Back in the early 20th Century Motorcycle racing was a very dangerous sport and no version was more notorious than the short-lived Board Track Racing. Highly powered specialist machines built by the likes of Harley Davidson, Indian and Cyclone raced on circular or oval race courses on a surface comprising of wooden planks, often oil soaked from earlier races, causing the inevitable carnage. A series of fatalities saw most, if not all, the board track venues closed by the early 1930s and the daredevil riders transferred their skills and lust for speed to Dirt Track racing.
From the start oval racers wore thick jersey shirts or fairly flimsy, tight fitting, unlined leather racing shirts, these leather "shirts" or jackets eventually metamorphosed through the famous Buco J100 into what we now call a "Café Racer".
We've considered all the requirements that we feel an oval track racing shirt would need and put together an Aero version, exactly in the way we would have done back in the early 1930s. Our new Board Racer is very sculptured to give a close fit with little wind resistance, the collar is curved at the ultimate angle to combine comfort and practicality, the one piece front has the option of one or two breast pockets with zip closure, the front zipper stops short at the bottom so as not to pucker the jacket while riding and is shaped at the neck for offer the best wind protection. The sleeves have zip adjustment at the cuff and are very curved at the elbow, sculptured for comfort and set at the perfect angle for riding. The back has a double kidney panel and is cut to fit close to the torso, to achieve this we've had to use a centre back seam, quadruple stitched for extra strength, which follows the contours of the wearers backbone. We are aware that a centre back seam isn't to everyone's liking so we are offering the option of a one piece upper back but one should be aware that this will compromise the close fit of the jacket.
Although most "Shirts" of the 1930s were unlined, we have fitted a cotton sateen lining for comfort and ease of wearing.
An optional thin sateen backed windflap is available, great for on a bike.