Today’s page is the second part from our guest blogger, Patrick Slinn. It is the story of Mike Hailwood’s Ducati victory in the Formula One TT race at the Isle of Man in 1978 from someone who was intimately involved. See the page VD. Hailwood, Ducati, & the TT, part 2 of 2.
The latest page added to this blog is from a guest blogger. It is the story of Mike Hailwood’s Ducati victory in the Formula One TT race at the Isle of Man in 1978 from someone who was intimately involved. See the page VE. Hailwood, Ducati, & the TT, part 1 of 2.
It’s taken over a year but part two of the two-part survey of U.S. racetracks has been posted. Part one, you might remember, was on page VG. The Fall and Rise of West Coast Racing and covered tracks in the three west-coast states. Part two surveys the rest of the U.S. It’s on page VF. Other U.S. Racetracks.
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.
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.
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.
On our 2016 Italian trip (described in VS. A Trip of Non-Tragic Disasters.) we traveled from Venice to Bologna to Florence to Gabicci Mare, and finally back to Venice for the flight home. Much of this travel was driving the Fiat Ducato van down the autostrada and was not interesting. We took a couple of non-autostrada travels and found things that would surprise U.S. Motorcyclists. I’ve described them, with photos, on the page VR. On the Road in Italy.
It’s been awhile since I’ve put anything on this blog. I’ve been distracted with planning, doing, and processing our trip to Italy. The result is a new story. You’ll find it at page VS. A Trip of Non-Tragic Disasters.
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.