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Saint Louis Motordrome Racing

This is our third in a series of photos showing the track, riders and machines that “Rode The Boards” in St. Louis. This appears to be John B. Hoefeler with his Excelsior Auto-Cycle. The other rider with the No Tsu Oh Oil Jersey is unidentified. Note the total lack of front or rear suspension and…

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Saint Louis Motordrome Racing

We are back in St. Louis again at the Motodrome and this time we are viewing what appears to be an Indian in the foreground with an unknown rider and possibly, John B. Hoefeler behind him on his Excelsior. The photo was taken by A. F. Pike on Sept. 6, 1914 and is courtesy of the Thomas…

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Saint Louis Motordrome Racing

Wells Bennett is seen above on his v-twin Excelsior, posing at the base of the wooden motordrome track in St. Louis. It was set up during the early mid-teens when the very fast paced and dangerous sport of motorcycle board track racing was a popular spectator sport. The photo below showing the track was taken on Sept….

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Photographer A.F. Van Order

There is a great post on the Smithsonian.com about A.F.Van Order who is seen above, which we learned about from Jim O’Clair’s post on the HMN Blog. Van Order moved from Illinois to Southern California, so he could ride his motorcycle year-round. He started selling Harley-Davidsons and also took up racing, but that came to…

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French Track Cycles

Two great images of French Motorcycles on a board track, the top postmarked 1906 and the bottom from 1908. Earlier we looked at a very similar belt-drive track cycle.

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Motorcycles On The Boards

This great photo is from a wonderful motorcycle website called the Vintagent where you can learn more about motorcycle board track racing. Also enjoy the incredible video below of motorcycle racing on the boards at what appears to be the Sheepshead Bay track, with and without sidecars

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The Salem Boards

The beautiful cover art that Tony De Seta posted reminded me of this photo of a sad day on the dangerous board tracks. The dip you can see in the middle of the photo is not a defect in the photo but was actually there. If  recollection serves correctly it was caused by a stream…

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