Sons of Speed Round 2: Sturgis Race Results

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by John Burns

Just a bunch of bike-building celebs racing pre-1925 1000cc V-Twins with no brakes around a banked dirt oval. What could go wrong?

Press Release:

Sturgis, SD (August 17 2017) – On August 10, riders lined up for the second-ever Sons of Speed banked motorcycle race. Fresh off its inaugural run at Daytona Bike Week 2017, Sons of Speed ran its sophomore contest at The Full Throttle Saloon’s Pappy Hoel Campground racetrack during the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

“We were rolling on a dirt track without a clutch or brakes, so that made things interesting,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “Can’t wait to do it again.”

This was the first such event ever held at the Pappy Hoel Campground racetrack, and the weather was perfect for it. First-place honors went to eBay Jake on a 1919 Harley-Davidson. Billy Lane took second, riding a 1919 Harley-Davidson. Freddy Bollwage, on a 1921 Harley, placed third and Xavier Muriel took fourth astride a 1913 Perry Mack.

Inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed race hearkens back to a stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. Each racer sat astride identical hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1,000cc American V-Twin engines, and most racers customized their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs and fuel/oil tanks. This was and is motorcycle racing at its harrowing, blood-chilling best.

The third Sons of Speed race is already set for October 21st at New Smyrna Speedway. Check out the Sons of Speed Facebook Event Page for updates and breaking news.

About Sons Of Speed

Sons Of Speed is a motorcycle race inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racing. Featuring stripped-down bikes with pre-1925 American V-Twin engines and a steeply banked racetrack, Sons Of Speed hearkens back to a wide-open, full-throttle, thrilling style of motorcycle racing. The inaugural Sons Of Speed race took place in Florida at New Smyrna Speedway during Daytona Bike Week in March 2017. Co-founded by veteran motorcycle bike builder Billy Lane, the first Sons Of Speed race featured some of the sport’s most accomplished riders, builders, and enthusiasts, including Buzz Kanter (publisher, American Iron Magazine), Shelley Rossmeyer-Pepe (GM, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson), vintage racer Brittney Olsen, Warren and Billy Lane, Rick Petko (of American Chopper fame and master mechanic at Orange County Choppers) and Josh Owens of the TV show Moonshiners. For more information on the debut race and to buy tickets, check out the Facebook event page.

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