Bike Week has been a tradition since 1937 with the first Daytona 200, or the "Handlebar Derby" as it was sometimes called. The first race was 3.2 miles, combining beach and road. Starting with a ¼ mile turn where the sand was banked and then onto a portion of paved public road coming back to another high sand bank at the final turn.
Races continued until 1942 when it was discontinued because of WW2. Even though the race was called off, people continued to show up for the unofficial party known as Bike Week. Races resumed in 1947 and in 1948 the race moved to a new beach road course. This new circuit measured 4.1 miles. The last Daytona 200 to be held on the beach was in 1960 moving to the Daytona International Speedway in 1961.
Today Bike Week is a 10-day festival with hundreds of motorcycle events, and hundreds of thousands of visitors. There are bike races, bike shows, bike shops and biker bars and swap meets. This year, MobilityWorks will have the CONQUEST™, a wheelchair accessible motorcycle, on display between turns 3 and 4 at the Speedway. Stop by and check it out!
And bikers, while you are in Florida check out the “Loop” for a taste of natural Florida beauty.