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Welcome to the Murderdrome - A Brief History of Board Track Racing

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Published on 03 Oct 2023 / In Film & Animation

A couple of weeks ago we posted up our interview with Dave Southall talking about his Board Track Racer build. This piqued our interest in the history of the bikes, tracks, and racers so in this episode we take a look at the history behind the pioneering boardtrack racers of days past. Names such as Albery 'shrimp' Burns, Ray Weishaar and Eddie Hasha. Along with motorcycles from the likes of Harley Davidson, Indian and Excelsior.

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bigintol03
bigintol03 5 months ago

Very interesting!

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Life_N_Times_of_Shane_T_Hanson

Check this out.... Same Bikes - Racing starts around 2 minutes. Davenport 2011 Board Track 1/2-Mile Main Event https://www.mgtow.tv/v/noWFvU (Fuck Yeah....)

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Life_N_Times_of_Shane_T_Hanson

No clutch. No brakes. And once his engine warmed up and he got a feel for the track, he started going for it.... They do lightly wet the track down to keep the dust down and to keep the surface sort of more solid... so depending how much they wet it and what the surface is like before and after, gives the amount of grip and slip feel to the track and different areas of the track... These are the sort of roads that I used to sit on 60 - 70 miles an hour, on a 6" wide strip, of clean damp clay / gravel mix, that was usually free of compression ripples, and pot holes etc.. But by sticking in that narrow strip and changing from side to side of the single lane road, to follow that strip - on a very light fast bike, you could cross hundreds of K's of mountain roads very quickly..... And the only difference between a flat track racing, is they had an oval with a flat fence around it, and I had trees and rock cliffs to run into on one side and a straight cliff to run off on the other side... It's all an understanding, if you fuck it up - you die, and help is few and far between and the nearest hospital is like 2 hours away...... 2 hours to get to you and 2 hours to get back... https://maps.app.goo.gl/WZKf7F8h84hUjrwDA -------- See the tyre marks - the strip of smooth gravel free clay https://maps.app.goo.gl/HUWt2EwL2m1Nn4B66 ---- https://maps.app.goo.gl/F42T4C8ubZs13Nv17 --------- https://maps.app.goo.gl/drZs92jJeYdXH7wr7 ------ and zoomed in ---- https://maps.app.goo.gl/jb8WaERkS4aWp7pA6

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Life_N_Times_of_Shane_T_Hanson

And if you go sailing off the edge into slear space and down a 200 foot cliff - maybe a sharp eyed local will see the tyre marks through the gravel heading off the edge of the road... Maybe.... Of course, you might never be seen again.....

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