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More than a dozen vintage-powered race bikes re-created the board track races of the early 20th Century at the second Sons of Speed race on October 21. The event took place at New Smyrna Speedway during the Daytona Beach, Florida’s Biketoberfest.
This fresh yet nostalgic race event, instigated by Billy Lane of Choppers Inc., first ran in March of this year during Daytona Bike Week on New Smyrna’s banked half-mile asphalt track. That time, Brittney Olson took first, followed by Matt Harris in second and Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe in third. Olsen sat out this round while her bike was being repaired but acted as Grand Marshal for this day.
Many of the same racers came out to compete, some on the same machines they campaigned in March and others on “new” bikes that recently rolled out of Lane’s shop—one, in fact, just hours before race day! The powerplants vary in make but they’re all original equipment from the early days of motorcycling that sat languishing for decades. Lane’s purpose built frames, front ends and sheetmetal created homes for these motors to finally fire up once and get back on the track. The concept harkens back to one of motorcycling’s heydays and it’s exhilarating to watch.
Even the practice runs were exciting. Moonshiner Josh Owens and Matt Walksler ran neck in neck early on, with Owens fearlessly on the throttle. But that rivalry resolved when Owens’s bike wouldn’t start for the final. Walksler and Ebay Jake duked it out, too, crossing the finish line head to head in one heat. Buzz Kanter, Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe and Billy rocked steady to make their qualifiers; Toce and Roxy ran consistently, too. Though mechanical gremlins bit Xavier Muriel, Rick Petko, Freddy and Brook they all exhibited moxie and looked incredible. These stripped down, pre-1925 machines with no clutches or brakes had to be bump-started and appeared to hang on the banking by magic.
Even with camaraderie high and competitive angst low, someone’s going to win, right? Ultimately Ebay Jake, who’d run strong all day, placed first on a 1919 Harley J Model racer owned by Curtis Wear. In second place—again—was the Matt Harris of 40 Cal Customs, still nursing his broken leg but not holding back a bit on the track. Matt Walksler of Period Modified came in third and was all smiles about it.
Ebay Jake also gave the crowd a stunt show before the main event, mixing it up with Bubba Blackwell who popped some wheelies, too, while taking a break from his emcee duties. Bubba stepped in to fill-in for the recently deceased Barry Boone who was originally set to announce the races. Bubba respectfully led the crowd in a moment of silence to remember Barry.
There were dozens of side stories, the racers took time to meet with spectators, and pit crews exhibited a ton of dedicated effort. But instead of us relating more here, just take this advice: next time Sons of Speed racing happens, go. You won’t regret it.
Hello All, Jack McIntyre here. It’s Sunday, last day of Bikeweek in Daytona. I’m headed back to snowy Philly this morning so once home, I’ll really start to add coverage from Daytona on the website. If you are into the old board track racing, I have some great imagery for you all to roam through. Plus, Main Street is still the party and the numbers of visitors, in my view, has gone back to the days of old. The crowds in town were off the hook huge.
Anyway, lots of coverage to come so stay tuned!
Sons Of Speed Debut Race Set For Biketoberfest® 2016
New Smyrna Beach, FL (September 21, 2016) – Tickets are on sale online for the Sons of Speed Inaugural Race, set to commence mid-October of this year. The Sons Of Speed debut race features eight venerated motorcyclists and will run Saturday October 15, 2016, during Biketoberfest at New Smyrna Speedway just south of Daytona Beach, Florida. Buy tickets before October 1, and you automatically are entered in a drawing for a tour of Billy’s Shop ($250 value) on October 15, prior to the race. Racers in the Sons of Speed race will compete for the Grand Prize of a brand new Shovelhead motor donated by S&S motors.
“There has been so much enthusiasm from sponsors, fans and potential participants since we first announced the concept,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “Now the date’s set, tickets are selling fast, we have a full slate of riders and we can’t wait for October.”
Inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed race hearkens back to a stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. Held at New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile, banked racetrack, the inaugural race will feature eight riders in several different heats. Winners of the heats will advance to a championship round, competing for a brand new shovelhead motor. Each racer will sit astride identical hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1,000cc American V-Twin engines, and most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs, and fuel/oil tanks.
