Carey Taylor was from Staunton, Va., but he
found his way to Charleston, West Virginia, where he was a
top-notch mechanic and a Charleston motorcycle policeman.
Carey thought it would be fun to turn a shiny red Indian
motorcycle into a powered sled. Heís at the wheel in this
1916 photo. The winters of long ago were sometimes brutal.
Most of the snow-fighting equipment such as plows and salt
trucks were unheard of, so a motorized sled was an interesting
way to get around. Nobody can say how the strange contraption
worked out, but suffice to say it got a lot of attention.
Taylorís quest for speed began as a motorcycle racer. His
luck ran out in 1931 when he was killed at a Clarksburg track
while driving his custom-built racecar. A few years ago while
visiting Staunton, I found Taylorís grave and left a flower
because he was my dadís friend and I remembered that strange
little sled they had fun with so long ago. Photo reprinted
from Charleston Gazette Newspaper