The Most Unique Flat Track Motorcycle Race In America Is Not Flat At All – The Peoria TT Is As Radical Now As It Ever Was


The Most Unique Flat Track Motorcycle Race In America Is Not Flat At All – The Peoria TT Is As Radical Now As It Ever Was

Over the last couple of weeks, I have gotten really interested in flat track motorcycle racing. The reasons are many but the big one is that I am trying to learn up on the subject as we’re trying to put together what I think would be an epic matchup for the show “Put Up or Shut Up” that I host on the MotorTrend.com website. There’s so much history in flat track motorcycle racing that it is literally a motorsport as deep or deeper in the fabric of America than anything else. They race all over the country on tracks large and small. There are the short dirt ovals, there are the mile dirt ovals…and then there’s the Peoria TT.

What makes this track different? For one, the thing is set at the base of a valley and is surrounded by mountains. The second thing is that it contains a right hand turn. The third thing is that there’s a damned jump leading into that right hand turn! In today’s world the guys get massive sideways air over the jump. Back in the 1970s it was not quite as dramatic in terms of hang time but it was as dramatic as ever with regard to the weird course layout.

I am reasonably sure that the video you will see below is a hunk of the famous “On Any Sunday” documentary that was shown around the country in the late 1970s. I have never seen the thing all the way through so I cannot say for sure.

The bikes were heavier, the bikes were slower, but in some weird way, they were also more awesome. This is a perfect look at the best and craziest “flat track” race of the season both in the 1970s and now.

Press play below to see one of the most unique flat track races in America –


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2 thoughts on “The Most Unique Flat Track Motorcycle Race In America Is Not Flat At All – The Peoria TT Is As Radical Now As It Ever Was

  1. Ted

    Bar None the bestest racing out there, the history, the bikes, the Harley politics, the Honda RS750….and If you’re going to dig into the flat track world (pun intended) talk to Kenny Roberts about how this form of racing led to the Americans taking over in 500GP/MotoGP, then check out Rich Oliver’s Mystery School. Rich and Karin and their staff can teach anyone the skills needed to start a budding novice career or just learn the sport for grins and giggles….You’ll also need to look at Colin Edward’s Boot Camp as well just because Colin Edwards is, well, Colin Edwards…. 🙂 I too became a flat track convert years ago and spent many a weekend crossing the border to watch the races at Hannegan Speedway in Bellingham. It truly is a blast, cheap entry level racing and even if you only do a school it’ll improve your riding better than any other kind of training. Best money I spent as a rider/racer/instructor was going to Rich Oliver’s. Do the course Brian, you’ll need the background for your story…………

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