On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., took to the House floor to showcase Bike Week in Daytona. His remarks were as follows:
This week is Daytona Bike Week, where my district… welcomes nearly 300,000 avid motorcyclists for our community’s 78th annual celebration of liberty, freedom and two-wheeled, motorized muscle. No other event comes close to matching our combination of bikes, Florida beaches, sun and fun.
It all started on January 24, 1937 on a 3.2 mile race course running along the World’s Most Famous Beach – Daytona Beach. Riders first headed south on the paved roadway of Route A1A, turned left onto the beach and then raced north on the sand until turning back onto the pavement at a spot now marked by a favorite local restaurant named Racing’s North Turn. Then, the riders did it again and again and again for 200 miles. This was the birth of the famed Daytona 200 motorcycle race and the Bike Week that surrounds it. Since then, only World War Two has interrupted the annual festivities.
Today the Daytona 200 headlines Bike Week as a spectacular finale on the famed Daytona International Speedway. Don’t miss the week’s other high-adrenaline racing, too. The American Flat Track Series opens its season this week in Daytona, and the Daytona Supercross is back again, bigger and better than ever.
If you’re unsure of where to start? Try the brand new, official Bike Week Welcome Center located in One Daytona. So to everyone visiting Daytona this week, thank you for supporting our local businesses, have fun and ride safe.
U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., was first elected to Congress in 2018.