Brittney Olsen Wins First-Ever Sons of Speed Boardtrack Race

Brittney Olsen gives the double thumbs up after winning the first-ever Sons of Speed event.

Brittney Olsen gives the double thumbs up after winning the first-ever Sons of Speed event.

Brittney Olsen has etched her name in the record books as the first winner of the Sons of Speed boardtrack races. Riding her 1923 Harley “J” Model boardtracker, Olsen was fast all day on the banks of New Smyrna Speedway, the 20th Century Racing rider using her experience and finely tuned machine to rocket to the win.

“I just feel so proud and honored to be out here. It’s really awesome to be invited. I thought well, I race on dirt and that’s kind of a tricky surface but I’m really, really happy with my team and my mechanics back home. My team in the pits here, Doc Batzler, Doug, Mike Weasner, everybody who helped me get to this spot, thank you so much,” said Olsen from the podium.

Matt Harris of .40CalCustoms finished second, Harris also riding a Harley “J” Model. His boardtracker sang a wonderful song, a bold almost century-old note at full throttle. Harris showed fine form while winning his heat and carried that momentum into the Main to secure second place.

Matt Harris of .40CalCustoms was looking good on his 1924 "J" Model Harley boardtracker on his way to a second place finish.

Matt Harris of .40CalCustoms was looking good on his 1924 “J” Model Harley boardtracker on his way to a second place finish.

“Not too shabby for finishing the bike on Tuesday riding it for the first time Thursday and racing on Saturday!” wrote Harris on .40CalCustoms Instagram account.

Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe captured the final podium position, piloting her 1915 Harley boardtracker to a third place finish. Rossmeyer-Pepe earned a spot in the Main after winning the Last Chance Qualifier and took advantage of the opportunity to fight for her spot on the podium.

Billy Lane rides the tight line at Sons of Speed.

Billy Lane rides the tight line at Sons of Speed.

During the first Heat race of the day, Team American iron’s Buzz Kanter rode the inside line and passed Billy Lane on the last lap, the pass bringing the crowd to their feet as Kanter earned his own spot in Sons of Speed history as the winner of the first-ever race. In the Main, the engine of his 1915 Harley didn’t run as smoothly as his heat race, Kanter still elated with his fourth place finish. Kanter said the Sons of Speed experience was “one of the highlights of his motorcycle life.”

The crowd was on their feet as Buzz Kanter captured the first-ever checkered flag at the Sons of Speed races.

The crowd was on their feet as Buzz Kanter captured the first-ever checkered flag at the Sons of Speed races.

Josh Owens of Moonshiners fame quickly became a fan favorite in his Heat race against Olsen. The two fought a spirited battle, Owens fearlessly attacking corners as he gave it his all trying to steal the victory from Olsen. In addition to winning over the crowd, Owens proved he’s got some serious racing skills as he directed Matt Walksler’s 1921 Harley around the track.

Josh Owens Sons of Speed 2017

Josh Owens showed he’s got some serious racing skills as he won the crowd over at the Sons of Speed races.

The stands were jam-packed at New Smyrna Speedway, the crowd treated to a racing spectacle the likes of hasn’t been seen in almost 100 years. Billy Lane and all those who made this event possible deserve a huge ovation for putting together possibly the best event of Daytona Beach Bike Week 2017.

Bringing Boardtrack Back – Sons of Speed Set for Biketoberfest

Oh, what has Buzz gotten himself into now? Apparently our fearless leader at American Iron is going to strap on his gear, hop aboard a 1915 Harley-Davidson, and duel it out with the likes of Billy Lane, Jay Allen, Rick Petko and others on the paved, banked, half-mile oval of New Smyrna Speedway.

The event in question is called “Sons of Speed,” a turn-of-the-century boardtrack-style race featuring early 20th century motorcycles. The affair is the brainchild of Lane who wanted to bring back the “wide-open, full-throttle, thrilling style of motorcycle racing” of yesteryear to modern audiences. The event will take place Saturday, October 15, during Daytona Beach’s Biketoberfest. The inaugural event was supposed to take place during the 75th anniversary of Daytona Beach Bike Week but was postponed, Lane stating in a press release “We have really high standards, and we worried about meeting them under the time constraints we faced. There has been so much enthusiasm from potential sponsors, fans and participants–we have to get it right.”

Sons of Speed

The “Sons of Speed” races will feature “nine riders in several different heats. 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.”

Kanter added “Sounds like at least three of the teens racebikes are about ready for some track testing in the next couple of weeks. We will be racing with teens engines, magneto ignitions, rigid frames, no transmissions, no brakes and no clutches. I look forward to this fun in October. I will be competing on a 1915 Harley twin. I know Billy is open to a few more event sponsors if you are looking for a high profile motorcycle event to support.”

Here’s the riders list so far:
* Billy Lane, riding a 1913 Mack or a 1913 Indian
* Rick Petko (Discovery Channel’s American Chopper), riding a 1920 Indian
* Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry), riding a 1919 Harley-Davidson
* Jay Allen (motorcycle racer/promoter and proprietor, Broken Spoke Saloons), riding a 1913 Thor
* Buzz Kanter (publisher, American Iron Magazine), riding a 1915 Harley-Davidson
* Shelley Rossmeyer-Pepe (GM, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson), riding a 1915 Harley-Davidson
* Warren Lane (Atomic Metalsmith), riding a 1919 Indian

For ticket information, go to Billy Lane’s Sons of Speed Vintage Motorcycle Race.

WHEN
Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

WHERE
New Smyrna Speedway – 3939 Florida 44, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168