Bill Barnes may have been one of the most unlikely heroes of the last Ohio Mile event of the 2014 season but it turned out he certainly was the most historically significant. Barnes, riding a steam powered motorcycle of his own construction went over 80mph on his fasest pass of the weekend, nearly tripling the existing record for a steam powered motorcycle recorded almost 120 years ago. The bike is a steam purist's dream as it is 100% mechanical and uses no electronic monitoring or modern tomfoolery. It was a true pleasure to watch this baby operate and even moreoso knowing that Bill was chasing some big history with it. We hope to see him back next year so that he can bump his own number.
We'd tell you how the thing worked…if we knew!