J&P and Daytona Bike Week Have a Long History Together
March 9, 2012 | By: Scott Holton
Our participation in Daytona Bike Week began back in 1989 when we started selling parts out of a storefront building on Main Street. We’ve been an active part of this motorcycle extravaganza ever since, opening a superstore in nearby Ormond Beach in 2007 and sending our fully stocked semi-trailer down to Florida each year since 1995.
So we’ve got a long history with this event that began way back in January of 1937. The first Bike Week was highlighted by the inaugural running of the Daytona 200, a motorcycle competition that took place on a 3.2-mile course just south of Daytona Beach. The winner of that race was Ed Kretz of Monterey Park, California, who attained breakneck speeds that averaged 73.34 mph!
Thereafter, the Daytona 200 was held for four consecutive years, then put on hold in 1942 because of fuel rationing that was part of the war effort. The thing is, even though the racing event was “officially” called off, people still gathered down in Daytona, and the “unofficial” party that is now known as Bike Week was celebrated on the hush-hush.
The official motorcycle event resurfaced in February of 1947, drawing a record 176 riders, thanks to a well-oiled promotion program instituted by Bill France. The race course change in 1948, running along the beach near Ponce Inlet and measuring 4.1 miles. The last Daytona 200 with the beach-road course was held in 1960. The following year, this world-renowned motorcycle race found a new home at Daytona International Speedway.
Bike Week became more structured when a special task force was organized after the 1986 event. Today Bike Week is an exciting a 10-day festival that has expanded throughout Volusia County. Enjoyed by locals and motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide, Daytona Beach Bike Week welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
We here at J&P Cycles continue to carry on in our primary support of this premier event. Over the years, we’ve had a presence in other locations and we’ve been active in other events. As an example, we were proud sponsors of the Boardwalk Bike show from 1993 to 1998. Our semi truck was behind the Beach road Harley-Davidson dealership every year between 1995 and 2008. That tractor-trailer has been a focal point at the Daytona Speedway ever since, and it’s back there again this year.
Be sure to make J&P Cycles one of your destinations during Bike Week. Our friendly staff can fulfill your motorcycle wants and needs.
The J&P Cycles Destination Daytona SuperStore is open from now through March 18, as is our popular Clearance Tent. Located at the junction of the 1-95 and US1, Exit 273, the address is 253 Destination Daytona Lane, Ormond Beach.
The J&P Cycles semi will be rolling into the Daytona International Speedway on Friday and will remain open throughout the event. The speedway is located at 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd. Hours for all three locations are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Please feel free to stop by and chat us up. There’s never a bad time to come and say Hi!