Historic Video Footage

Board Track Racing, Hill climbing and ‘Inside the Wigwam’

The Splinter Road  - 1922 Rise and fall of Board track Racers.    2:36

Decade after World War one Americas Board track racing became America’s most popular spectators sport.

Board tracks were constructed in large and small Towns alike, and men came to race their motorbikes and risk their lives. Riding at over 100 mph wearing little protection from the falls which were a reoccurring part of the sport, this video tells the story of the Era, the racers and the crowds that flocked to see the dangerous sport.

The narrative tells how the sport came to an abrupt end in 1928, and how the sport dissipated into the winds of history.

An historical Look at Indian Board track Racers by the Wheels through Time Museum   6:47
Dale Walksler of the Wheels through Time Museum , Maggie Valley , NC, talks about the History of board racing in America, and takes us around some of the early board track racers in his Museum.
He focuses on a 1911 Original Indian Board track racer, starts the motorcycle and lets us experience the flames and sound it produces.
Dale also take us around a 1914 factory built Indian twin, owned ridden and raced for over 30 years by the same owner. This bike has a unique scissor shock on the front, hand cranking device, and is in original condition which all goes to make this unique motorcycle. With the enlisted help of two guys, Dale starts and runs the motorcycle, much to the enjoyment of the guys and without doubt to you the viewer.
1920  Indian Board track Racers – 10:31
In the late nineteen hundreds and early 1920's Mr Frantisek Marik was the chief Importer of American made Indian Motorcycles t the Czech Republic. As an avid, skilled amateur film maker he recorded this footage in 1920 whilst vacationing in Daytona Florida.
The scenes in this silent movie are shot at the Dayton Board track and show Indian racing legends, ‘Jeddy Castrol’ and ‘Gene Walker’.
This movie was the ninth in a series of films, however none f the other copies are known to have survived.
Found under the bed of a Marik family member as she passed away, it was processed, protected converted to video and brought to you here at Indian Motorcycle Classics for all to enjoy.
An historical Look at Indian Hill Climbers by the Wheels through Time Museum 6:54
A dramatic start to the video enthralls the viewer with the sight and sounds of the Hill climbing Indians.
1928 and 1939 Indian Motorcycles are discussed in detail. Dale Walksler takes the viewer through salient points of the alcohol fuelled Serial Number A61-1 machine as the camera zooms and pans over the detail of the patina. The history of the bike is covered along with photograph of the rider racing the hill climber.
Dale describes the mechanical attributes of the motor and explains why it is so special!
His attention is then taken to the 1939 B Scout hill climber…only 18 if the bikes were ever built. The motorcycle is in exceptional condition which stands as testament to the racers skill. The condition is also original, right down to the tyres. The serial FCI 18 determines the motorcycles correctness as a factory hill climber… one of the best surviving Indian hill climber in America.
Another quality piece of footage from the ‘Time Machine”
1953 - Indian Factory – 2:28
This video features historical Factory footage shot inside of the Wigwam at Springfield, Massachusetts.
The detailed narrative video focuses on the construction and assembly of the 80ci Side valve engine Chief. Taking the viewer from the engine assembly area, to the frame assembly, the narrator glosses over the technical aspects of the build process as the camera give poignant and informative views of the motorcycle being built. The brakes and fork assembly follows, as does handlebars etc before the motorcycle come together and is ready for the road teat prior to shipping.
A great video to watch.. they really make that engine look lighter than it really is!!
Here you will historic video footage. The history of Indian Board Track racing is covered in detail as are the motorcycles and the men who rode them.  Ancient video from the Czech Republic Indian importer and enthusiast, as well as informative clips from the Wheels through Time museum curator Dale Walksler. There  is also a gem of a video from inside the Wigwam factory showing production on the assembly line.