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Cycle News 2021 Issue 40 October 5

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J ack Milne has a place in motorcycle-racing history that will never be erased. Milne was the first American motorcycle racer to win a World Champion- ship. In 1937, Milne won the Speedway World Championship at London's Wembley Stadium in front of 85,000 fans, securing a position of permanence that few racers could hope to achieve. Milne also won the American Speedway title in 1936 and his younger brother, Cordy, was also a world-class speedway rider. Jack Milne was born in Buf- falo, New York, in 1907. After childhood in Detroit, his family moved to Pasadena, California, when Jack was 15, and that's where he attended high school. On leaving school, both Milnes brothers went to work for West- ern Union as messenger delivery boys. Cordy saved his money and bought a motorcycle. Jack bought a small gas station. It would be later that he would join his younger brother as a motor- cyclist. "I worked my way onto an Indian Scout, a 37-inch V-Twin," Jack said in a 1995 interview with Street Bike magazine. "I just liked to go fast. I cut off the long bars that forced you to sit upright, and I was able to lean into the wind and go for it. There were few speed limits and fewer cops then." The more adventurous Cordy converted his street bike into a CN III ARCHIVES P114 BY LARRY LAWRENCE Jack FIRST (From left to right) Wilbur Lamoreaux, Jack Milne, and his brother, Cordy Milne celebrate their all-American one-two-three finish in the 1937 Speedway World Championship.

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