Board Track Racing

Board Track Racing National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

At the start of the 20th century, motorcycles and cars competed on enormous, steeply banked wooden racetracks called motordromes. Listen in to find out why these popular tracks quickly earned a much more ominous nickname: murderdrome.

Topics in this Podcast: howstuffworks, ben bowlin, Scott C. Benjamin, Motorcycle racing, dangerous