By Stacy McCleary. Photos by Danell McCleary
Early Thursday morning, March 7th, Danell and I flew out of Sacramento to Orlando. We picked up our rental car and drove 85 miles to Palm Coast, where we would spend the next seven nights. Palm Coast is a beautiful little town about 24 miles north of Daytona Beach.
One of the main reasons for us going to Daytona Bike Week was to go to Billy Lane’s Sons of Speed races. First thing on Friday morning after a big breakfast at Cracker Barrel, we were on our way to New Smyrna Speedway. The Speedway is about ten miles from Daytona. Good friend Fast Freddie hooked us up with Race Crew Passes. We spent all day Friday down in the infield with the racers watching them practice and work on their bikes.
On Saturday morning we were back at the Speedway. Because we had these Race Crew Passes they let us park our rental car down in the infield of the track. At 9:30 am all the racers and their crews were fed a great meal.
The races started at 1:00 pm sharp. These guys are racing hundred-year-old bikes with no clutch or brakes! The track was a half mile asphalt high-banked oval. These bikes were going 90 mph with no brakes (Crazy)! I highly recommend going to Billy Lane’s Sons of Speed races. You will not be disappointed.
On Sunday we went to the Broken Spoke. Warren Lane put on a bike show called True Grit. This show was for older bikes. There were some really nice old irons in the show. Fast Freddie won the Warren Lane pick with his way cool Knucklehead trike. Danell and I also spent some time at the Iron Horse & Full Throttle, just a short walk away.
We spent Monday at Daytona Beach Main Street. We did a lot of walking with lots to see. I also found some time to go to some swap meets. I was able to find some parts that came home in our luggage. The gas tank I bought had a tough time at security, but in the end it fit in the overhead and came with us.
On Tuesday we were back at the Broken Spoke for the Cycle Source Bike Show. We had a great time hanging with publishers Chris and Heather Callen, really good people. And Cycle Source writers Roadside Marty and Xavier Muriel were on hand to meet and greet people attending.
Billy Lane put on a Sons of Speed Bike Show at the local Harley-Davidson dealership. A lot of the bikes that raced on Saturday were there.
Tuesday night I went to Bill Dodge’s Bling Cycles and hung out. It was a real good time being with Bill and swapping stories with him!
Wednesday we were back at the Broken Spoke for the Dave Perewitz Paint Show. There were bikes in the show with paint jobs that were out of this world!
Well, to wrap it up, Daytona Bike Week was a huge success. Besides looking at some really cool bikes, we were able to walk on the beach daily and enjoyed some good food.
Ride Safe & God Bless