Daytona Beach Bike Week

Daytona Beach Bike Week

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Daytona Beach Bike Week

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Daytona Beach Bike Week, also called Daytona Bike Week, is a motorcycle event and rally held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. Approximately 500,000 people make their way to the rally area for the 10-day event. The festivities include motorcycle racing, concerts, parties, and street festivals. The event is usually held on the first full week of March and contends with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as the most popular motorcycle rally in the United States. Bike Week at Daytona Beach: bad boys and fancy toys, by Roby Page, pg. 84 The fun seeker's North America: the ultimate travel guide to the most fun, by Alan S. Davis, Chuck Thompson, pg. 46-49 Sweet Machines & Bike Night Scenes, by Donna Madden, pg. 9-10 Daytona Beach: 100 Years of Racing, by Harold D. Cardwell, pg. 123 Born to be wild: a history of the American biker and bikes, 1947-2002, by Paul Garson, pg. 141-142

History

The Daytona Beach Bike Week rally started as the Daytona 200 race on January 24, 1937. This first race was a beach and pavement course. It was won by Ed Kretz from California riding an Indian motorcycle with an average speed of .

This yearly race took a break from 1942 to 1947 due to World War II. During the years off, an unofficial event was still taking place commonly called Bike Week.

In 1947 the official race resumed and gained in popularity. The event was then promoted by...
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