A Survey of West Coast Racetracks

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


Beyond Racer Road 3

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.

Final (?) AFM History Article

This week’s page is another chapter, perhaps the final chapter, in my series of articles about the history of the AFM. It covers the years 1973-1978, which were good years for the club.

Book News: A reminder that Dee and I will be at the Sacramento Mile on May 30th (next Saturday!), to sell and sign copies of my book “Racing the Gods.” I hope to see some of you there. If you have already bought a copy of the book bring it by and I’ll sign it. There will be books for sale there as well. In addition it looks like there will be some good racing to watch.

Top Ten Crashes

It’s Monday so it must be time for a new page in this blog. This week’s story describes ten of the more memorable crashes that span my racing career, from 1973 to 1980. Look for the page titled “YF. Ten Memorable Crashes.”

Book News: We had a good event at the Oregon Vintage Motorcyclists Show last Sunday. The next book signing will be at the Sacramento Mile at the Cal Expo in Sacramento, CA, on May 30th. That’s less than two weeks from now so get your tickets. If you bring by your copy of “Racing the Gods” I will be happy to sign it for you. If you haven’t got one yet we will have some books for sale. Hope to see some of you there.

Early Superbike Heros

It’s Monday which means it’s time for another story. This week I’m doing Superbike history, specifically the formative years of 1976-1979. I tell about the people of the early Superbike class, both riders and tuners. Look for the page titled “YO. Superbike Pioneers. 1976-1979.”

A few Stories

I missed the Thursday deadline but I have a good reason. On Thursday I was traveling to California. SSMark’s internment and Celebration of Life was on Friday, then we traveled all day Saturday to get back home.

This week’s page has a few stories from the old days, stuff that didn’t make it into the Book. Look for the page “ZB. Stories from “Back in the Day.”

When the Lightbulb Comes On

I don’t have much today, just a set of short stories about suddenly realizing a solution to a problem. Look for the page titled “ZC. Moments of Enlightenment” at the top of the page list.

I’m posting this a day early because I will be traveling to SSMark’s Internment and Celebration of Life tomorrow. You can read about SSMark in the stories Wetleather pt. 2 – the Gather, Wetleather pt. 3B – the BB100 Race, and A Ride in the Desert. Godspeed my friend.

Top 10 Reasons Racers Crash

Oct. 29, 2014. I’ve made a couple cosmetic changes to the site and published a new story. Sorry it took so long. Look for the page “Rollin’ and Tumblin’.” The top 10 reasons have real world examples from my own (extensive) experiences with crashing.

Some Historic Road Race Tracks

Sept. 8, 2014. A little bit of Racing History. I describe seven racetracks from the late 1970s. A few of them still exist but the majority are gone. Click on the 3-line button and look for the link “Tracks I’ve Raced.”