The Beginning of Bike Week
It all began in January of 1937 with the Daytona 200 motorcycle race. The race was run on a sand and pavement course in Daytona Beach. Ed Kretz Sr. won the race on his Indian Scout.
After five annual races, the Daytona 200 was suspended for six years, from 1942 to 1947, due to World War II.
During those years an unofficial and unsanctioned event continued. It included unofficial races, parties and a growing biker rally and was commonly called Bike Week.
When the sanctioned races resumed, the rally didn't stop. In fact it continued to grow into what it is today, arguably the most popular motorcycle rally in the U.S.
Bikeweek draws all sorts of people on everything from stock motorcycles to customized bikes to the outrageous and unique machines.