Sunday Morning Links: The Daytona Bike Week (1948) Edition


Via LIFE Magazine:

For years, from its inception in 1937 until the early ’60s, the prestigious Daytona 200 motorcycle race wasn’t merely run at Daytona Beach. Along with other high-speed, high-risk clashes, the 200 was run on Daytona Beach.

In 1948, LIFE magazine covered the races, both amateur and pro, at Daytona (the Road Course opened in 1936) and reported, in its April 19 issue, that “for four days last month the resort city of Daytona Beach could hardly have been noisier — or in more danger — if it had been under bombardment.”

Now, with unpublished and rarely seen photos by Joseph Scherschel (brother of another LIFE photographer, Frank Scherschel), LIFE.com opens a window on a long, loud weekend 70 years ago: a weekend that thrilled racing fans; slightly scandalized one very popular weekly magazine’s editors; and — as if proof was needed that the young sport was still in the hands of rebels and scofflaws — saw two people killed and 30 more injured in the midst of all the high-octane fun.

Be sure to check out the rest over @ LIFE.

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Comments
  • Matt March 18, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Those are some great pics Steve. Thanks for the links.

    • steve March 18, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Glad you like ‘em!

  • Martin March 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks for the link, man. Hope you have a great week. Love the pictures.

    • steve March 18, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      After the last month or so, I’m sure this week will be better.

  • 5etester March 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Much appreciated Steve.

    • steve March 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      No problem-o.

  • Shane March 18, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks for the link, Steve. I hope you are enjoying this amazing Michigan weather as much as I am!

    • steve March 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Yes I have… The weather has been fantastic.

  • T Christopher March 19, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Many thanks for the link, Steve. Preciate it!

    • steve March 19, 2012 at 5:57 am

      You are very welcome.

  • Bunkerville March 19, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Thanks again. Super story that brought back some very good memories

    • steve March 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      No problem-o Bunker!

  • John Carey March 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks for the link Steve. Back then America was so cool. Have a great week.

    • steve March 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      It would be great if we could get back to being a cool country.

  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire March 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Yeah, that was a different era. Thanks for linkage, Steve.

    • steve March 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Yep. Today the nanny state would have a coronary.

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