Flying Merkel V-twin racer & Maldwyn Jones Savannah 300mi 1913 8 x 10 photo For Sale
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Flying Merkel V-twin racer & Maldwyn Jones Savannah 300mi 1913 8 x 10 photo: $9
A superb and
rare photo of
the 1913 Flying Merkel V-twin factory racing motorcycle and the
great Flying Merkel factory racer and test rider Maldwyn Jones.
The photograph was made in the city of Savannah, Georgia, after Jones finished
in SECOND place in the Savannah 300 miles (480 km) race.
The Merkel Motor Company was founded by Joseph Merkel in
Milwaukee (Wisconsin) in 1902. He started out by producing single cylinder
motorcycles. Merkel was among the most innovative of the pioneer motorcycle
companies. By 1905 Merkel had decided to engage in competition, and produced
several racing machines. Merkel's motorcycles were to set many performance standards
during the emerging American racing scene. These machines and their riders
enabled Merkel to develop a patented spring front fork that was to become the
forerunner of the modern telescopic front fork. This fork became the instrument
of choice on racing machines of other builders. Also Merkel developed a
monoshock rear suspension, which was incredibly advanced for its age. Merkel's
slogan became: "All roads are smooth to The Flying Merkel". Merkel
also used ball bearings as opposed to bronze bushings in the engine. In
contrast to primitive atmospheric pressure intake valves, Merkel designed his
own camshaft operated valve operation system. Merkel also pioneered with his
design of a throttle-controlled engine oiler, that long preceded Harley's and Indian's
use of such a device.
The company was purchased in 1909 by the Light Manufacturing Company,
and was moved in its entirety to Pottstown Pennsylvania, producing machines
with the "Merkel Light" and subsequently "The
Flying Merkel" names. Joseph Merkel began immediately
experimenting with frame and suspension improvements, and new engine designs. A
young test rider by the name of Maldwyn Jones rode one of
Merkel's creations. An inventive mechanic and racer, Jones set up the bike and
defeated the reigning champion Erwin G (Cannonball) Baker in a ten mile race.
The following season, Jones turned professional and won three of four races on
a machine bearing "The Flying Merkel" logo on the tank. Jones went on
to become a national champion racer and helped Merkel achieve recognition among
In 1911 the Miami Cycle Manufacturing Company purchased Merkel, and
production was moved to Middletown Ohio. The Miami Company, organized in 1895,
was building bicycles and Motorcycles using names best known as Raycycle, and
Miami. The Merkel acquisition gave Miami the high-end product that it needed to
be regarded as a premiere manufacturer. The factory racing team by then
expanded to include such names as LS Taylor, FE French, CF Pinneau, and W Wikel.
In 1914 The flying Merkel won the National endurance run from Chicago to St
Louis. Maldwyn Jones then broke a world's record on the Vanderbilt Course. When
he returned to Middletown he was given a hero's welcome.
Engineering innovation, high quality, and racing successes were not
enough to sustain this progressive endeavor. The onset of war and, a
contracting market, and increased competition caused production of The Flying
Merkel to falter. The final Merkel machines were produced in 1917.
It is a rare image.This non period photo reflects a very
interesting and historic piece of motorcycling and Flying Merkel history. Therefore
it is printed in a nice large format of ca. 8" x 11" (ca. 20 x 29
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expressed or implied. Sold as collectable item only. We are clearing out our
archives that we have gathered from various sources.
All items always sent well
protected in PVC clear filesand board backed
photographs that came from professional collections and/or were bought from the
original photographer or press studio! They are all of professional and
After many decades
of professionally collecting photographs and posters we are clearing out our
archives. They make the perfect gift and are perfectly suited for framing. They
will look gorgeous unframed and will be a true asset nicely framed with a
border. They are a gorgeous and great asset in every home, workshop, workplace,
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