Vintage Racing With Soul
If you have plans to be anywhere other than at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday, March 7th, change them. The 10th Sons of Speed Vintage Motorcycle Race will be held at New Smyrna Speedway that night, preceded by two full days of track tuning and practice.
Sons of Speed is true outlaw motorcycle racing. We race stripped down, modified American board track motorcycles from 1910-1929, and American 45 cubic inch twins from 1936-1955. We are un-sanctioned, and we make our own rules. The policies and politics of large corporations and institutions hold no influence over us. We are ruled by high octane fuel, oil, spark, and speed.
Expect to see over fifty fast American racing motorcycles blaze the high-banked asphalt half-mile at New Smyrna Speedway. Indians, Excelsiors, and Flying Merkels battle Harley-Davidsons for the coveted checkered flags, like they did a century ago on America’s long-gone wooden motordrome board tracks. These motorcycles have no brakes, no clutch, and no gearbox. Their only purpose is to go fast. They are good for nothing else.
The 90-100-year-old board track machines raced in four progressively faster classes; 500cc single cylinders, stock engine 1000cc twin cylinders, modified engine 1000cc twin cylinders, and unlimited displacement twin-cylinder bikes. Reigning stock 1000cc champion Roxie Hanna faces serious competition from all contenders, including Jody Perewitz. Roxie and Jody were in a dogfight in October’s races, and mechanical failure to Jody’s machine gave Roxie the edge she needed to stand in the winner’s circle.
The stacked 45 cubic inch class provides the fastest, sketchiest 1/2 mile racing you can get. eBay Jake will defend his title from October on his lightning-quick Harley-Davidson WR 45, but previous 45 champions like Doug Young, Billy Applegate, and Moonshiner Josh Owens all want another taste of champagne spray at the finish line.
The modified 1000cc board track bikes are becoming increasingly more thrilling, and their riders are nothing short of daredevils. This is anyone’s race. eBay Jake is the most recent titleholder, but speed demons like Josh Young and prior champion Carey Maynell seriously threaten Jake’s run at a repeat. These guys are serious mechanics and riders, expect edge-of-your-seat action.
Sons of Speed number ten goes down Saturday, March 7th, 5pm at New Smyrna Speedway during Daytona Beach Bike Week. Information and admission tickets for several levels of access are available online at www.sonsofspeed.eventbrite.com. General admission tickets may also be purchased on location, day of race, at the New Smyrna Speedway ticket office.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see these riders and their machines up close and in person. Experience something different from the usual. You will leave wanting more and knowing you got your money’s worth.