Clymer Manuals got up close to Gerald Tims’ 1913 Pope Board Track Racer at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This rare antique motorcycle, originally made in Hartford Connecticut, was named Best Preservation by KC Brake.
The Pope Manufacturing Company was founded in 1877 by Colonel Albert Augustus Pope formerly of the Union Army, and began making and selling bicycles. Somewhat confusingly, Pope operated out of the Weed Manufacturing Factory, and the bikes were branded “Columbia” and Columbia Bicycles are still being made. In 1902 they began making motorized bicycles under the Pope name, which makes them as old as Indian, and older than Harley-Davidson. With the coming of WWI, Pope stopped making motorcycles and turned out Columbia bicycles specifically for the military, as well as munitions and other war time products. During WWII they again were the military’s official supplier of bicycles, as well as a producer of bazooka shells. There is more about Pope and Columbia on Wikipedia.
Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles including British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American makes, all on display. Manufacturers represented include Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more. There were 100% perfect restorations, well worn bikes daily riders, full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. Also on display were vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and right outside the hangar was a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.
Our Clymer manuals don’t cover anything as old as this board tracker, but our founder Floyd Clymer would be quite familiar with this bike. Floyd was riding, fixing, selling, and racing motorcycles since the early days when this Pope was new.