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Raising awareness on the last day of women’s history month: Meet Mary McLeod Bethune

Post by Marilyn Stemp.

If you’ve ridden in Daytona Beach you’ve likely been on “M. McLeod Bethune Blvd.” Not only is it a great way to skip traffic on International Speedway Blvd. during bike week, it’s also the epicenter of Black Bike Week

It’s an unusual street name and I often wondered about its origin, though the middle of bike week was never the time to do the proper research. But a recent issue of Time magazine, celebrating 100 Women of the Year simultaneous with the centennial of the 19th amendment, presented that opportunity. There, for the year 1934 appeared the name: Mary McLeod Bethune and a brief story about her.

A teacher and women’s group organizer, Mrs. Bethune had made her voice heard well before 1934, lobbying the federal government and gaining the attention of presidents Hoover and Coolidge in the 1920’s  as she sought awareness for the needs of African Americans. As the Depression took hold of the country, Mrs. Bethune played a part in FDR’s New Deal by, as Time said: “becoming the highest-ranking African-American woman in government and the first ever to head a federal department.”

Thirty years before that, after moving from her native South Carolina to Florida, Mrs. Bethune had started the Daytona Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls. After several stages of growth, the school merged with Cookman Institute in 1923 and continued gaining accreditations until it reached university status in 2007. Called Bethune-Cookman University, it’s a private liberal arts institution and a Historically Black College University. When you ride along M. McLeod Bethune Boulevard, it’s the University’s buildings you pass by. A dozen other school across the country bear her name.

Known for her lifetime of activism and many “firsts” within the African American community and otherwise, she is remembered as a philanthropist, humanitarian, businesswoman and stateswoman. So next time you’re riding in Daytona and see that street sign, you can salute an American heroine.

Great time at Arlen Fatland’s 50th anniversary party, Daytona Bikeweek 2020

Post & Images by Jack McIntyre

We all just attended Arlen Fatland’s 50th anniversary party at what is now Billy Lane’s home for Choppers Inc on Main Street in Daytona with Rod Woodruff, Jack & Lynn Deagazio, Toni Woodruff, Marilyn Stemp, Jeff Zielinski, Cory Ness, Christine LePera, john marcella, Jody Perewitz, Zach Ness, Dave Perewitz, Timothy Remus, Billy Lane, Erin Lane, and many more. I wanted to share all of these images because it was a gathering of some of the industries most wonderful people. I spoke with Billy Lane & his wife Erin for a while over a few days time regarding the shop being purchased from Arlen, and it’s future. I will keep tabs with Billy on this project so that I don’t report incorrect news, but the idea is to make it a cool lounge more or less, highlighting future builders while honoring the past, so with that said, I will sit back and await the shops future & in October, I will do another shoot there & show you how Billy & Erin’s goal has moved forward. NEXT UP: The editing of my Son’s of Speed images from a few days prior. Continue reading Great time at Arlen Fatland’s 50th anniversary party, Daytona Bikeweek 2020

S&S Cycle Supports American Flat Track’s NBCSN Broadcasts in addition to posting Contingency Offerings

1DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 11, 2018) – Following a season of significant success, where support of the Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew helped garner a 1-2-3 season finish in AFT’s premier class in 2017, S&S Cycle has pledged additional backing to American Flat Track and its 2018 championship series.


As the legendary V-Twin performance company celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2018, S&S has not only renewed its partnership with the Indian Wrecking Crew and reigning champion Jared Mees (who won the AFT season-opener at Daytona as well as round number two in Atlanta on April 7), but will back American Flat Track’s NBCSN weekend broadcasts.


Additionally, S&S Cycle will offer a generous race and championship contingency bonus package of over $80,000 to qualifying racers who use S&S Cycle custom exhausts on their Indian Scout FTR750s, Harley-Davidson XG750Rs, or Kawasaki Ninja 650s.


“Racing is the very heart and soul of the many accomplishments and innovative products S&S Cycle has delivered over the past 60 years,” said David Zemla, VP of Marketing for S&S Cycle, Inc. “This passion for performance drives innovation from our designers and engineers, ensuring we deliver on our promise of Proven Performance.”


Up Next:
American Flat Track will be back in action on Saturday, April 28 for the Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at Texas Half Mile presented by Dallas Honda in Dallas, Texas for round 3 of the 2018 season. Live coverage can be viewed on FansChoice.tv beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET with Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET.
A wide range of General Admission and VIP tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/american-flat-track-motorcycle-racing/. There is a $20 military/first-responder ticket available as well (with appropriate ID), and kids under 12 are free.


About S&S Cycle
S&S Cycle is the premier provider of Proven Performance solutions for American V-twin motorcycles that enhance performance and the riding experience. S&S Cycle has been engineering and manufacturing high performance products in the USA for 60 years. For more information on S&S Cycle visit sscycle.com. Founded in 1958 and with drag racing as its central focus, S&S Cycle has racing embedded in its DNA. The six decades since have seen S&S Cycle establish itself as the major name in American V-Twin performance, a reputation further cemented with each additional speed record and national championship victory. That legacy of record-shattering success on the Bonneville Salt Flats and drag strips across the nation earned co-founder George J. Smith a place in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

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