In his younger years, Lloyd raced professionally, competed on the beach at Daytona, and won the 10-mile New York State Championship in 1940.
As war loomed, he also worked for the Indian factory as an instructor of U.S. Army Indian motorcycle mechanics. During WWII he worked for Curtis-Wright Aircraft and Bell Aircraft building experimental aircraft and became a pilot himself.
He was a trustee at the Erie-Ottawa Regional airport for 26 years and managed Island Airlines for ten years, retiring in 1999. He continued his involvement in vintage aircraft and Indian motorcycle restorations right until his death.
He and his best friend Roger Bales were chief mechanics on my Sport Scout flat tracker, pictured at right.
#5 Lloyd Washburn Wins New York
State Flat Track Championship, 1940
LLOYD WASHBURN 1917-2006
The AAIMC lost long-time member Lloyd Washburn of Port Clinton, Ohio, on January 19, 2006. He rode, raced, collected and expertly restored many Indians over the years.