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.
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.”
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.
Putting together fantasies in one’s head can be fun. Most people have fantasies, and for racers it often involves winning a big race or taking a National or International Title of some kind. See the page WA. My Fantasy to read about mine.
Today’s story is about a certain kind of inflation. It’s not about tires. It’s not about money. It’s about how big engines are getting. See the page WB. Inflation.
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.
Recently I was invited to an “Ask Me Anything” session on reddit.com’s Ducati sub-reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/Ducati/). I got a few questions and I’m re-publishing the good ones here. Most questions aren’t about Ducatis, so non-Ducati fans might be interested. It’s at the page WI. Ask me Anything.
There were times in racing that were magic – stuff that normally only happens in books or in the movies. There were also moments of magic that happened after my racing was over. A couple of those moments are described on the new page “WK. Not in Real Life.”