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Author: Rick Ongstad
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781495295263
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In the early fall of 2004 Bill and Beth Bradford travel to Bill's childhood home in Bourbon County, Kentucky to inventory and settle the estate of his recently deceased parents. In the attic they discover a large trophy and, most astoundingly, a large scrapbookLittle do they know that the unearthed scrapbook contains hundreds of newspaper clippings detailing the extreme sport of board track racing, an era in motorcycle racing forgotten by time for over 90 years, and the career of one of the sports biggest superstars, Charles “Fearless” Balke, as lovingly assembled by his wife Snooks, Bill Bradford's distant great-auntStaged on half mile circular tracks built of wood and banked at 60 degrees, board track was the most dangerous, most exciting, and deadliest competitive sport of its time. Riding inches apart mounted atop primitive bikes the racers battled not only each other but also the unforgiving boards where accidents regularly maimed or killed participants and fans alike. Little wonder that the newspapers christened the tracks “murderdromes”.Its young stars - the “lords of the boards” - braved these incredible dangers in pursuit of equally outrageous rewards. But lurking beneath it all every racer knew that the price of admission was a willingness to put your life on the line for a shot at glory.This is the first hand story of Charles “Fearless” Balke, his early years, storybook romance, and his tragic final curtain. Although it reads like fiction, this is a true story with every character, event, and location documented. Enjoy.


Author: Tyler Tayrien
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781502359698
Size: 14.72 MB
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Sam Arena was, without a doubt, the top Northern California half-mile racer of the 1940s. He became a motorcycle racing legend from his undefeated seasons and by setting numerous flat rack records in the 1930s and 1940s, and later earned six National Hill Climb Championships throughout the 1940s and 1950s. After a career of racing throughout the Western United States, Florida, New Zealand, and England, Sam retired from flat track racing in 1947 to focus on motorcycle hill climbs. From where Sam left off, local riders such as Al Rudy, Larry Headrick, and Joe Leonard (collectively known as the San Jose Bunch), began dominating in their sport under the watchful eye of Tom Sifton. In 1953, after working for famed innovator Sifton for 20 years, Sam became owner of the San Jose Harley Davidson dealership which was the center of Northern California racing throughout the 1950s during the golden age of motorcycle racing. Set against the excitement of motorcycle racing, "ARENA: King of the Flat Tracks" takes you on a thrill ride through 25 years in the life of the great Sam Arena, and these modern day pony express riders who risked life and limb on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons to cross the finish line first.

The Complete Book Of Flat Track Racing

Author: Gerald Foster
Publisher: Parker House Publishing Incorporated,Csi
ISBN: 9780979689185
Size: 56.23 MB
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Flat track racing is very much an only in America sport. Some say Americans racing motorcycles like they race horses! Others say the only simple and pure racing left in today's massively complicated world. The Complete Book of Flat Track Racing, when first published in 1978, was a celebration. This brand new edition sticks to the original concept but is completely reworked and re-illustrated, and continues that celebration today. Feel the dirt flying, the ground pounding vibration, and be exhausted by the massive excitement of being totally sideways in turn two aboard a Harley-Davidson XR 750! Welcome to the Thunder Dome!

Early Motorcycles

Author: Victor W. Page
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486136094
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Comprehensive volume of practical information on everything from mufflers and automatic oil pumps to batteries and timing valves. Over 370 rare illustrations.

Franklin S Indians

Author: Harry V. Sucher
Publisher: Panther Publications
ISBN: 9780956497550
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The Indian Scout and Chief are two of the best known and best loved of all classic American motorcycles. The man who designed them, Charles Franklin, was responsible for many advanced design concepts. This book not only chronicles his life but also sheds new light on the often turbulent history of the Indian Motorcycle Company itself.

Racing The Gods

Author: Paul Ritter
ISBN: 9781937747602
Size: 46.49 MB
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Paul Ritter's autobiography tells the story of the early days of Superbike racing. Ritter raced a Ducati 750SS and 900SS during the formative days of American Superbike racing. Paul shocked the racing community by winning the first AMA pro Superbike race he entered. His quick success, good nature, and competitive spirit made him one of racing's beloved characters. His account of those days gives readers an up close and personal look into the days when professional racers in the sport were weekend warriors who traveled on shoestring budgets and fueled their bikes with passion and (if they were good) a few dollars of winnings. Ritter tells of racing with legends like Reg Pridmore, Wes Cooley, Mike Baldwin, and Keith Code. Nearly 20 years after retiring from top-level racing, Ritter was hurt in tragic accident at a vintage race that left him without the use of his legs. His story of dealing with a tragic loss is as powerful and inspiring as his remarkable success on the race track.

How To Pick Vintage Motorcycles

Author: Frank Fritz
Publisher: Whitman Publishing
ISBN: 9780794840693
Size: 56.80 MB
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Discusses how to find and select collectible motorcycles, with tips on negotiating a good price and caring for the investment.