Jeff Decker "Rollie Free" Bronze Sculpture
- At the Bonneville Salt Flats on 13 September 1948, Rollie Free was determined to break the land speed record in the "Flying Mile." His first attempt was at 148 mph (238 km/h), which broke the record, but Free was determined to break the elusive 150 mph barrier. Noticing that his riding leathers had started to come apart at the seams from the force of the wind, Free borrowed a bathing suit, cap, and a pair of tennis shoes and laid down on the bike. With the decreased drag, Free broke 150 mph, topping out at 150.313 mph (241.905 km/h), shattering his record of only a few moments before. Free was riding the very first Vincent HRD Black Lightning, later known as the "John Edgar Lightning" after its owner.
Measurements: 42" x 16" x 32"
Jeff Decker is a sculptor and historian who is known for his bronze sculptures, the most notable of which is titled "By the Horns" (also known as The Hill Climber), a 16-foot-tall, 5,000-pound bronze located on the grounds of the Harley-Davidson Museum. His bronze-cast sculptures depicting the synergy of man and modern machines, particularly historic motorcycles, is known in both the motorcycling community and the world of fine art. As of 2009, Decker was Harley-Davidson's official sculptor.
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