In the early 1900s, at a time when the fastest thing most people had ever seen was a galloping horse, men piloted these motorcycles around the high banks of motordromes at speeds in excess of 100 mph. The rigid machines had no brakes and many had no throttles, their carburetors rigged to run wide open. The V-twin engines were “total loss lubrication,” meaning that after the oil lubed the valves it was literally flung off. The tracks were of oval or circular design, in lengths ranging from one- to 2.2-miles and were banked from 30 to 60 degrees. The name “board track” was taken from the racing surface of the motordromes, which were constructed entirely of 2-inch by 4-inch planks. The incredible speeds and the fact that the motorcycles were spewing a constant mist of hot oil onto the steep banking was a recipe for disaster, which only added to the daring spectacle and made heroes, however fleeting, of many young racers of the era.