The Fun Archaeology



Daytona Bike Week 1999

200 coloured 20 x 30 cm prints on Agfa photographic paper by an unknown photographer documentating the Daytona Bike week event in 1999 (last bike week of the century). The set of pictures shows portraits of bikers, sexy gals, collection of skull shots, details of motorbikes, signs…The Daytona Beach Bike Week rally started as the Daytona 200 race on January 24, 1937. This first race was a 3.2 miles (5.1 km) beach and pavement course. It was won by Ed Kretz from California riding an Indian motorcycle with an average speed of 73.34 mph (118.03 km/h). This yearly race took a break from 1942 to 1947 due to World War II. During the years off, an unofficial event was still taking place commonly called Bike Week. In 1947 the official race resumed and gained in popularity. The event was then promoted by “Big Bill” France, co-founder of NASCAR, and the family business (now known as International Speedway Corporation) still promotes the 200 and the entire Bike Week races at Daytona International Speedway, including the Daytona Supercross which is known for its world-class pyrotechnics and light show. There have been a number of deaths at the festival due to rider accidents.