Daytona Beach, road warrior!!!

And well here is a bit more about me! I have written all over my blog that I like the road warrior freedom of driving all over Europe and the Americas. However, why I like it so much my road warrior mentality. Well, first I got my driving license in the NY/NJ border, if you can do it there , you can do it anywhere! And then I moved for university and later living in the Daytona Beach area of Florida home of car/moto racing! And the rest is as they said , history!!! road warrior is me , the freedomo of the road!

However, let me tell you of what is happening in Daytona Beach Florida USA all these years. Just three events, 24 Hrs of Daytona, Daytona 200, and Daytona 500. Get it!

The 24 Hours of Daytona, is a 24-hour sports car endurance race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is run on a 3.56-mile (5.73 km) combined road course, utilizing portions of the NASCAR tri-oval and an infield road course.

Shortly after the track opened, on April 5, 1959, a six-hour/1000 kilometer USAC-FIA sports car race was held on the road course. Count Antonio Von Dory and Roberto Mieres won the race in a Porsche, shortened to 560.07 miles due to darkness. The race utilized a 3.81-mile layout, running counter-clockwise. Starting in 1966, the Daytona race was extended to the same 24-hour length as Le Mans. The first 24 Hour event in 1966 was won by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby driving a Ford Mk. 1966 also saw Suzy Dietrich enter the 24 Hours event, driving a Sunbeam Alpine with Janet Guthrie and Donna Mae Mims. The trio finished 32nd and, along with another women’s team in the race, became the first women’s teams to finish an international-standard 24-hour race. The regular teams were expanded to three drivers in the 1970s. Nowadays, four drivers compete typically because of the longer night driving.

The anecdote here is that I sneak in to be with the Porsche team right at the track, which was wonderful. Of course ,in those days not much into pictures ,or else just a beach bum road warrior dude! Just memories!

The Daytona Inter Speedway webpage for the 24 Hrs of Daytona event:

And the governing body IMSA on the 24 hrs event:

The Daytona 200 is an annual motorcycle road racing competition held in early spring at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida .The 200-mile (320 km) race was founded in 1937 when it was sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). The original course used the beach itself before moving to a paved closed circuit in 1961.
Daytona Beach had been used by land speed record competitors since 1902 however, by 1935 the rutted beach course began losing its appeal in favor of the Bonneville Salt Flats. In an effort to boost the local economy, race promoter Bill France Sr. arranged for the Savannah 200 to be moved to the 3.2-mile (5.1 km) Daytona Beach Road Course in 1937.

Bill France Sr. looked for alternatives and negotiated with the city of Daytona Beach to purchase a site near the Daytona airport. He arranged financing and in 1957, construction began on the Daytona International Speedway, a 2.5-mile (4.0 km) paved, oval-shaped circuit with steep bankings that permitted higher speeds.The track opened in 1959 and France convinced AMA officials to move the beach race to the Speedway in 1961.

The anecdote here is that when at the university and afterward , I rented apartments there until my parents purchased me a house .While at school, I lived at Hollywood avenue just off Main Str, the epicenter of bike week!! Good times rolled and I was in every bar lol!!


The Daytona Inter Speedway on the Daytona 200

Of course, as said above, this race became the centerpiece of what became known as Daytona Beach Bike Week, featuring motorcycle competitions besides road racing such as motocross and dirt track racing. Daytona Beach 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 (including the Fri-Sat-Sun prior to) and the most popular motorcycle rally in the United States.

Official webpage for the Daytona bike week:

And this is not all folks!! In 1991, the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau created a second motorcycle festival event in October, named Biketoberfest (you guest right!) . Biketoberfest is usually scheduled for the weekend immediately following Columbus Day (October 12 holiday), although some participants arrive on Columbus Day weekend and visit for the entire week. Part of the fun is a twelve-mile ride along a scenic route, known as the Ormond Beach Loop and Trail (this is something I used to do in a bicycle 23 miles of it!!) . Daytona International Speedway also sponsors some motorcycle races to coincide with the dates of Biketoberfest.

The official Daytona Beach Biketoberfest webpage:

And this is the big one, huge crowds and lots of fun for all! The Daytona 500 miles race

The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long (805 km) NASCAR Cup Series motor race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida . The inaugural Daytona 500 was held in 1959 coinciding with the opening of the speedway and since 1982, it has been the season-opening race of the Cup series. The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse. Championship points awarded are equal to that of any other NASCAR Cup Series race. It is also the series’ first race of the year; this phenomenon is virtually unique in sports, which tend to have championships or other major events at the end of the season rather than the start.

The race is the direct successor of shorter races held on the Daytona Beach Road Course. This long square was partially on the sand and also on the highway near the beach. Earlier events featured 200-mile (320 km) races with stock cars. Eventually, a 500-mile (805 km) stock car race was held at Daytona International Speedway in 1959.

The Daytona 500 was the first 500-mile (800 km) auto race to be televised live flag-to-flag on network television when CBS aired it in 1979 (and I was there!)  The television ratings for the Daytona 500 have surpassed those of the larger Indianapolis 500 (which has much larger physical attendance and international attendance) since 1995, even though the 1995 race was available in far fewer homes than the year before.

My anecdote is that I ,also, sneak in to the race hidden in the trunk of the car (back storage area)! so we can get one paying adult and the rest go in free lol!!! Great fun at the times, later they made you open the trunk!!

The official Daytona Inter Speedway webpage on the Daytona 500

The Daytona International Speedway opened in 1959, and it has been the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR as well as its season opening event. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, IMSA, SCCA, and Motocross. The track features multiple layouts including the primary 2.5-mile (4.0 km) high-speed tri-oval, a 3.56-mile (5.73 km) sports car course, a 2.95-mile (4.75 km) motorcycle course, and a 1,320-foot (400 m) karting and motorcycle flat-track. The track’s 180-acre (73 ha) infield includes the 29-acre (12 ha) Lake Lloyd, which has hosted powerboat racing. The speedway is operated by International Speedway Corporation pursuant to a lease with the City of Daytona Beach on the property that runs until 2054.

The official webpage on events:

The anecdote is first, my university sits right next to it ERAU , see posts on that grand institution! And Bill France Sr  (died in 1992) lived near my parents and I house in Ormond Beach. Incidentally at this city is what claims to be the birthplace of speed .City of Ormond Beach on it:

So, there is a bit more of my background, born to speed I guess! and love the pavement. Daytona Beach, Florida is another great spot on earth for me and my family;  my oldest son was born there! Hopefully radical elements will not throw away these memories and the free spirit of the road in a car, moto etc. Hope you have enjoy the tour and thanks for reading me.

The city of Daytona Beach on visiting info:

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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