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.
Today’s page is a short look at the current state of World Superbike. WSB is doing fine, but it’s recently taken on a distinctly British look. Take a look at the new page VT. WSB Becoming BSB?.
Today’s story is about racing starts. Warning! The page contains spoilers of the recent Qatar MotoGP races, so if you’re still planning to watch the races DON’T read the page until afterwards. The rest of you can go to the page VZ. Racing Starts.
Racing Styles have changed through the years. I was looking at some of my racing photos that spanned the years from 1973 to 1978 and noticed that my own style had changed. That prompted this week’s story. See the page The Evolution of Style.
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!
I’m working on a new story for the blog but it’s giving me trouble — maybe I can pound it onto shape for next week. In the meantime here’s something that might be of interest to a few people. See the page WF. Blog Stats for some numbers from the first two years of this blog, Jan. 2014 to Dec. 2015.
There was no story this week. I started writing one, a good one, and when I got to about 500 words I thought this sounds too familiar. I looked at the early stories and found that I had already done that one. Whoa.
There are now over 60 stories in this blog, in simple chronological order, most recent first. There’s no organization — it’s just a long list. It needed some kind of index, so I made one instead of writing a story. Of course it took much longer than I expected.
I’ve named the index page “An Index” so it will stay at the top of the page list, while the most recently added page will be listed just below it. Each new page will result in a new entry in the index. Hopefully this will help people find stories they’re interested in, and will keep me from putting in a story that’s already there. Take a look at it — the first couple of paragraphs explain how to use it. You may find a good story that you haven’t noticed before.
This week’s story is about the times I crashed while riding a street bike. I already published a page about some of my race track crashes (see page “YF. Ten Memorable Crashes”) so for balance I’m documenting my street crashes. See the page titled “WZ. Crashes on the Streets.”
I now have three ‘presences’ on social media. This WordPress blog is for stories about riding and racing. There is a Facebook page for “Author Paul Ritter” which contains information about my book “Racing the Gods” and other writings. The third is my “Paul Ritter” Facebook page which can contain anything I feel like sharing. Of course there is some overlap between the three.
I’m a day late publishing this week’s page. I’m having troubles, blue screen of death troubles, with my main laptop. I didn’t have time to do something original this week, so it’s some excerpts from my book Racing the Gods. Look for the page titled “YA. Repetitions of a Theme.”