"Cal's Harley is absolutely awesome, it is better than we expected and are very pleased with it. It was packaged really well ... we will hang it on the wall in our study. Once again, thank you so much." — Michael and Deborah Wisbey Dartford, Kent, England
Title: “Cal's Harley”
Type: Archival photographic print
Edition: Total of 500 giclee prints
Reproduction: UltraChrome archival print on heavy matte
24 x 18 inches $89 total cost of print delivered to you
20 x 16 inch giclee photo with mat-margin, heavy matte$59 total cost of print delivered to you (in the USA)
In 1969, the Japanese manufacturers came to Daytona in full force with their light and agile two-stroke machines. The pole winner was Yvon DuHamel on a Yamaha. Nine of the top-ten qualifiers rode two-stroke powered grand prix motorcycles. Cal Rayborn qualified eighth with the factory Harley-Davidson XRTT 750 "flathead" and was the only four-stroke motorcycle among the top qualifiers.
During the race Rayborn’s riding talent and the older-designed, bullet-proof Harley kept him with the faster leaders. A 200-mile race even today is an endurance race, and one by one, the two-stroke riders experienced mechanical problems or falls, while Rayborn ran fast and steady, took the lead and charged ahead for his second straight Daytona 200 win on the big Harley.
In December of 1973 Cal Rayborn died in New Zealand when the Suzuki TR500 he was racing at Pukekohe Park Raceway seized and threw him into a guardrail at well over 100 mph. He was just 33 years of age when America and the world lost one of its greatest racing talents.
This unique photograph depicting Cal Rayborn's 1969 Daytona 200-winning Harley-Davidson XRTT with the old Daytona Speedway grandstands ghosted in the background is the epitome of the glory days of AMA motorcycle road racing.
Calvin Rayborn II will be remembered as the rider who gave Harley-Davidson some of their greatest wins during the final days of the Company’s AMA Grand National road racing efforts.