The passion of custom builder and organizer Billy Lane for early 20th-century board-track racing. Add 20 friends sharing the same enthusiasm for pre-1925 1000cc American V-Twin engines. Reserve the New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile, paved, banked racetrack ready to welcome these 20 antique motorcycle racers. The result is one of the most interesting and followed events of this 76th Daytona Bike Week. It’s called “Sons Of Speed”
After a Friday’s well attended practice where a couple of machines broke down and got fixed right away, a big crowd rushed on Saturday south of Daytona to relive the emotions that our own parents/grand-parents have lived when they watched stripped down bikes race the steep banks of American racetracks.
Let’s thank Billy Lane for creating this now major event of all big rallies where it will be held in the future, at his tenacity during these last 2 years to make it happen, at his hard work for building many of the different chassis used by racers to welcome their pre-1925 1000 cc American V-Twin engines.
In conclusion, I am not sure that the results of the heats and final race are as much important than the friendship between racers, support teams and also with spectators. Above all, let’s thank him for fostering the passion for antique motorcycle racing and for creating a new medium to exchange information about them.
The winners are: 1- Brittney Olsen (1923 Harley) 2- Matt Harris (1924 Harley) 3- Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe (1915 Harley). (Photos copyright H. Roesler for C. Huze)
Legends people from top to botton, left to right: 1- Billy Lane racing his 1912 Flying Merkel 2- Pacer Steve Coe and racers salute the crowd 3- Warren and Billy with sister Georgia and mother Marion Lane 4- Billy Lane 5- View of the Smyrna Beach racetrack stands 6- Warren Lane with his racing 1917 Harley Powerplus 7- Warren and Billy Lane 8- Bill and Willie G. Davidson went to watch the races 9- custom builder Paul Cox tuning his 1917 Indian Powerplus 10- Billy Lane checking his tires 10- Britney Olsen champion in action on her 1923 Harley 11- Shelly Rossmeyer with Marion Lane 12- They all get started with a push from the top of the racetrack bank 13- Shelly Rossmeyer in action on her 1915 Harley was one of the favorite racers to win 14- Billy (top) and brother Warren faced off in one of the Heats 15- Paul Cox 16- Museum owner, historian and Race Pacer Steve Coe 17- Matt Harris surprised all by his speed in the speedway banks on his 1924 Harley 18- Shelly with mother Sandy Rossmeyer 19- Candy Lane celebrated at the speedway her 8th week on our planet 20- Billy Lane in action 21- The 1919 Indian Powerplus Racer of Rick Petko 22- Warren Lane on his 1920 Harley Powerplus 23- Josh Owens on his antique “Moonshiner” 24- Cyril Huze trying to convince Willie G. Davidson to race next time. Answer “I drink W40 every day, but it does nothing to my knees…” 25- Health Coach Leah Misch thinks that Cyril Huze is over heating in his sweatshirt and will strip him down to a tee-shirt 26- Billy Lane – 27- Rick Petko 28- Cyril Huze with best race supporters Marion and Georgia Lane 29- Trophy Girl 30- Billy Lane congratulates Brittney Olsen, 1st ever racing champion of “Sons Of Speed” 31- Brittney Olsen enjoying the podium and loud cheers from the crowd 24- The Race Pace Motorcycles of Steve Coe.
Many more pictures after the jump.