from a year 'round rider, combat commuter & general moto-geek
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Motorcycle Board Track Racing
This is an amazingly clear and well-preserved video of American motorcycle board-track racing (click here). Judging by the motorcycles and the military uniforms on some of the onlookers, I'm guessing the video was shot between 1910 and 1920. At a time when street cars topped out at about 35 MPH, these motorcycles were lapping at about 100 -- without brakes. This video shows a long track claiming to be in Daytona; I'm skeptical of that. But it must've been a rare long track as I believe most board tracks were short, very high-banked velodrome-type tracks. In addition to the pioneering racers, front row spectators were occasional casualties. Yup, this was back when "men were men"...sometimes very splintery men at that.