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March 6, 2012

Rare Photos of Daytona 200 from 1948

The Daytona 200 is a 68-lap, 200-mile (320 km) motorcycle race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The race evolved from a 3.2-mile (5.1 km) beach racing venue in 1937 to the 2-mile (3.2 km) Daytona International Speedway course in 1961.

In 1948, LIFE magazine covered the 12th annual races at Daytona and reported, in its April 19 issue, that “for four days last month the resort city of Daytona Beach could hardly have been noisier — or in more danger — if it had been under bombardment.”

Photos by Joseph Scherschel.


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