The HIstory of the Birmingham Police Department Motorcycle Unit
A 1919 newspaper article about Birmingham Police Department Motorcycle Officer Gene Walker, who was one of the top professional motorcycle racers in the country in the late Teens and early Twenties. As a member of the Indian Wigwam Factory Racing Team , Walker won 19 Championship Races, broke numerous track records, and set 12 new motorcycle speed records, including the first officially recognized Motorcycle Land Speed Record, @ Ormond Beach, Florida in April 1920. Walker returned to his hometown of Birmingham at the end of each racing season, where he continued to work as a Motorcycle Officer for the city.
Walker died of injuries received in a practice crash at East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania in June 1924. His funeral procession to Birmingham's Elmwood Cemetery was led by a large contingent of his fellow Motorcycle Officers, along with many Birmingham motorcyclists.
Photo - Gene Walker on his Indian Power Plus "Daytona Racer" @ Ormond Beach, FL. 1920.
Motor Officer/Racer Gene Walker
2015 Beeping Easter Egg Hunt at Crestwood Park