Watch Wheels Through Time take on 100-year-old vintage motorcycle racing

By now you probably know that Wheels Through Time is an invaluable tribute to walking, talking, racing and breathing American motorcycle (and other vehicle) history. You know what’s at least as cool as that, and maybe even cooler, depending on who you ask? Sometimes just sometimesMatt Walksler will be taking one of his 100+ year old bikes to the races.

In WTT’s most recent video, Walksler takes us all the way to the 2022 Sons of Speed ​​race event at Daytona Bike Week, which took place Saturday, March 5, 2022 at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. For those unfamiliar, SoS is inspired by the track board racing that took place in the early 20th century.

What kinds of bikes can you expect to see? American track bikes produced between 1910 and 1929 and American 45 cubic inch twins produced between 1936 and 1955 are encouraged to participate, and all took to New Smyrna’s inclined half-mile track for a day of unforgettable race. In short, it is an extremely special form of madness.

That’s what makes it even cooler that the WTT takes us behind the scenes of the 2022 event in this video. For those who weren’t there—and probably those who were too—to get a glimpse of what goes into preparing these historic bikes for racing events is nothing short of amazing.

As you might guess, according to Walksler, some aftershocks are involved. While it’s hugely impressive to see vintage iron doing what it was designed to do on the track, the reality is that in 2022 some parts are either very difficult or completely impossible to find. I mean, that’s the kind of thing you’d expect on bikes that old, right? Still, there’s also a lot of stock parts involved, things where it’s reasonable to take the risk.

Overall, the combination of old and new makes for an unforgettable time on the track, with all the extremely unique characters enjoying building and riding machines like these. It’s always the magic combination in any riding group of any era, isn’t it?

Floyd N. Morlan