National Number One
WEARING the number one plate has become almost traditional with Carroll Resweber, Wisconsin’s contribution to motorcycling’s hall of fame. The slender Cedarburg, Wisconsin welder raced to his fourth consecutive Grand National title in 1961 — winning by a 62 to 38 margin over his nearest competitor, Joe Leonard of San Jose, California, himself a threetime National champ.
Since Resweber’s third consecutive win in 1960 was unprecedented, his fourth National championship is unparalleled, and may never be equalled. A marvel of consistency, he has established himself as top man for four of the six years he's been racing as an expert.
Last year Resweber piled up four firsts, three seconds and one third, that coming in his final National of the year at Peoria, Illinois. He failed to finish at Daytona (he has yet to win the 200Miler), wound up second at Heidelberg, Pa., to Dick Mann, and was runnerup to Joe Leonard at the Laconia 100-Miler before scoring his first win — the Columbus 10-Mile National. After a second to Neil Keen in the 8-Mile at Gardena, California, Resweber knuckled down and assured himself of the 1961 crown with three straight victories aboard his rapid Harley-Davidson — at Schererville, Indiana (5-Miler), Watkins Glen, New York (150-Miler) and Springfield, Illinois (50-Miler). Then, with the title already in his pocket, he took a third in the 45 cubic inch T.T. test at Peoria, after failing to finish the 80 cu. in. race due to a spill.
Mild-mannered and unassuming, Carroll is married and the father of two children, a boy and a girl. He is an excellent ambassador for motorcycling, making frequent public appearances in behalf of the sport, and has been featured on several important TV sports shows, including CBS’ “Summer Sports Spectacular.”
This year, although again failing to score at Daytona and missing two important Nationals due to a hand injury, Resweber is running third in the point chase behind Dick Mann and Bart Markel and still has a chance to cop that coveted National Number One. Winner of 15 National events during his illustrious career, his talent and determination can never be discounted.