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Gene Walker

Eugene (Gene) Walker
Born 7 June 1893
Birmingham, Alabama
Died 21 June 1924(1924-06-21) (aged 31)
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Occupation Motorcyclist
Children 2

Gene Walker (June 7, 1893–June 21, 1924) was a motorcycle flat track racer who was one of the first riders from the Southern United States to become nationally known, winning 19 championships in a 10 year career that ended with his death at the peak of his success.

In 1910, Walker obtained his first motorcycle, an Excelsior. At 17 he worked as a postal delivery person in Birmingham using an Indian motorcycle for delivering mail. Walker entered his first motorcycle race at the 1912 Alabama State Fair and won the five-mile final. In the same year he left his job at the Post Office to go to work for a Birmingham Indian dealer named Bob Stubbs.

In 1914 Walker turned professional and worked in the testing room at the Indian headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts. Walker won 19 national championships in his 10 years of professional racing before he died in 1924. On June 7, while practicing alone on a track in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Walker crashed. He died in Rosenkrans Hospital in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, on June 21.[1]

Walker was inducted to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998.[1]

Major milestones

Year Location Achievement
1915, July 10 FAM meeting Saratoga, New York 1st Five Mile Championship and new record
1919 USA Won 6 out of 13 national championship races and set 3 track records
1920, April 14 Daytona Beach, Florida Set new motorcycle world speed record[2]
1920 USA Named Champion of Champions by Motorcycle and Bicycle Illustrated
1924, February 17 Los Angeles, California 1st Five Mile Championship


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