This object is on display in the Early Flight exhibition at the National Mall building.
Glenn H. Curtiss built the foundation for his airplane engine fame on the knowledge and prestige he gained from building and racing motorcycles. By 1902 he and three other employees were manufacturing motorcycles under the brand name "Hercules". Curtiss entered into a number of motorcycle races over the years, winning first place in many and building a name for himself. At the Second Annual Race Meet at the New York State Fair and Automobile Club of Syracuse in 1905, Curtiss won this first prize trophy in the three mile motorcycle race with a time of 3 minutes and 47 seconds.
Bequest of the Estate of Glenn H. Curtiss
Country of Origin: United States of America
Dimensions: 3-D: 17.8 x 8.3 x 17.1cm (7 x 3 1/4 x 6 3/4 in.)
Materials: Overall: Silver
Physical Description:Cup with handles. This trophy with a round base, tapering into a thin stem and widening into a cup shape with two side handles is engraved on the front with "Second Annual Race Meet N. Y. State Fair and Automobile Club of Syracuse Sept. 18th, 1905 First Prize 3 Miles - Motor Cycles won by George H. Curtiss time 3:47"
Inventory number: A19730592000