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May 14, 2014

Race Prepping A 1937 Indian Sport Scout Motorcycle Racer

Last year I was fortunate to buy a great little classic motorcycle racer from an old friend. Butch Baer, who I have know for a couple of decades, offered his 1937 Indian Sport Scout racer without reserve at an auction I was at.

The racing Indian Sport Scout before the motorcycle auction

The racing Indian Sport Scout before the motorcycle auction

 

This is the same bike Butch raced against me in the fabled “Streets of Laconia” races in – yep, you guessed it – the streets of Laconia, NH. I was on a Doc Batsleer Sport Scout and Butch I diced our way around the track until he went off course and made the dent that is still on the bike. I wrote about it in the More on Race Prepping A 1937 Indian Sport Scout Motorcycle Racer

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

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March 26, 2014

Racing in the Capitol City

Benning01

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 1, 2014

Classic Harley Police Motorcycle Recruit Poster

Great old poster from the Maryland State Police looking to recruit new police motor officers.

Classic motorcycle police poster

$100 a month for “real men” sounds like a good deal. The motorcycle he is riding looks like a mid 1920s Harley JD.

Filed under Classic Harley History, History, Random Ideas by Buzz Kanter

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