This Super-8 clip from 1949 shows the Daytona Beach Races. This was back in the days before a dedicated road circuit so competitors used to race down the beach, then around onto the parallel road, then left back onto the beach forming a large oval track with both sand and asphalt sections.

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Ben Branch Profile Picture Silodrome - Motorcycle Racing On Daytona Beach - 1949
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Ben Branch has had his work featured on CNN, Popular Mechanics, the official Smithsonian Magazine, Road & Track Magazine, the official Pinterest blog, the official eBay Motors blog, BuzzFeed, and many more.

Silodrome was founded by Ben back in 2010, in the years since the site has grown to become a world leader in the alternative and vintage motoring sector, with millions of readers around the world and hundreds of thousands of followers on social media.

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