Originally on display January 22, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Flat track racing’s preeminent photographer takes you down to pit row and into the grandstands to document the thrills and chills of life in the fast lane. Dave Hoenig has captured more than 1,000 races in his career, keeping his lens trained on the pageantry, emotion and camaraderie of a day at the track.
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Freight Train – During the race, riders are so close together they sometimes bump handlebars while roaring along at 130 miles per hour. A high level of trust is necessary between the competitors. In formations such as the “freight train,” even a small miscalculation could mean trouble for the whole field.
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Ridin’ Dirty – As riders slide across the track, they kick up a plume of dirt called a “rooster tail.” Though the very name “dirt track” implies a primitive setup, the surface is carefully groomed, and either wet down or dried out to achieve the optimal level of moisture.