Racer Gordon Lunde cleaned out his house and was good enough to send me some of the old magazines in his collection.
One was this July 1963 issue of Today’s Motor Sports, an auto racing photo magazine that covered the 1963 Daytona 200.
Pictured on the cover is Ronnie Doyle, of Abilene, Texas, racing his No. 14 Harley-Davidson just ahead of the No. 68 Triumph of John Platchek of Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
Doyle finished ninth that year and Platchek was 39th. It marked the first time the AMA allowed full fairings on race bikes.
It was a mixed bag of riding styles back then. With flat track dominating the AMA Grand National schedule many riders put their foot down through the turns even at road races as Doyle does here. Platchek used the more traditional “European” riding style with knees firmly planted on the tank as he cornered.
Doyle and Platchek must have been either photogenic or lucky. Less that a year later a racing photo of Doyle was featured on the cover of Cycle. A year earlier Platchek made that magazine’s cover.
As far as I can find Today’s Motor Sports magazine didn’t last much beyond 1963.