolly Rogers perhaps.

I did recall Tom mentioning the Death Head Derby at a recent VME meeting and that the trophy had been a human skull of some sort. The Pacific North West Museum of Motorcycling has very well documented the race.

Red Farwell with "Annabelle" following his 1951 victory.


Anonymous said...

The way my grandma describes the Death head is a Rocky son of a Sea cook. My grandpa who won it in 1955 says it was a fun little track. rough and tight. He would have won it again in 1956 but Wayne wright (Sp)on a matchless and Eldon Wright who was the Triumph Rep and riding a 650 triumph were riding very defensibly in the corners and pulling away on the straights with there bigger bikes. Eldon would later supply the bikes my grandpa rode and won at the Boise national TT in 1957 and 1958 Ive heard some great stories about those races. Still have the 1st place trophy from the 1955 death head. and some fun pictures to boot.

Unknown said...

Would love to hear more about this race and see additional pictures. Would you have time to show us?