Erwin "Cannon Ball" Baker at the Controls of the 1902 Ford "999" Race Car, 1956

Summary

Erwin "Cannon Ball" Baker performed in vaudeville before he started racing, and he brought a showman's flair to his motorsport career. He made headlines with a series of coast-to-coast motorcycle and automobile speed runs, setting a record of 53.5 hours in 1933. Baker's feats inspired the famous -- and decidedly unofficial -- Cannonball Run transcontinental race.

Erwin "Cannon Ball" Baker performed in vaudeville before he started racing, and he brought a showman's flair to his motorsport career. He made headlines with a series of coast-to-coast motorcycle and automobile speed runs, setting a record of 53.5 hours in 1933. Baker's feats inspired the famous -- and decidedly unofficial -- Cannonball Run transcontinental race.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1956

Subject Date

February 1956

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2017.0.35.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.125 in

Width: 10 in

Inscriptions

Cannonball Baker at the controls of the 1902 Ford 999 racer at Daytona Beach, Florida, Feb 1956.

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