Collection Inventory

5.  1926 Harley-Davidson Direct-Action, FHAC 2-Cam racer.

    This engine design illustrates the next step in H-D race engineering.  The direct-action two-cams were the immediate precursors of the production two-cam  (JDH)  models offered in 1928 and 1929.  On the 4th of July in 1925,  the legendary Joe Petrali,  aboard a machine very similar to this example,  achieved the long-sought racing goal of riding a 100-mile race in less than one hour.  The twenty-one year-old Petrali was victorious at the 100-mile National Championship contested at the Altoona,  Pennsylvania board track,  winning the race in 59 minutes and 47 and 1/5th seconds.  This machine is one of an estimated half-dozen examples of a direct-action FHAC two-cam installed in a short-coupled race chassis.  With the exception of the frame,  every major component of this motorcycle was made in the H-D factory.  The matched-case 1926 FHAC factory race motor features the correct tapered-fin Ricardo cylinders.

Installed:  April 12, 1997
Revised:  October 13, 2003