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This Indian Sales agency in Washington, DC, was operated Herb Reiber who enjoyed a long career in the motorcycle business that began in the twenties, and continued on to the mid-sixties. He first worked for Harley-Davidson as: a service instructor, a rider on the factory hill climb team, and was part of Harley-Davidson’s racing department. He was also instrumental in the building of the 45 CI, V-twin, twin-cam, overhead-valve engine that was campaigned in 1928 on the hill climb circuit.
Later Reiber ran the Indian Motorcycle dealership pictured here, and also handled several other machines built by British makers, including the Vincent, A-J-S, and the Matchless. The photos are courtesy of Art Lumsden and he believes the top image was taken in 1953 and shows the new Indians used by the Park Police to lead the Eisenhower inauguration. The combination showroom and parts department in the late-forties can be seen below. You can visit with the Antique Motorcycle Club of America here. 100s more motorcycle photos can be found here on The Old Motor.
Signage listing “Aeroplane Construction and High Class Motor Cars Repairs,” is the kind of statement that does tend to get your attention. The Station Garage, was located in Christchurch, New Zealand, and if the shop was capable of building airplanes, as they stated, there was a good chance their repair work was also above average.
There are some interesting automobiles parked out in front of the establishment: on the far left is a Model “T” Ford wearing a very sporty roadster body that was likely to have been built there on the island by a coachbuilder, in the center is a circa 1911 Delage Roadster, and on the right, a teens’ Harley-Davidson and the back of a Model “T” Roadster can be seen.
Inside the garage, two more cars are visible: On the left a Buick can be viewed through the doorway behind the Model “T”, and on the right in the middle of the photo is a mid-teens’ American Briscoe. This unusual-looking auto was built in Jackson, Michigan, and is easily identifiable by its cyclops headlamp. A number of them were exported around the world.
The signage on the windows also promoted services and goods that were offered: “Guaranteed Economy Overhauls”, “Star Tires”, “Used Car Exchange”, and H.G. Jones a “Motor Car Trimmer” offered his services. If you can tell us more about the facility, or identify the unknown roadster, please send us a comment. Photo courtesy of the National Library of New Zealand.
Just above we see an airborne Harley-Davidson rider experiencing the thrill of making it to the top at a motorcycle hill climb. The video of a motion picture shown below was taken in the thirties and shows a similar and unidentified event. This silent-film captures just how hard it is for a rider and machine to even make it to the top in such a difficult and taxing event. Watch as dozens of entrants, many on rigid-frame machines, attack a long and challenging climb over an uneven and rough course on their attempt to make it to the top.
The film is well done, taken from many different angles and demonstrates the many obstacles involved. The motorcycles to be seen in it date from the twenties to the mid-thirties and are a mixture of both American and British machines. The majority are various Harley-Davidson models in both flathead and o.h.v. configuration. The Indian is also well represented along with a surprising number of British singles and twins. The video is courtesy of ReelNostalgia.