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.
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’m still working on the story of our Barber 2016 trip. In the meantime I’ve re-printed the fourth of the Beyond Racer Road series of articles from Cycle Magazine. This one is from 1976. Look for the page VP. Beyond Racer Road 4 – A Four Square Two Stroke.
I published the page October 18th but failed to make a post to announce it. Duh. The story is a comparison of racing gear commonly used in the 1970 versus what I see the Superbike and MotoGP riders using today. Look for the page “Race Gear, Then and Now.”
Today’s new page is the third of a series of articles Cook Neilson wrote in Cycle magazine back in the 1970s. Look at the page titled “VQ. Beyond Racer Road 3 – Overdog!” The first two articles are here as well, on pages “VW. Beyond Racer Road 1 – the Toe Gets Dipped,” and “VU. Beyond Racer Road 2 -Learning the Craft,” respectively.
Cook Neilson describes a season of club racing the Ducati 750 GT, and reveals some hop-up tricks to get more horsepower from the motor. He also becomes a better road racer. Republished with Cook’s permission. See the page VU. Beyond Racer Road 2 – Leaning the Craft.
A reader of this blog suggested a comparison of club racing classes from my era with classes today. I dug out my old AFM rules book from 1979 and then downloaded the 2016 AFM rule book. Hoo boy. Things have changed. See the page VV. Club Racing Classes – Then and Now.
My page about the Evolution of Style has generated numerous comments. One very detailed comment came from Steve McLaughin, one of the most respected racers at the time the hanging off style started. With his permission I’ve added his comments to the page. See WD. The Evolution of Style to read his contribution.
This week’s story is a nostalgia piece for me. It’s about the special allure of a club raceday back in 1974-1975 time frame. This will bring back memories from the folks who were there back in the day, and I hope it will give the younger folks and non-racers a bit of the feeling of the special excitement of a raceday. See the page WE. Raceday!
There was no story this week, but I will have a new one on Monday. In the meantime I am doing a “ask me anything” session on the Ducati sub-reddit, this Sunday (tomorrow). The Ducati sub-reddit is at https://www.reddit.com/r/Ducati.
My intro post will go up at 2:00 pm U.S. Pacific time (5:00 pm Eastern) and I’ll be back 2 hours later to answer questions people have sent in.
I’m not that familiar with reddit. To watch you may need a reddit login (go to https://www.reddit.com/login). If you want to ask questions you may need to subscribe to the Ducati sub-reddit. There’s a ‘subscribe’ button on the right of the sub-reddit page. You might need to scroll down a bit.
Here’s a chance to ask me anything about my racing adventures during the mid-to-late 1970s. You’re all welcome to join in.