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

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A Bit of Fantasy

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.

Evolution of Style Updated

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.

Changes in Style

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.

The Allure of a Club Race

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!

Q and A from reddit.com

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.

Mush Emmons’ Reply

Just a little thing, really. After reading the page about my endurance racing experience, Mush Emmons — my co-rider in the 1975 Sears Point Three-Hour — put his memory of that race in a Facebook reply. I took the liberty of adding it to the end of my page in this blog. Go to page “My Endurance Racing Experience” and scroll down to see the neat photo and Mush’s memories of the race.

Endurance Racing Experiences

This week I write about my experiences in club-level endurance road races. In the late 1970s I took part in five endurance races with mixed results. See the page titled “WP. My Endurance Racing Expeience.”

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.

Changes at My Home Racetrack

When I started racing in 1973 the AFM used three tracks: Ontario Motor Speedway, Riverside Raceway, and Sears Point Raceway. Of the three, Sears Point was the least developed, the most crude. Today the Ontario and Riverside tracks are gone but Sears Point, now Sonoma Raceway, remains. It’s not a crude, undeveloped racetrack anymore. The page “WT. Growth at Sears Point” tells about the changes there.