Classic Profile: Sig Haughdahl sets land-speed record

Sig Haugdahl in the Wisconsin Special speed-record car in a vintage postcard image | Courtesy of the author
Sig Haugdahl in the Wisconsin Special speed-record car in a vintage postcard image | Courtesy of the author

Sigurd Olson Haugdahl’s story begins upon his arrival from Norway to the United States at the age of 19. Making his home with an uncle in Minnesota, he was soon setting speed records on ice with a Indian-powered “motorbike” – more like a motorized tricycle with skis.

By 1915, the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) is formed and J Alex Sloan quickly emerges as the leading licensed promoter. Sloan had an emerging star in Sig Haugdahl, and the two were seen in exhibition races and setting track speed records across the Midwest through the late teens. Continue reading