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Des Moines Speedway

Posted: November 30, 2010 in Board Track History
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Operated for less than one year and built by the famous Jack Prince.  Fresno, CA holds the longest track history at 7 years according to US Chopper historians.

1 Mile, 30 degree Banking

Builder – Jack Prince – Prince Speedway Company

Owner – Des Moines Chamber of Commerce

Operated: 7/25/15 – 6/26/16

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This has always been a favorite picture.  We had this on our business card for years.  Check the hand positioning and left lead foot.  I believe it was a staged shot as most were.  The cameras of this time “showed” speed.

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Read the caption.  The ever so sexy Flying Merkel.  Merkel was ahead of his time in engine building, using roller bearings instead of brass bushings and suspension in the front ends and a mono shock in the rear….. that-a-boy!   Pay particular attention to the helmet.  Did your mom make you wear one of these to school as well?

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Posted: November 21, 2010 in Board Track History

Joseph Merkel was on the scene in Milwaukee early in 1902 … lots of stuff brewing at the turn of the century … Harley brothers rumored to be banging away in 1904 and by 1905 they were officially competing…..

 

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Posted: November 21, 2010 in Board Track History
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This might be an indication of the amount of timber that went into one of these tracks…….

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Posted: November 21, 2010 in Board Track History