The Birth of a Motorcycle Pioneer and “America’s Amateur Champion”

December 30, 1884

Stanley Terrill Kellogg was born in Fairfield, Connecticut. Kellogg grew up to be a major figure in the nascent U.S. motorcycle industry as both a rider and businessman. His high-profile involvement with that mode of transportation was first established at the nation’s racetracks starting in 1902. 

Over the next several years, Kellogg set numerous records in both speed and endurance and in the process steadily built a national reputation as a formidable motorcycle racer. While never competing professionally, he did become – in the words of a 1909 article in the San Francisco Call newspaper – “America’s amateur champion.” A 1922 issue of Motorcycle Illustrated magazine noted, “When motorcycles were still an experiment he began winning contests on track and road, and has a collection of medals and cups equaled by no other American rider.” 

While using a variety of motorcycles in his many races, Kellogg relied mainly on the Indian motorcycles built by the Hendee Manufacturing Company (later renamed the Indian Motorcycle Company). Kellogg, as a matter of fact, first entered the business side of motorcycles in 1906 when he became a special sales representative for Hendee. 

In 1909, Kellogg shifted over to the Excelsior Motor Manufacturing & Supply Company and became a distributor for its motorcycles in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and eastern New York. Kellogg also served as distributor for the Henderson Motorcycle Company in Connecticut.   

As he moved away completely from participating in races and focused even more on a hugely successful career as a distributor, Kellogg became involved as well in selling tools and equipment for motorcycles. Kellogg, who died in 1936 at the age of 51, also had a strong interest in other modes of transportation. He enjoyed sailing, for example, and associated with such aviation pioneers as Glenn Curtis and Lincoln Beachey.

For more information on Stanley T. Kellogg, please check out https://www.firstsuperspeedway.com/photo-gallery/stanley-kellogg-merkel-rider-1909

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