The supremely spruce Ray Tursky, Harley-Davidson dealer from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and accomplished Class-A racer in the 1930’s. At the 1934 Jack Pine Endurance Race, a gruelling 3 day, 500-mile hard-fought battle in the wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Tursky bested a field of 87 entrants and came in first out of only 9 finishers. Tursky claimed victory in ‘34 on a top of the line 74ci VLD Flathead, Harley’s latest side-valve big twin. In 1935, equipped with yet another VLD Tursky returned to defend his title, but finished 3rd behind Jack Pine legend Oscar Lenz. 

Ray Tursky, Sept. 1935.

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