1972 Austin Aqua Festival

Before there was COTA there was the Austin Aqua Festival. Enjoy these vintage motorcycle racing snaps from Spectacular Photo of San Antonio.

Specular Photo of San Antonio

They started having sports car races during the annual Austin Aqua Festival about 1963. I went there in 1964, and by 1968 we convinced the organization to include motorcycle races, as well. In the summer of 1972, just before we moved to Dallas, I hired on to take photos for the event. Here are some from the motorcycle races that year.

This came up because of recent publicity about the Bandidos motorcycle gang. Bandidos were at the event in 1972, and I took some photos. Searching my archives, I didn’t find the Bandidos, but I did find these.

First a bit of fluff from the ceremonies.

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Then some actual bike photos.

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