The first bike race was held in 1868 near Paris, France. As the popularity of the sport grew, bicycle races were staged at existing harness or horse tracks. Soon special banked wooden tracks were built called velodromes. By 1895 there were about 100 velodromes staging regular races. Madison Square Garden was actually originally built as a track racing venue.Motorcycle racing began as early as 1894 with the European Paris-Rouen event where both cars and motorcycles raced side by side. The Federation Internationale de Motorcycles Clubs based in Paris held the first European Grand Prix in Patzau, Austro-Hungary in July 1906. In 1910 the first motordrome, built for automobile and motorcycle racing, was built in Los Angeles, California.
The Los Angeles Motordrome – 1910
The Indian Motorcycle Company was founded in 1897 in Springfield, Massachusetts though the name “Indian” wasn’t labeled on a bike until 1902. In 1903 Indian set the world motorcycle speed record of 56 MPH. In 1904 the company introduced the deep red color that would become its trademark. In 1905 Indian built its first V-twin factory racer and in following years made a strong showing in racing and record-breaking. In the Isle of Man TT in 1911 Indian riders finished first, second and third.
On May 31, 1912 Team Indian posed for a photograph at the Wandamere Motordrome, Utah