E-Cycle Idea Borrows Vintage Board Tracker Design

Board Track Racing Bikes c.1911
Board Track Racing Bikes c.1911

Board Track Racing

Board Track (aka motor-drome) racing was a type of motor sport that was popular in the US between the early to mid 1900s, where the competition was on oval race courses with surfaces composed of wooden planks. Thus the name board tracker for the type of motorcycle designed for this style racing. The first board track opened in the Los Angeles Coliseum Motor-dome near Playa del Rey, California, on April 8, 1910. Board tracks slowly faded away in the 1920s and 1930s, though racing continued into 1940 at Coney Island Velodrome, Nutley, and Castle Hill Speedway. Vicente Design has created an awesome e-cycle design titled E Board Tracker that looks like a vintage “board tracker” type motorbike.  We like tying the past, present and future together and this e-cycle idea is another great example of the past, present and future intertwining to produce great thoughts today.

Video of 1920 Indian Board Track Racing at Daytona Beach

The “Green Design” E Board Tracker Designed by Jean-François Vicente of Vicente Design located in France.

From the website

Rather than thinking of Ebike or Emotorcycle just as a commuter, why don’t you think about it as a funny small Ecofriendly bike/motorcycle?

A  global design inspired by a 1920  Board Tracker.

This “Emotorcycle” is treated as a light weight moped rather than an Electric pedal assisted cycle. Why? Because E-mopeds are allowed to go 30 to 35 MPH depending on the country, that is enough and more over an E-moped is not fitted with pedals. To emphasis the fun side, control of the motor is by hand throttle (same way as a gas throttle on a motorcycle) not by pedalling. Suggested needs for this design could include; neutral steering, efficient brakes and for good looks a set of fat soft compound tires. Using a Hub motor with regenerative braking at rear and a hub battery at front would complete a “racer” look as they are very similar to a set of drum brakes. (source vicente-design.com)

Tune into Old Radio World

Retro Vintage RadioNow you can tune into old radio programs via the Old Radio World website. It offers a wealth of old radio programs in about 8 different categories. One of our favorites has some cool old comedy clips. We also enjoyed the vintage music, antique mysteries and retro dramas served up through out the site. www.oldradioworld.com

Enjoy the Free Old Time Radio Shows from “The Golden Age of Radio !”

From the “Old Radio World” Home Page

Here at OldRadioWorld.com you will find some of the most popular radio programs of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Before television, radio provided entertainment by presenting radio plays and programs of mystery, intrigue, and comedy. Of course, news was present as were many soap operas.

HDTVs that have a Hint of Retro and a Dash of Vintage

These Classic, Vintage, Art Deco and Contemporary HDTVs have the DL on style

Years ago TVs were typically considered a piece of furniture due to the fact that a high percentage of the old CRT televisions came inside a large wood cabinet and some even had a radio and record player built in too. Until recently the slim LCD and LED televisions were hung on a wall or put on a stand totally “naked”.  The now trend is putting the TV back in the cabinet with a modern twist. Here is one example of what we have recently seen available, these HDTVs come all dressed up and several give a modern retro, maybe even vintage vibe.

Vintage The Grand View
Craftsman The Berkeley 1914

From the Halden-Caviglia About Page:

Halden-Caviglia specializes in building handcrafted, decorative showcases for flat screen televisions. Inspired both by modern industrial design and artisan production techniques from bygone eras, we transform the utilitarian look of modern flat screens into art objects in and of themselves. In essence, we create small-scale home theaters. We are grounded in the tradition of refined craftsmanship from the jukebox, classic theatre and antique radio eras, but we extend into the modern age through our use of interesting materials and design elements.

Although flat screens may express “modern”, “sleek” or “minimalist”, for many they are an eyesore or detract from the painstaking effort that goes into designing and decorating a room to a certain standard. Halden-Caviglia showcases enable our customers to incorporate the television as a complementary, enhancing or focal component of virtually any aesthetic.

Art Deco The Paris 1925