Historic Photos of Daytona Beach tells a story of a city that many of us in the motorcycle community visit at least once a year and begins literally from the beginning of the early settlement of the town back in 1875. The Daytona Beach of today brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors for major motorcycle and auto racing events. Most of us visit Daytona Beach during Bike Week and Biketoberfest while the city also attracts thousands of NASCAR auto racing fans for big races like the Daytona 500.
The photographic history of this book is interesting and it is narrated like a slide show by writer Harold D. Cardwell, Sr. who will take you through the journey of the early settlement day of the beach town started in the wilderness of Florida through the days of World War I. Hand picked black and white photographs that depict the beginning of auto racing and speed records set on the hardened sand of Daytona Beach are displayed showing us what lead up to what we now know as the Daytona International Speedway.
The book is set in four different periods of time and growth of Daytona Beach. Chapter one takes us from the wilderness to a town and covers the period of 1875 – 1906. Chapter two is comprised of pictures that show the towns history during the first world war and the time span of 1907 – 1918. Next in Chapter three historic photographs of Daytona Beach during the real estate boom, through the depression and into World War II 1919-1945. Chapter four is nicely put together showing the days of growth, tourism and Racing during 1946-1965.
As I looked through the book and read the photograph captions I found pictures of landmarks that I still see today when I visit Daytona Beach. Surprisingly the old band shell where many of the motorcycle event concerts used to be held is close to what it was back then. The only difference was the concrete benches that used to be in place before the stage area. The book, Historic Photos of Daytona Beach is published by Turner Publishing Company comes in hard back with cover and is recommended reading.