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.

3 Comments:

Anonymous wendyvee said...

All that and no brakes. Simply amazing!

I saw this awhile back and a friend also doubted that it was Daytona .... hmmmmm

October 27, 2010 at 9:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Doug Just Doug said...

Imagine the "wood rash"! BTW, there was a board track in Altoona.

October 28, 2010 at 8:56:00 AM EDT  
Blogger No Name said...

this is all kinds of awesome

April 23, 2011 at 9:58:00 PM EDT  

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