1939 Indian Scout Racer

Pre-war big base raced by Ed Kretz and painted by Von Dutch.

1939 Big Base Scout

One of the stand-outs at the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering was Gary Landeen’s Indian.

1939 Big Base Scout
Although the serial number indicates 1942, this is one of only 5 pre-war ‘big-base’ engines made by Indian for racing, and it was made in 1939.

1939 Big Base Scout
Serial number FDB 381. F for Scout, D for 4, and B for 2 – it was given to Ed Kretz in 1942. The 38 was Ed’s racing number, and the 1 to fill out the three digit number.
Von Dutch Indian
The bike was painted by Von Dutch 3 times.
1939 Big Base ScoutIndian Scout Racer


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