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Today I learned that this is an international sport...



Summary: Dirt Track, Single Gear, Methanol Only, Under 500cc, NO BRAKES.. 馃槑馃崁
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no brakes???
Why? (Are crashes that involve driving off the track more exciting to the paying audience than having somebody lock the brakes and lay it down on the track ? )
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no brakes???
Why?
I have no idea, but there are a bunch of other strange rules too. E.g., No titanium parts.

From what I could gather from the little blurb on Wikipedia, apparently the engine is used for braking, and those little methanol engines are high compression torque monsters.

Northern European countries are heavily represented across the sport. "From the people who brought you ski jumping and luge racing... Now you can break your neck during the warmer months too!"
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Been around for many years , short but furious racing . Kinda like American flat track but little bullring tracks ....
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Saw this at private motorcycle museum in Burnet, Texas...
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Watching them right now on bein sports. Great(y)
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I don't believe the Flat-Track racers ever had brakes.
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To paraphrase Garlits' now famous quote (that he cadged from Enzo); "I build'em to go fast, not slow." :ROFLMAO:
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I don't believe the Flat-Track racers ever had brakes.
You are correct, they did not.
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I remember going to watch the Poole Pirates in the early 1960's, good family entertainment.
They are still around:
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Looks like a front wheel for a mountain bicycle.
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