Published on 04 Jan 2009 by Toni M.
This is pretty rare piece of race footage from the 1953 Daytona 200, where they used to race directly on the beach of Daytona and on the highway before the construction of the Daytona Speedway .
According to the newspapers of that year the 1953 Daytona 200 left one rider dead and one spectator dead and other six injured. Of the 113 starters only 39 finished the 48 laps.
Paul Goldsmith the winner of this race aboard a Harley Davidson “K” was one of the leading motorcycle racers during the late 1940s through the mid-1950s. After retiring from motorcycle racing, Goldsmith went on to a very successful automobile racing career. He won the final NASCAR race run at this same beach course in 1958. He also competed several times in the Indianapolis 500, finishing third in 1960.