Billy Lane’s Mack Racer Boardtrack Custom

Sons of Speed gives rise to this vintage racebike

Billy Lane’s Mack Racer

Billy Lane’s Mack Racer is a 1,000cc 1914 Perry Mack engine set in a Sons of Speed chassis. Part genuine antique, part one-off custom, it’s a pure racing machine built for another time.

Michael Lichter Photography

Editor’s Note: Over the last few years customizer Billy Lane has focused on vintage racing machines like this one. Rather than translate his thoughts on it, we’re going to let him speak for himself.

I’ve always been influenced by the raw simplicity and light weight of racing machines. There is an unfinished presence to racers, because we only get to see a glimpse of the evolution of a perpetual improvement in the performance of the machine. The last-minute, pre-race modifications made to a racer often become the future technology for production machines, and this was certainly the case during the first two decades of the 20th century.

My raw racer is created from the best, race-tested design features of the teens, created around an overhead valve (OHV) 1914 Perry Mack engine. Mack was ahead of his time, and his design was proven successful in racing machines from the factories of Jefferson, Waverly, and Pope. OHV engines weren’t commonly introduced in production motorcycles until the legendary Crocker Hemi-Head and Harley-Davidson Knucklehead were simultaneously released over two decades later, in 1936. My Perry Mack racer, through contemporary materials and construction methods, resurrects a century-old engine and transforms it from a novelty into a living, fire-breathing thing.

Racing seats

Racing seats are almost never built for comfort and this little leather number is no exception. Comfort means weight and weight means losing when you’re at the track.

Michael Lichter Photography

Intake systems

Intake systems have come a long way since the old days.

Michael Lichter Photography

Sons of Speed stamp

Lane brings his Sons of Speed stamp to the party, below the motor.

Michael Lichter Photography

jackshaft/layshaft transmission

Mack Racer runs on a direct drive jackshaft/layshaft transmission.

Michael Lichter Photography

leather straps

Leather straps like this did, in fact, hold the gas tank in place back in the day.

Michael Lichter Photography

1914 Perry Mack motor

That's a genuine 1914 Perry Mack motor, folks.

Michael Lichter Photography

Billy Lane’s Mack Racer

Lane left the finish nice and raw. Every ding and scratch on this motor is a battle scar and a badge of honor.

Michael Lichter Photography

Sons of Speed

Sons of Speed front end, in the Flying Merkel style.

Michael Lichter Photography