Carroll Resweber

Born: Jan. 6, 1936 in Port Arthur, Texas

Died: May 8, 2015

Carroll Resweber started his motorcycle track training in Port Arthur and worked his way up through the Novice ranks and into Amateur class before owning his own motorcycle.  He was the first person to win four consecutive American Flat Track, Grand National Motorcycle Championships from 1958 to 1961.

 

In the winter of 1955, Resweber advanced to the Expert class and moved to Milwaukee to form a riding partnership with Ralph Berndt, a skilled tuner of racing cycles. Resweber established himself as one of the top young riders in the nation in 1957. He prepared for the nationals with a Memorial Day win at Cedarburg, then enjoyed an overwhelming victory at the 10-mile dirt-track National in Columbus, Ohio. When points were added up for the year, Resweber ranked fourth in the nation.

 

In 1958, Resweber battled veteran racer Joe Leonard to win his first national championship. The 1960 season represented a great triumph for the "Cedarburg flyer." Only two points ahead, Resweber needed to beat Leonard in the last race of the season to assure another national title. In a thrilling race, Resweber was successful, winning his third consecutive national championship.

 

On September 16, 1962, on the brink of becoming a five-in-a-row Grand National Champion, Resweber's career ended. During a practice, Resweber went down with three other riders. Jack Gholson, a long-time racing friend, died in the accident. Resweber's injuries, a brain concussion, a broken neck, a broken chest bone, and six fractures of the right leg, left him in a body cast for nine months.

 

Though many fans believed Resweber would eventually return to racing, he never did. Resweber raced Harley Davidson's throughout his career and went to work for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, machining unique parts for racing machines until 1992.

 

He is still considered by many to be the greatest dirt track motorcyclist of all time.  Says dirt track legend Dick "Bugsy" Mann, "To this day, I tell the young kids on the way up, 'If you want to pick up a half-second a lap, just go get a picture of Carroll Resweber and study it.'  Everything he did on the motorcycle was just about perfect. "

 

Caroll Resweber was inducted into the Museum of the Gulf Coast, Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.