April 4, 2014

Vintage Photos of Classic Harley Racers and Riders

Some old photos of classic Harley racers and riders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 26, 2014

Racing in the Capitol City

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Like most early motorcycle and auto racing tracks, the racetrack at Benning, Maryland started out as a horse track.  Opening on April 1, 1890, the track faced stiff competition from neighboring tracks in Anacostia, Brightwood and Ivy City, but within a few years it became popular with “Washington society” and it’s attendance increased tremendously.  It was also rumored that there were “shady” betting practices occurring at the track which seems unusual for a venue that was frequented by congressmen and other public servants…  Ultimately, horse racing was banned in the District of Columbia in 1908 leaving Benning open for motorsports. More on Racing in the Capitol City

Filed under Classic Harley History, Classic Indian Motorcycle History, Competition Motorcycles, History, Panhead Jim's Blog by PanheadJim

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March 23, 2014

1937 Indian Sport Scout Classic Motorcycle Racer

Last year I had the good fortune of buying my friend Butch Baer’s old Indian racer at a great deal.

Buzz Kanter and ex-Butch Baer 1937 Indian Sport Scout motorcycle racer

I recently decided it might be fun to get it sorted and back on the track, even if it is only two or three events in 2014.

Classic motorcycle racer – 1937 Indian Sport Scout built and raced by Butch Baer.

That involves a few things, the first is to get the bike race prepped and track ready. The second is to get a race license (my last one expired in 1979), and the third is to find the time and resources to actually race it a few times this year.

 

Old style racing magneto on the 1937 Indian Sport Scout classic motorcycle racer.

I pulled it out of the garage today and, no matter what I did, the bike would not fire off. I did have it running a few weeks ago, so this was frustrating. I pulled the plugs and discovered a lack of fire, so I suspect the issue is in the magneto. I did not have time today to dig into it, something that will have to wait to another day.

I wonder if the safety wire job on the bike now would pass tech inspection. I doubt it, so I pulled much of it off and rewired it a bit tighter, cleaner and better looking. Plenty more to do- if and when I get the time.

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Competition Motorcycles, Random Ideas by Buzz Kanter

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