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Clessie William Irwin

Clessie Cummins was an innovative mechanic. William Glanton Irwin was a businessman. In 1919 they came together to lead Cummins Engine Company, now Cummins Inc., into a business that would grow beyond its humble roots in Columbus, Indiana, and become a globally-recognized Fortune 500 Company.

Early 1930s

1930sClessie and the Cummins workforce pose with the No. 8 car that ran in the 1931 Indianapolis 500. Two days later it became the first entry ever to run the entire race nonstop, finishing 13th on just $1.40 worth of “furnace oil.”


1931Clessie predicted that this truck - outfitted with a Cummins diesel engine - could go 10,000 miles without stopping.


1932Clessie waves good-bye on the eve of his transcontinental bus run in November 1932.


1934Cummins poses with driver "Stubby" Stubblefield and mechanic Bert Lustig at the Indianapolis Speedway in 1934. 3 years after running the Cummins Special at the track, Cummins returned with not just one, but two competing engines in the Number 5 & Number 6 cars.


1935Cummins co-founder Clessie Cummins drove this Cummins-powered Auburn from New York to San-Francisco in 1935 on $7.62 worth of fuel.

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