Back when they raced on Daytona Beach

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Photos: Life

Believe it or not, there was a time when Daytona wasn’t about a bunch of drunken buffoons crashing their trailer queens into trees while not wearing helmets; there was a time when Daytona was about racing. Life‘s just released a bunch of never-before-published shots from the 1948 Daytona 200. Here’s four of our favorites.


  • CafeRacer1200

    Wow! Those pictures really are a reminder where it all came from. I have to wonder, though. The photo entitled Hell Bent For Leather was supposed to go with the Band Of Bikers feature wasn’t it?

  • Scott

    go to the history of speed web site to see better pictures

  • PeteP

    Awesome. I note that the spectators are just strolling along the beach as the bikes race by!

  • mike