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Grover Bergdoll

Grover Bergdoll, 1922. Originally in the Ogden Examiner (Utah), 4th September 1922, so copyright lapsed. JPEG copyright, Richard Jenkins, 2010.

Grover Bergdoll, 1922. Originally in the Ogden Examiner (Utah), 4th September 1922, so copyright lapsed. JPEG copyright, Richard Jenkins, 2010.

Born:

18 Oct 1893
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Died:

15 Jan 1966
Richmond, Virginia

Nationality:

United States

Indy 500s:

0 (1915)

Both Bergdoll's were heirs of a brewery firm. Grover was a pilot who, after being refused work as a flying instructor, dodged the draft and fled to the Bergdoll homeland of Germany. He served seven years in prison on his return to the US, after originally being arrested in 1920, and surviving attempts to return him in both 1921 and 1923, and later was put under psychiatric care, in which he remained until his death. Bergdoll bought a Wright Brothers Model B Biplane to further his flying career, being a pioneer of aviation in his local area during the industry's infancy. Bergdoll's racing career was solely linked to his brother, Erwin. He raced Erwin's own creations between 1911 and 1916; however his most prolific year was 1915, when he raced on a number of Board Ovals.

Biography last updated 15 Jun 2017