Friday, April 5, 2013

Motorcycle Race



Wow, Going Fast Week really went fast, and we wrap the week up with this fine vintage photograph of a motorcycle racer. The picture was taken in 1913. I find the helmet interesting . . . it is better than nothing, but worry that it would offer little real protection in a crash. Ah yes, back in the days when risk takers were allowed to take risks!

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  1. His helmet reminds me of an early leather football helmet. I like his sweater. Don't think I could hold that position for too long. :)
    -Anne K.

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  2. Holding that position is why he looks so intense. Either that or he realizes that that helmit will only serve to kep the parts gathered up in case of a wreck. The frame of the cycle looks like it is for a bicycle. Yes, considerable risk here.

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  3. I'd be much more concerned about crashing and getting a bunch of splinters from the board track. Ouch!

    Those guys were true dare-devils.

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  4. Real nice to see that me post yesterday didn't get approved - TX

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  5. This looks like a bicycle with a motor attached to it. My son built one. He went down to the store and bought the cheapest mens bike he could find, took it all apart and attached a motor to it. Top speed is about 30 mph. You can ride it like a regular bike and then if you come to an incline you can switch over to the motor and that runs the chain. Whenever he takes it out and stops at the store or wherever people come over to check out his contraption. He says that you can buy a moped if you want but it's not nearly as cool as his bicycle. He is right about that, contraptions are always pretty cool.

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  6. He looks very serious!

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  7. I believe that the leather pants were worn in honor of the wooden track. This might have been a posed photo as he is not wearing his large leather gloves that also provided some protection against slivers while challenging the coefficient of friction between skin and track. If you could make it around the track without going down, you usually were amongst the winners.

    MT C

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