Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, FL
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The Birthplace of Speed

One hundred years ago, early automobile enthusiasts made the Daytona Beach area famous. It began on March 28, 1903 with the Challenge Cup in Ormond Beach between Ransom Olds and Alexander Winton. The racing that day ended with a victory for Winton in his Bullet #1 but the legacy of speed that resulted, continues today. That's how Ormond Beach became the "Birthplace of Speed" and how the Daytona Beach area's 100-year love affair with all things automotive began.

The legacy continues...


Since the first races in Ormond Beach, the Daytona Beach area has witnessed timed speed trials for cars and motorcycles. From the land speed records set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in the 1930s, to the building of the world-famous Daytona International Speedway, the area has continued to embrace its motorsports heritage.


Today, people come to the Daytona Beach area to drive along the same sands where William H.G. France staged early NASCAR races. They come to pay homage by the bronze statue of Dale Earnhart at the Daytona International Speedway. And they come for the unbeatable thrill of exciting stock car, sports car, and motorcycle racing that made the area famous.

Start your engines...

Throughout 2003, visitors will have even more reasons to visit the Daytona Beach area. To commemorate its 100 years of racing, the area will hold a year-long celebration of speed.


It began with Speedweeks in February with the great American race, the Daytona 500. A special Daytona 500 Parade helped to ring in the celebration for the first time through the streets of downtown Daytona Beach . The celebration continued with Bike Week and the American Motorcycle Association races at the Daytona International Speedway in March. A special Birthplace of Speed Centennial Celebration was held on March 26-28 in Ormond Beach that featured antique auto races, live music and car exhibitions. The Pepsi 400 will give race fans another great NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series event next week. November brings another celebratory event with Wings and Waves, an air and sea show commemorating the 100th anniversary of Wilbur and Orville Wright's first flight.


In addition to these special occasions, the area's automotive heritage is always evident. Visitors can be a part of a living history with visits to year-round motorsports attractions such as Daytona USA and Speedpark Motorsports. In addition, caretakers of the area's heritage keep motorsports history alive at the Halifax Historical Museum, the Daytona Beach Boardwalk's Speeding Through Time exhibit and the Oceanside Rotary's Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame located at the Hilton Daytona Beach.


Come stroll the beach where Sir Malcolm Campbell made his mark. Walk the same sidewalks frequented by Bill France and other racing legends. Immerse yourself in a legacy of speed that still lives and breathes in the Daytona Beach area today.


Adventure Yacht Harbor is the boater's choice when it comes to a marina with all the amenities. A calm safe harbor provides unique protected dockage. The facility is open seven days a week and located a few short blocks from the world famous Daytona Beach . On the property, you will find waterfront casual dining, deep sea sport fishing boats available for charter and pontoon boat rentals for great day trips on the river. Halifax Harbor Marina is another first class facility available to the cruising visitor.


Submitted by Onshore Magazine