Monday, December 24, 2007

Motorcycle Board Track Racing Video

Someone on Sport-Touring.Net posted a link to this amazingly clear and well-preserved video of American 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 around 1910 - 1920. This video shows a long track (claiming to be in Daytona; I'm skeptical of that myself), but I believe most board tracks were short, very high-banked velodrome-type tracks. Front row spectators were occasional casualties, along with the pioneering racers. Yup, this was back when "men were men"...and I imagine, sometimes very splintery men at that.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

how can i view this board track video?

June 28, 2009 at 9:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Doug Just Doug said...

Thanks for stopping by. Clicking on the text link (the blue "here" in the "click here")takes you to the website that's hosting the video. I just checked it and it still works, for me anyway.

June 29, 2009 at 8:36:00 AM EDT  

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