Born: Jan. 6, 1936 in Port Arthur, Texas
Died: May 8, 2015
Carroll Resweber, the first man to win four consecutive Grand National Motorcycle Championships, started his track training in Port Arthur and worked his way up through the Novice ranks and into Amateur class before he owned his own motorcycle.
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" as he was called. Only two points behind Resweber, Leonard needed only to finish ahead of him to assure a tie for the title. Resweber took third place in one of the greatest races of his career, and won his third consecutive 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. He went to work for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, machining special parts for racing machines until 1992.