Despite the bleak economic condition of the country (USA) in the mid thirties, the spirit of adventure was very much alive and well, especially in the world of speed. It was an “Age of Speed” and the place to be was the Bonneville Salt Flats in the uppermost corner of the state of Utah.
The challengers on “the Salt” were British mostly, with specially built race cars sporting monster engines to assault the time clocks in quest of the magic title of the “Fastest Man on Earth.” Even today, men still talk about the greats like Capt George Eyston and Sir Malcolm Campbell and their monstrous thundering machines. $10,000 was a lot of money then (still is today) and it was reported that this huge sum would be paid to the first man to drive a motorcycle over the speed of 300 miles per hour.
Enter one Californian named Fred Luther. Luther was an employee of Chrysler and he prevailed upon the company to supply him with motive power in his challenge to become this man. Chrysler responded by supplying Luther with a complete 1934 PF six cylinder engine and transmission. Already an experienced motorcycle racer, Luther began the necessary modifications to a ‘cycle to accommodate its new power plant.
(via THE PLYMOUTH MOTORCYCLE)