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Board Track Racing

One of the most terrifying  aspects of motorcycling to ever transpire was in the early 1900’s at the dawn of motorcycle racing, boardtrack racing. Boardtracks varied in size but all promised excitement and drama that you could never see in racing today. The slick surface, under-engineered machines (modified bicycles) that could top out at 100 mph and lack of safety gear all make this one of the most dangerous sports ever.

 

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You can see the size of a boardtrack in this image
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There was a lot of posing on bikes not moving because photos couldn’t be taken of moving bikes
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Indian Boardtrack Racer
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Indian Racer
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Harley-Davidson Racer
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1911 Boardtrack race
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Cyclone
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This shows how steep this track was, some were up to 45 degrees
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Indian Racer
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Trikes racing
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HD Boardtrack racer
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This shows the steepness of some tracks
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HD racer on the board
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A bicycle drafting a motorcycle in a velodrome was the birth of boardtrack racing
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That isn’t dust it’s exhaust and oil burning
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Iconic head on boardtrack shot
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They would use 100’s of thousands of boards to construct one track.

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