If you haven’t yet heard of the Sons of Speed Inaugural Race, that is set to debut during this year’s Daytona Bike Week, you are missing out! Inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed race summons all that we love about motorcycle history, taking us back to the world of the stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. Tickets have been selling fast for the highly anticipated race, that will feature twenty daredevil motorcycle racers. It will run Saturday, March 18, 2017 at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Florida.
The Grand Prize winner of the race will receive a brand new shovelhead motor, donated by S&S Cycle. New Smyrna Speedway has an impressive half-mile, banked racetrack, and during the 76th Annual Daytona Bike Week, it will feature all twenty riders competing in several different heats. The winners of the heats will each advance to a championship round for more competition. Each racer will ride motorcycles with identical hand-built racing chassis, holding pre-1925 1,000cc American V-Twin engines, and most racers will have customizations done on their bikes – some may fabricate the handlebars, the exhaust, the fenders, the foot pegs, and even the fuel/oil tanks.
The twenty racers are:
Billy (1912 Flying Merkel) and Warren (1920 Indian Powerplus) Lane; Rick Petko (1919 Indian Powerplus); Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe (1915 Harley); Rick Marshall (1924 Harley); Matt Walksler (1921 Harley); Brittney Olsen (1923 Harley); Xavier Muriel (1913 P.E.M.); Matt Olsen (19?? Harley); Rhett Rotten (1916 Harley); Derrick Ames (1919 Harley); Bill Rodencal (1915 Harley); Brook James (19?? Harley); Paul Cox (1917 Indian Powerplus); Dan Toce (1914 Indian); Buzz Kanter (1915 Harley); Jim Wall (1928 Indian); Matt Harris (1924 Harley); Mel Stutz (1919 Harley); and Bruce Kannry (1912 Indian).
Those wishing to attend the race still have time to purchase tickets, and three pre-sale ticket options are available:
- Special Early Bird–rate presale pricing for single-day tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for kids until March 18—these tickets get you in the gate JUST on the 15th (single-day tickets at the gate, if any are left, will be $20 per-person)
- $50 presale gets you VIP access and choice seating, allowing you to watch the practice session on the 17th and attend the race on the 18th (also includes a signed lanyard)
- $250 presale gets you all the VIP perks (VIP access, choice seating for practice session and race, signed lanyard), plus a 1-hour group tour of the Sons of Speed owner’s shop.
Watch Sons of Speed co-founder Billy Lane take you through 100 years of motorcycles in the video below, and tell us in the comments if you’ll be in the crowd to see the Sons of Speed inaugural race during the biggest week in Florida!