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Daytona 200 Monument taking shape

Posted in Bike Week, Daytona Beach, Florida, Internet, Links, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycle News, Motorcycles, News, Ormond Beach, Racing, Sports, Volusia County on March 13th, 2008

The Daytona 200 Monument

If you took a stroll down the Daytona Beach boardwalk, the once ever popular bike week attraction, you may have noticed this huge block of etched and polished granite. The north side of the monument stone tells of the days over 70 years ago and 9 miles south when the first Daytona 200 motorcycle race was held on the hardened sands of Ormond Beach. In 1937 the running of the first Daytona 200 took place on a 4.2 mile beach and road track and was the start of bike week. Three time race winner Dick Klamfoth wanted to preserve the memory of the original motorcycle race and rider and so the idea of the Daytona 200 monument began. Today, the Daytona 200 has moved to the International Speedway and bike week attracts over a half million visitors during the first week in March of each year.

Daytona 200 monument displays the names of the first 12 winners of the race that began bike week

The south side of the monument has the names and faces of the first 12 men that won race on the sand and road course before the yearly event was moved to the track in 1961. Back when the race first began, most of the bike week attendees were the ones running the race that now attracts motorcycles and visitors in the hundred of thousands. Dick began the plans and development of the monument over six years ago and presented it to the city of Daytona Beach. The monument is still under development and you can get involved! Engraved granite plaques and paver bricks are available for purchase at the official monument site. Visit the Daytona 200 monument site here to learn more and get involved.

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Yoshimura Suzuki’s Ben Spies Clinches the AMA Superstock Championship with One Round Remaining

Posted in Motorcycle Events, Motorcycles, National, News, Press Release, Racing, Sports on September 2nd, 2007

BRASELTON, Ga., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Yoshimura Suzuki’s Ben Spies clinched
the 2007 AMA Superstock Championship after winning the penultimate race of the
season at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., on Sunday afternoon. With one round of
AMA Superstock remaining, Spies went for the win even though he only had to
finish in sixth place or better to take the title.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Spies is
also the defending 2006 AMA Superbike Champion and currently leads the points in
the premier class this year as well.

“It was a good race for us today,” said Spies. “I wanted to win the
championship but I wanted to win the race pretty bad too. So I just tried to put
in consistent lap times on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. It’s great to win the
Superstock championship for Suzuki. The Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 is an amazing
bike and has worked great at every track we’ve raced at this year. I want to
thank Suzuki and my crew for working so hard for me all season long.”

En route to capturing the 2007 AMA Superstock championship, the 23-year- old
Texan has won an impressive seven out of eight races so far this season.

Spies
also captured six pole positions in AMA Superstock, including the coveted
starting spot at Road Atlanta this weekend. Prior to that, Spies also won the
2003 AMA Formula Xtreme championship in his rookie season for the
factory-supported Yoshimura Suzuki team.

“Winning the 2007 AMA Superstock championship is a great accomplishment for
Suzuki and the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 as well as for Ben,” said Mel Harris,
American Suzuki Vice President Motorcycle/ATV Division. “Over the last few
years, we’ve asked a lot from Ben and he hasn’t disappointed us. Ben is a
talented young rider and he truly brings out the best in the Yoshimura Suzuki
GSX-R1000.”

For more information on Spies and Yoshimura Suzuki, please log on to
www.teamsuzuki.com.

Source: Yoshimura Suzuki

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Daytona vintage racing, part II

Posted in Biker Sites, Daytona Beach, Florida, Links, Local, Motorcycle Pictures, Motorcycles, Photography, Racing on February 14th, 2007

Enter Coe’s toy collection

This is part II of my article about Steve Coe and Daytona Vintage Racing. After meeting Steve during bike week, I was invited out to see more of Coe’s toys at his home. Remember from the first article, that these motorcycles used to be kept in the Daytona Beach Klassix Museum.

Daytona Vintage Racing Mobile Museum

After the museum closed, Coe built this mobile museum out of a tractor trailer rig. But this trailer could only house a select few of the collection that Steve Coe has.

Collection of vintage motorcycles

Inside the old barn Steve has converted to store his collection you can see the motorcycles are still packed in for space. Displayed there is a wide variety of motor bikes, race and street motorcycles and trikes.

1938 simplex 90cc

Some of the collection are even set up high along the wall like this 1938 90 cc Simplex surrounded by trophies that Steve Coe has won or been awarded throughout the years.

More motorcycles and a Chevy Nomad

Yet another shot of the opposite corner of the building. For you car and hot rod buffs, take a note of the bright red Chevy Nomad in the background of this photograph.

Engine collection

Shovelhead, panhead and knuckleheads even a collection of engines on the shelves in the den. This room had a huge motor in it. When I asked Coe what it was, he said “oh yea, well that is a engine from a Indy car”. He has race bikes, dirt bikes, street bikes and choppers! The list just goes on and on. Coe sets up his mobile vintage motorcycle museum during Daytona motorcycle events, so be sure to look for him and say hi.

Coe and Vanessa on the Hemi Trike

I’ll end this post with a picture of Steve and Vanessa on the Hemi Trike. Fast! What do you think?

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A compilation of some of the worst motorcycle crashes. VIDEO

Posted in Entertainment, Internet, Internet Video, Media, Motorcycles, Movies, Racing, Safety on February 9th, 2007
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This is a killer video! 7 minutes of extreme motorcycle crashes. As you watch, notice how the camera person usually ends up running or involved in the crash. There is a part were a race rider comes close to being thrown, but somehow recovers, gets back on and continues. Great motorcycle video and music, Enjoy.

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Steve Coe and Daytona Vintage Racing

Posted in Chopper Builders, Daytona Beach, Florida, Local, Motorcycle Pictures, Motorcycles, News, Racing on February 4th, 2007

Steve Allen Coe

I first met Steve Coe during bike week 2005. He had is vintage motorcycle museum set up at the Cabbage Patch Bar. Taking a walk into the tractor trailer that has been converted into a mobile motorcycle museum you see he has quite a bit of motorcycle history inside. A couple of Harley-Davidson vintage race bikes, an antique Daytona Fire Department motorcycle and a V8 motorcycle called the Chevy-Davidson!

The chevy-davidson motorcycle

The Chevy Davidson motorcycle one of only two known to exist.

1948 Harley Hummer

1948 Harley Hummer

1932 Harley 750

1932 Harley 750

Notice the number 213 on the Harley Hummer? Not only does Steve Coe collect and maintain these motorcycles himself, he races them. Coe has finished every race that he has started. You can catch Steve Coe at the Daytona International Speedway during bike week as he races in the vintage class C hand shift series on March 6th.

Coe loading up for vintage races

Steve Coe loads up his vintage motorcycles on race day.

So you think, wow that is a big collection of vintage motorcycles? The motorcycles contained in the mobile museum is only a drop in the bucket of Steve’s collection. If you have been to Daytona Beach you have probably noticed the Klassix Museum in the past. That museum used to house Steve’s collection which he now keeps at home. I visited Steve at his home to see more and continue this story in another post. Be sure to visit Daytona Vintage Racing to learn more about Steve Coe, his racing and his collection.

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