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A Hero on Two Wheels

A newspaper clip from July 5, 1929, in the Philadelphia Public Ledger about the my Uncle Harry after he was severely burned during a motorcycle polo match in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, when his gas tank exploded. Per-1930s bikes were seldom fitted with an air cleaner. Some had a cover to prevent pants from getting sucked in. Air filters are very helpful in preventing backfire flames from shooting out of the carburettor and igniting fuel or clothing. Despite his wounds, Harry returned to the polo fields. Harry met his untimely death at the hands of an inattentive truck driver running through an intersection.

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