Wells Bennet Rides his Henderson 4 Up Mt. Hood - 1924


Wells Bennet Rides his Henderson 4 Up Mt. Hood - Wide World Photos

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Wells Bennett was a leading racer, hillclimber and cross-country specialist of the 1910s and early 1920s. In this photo, he is attempting to climb Mount Hood. While it generated the desired publicity, the attempt failed. At this time, Bennet was reaching the end of his racing career, but he was now the owner of the Portland Excelsior/Henderson Motorcycle dealership. The bike in this photo is an Excelsior/Henderson four cylinder model, one of the fastest bikes of its time. Detail view 1 shows the four inline cylinders, while detail view 2 shows the special spiked tires Bennet used for this ride. Bennet continued his relationship with Mount Hood in his later years, as he retired to a ranch near the town of Hood River. He died in 1969, at the age of 78. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0550
Photographer Wide World Photos
Location Mount Hood, Clackamas County
Subject Motorcycles, Mountaineering, Mountains, Racing
Decade 1920s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 7.1 x 9.1 inches
Photographer's Number Number 178982