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80 Years Ago: Ab Jenkins Drives a Pierce-Arrow for 24 Hours at Bonneville

It was a short 80 years ago this September 19 that motorcycle racer David Abbot Jenkins tested a Pierce-Arrow by driving it around a circular track on the Bonneville salt flats outside of Salt Lake City for 24 hours straight, stopping only to fuel up.

In total, Ab Jenkins drove 2,710 miles at an average speed of 112 miles per hour. His feat was so remarkable that it proved to be the beginning of the salt flats being used for speed trials. His importance to speed trials is so important that he was dubbed the godfather of American speed in the documentary, “Boys of Bonneville.”