Board Racer - J100

Base Price:£810.00
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Standard size range is 34" to 48" inclusive, other sizes are available by special order
Estimated production time is currently 8-10 weeks

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• 1930s Style

 

• Slimmer fit

 

• Zip closure

 

• Centre snap collar

 

• Two horizontal chest pockets

 

• Zip cuffs

 

• Single horizontal rear yoke

 

• Standard length covers hip bone

 

• Non-standard pocket set up available to order

Few names are regarded as highly in the history of leather jackets as ‘Buco’ and this version of our Board Racer uses the same design features as arguably Buco's most iconic jacket – the J-100.

 

The J100 version of the Board Racer is the same cut and fit as the regular Board Racer but with three design changes.

 

Is has a centre a snap collar instead of an off-set collar, horizontal chest pockets instead of angled chest pockets and finally the back is configured with a single horizontal rear yoke instead of the Board Racer's vertical centre split seam and kidney panel set up.

 

Back in the early 20th Century Motorcycle racing was a very dangerous sport and no version was more notorious than the short-lived Board Track Racing. Highly powered specialist machines built by the likes of Harley Davidson, Indian and Cyclone raced on circular or oval race courses on a surface comprising of wooden planks, often oil soaked from earlier races, causing the inevitable carnage.

 

A series of fatalities saw most, if not all, the board track venues closed by the mid 1930s and the daredevil riders transferred their skills and lust for speed to Dirt Track racing. From the start oval racers wore thick jersey shirts or fairly flimsy, tight fitting, unlined leather racing shirts, these leather "shirts" or jackets eventually metamorphosed through the famous Buco J100 into what we now call a "Café Racer".

 

We've considered all the requirements that we feel an oval track racing shirt would need and put together an Aero version, exactly in the way we would have done back in the 1930s.

 

The Board Racer is very sculptured to give a close fit with little wind resistance, the collar is curved at the ultimate angle to combine comfort and practicality riding and to offer the best wind protection, the front zipper stops short at the bottom so as not to pucker the jacket while riding. The zippered cuffed sleeves are curved at the elbow, sculptured for comfort and set at the perfect angle for riding. The back has a double kidney panel and is cut to fit close to the torso, to achieve this we've had to use a centre back seam, quadruple stitched for extra strength, which follows the contours of the wearers backbone. We are aware that a centre back seam isn't to everyone's liking so we are offering the option of a one piece upper back but one should be aware that this will compromise the close fit of the jacket.

This jacket is a 1920s inspired design, and typical of many designs of this era, this jacket is very slim fitting – in fact it’s one of our slimmest fitting styles. It has high cut armholes and sleeves with an overall narrow and straight fit overall.

While many get the correct fit with their usual size depending on their body shape, many people need to ‘size up’ in this style. We typically recommend choosing at least the size closest to your expanded chest measurement.

 

For further general sizing information, please see our sizing FAQ section. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for there, please get in touch.

Don’t worry, all sizing information displayed here is only a guide. Every order placed is checked over by a member of our production team who will confirm your size selection against your measurements or recommend any necessary changes that need to be made. If you have any specific queries, you can note these in the special instructions box on the ‘measurements’ page when placing your order.