Board track racers, as you can see, are made to be light and handle. Controls are ignition timing and throttle. No brakes were employed and professional dirt tracking racing rules from F.A.M. and the AMA actually prohibited any brakes until about 1965. Wheelbases were short, suspension is rigid in the rear, but various forms of sprung forks were used, with Merkel being favored. In the Board Track era racers were push or pull started for a rolling start; after the riders made a warm up lap together and were in a tightly grouped pack, the starter waved the green flag starting the race.