Flash Back. Glenn Curtis 1907 World Land Speed Record Machine.

Thursday January 24, 1907 in Ormond Beach, Florida. Glenn Curtis climbs aboard his 280 pounds V8 motorcycle. After 2 miles the machine reaches its top speed and is clocked at 136.3 mph, covering a mile in 25 1/4 seconds. He became the world’s fastest man and his land speed record held 11 years until a Blitzen Benz car reached the speed of 141 mph. Glenn built numerous engines and was also a plane pilot. He became an american hero who inspired popular books like “Tom Swift and His Motor-Cycle”, “The Adventures of Tom Swift” and “Fun and Adventures on the Road”. Glenn’s bike is preciously kept at the Smithsonian Museum.

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11 Responses to “Flash Back. Glenn Curtis 1907 World Land Speed Record Machine.”


  1. 1 Kemper Oct 12th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Looking much better than OCC electric drag bike.

  2. 2 David Oct 12th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    what a ruler, his planes were amazing as well

  3. 3 daddyeo Oct 12th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Genius knows no bounds.

  4. 4 martin Twofeather Oct 13th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    This is great……….

  5. 5 Larry R Oct 13th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for the info. Cyril. Glenn Curtis was truly a great man and inventor.

  6. 6 Blue Oct 14th, 2010 at 3:57 am

    And Sturgis wouldn’t be Sturgis if Curtis hadn’t invented the Adams Bungalo! 😉

  7. 7 Lyle Oct 14th, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Or the motorcycle twist grip.

  8. 8 Slantartist Oct 16th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Always thought this story was worthy of a sculpture!

  9. 9 Paul d'Orleans Oct 18th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Glenn Curtiss had steel balls; even though his handlebars were better braced than his frame, 23 years passed before his record was broken.
    I wrote a little more bio on him on my website:
    http://thevintagent.blogspot.com/2009/05/barn-find-1909-curtiss.html
    And Jeff, I’d love to see you sculpt that V-8!

  10. 10 maroco Oct 19th, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Amazing bike, the motorcycle pioners are incredible people, lots of adversitis and they don´t give up.

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