Subject:RE: RE: Date:Mon Mar 11 14:49:33 2013
Response to:4593
Thanks to Dave Molnar's recent copying of the Spiker newsletters, the identity of the mystery man Ray Brusso has been revealed in the February 1978 issue of the Bulletin. You may recall he's the guy sitting backwards on the KL fender, erroneously attributed by me to be Joe Petrali (Dave H., please fix that page for me) in the Miscellaneous section of the Exchange.

In a Spiker re-type of an article from a May 1930 issue of "Motorcycling" magazine, the guys are described as: 2 Indian dealers, two Excelsior Henderson Dealers, an Independant Dealer, and "...we recognize Ray Brusso who sells Harley Davidsons over on North Avenue." Also attending were Art Constatine who ran the timer, and of course, Joe Petrali "...tearing along as though the devil on a sky rocket was chasing him."

It looks like the dealers wanted to see what competition the New Henderson "Special" Speed Model would bring.

I hope this scan is readable. 2 more pages to follow.


Nothing comes up for 1930 or 1940 using Roy or Ray. IL or IN. One in WI but he would have been 12 years old in 1930.

If anybody has a subscription to could you look for a Ray or Roy Brusso (sp) in the 1930 U.S. Census, in Illinois or Indianna for starters? It would be a hoot to see what Mr. Brusso told the census taker his occupation was?

Floor sweeper at a motorcycle factory would be downright uncanny.

Barry, I agree with your suggestion that the guy on the fence in the white coveralls is the more likely Joe Petrali. Who knows who the guy is, clowning around on the Henny?

Dave, in a couple of days lets fix that page. Maybe other suggestions will float in the meantime.

I think your interpretation and addition of the captions is incorrect. Firstly
Petrali's name looks to me like it is spelled correctly if you look at another
"a" and excuse an undotted "i" . Secondly the guy on the bike does not look
like Petrali, I would say the guy sitting on the fence in the white racing suit
with goggles around his neck and holding a racing cap would be a more likely
candidate. The guy sitting backwards on the bike looks like a floor sweeper
from the factory. In fact it appears to say on the back of the photo "Henry B...
?on Henny"

Thank you so much for posting the picutes and informative text. Somewhere I
have an old account of that day with a KL, Joe, and a lonely stretch of
highway. I didn't expect the skinny tires, and I didn't know Joe wore glasses.
Thanks again. Eric

I noticed on the AMCA Calendar that today is the famed American motorcycle
racer Joe Petrali's birthday. With a little help from webmaster Dave I had a
couple photos of Joe posted in the Miscellaneous Section of the KJ EXchange.
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