On January 24, 1937 the first Daytona 200 was held. The race took place on a 4.2 mile beach and road course located south of Daytona Beach. This was the start of Daytona Bikeweek. The majority of the people who first attended were the one's who did the racing. Eventually non-racing bikers were attracted to the exciting and happy times atmosphere. The Daytona 200 Motorcycle Race now draws over one half million bikers and non-bikers alike . Several years ago Dick Klamfoth, a 3 time winner of the Daytona 200 Motorcycle race, strolled down Main Street in Daytona during bike week. He talked to different folks about when the races were held on the beach and found that many had no idea how bike week actully started. He thought creating a Daytona 200 Monument would be a great way to preserve this history. Plans were made, the perfect beach front property was secured and with all the generous donations the idea became a reality.