Billy Lane Creates Sons Of Speed. Early 20th Century Board-Track Racing. Bikes Preview In Sturgis.

Sons1Sons2Sons Of Speed is a motorcycle race inspired by early 20th 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 half mile during the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week in March 2016.

Co-founded by 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.

The race 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.

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.

Sons Of Speed is selecting race sponsors and previewing some of the bikes at the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, August 3-9, 2015. “There’s a lot of interest, a lot of sponsors approaching us,” says “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.” says founder and bike builder Billy Lane.

15 Responses to “Billy Lane Creates Sons Of Speed. Early 20th Century Board-Track Racing. Bikes Preview In Sturgis.”

  1. 1 Seymour Jul 23rd, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Very cool

  2. 2 Mark Russell Jul 23rd, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Good idea. But is the new Smyrna Speedway a good track for these races? Where in Sturgis?

  3. 3 Rodent Jul 23rd, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Gee, the 75 Daytona! Wonder if it will be bigger than the 75 of Sturgis ?

  4. 4 Zenaldo Jul 23rd, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Maybe Dave Perewitz should build one to compete..

  5. 5 bludog Jul 23rd, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Nice idea, hadn’t ever gone into New Smyrna Speedway before but it’s a great location and bike week is long overdue for some new events. Please don’t schedule in conflict with Willies!

  6. 6 DinSoCal Jul 23rd, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Very cool – seeing something like this has been a wish of mine for a while. What i’d really like is to see not only the races televised but the behind-the-scenes stuff too. It would be fun to see the builders do a reality tv format (without the fake drama b.s. that you get with other shows)

  7. 7 nicker Jul 23rd, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Great idea.

    Hope the logistics of keeping all that old iron runnign won’t become a show stopper.


  8. 8 Woody's Jul 23rd, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Interesting concept, could be crazy cool. Is the goal to make it like the old IROC “identical machines” but with slight modifications?

  9. 9 Tom Ryan Jul 24th, 2015 at 8:44 am

    If there is a market for building these kinds of bikes again, has any company ever considered manufacturing these pre-1925 motors using today’s technology?

  10. 10 marcus Jul 24th, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Board tracking on a flat track? Not much bank at New Smyrna. Going to be interesting to see these skinny wheeled tall bikes take the turns.

  11. 11 Pat Simmons Jul 27th, 2015 at 8:34 am

    That’s gonna be a great event! Good luck to all the racers, and welcome back to the multi talented craftsman Billy Lane!

  12. 12 LC Fabrications Jul 27th, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Dear Billy Lane….I want some of this….can I get an email?

  13. 13 Brittney Olsen Jul 27th, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Awesome work Billy! I’m in if you need more racers! I’ll call you later to get more info! See you out in Sturgis buddy!

  14. 14 A 1 CYCLES Jul 28th, 2015 at 12:31 pm


  15. 15 Blackmax Jul 29th, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Good for you, Billy !!!
    Keep on keepin’ on !!!

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