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Some of today’s finds:
Deadly days of board-track racing, why Ayrton Senna was so fast, deserted Mercedes, Volugrafo “Bimbo 46”, Han Solo DL-44 Blaster, Morgan Factory tour, and a new BMW build from SuMisura.
David Schonauer: The races must have been spectacular for people who were accustomed to thinking of horsepower in terms of actual horses. The bikes were designed to run fast, and that was about it: they had to be towed behind other motorcycles to get them started, and they had no brakes. The tracks, called motordromes, came in various sizes—a circuit of a mile and a quarter occupied the current site of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills—and were made of lengths of 2-by-2 and 2-by-4 lumber with rough-cut surfaces.
The turns were severely banked, allowing riders to reach speeds of more than 100 miles an hour. Crashes were frequent and horrific—riders who went down faced being impaled by splinters—and often fatal. Spectators shared in the risk: at many motordromes, they peered down from the lip of the track, in harm’s way. On one particularly lethal day in 1912, several observers—from four to six, accounts vary—were killed along with Eddie Hasha and another rider at a motordrome in Newark, New Jersey, when Hasha lost control of his bike and slammed into the crowd.
While looking for board-track racing images, I came across this video from Deluxe Ride.
Ford GT40 & Michael Prichinello for the Scout Magazine
From the Megdeluxe Store: Trucker Caps. Purchase one of these bad boys here…