Sons Of Speed Antique Motorcycle Boardtrack-Style Racing

There is a good chance that no one alive has ever actually ridden a real motorcycle boardtrack race. The last one we are aware of was a century ago. While the Sons of Speed race is not technically a full on boardtrack race, it is as close any is practicle in today’s world.

Buzz Kanter’s 1915 harley. Skinny and fast, you can see how narrow these stripped down racers are.

Inspired by early twentieth-century boardtrack racers, the Sons of Speed race echoes the stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. The inaugural race takes place during Daytona Bike Week at New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile, banked racetrack.

It will feature up to twenty riders in a number of heat races. The 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.

Nothing that does not add speed. These 100 year old boardtrack racers were pretty basic and fast!

Sons of Speed is the idea of Billy Lane, who has spent countless hours in the last year pulling together the bikes, rides, location and all the logistics needed to make it happen. And the Sons of Speed race will happen in New Smyrna Speedway Friday, March 17 (practice) and Saturday, March 18 (the actual races) as part of the annual Daytona Bike Week.

“I’m both thrilled and humbled by the enthusiasm we’re seeing for Sons of Speed,” says Billy Lane. “It has really taken off–so much excitement. There’s talk of expansion at Sturgis and Daytona Biketoberfest later in the year. Everyone has been so generous and enthusiastic–it’s all a bit mind blowing.”

While the majority of the race bikes are Harley powered, others are signed up to race, including Indian, Pope, Thor and others.

American Iron Magazine is proud to be associated with this first running of the Sons of Speed event. Our Publisher Buzz Kanter, a long time vintage motorcycle enthusiast, owner and racer, will be piloting his 1915 Harley-Davidson, which is featured in the issue of American Iron Magazine that goes on sale at the start of Daytona Bike Week. If you can not find a copy locally, they are for sale at

American Iron Magazine will cover the Sons of Speed event from many perspectives – Buzz Kanter as a racer on the track, as well as staff writers and photographers covering the action. We will share it on-line and in print. Subscribe today to get your copy of the magazine to read all about it at SUBSCRIBE & SAVE

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Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance Showcases Classic & Vintage Motorcycles

Westport, Conn., September 12, 2011.

Motorcycles are a key component to the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance and among the many ways the show continually differentiates itself from other similar events. The eighth annual concours, scheduled for Sunday, September 18, 2011, in Westport, Conn., will spotlight important bikes from around the world with a varied exhibit of motorcycles spanning the past 100 years.

Buzz Kanter riding Selma, his 1915 Harley-Davidson

More than 20 motorcycles from the United States, Europe, and Asia will be displayed chronologically amid the cars to illustrate their parallel engineering and stylistic development. Each has its unique significance in its rarity, famed restoration, owner’s personal story, use as perhaps a board track or flat track racer, or tales of WWII having seen use by the German army or the 1937 Brough Superior being shown by Victor Olson having been hidden from the Nazis in Holland. Two 1915 Harley-Davidsons that competed in the 2010 pre-1916 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run from North Carolina to California will be on the show field with
Buzz Kanter might drive his in the Saturday, September 17 Fairfield County Concours Nutmeg Tour for Autism. A “barn find” 1928 Indian Scout will make its show debut after its 60-year hiatus in basement storage. A 1990 BMW K1 on view is a superb example of the marque’s superbike of the period.

Motorcycles will also be highlighted at the Bonhams Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance Exceptional Collectors’ Motorcars and Automobilia Auction on Sunday, September 18. Of special interest is “The Last Great Velo,” a 1969 Velocette Thruxton factory-built cafe racer that has been called the last of the great British
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The Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance showcases 200 extraordinary automobiles and motorcycles spanning the past 100 years and hosts Bonhams’ Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance Exceptional Collectors’ Motorcars and Automobilia Auction. The Concours d’Elegance show on Sunday, September 18 also highlights Chrysler Hemi-powered vehicles, CCCA Grand Classic 100 Point Winners, Porsche, Jaguar E-type, Woodies, Barn Finds, and Preservation Vehicles. Saturday, September 17 presents Car Club Day, Art + Automobilia exhibitors, Nutmeg Tour for Autism and Toast the Tour Reception, CCCA Grand Classic, and Bonhams Auction preview.

The Fairfield County Concours is grateful to its sponsors, which include Presenting Sponsor Porsche Cars North America, Tiffany & Co., Cadillac, Sports Car Market, Westport Resources, Bonhams, Moffly Media, Fairfield Motor Cars, Callari Auto Group, Miller Motorcars, Reliable Carriers, Rubin Worldwide, Gartner, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Meguiar’s, Hagerty Insurance, FIAT, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, Automotive Restorations Inc., American Iron Magazine, Roadbike Magazine, Vintage Rallies, Automotive Valuation Services, Monticello Motor Club,
Lime Rock Driver’s Club, The Delamar Hotel, Monticello Motor Club, Garage Style Magazine, Attitude Garage, Gieger’s Landscape Architects,, and DBS Helicopters.

The event has raised more than $100,000 for The Drive to Treat Autism Fund supporting services for children and adolescents with developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders through St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services.

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Harley Magazine Editor Buzz Kanter Wins Pre-1916 Class At Vintage Grand Prix Motorcycle Race

Buzz Kanter Wins Race on Selma, His 1915 Harley Motorcycle

American Iron Magazine Editor-in-Chief Buzz Kanter entered Selma, his 1915 Harley from last year’s Motorcycle Cannonball in the Morgantown, WV Vintage Grand Prix motorcycle races this past Sunday and won the class.

Motorcycle Cannonballers Jim Petty (on the 1915 Indian) and Buzz Kanter (on the 1915 Harley) prior to the race.

After rebuilding this 1915 Harley at Wheels Through Time a few days earlier, this was Buzz’s first time to ride Selma in almost a year. It was his first time at Mountainfest where the race was held. Racing on a roughly 1/2 mile course through the closed roads of downtown Morgantown, WV Buzz managed to stay in front of one 1915 Indian motorcycle, and chase down another 1915 Indian in the last of five laps to take the win.  This class was open to pre-1916 motorcycles.