There’s a Monty Python skit, set in the time of the plague when so many people died a wagon was pulled through the town with the cry “Bring out your dead!” People would toss the bodies of the victims onto the wagon. One of them whimpers “I’m not dead yet” only to get the reply “Shut up. You’ll be dead by the morning.” That’s kinda like this blog. It’s not dead yet, even though I haven’t added anything since last November. There is a new page posted today, part one of two parts. Check out the page VG. The Fall and Rise of West Coast Racing
You may be thinking I’ve given up on this blog. It’s been three months or so since I last added anything. I haven’t quit I’ve just gotten really slow. This newest page is a closer look at the British Superbike Series, why it’s so good at churning out World Superbike racers, and a brief comparison to our own MotoAmerica series. Look for the page “VH. Another Look at British Superbike” or click on This Link.
It seems that I’ve been posting something every couple of months. I’ve just added the mid-summer page about a swell motorcycle ride in the State of Jefferson. Look for the page titled “VI. The State of Jefferson National Scenic Byway,” or click the link HERE.
Prompted by a magazine ad I decided to take a look at the class of “Naked Middleweight” motorcycles. I found a lot more than I expected, and I thought you might want to know. See the page titled VJ. The Naked Middleweights or click the link.
Nicky Hayden passed away five days after being hit by a car on May 17th. He was riding his bicycle in Italy at the time. Reports say he suffered severe brain and torso damage. I didn’t know Nicky (met him once in an autograph line) but always admired his riding, his work ethic and his comments during interviews. He will be missed by many. RIP Nicky.
I’ve given up on the club-racing article I was working on and instead republished an article from Cycle magazine. This is the last of the Beyond Racer Road articles. And I had to cheat to get this, the 7th in the series. This one is about a Superbike BMW, not a Ducati, and the guest author, Kevin Cameron, was Cycle’s technical editor at the time. Look for the page VK. Beyond Racer Road 7 – The Making of a BMW Superbike or click the link.
I’ve been neglecting this blog lately. I was working on a piece but it wasn’t coming together, then there was Christmas, then New Years, and the piece is still not working. Instead today’s publication is the sixth in the series of “Beyond Racer Road” articles originally published in Cycle magazine in the 1970s. This one reveals the dark secrets of the 1977 Daytona-winning Ducati. Look for the page titled VL. Beyond Racer Road 6 – Dark Secrets Revealed or click the link.
There’s no new story right now, but I spent some time fixing things. The index was updated to include the last three stories I entered, and Mush Emmons was given credit for a photo he took. I caught a few typos as well.
The new story on the blog-site is a re-publication of the fifth of a series of “Beyond Racer Road” stories from the late 1970s Cycle magazine. This one is Cook Neilson’s recounting of his and Phil Schilling’s adventures in the 1976 racing season. You can find it on the page VM. Beyond Racer Road 5 – the Hot Rod is Born.
I have finally finished and published the story of our trip to Birmingham, Alabama. It’s a bit longer than most of the stories in this blog, but it’s not to bad at about 2,000 words. Y0u can find it at the page titled VN. Barber Vintage Festival 2016.