Patrons have three ticket options:
(1) Special presale pricing for single-day tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for kids untilOctober 1—these tickets get you in the gate JUST on the 15th (after 10/1, single-day presale tickets are $20 per-person)
(2) $50 presale gets you VIP access and choice seating, allowing you to watch the practice session on the 14th and attend the race on the 15th
(3) $250 presale gets you a 1-hour group tour of Billy’s shop and choice seating for both days
Check out the Sons of Speed Facebook Event Page for updates and breaking news. The Sons of Speed vintage race would not be possible without the support of Choppers Inc., S&S Cycle, Rise Above Consulting and Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson.
Ticket link: https://sons-of-speed.eventbrite.com/
About Sons Of Speed
Sons Of Speed is a motorcycle race inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racing. Featuring stripped-down bikes with pre-1925 American V-Twin engines and a steeply banked racetrack, Sons Of Speed hearkens back to a wide-open, full-throttle, thrilling style of motorcycle racing. The inaugural Sons Of Speed race will take place in Florida at New Smyrna Speedway during Biketoberfest in October 2016. Co-founded by veteran motorcycle bike builder Billy Lane, the first Sons Of Speed race will feature eight of the sport’s most accomplished riders, builders, and enthusiasts, including Jay Allen (motorcycle racer/promoter), Buzz Kanter (publisher, American Iron Magazine), Shelley Rossmeyer-Pepe (GM, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson), vintage racer Brittney Olsen, Warren and Billy Lane, Rick Petko (of American Chopper fame and master mechanic at Orange County Choppers) and Matt Walksler (motorcyclist and Associate Director of Wheels Through Time). Official Sons of Speed merchandise is available here. For more information on the debut race and to buy tickets, check out the Facebook event page.
In preparation for its inaugural race at Daytona Bike Week’s 75th anniversary rally in March 2016, Sons of Speed is engaging sponsors and previewing bikes at the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, August 3-9, 2015.
“There’s a lot of interest, a lot of sponsors approaching us,” says founder and veteran bike builder Billy Lane. “We’re already thinking about expanding to more race classes–but, obviously, our focus now is on preparing for the first race during Daytona’s 75th.”
Inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed race hearkens back to a stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. The inaugural race takes place in March 2016, during the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week at New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile, banked racetrack. It will feature up to 9 riders in several different heats, and winners of the heats will advance to a championship round. Each racer will sit astride identical hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1000cc American V-Twin engines, and most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs, and fuel/oil tanks.
Anticipation and curiosity has run rampant since news of the event first broke, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally offers one of the only opportunities to get merchandise and see some of the Sons Of Speed bikes in person before the actual race.
Billy Lane and his Crocker speedway racer will be on hand at the Broken Spoke Campground during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally–along with a few of the potential Sons Of Speed racing participants–for information sessions and photo opportunities. Limited-edition Sons Of Speed merchandise will also be available at the Broken Spoke Campground for purchase. Billy’s personal race bike–featuring his Sons of Speed hand-built chassis and 1914 Pope Model L engine–will be on display at Michael Lichter’s Naked Truth Exhibit all week at the Buffalo Chip.
“I’m both thrilled and humbled by the enthusiasm we’re seeing for Sons of Speed,” says Billy Lane. “It has really taken off–so much excitement. There’s talk of expansion. Sturgis and Daytona have been so generous and enthusiastic–it’s all a bit mind blowing.”
About Sons Of Speed Sons Of Speed is a motorcycle race inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racing. Featuring stripped-down bikes with pre-1925 American V-Twin engines and a steeply banked racetrack, Sons Of Speed hearkens back to a wide-open, full-throttle, thrilling style of motorcycle racing. The inaugural Sons Of Speed race will take place at New Smyrna Speedway during the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week in March 2016. Co-founded by veteran motorcycle bike builder Billy Lane, the first Sons Of Speed race will feature some of the sports most accomplished riders, builders, and enthusiasts, including Jay Allen (proprietor, Broken Spoke Saloons), Tommy “Chibs” Flanagan (of Sons Of Anarchy fame), Shelley Rossmeyer-Pepe (GM, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson), Warren and Billy Lane, and many more.
Source and images: Rise Above Consulting
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