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.

Beyond Racer Road, Part Two

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.

Beyond Racer Road, Part One

In the 1970s Cook Neilson and the late Phil Schilling went road racing, Cook riding with Phil tuning. They chronicled their adventures in a series of articles in Cycle magazine titled “Beyond Racer Road.” With Cook’s permission I have re-published the first of those articles. See the page VW. Beyond Racer Road 1 – the Toe Gets Dipped.

About Race Starts

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.

Q and A from

Recently I was invited to an “Ask Me Anything” session on’s Ducati sub-reddit ( 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.

New! An Index.

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.

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.

Another Excerpt from the Book

I know, it’s a day early but I had some extra time today. This week’s story is from the 1976 racing season. Look for the page “YW. Shift When it Gets to F Sharp.”

I also did a little ‘housecleaning,’ combining WetLeather parts 3A and 3B to a single page, WetLeather part 3.