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Henry Hammond Springs, I chose this photo of the young racing prodigy for the cover of Georgia Motorcycle History because, well... the kid was bad. It was taken while Hammond posed onboard his “Daytona” racer on the roof of the Indian factory in Springfield, MA shortly after Hammond’s gasoline-starved run at the 1921 Dodge City 300. Tragically, we never got to see the full potential of the 19 year old crack from Augusta, GA. Just 9 months after sitting for this photo Hammond collided with Harley-Davidson's Eddie Brinck at full clip on a flat track in South Bend, IN, sending him flying out of control and through a fence, ultimately killing young Hammond. The Georgia boy who had cut his teeth during the Great War as he was too young to enlist had, in a very short time risen to be counted among the greatest motorcycle racers in the country.  Though he had only competed on the national circuit for 2 short years Hammond’s death rattled the country, reports were printed in papers from coast to coast. His body was returned to his family in Atlanta where a motorcade of racers, enthusiasts, and officers laid the teenaged star to rest beneath a beautiful monument in West View Cemetery.

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