Thursday, 16 August 2012
Indian motorcycles were manufactured from 1901 to 1953 by a company in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, initially known as the Hendee Manufacturing Company but which was renamed the Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company in 1928. The Indian factory team took the first three places in the 1911 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. During the 1910s Indian became the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world. Indian's most popular models were the Scout, made from 1920 to 1946, and the Chief, made from 1922 to 1953. Read more on Wikipedia
Lowry refers to the company's motorcycles in his short story 'Enter One In Sumptuous Armour'; "Fine motorcycles whizzed by or splashed past us:....I watched for the blue Indian, an American make, which we usually encountered at nine fifteen in Upton, just before we reaching the Ring o' Bells just before the. I had never got rid of a childhood impression that its rider was somehow identified with the machine, that together it was a real Indian who lived somewhere in a hollow." (Psalms Pg. 233) and "As we left Upton the blue Indian slanted by, a little late to-day, almost half-past nine." (Pg. 233).