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Default My dads Vintage Daytona bike pics, history and more

Here are a few pictures and stats of my late father Al Shaffer. He was an old motorcycle/midget/hydroplane racer and pilot from Central Ohio. I have started to compile his motorcycle race records in an attempt to get him nominated into the AMA Hall of Fame. If you know of any resources I could search or if any of you ever knew him or knew of him please let me know, and history would be great. I have included his Daytona records as taken from the Daytona 200 Record book by Don Emde.

I have also included a couple pictures of the 1947 $10,000.00 Offy midget he had built and the Byers Hydroplane he set two records in. I know they are not MC but thought you would enjoy the speed.

Again any help even with the bike models would be awesome

I am also looking to find an old vintage bike to rebuild if you know of any.

Alvin (Al) Shaffer 1913-1984
Ranked 20th for career miles in the Daytona 200

Year Bike Place laps miles
1938 Ariel 89th 8 26
1947 Norton 54th 51 163
1948 Norton 74th 19 78
1949 Norton 69th 23 94
1951 Norton 16th 48 202
1952 Norton 14th 48 202
1953 Triumph 6th 48 202
1954 Triumph 6th 48 202
1955 Triumph 86th 1 4
1956 Triumph 37th 25 103
1957 Triumph 19th 47 193

Totals 366 1467
His famous quote to me growing up was "Speed cost money, how fast do you want to go" and "The first half of my life I tried to see how fast I could go, in the second I'm trying to see how slow I can go"
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Those are some cool photos!
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WOW. He loved all types of speed. Thanks for the great pictures and narration!





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Just a couple more, I have tons but no time to scan.
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Dude - That's worth a book to be published! "A pictoral history of Daytona"

Great stuff!
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I agree with Mello Dude. These pics need to be seen and the story told. Thanks for sharing them.
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